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Girls Can Play in the Big Leagues Too

Press, Sports Community
By Annie Rosencrans

When I joined the LeagueApps team earlier this summer, people kept asking me the same question: How are you going to handle being the only woman in the company?

The truth is, I wasn’t all that concerned about it. As with any new job, my concerns were more centered on how I was going to do in my new role. Would l be good at my job? Could I see myself growing with the company? Sure, being the first girl on a team of 20 guys is a fun fact to share when you’re out with a couple of friends. But, the skewed male-female ratio was just an interesting detail, not a defining one.

The fact of the matter is; being the only girl in a boy’s club isn’t that unusual these days. We are seeing it more and more in politics, business, and even in sports.

This summer, we have seen a couple examples of women competing in historically male sports roles… And they’re doing it in style.

Becky Hammon

When the Spurs hired WNBA veteran, Becky Hammon last month to be the first paid female coach in the NBA, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.  After 16 seasons on the San Antonio Stars, she has repeatedly been touted for her exceptional basketball IQ. Hammon has proven herself worthy of the position.

This move says just as much about the Spurs franchise and the state of the NBA as it does Hammon.  This summer has seen more headlines about the league than many would care to admit.  While all relevant and exciting – and sometimes scandalous – the Spurs announcement strikes a much different tone than the rest.

Hammon’s hiring breaks down a wall that has never been surpassed in any professional sport, let alone the NBA.  Prior to this, there was no place for a woman in the locker room for the nation’s premier leagues.  If history has taught us anything; it’s that all it takes is one ball to get the rest rolling. 

Mo’Ne Davis

“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.”

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have heard of the 13-year old girl playing the Little League World Series this summer… She’s the first female pitcher to throw a shutout at a Little League World Series game. Oh, and she did it twice.

As of the time writing of this post, Mo’Ne’s  Little League team from Philadelphia is still in contention for the national title and an invite to the championships.  We’ll be keeping a close eye on her as August comes to a close.  Chances are, she’ll do a solid job on her own of keeping her name close to the spotlight.

 

Kacy Catanzaro

If you haven’t heard of Kacy Catanzaro, take a second to Google her.  The close to 5 foot athlete mastered one of the hardest obstacle courses ever conceived on NBC’s, American Ninja Warrior.  Check out the clip below for a recap of her accomplishment.

At no point during the course did Kacy look tired or worn out.  Hundreds of competitors from around the world flock to these events with the intent of crossing the finish line, very few – if any – ever make it, let alone pass the first stage.  The obstacles on the course were designed for bodies much larger than Kacy’s, but I don’t think she ever got that memo.  A little more proof that nothing can hold a woman back if she sets her mind to it. 

Progress is a two way street. Without women like Becky Hammon, Mo’Ne Davis, and Kacy Catanzaro none of this would be possible. But, they were not alone.  Coaches like Greg Popovich and teammates like the boys of the Philadelphia Little League, are the ones who helped make turn these opportunities into reality.

All of this isn’t to say that the glass ceiling is shattered – Far from it. But I think it’s safe to say that we’ve got a solid crack, and it’s spreading. Now the challenge is on the rest of us to follow the path that these ladies have laid before us.

New Admin and Team Tools – plus Building For Mobile

Product News, Release Notes, Tech Specs, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps has deployed another release today – with new features in the admin console,  more roster management controls for captains/coaches, calendar updates, and a new mobile framework.

Copy Teams  (AKA “Team Rollover”)

Admin’s now have the ability to “copy” teams from one program to another.  When copying a team the existing team, players, and billing records will remain in place in the existing program and a copy will be created in the new program.   You’ll have the option to update the team name, and choose the relevant players/staff that you want to include in the copy.   We’ve nicknamed this feature “team rollover.” Check out the support article for more details.

Moving  Players &  Moving Teams

Different than copy, when  you “move” a player or a team, their complete record is transferred over to the new team or program, and no records remain in the original location.

Moving players between teams/programs has never been easier!  We’ve optimized this action to allow you to quickly move down a list of players and move them in an efficient manner.  The page no longer reloads and takes the user to the top of the page.

Moving teams and players on a team will now carry over any custom form to the new program – as long as the new program must have the same custom form fields as the original program.

Global Search

We’ve heard from our partners that when they login to LeagueApps that they have specific task in mind.  They are looking for a particular program, team, player, product, or invoice and need to take a specific action on that record.  We’ve introduced Global Search as way to facilitate these actions.  From any page in the admin console you can quickly choose what you are looking for, enter your search terms  and  perform your search.

The Global Search appears at the top of your site dashboard by default.  You can access the search from every other page in the console by clicking the new “Site Search” button in header which will make the search box appear.

More detail on the Global Search can be found in the following support article.

Roster Management

When enabled by an organization –  team captains and program staff  will be able to fully add players to their team, including custom profile and registration form fields.  They will also be able to edit any of their teammates custom registration form fields.

Site Level Calendar

Last month during our bi-annual all team meetings we held a Hackathon (which we dubbed LeagueAappathon) where we created and release a calendar tool for programs.  We’ve upgraded and integrated all the program calendars so each program’s events can be displayed and filtered on one universal site calendar.

Building For Mobile

We’ve made a note-worthy upgrade to our infrastructure that will allow us to move more quickly in building out a mobile optimized version of LeagueApps.  Every single page, both on the front end public site and back-end admin console will become mobile optimized.  This is a huge initiative that we have planned for this fall!  We will keep you updated on our progress.  As we roll out features we will be looking for beta-test partners.  Send us an email at support@leagueapps.com if you are interested in trying out some of our new mobile features!

Other Techie Stuff

Recently Facebook made some changes to their API – which is what LeagueApps use to power our integration so we can allow players to login with their Facebook credentials and Share program registrations with their friends and family.  We had to make corresponding changes on our end to work with their new requirements.

As always, we are eager to hear your feedback.  Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Play Forever,
LeagueApps

 

 

 

Why Club Teams are Using LeagueApps

Best Practices, Dugout, FC, Hoops, Lax, Value of LeagueApps

Nearly everyone today is active online, providing coaches with new channels to simplify registration and stay in touch with players. Both the challenge and the opportunity for coaches is taking advantage of this, without creating more work.

LeagueApps gives directors and coaches a simple, powerful tool to collect information and update the entire team.

The sports management tools that have been developed today are often outdated, with archaic admin systems and confusing interfaces that don’t respond to mobile. Nothing about the experience is smooth, efficient or time-saving. With players and parents on-the-go and connected online, it’s time to catch up.

Here are the three areas we identified as crucial to a club’s success when moving online:

1. Great parent experience

In today’s always on environment anything on your website needs to be accessible in two-clicks. With LeagueApps, registration is completed within minutes. Integration with Facebook means we go where the parents are. Parents can share their registration proudly with their networks, increasing the team’s reach and making it even easier to get in touch with the club.

2. World class Admin Panel

Player and team management cannot be a fragmented experience anymore. You’re not a data scientist so you shouldn’t have to create your own database from scratch. True database management means being able to manipulate your own database on one platform, without receiving multiple emails or having to deal with excel spreadsheets.

3. Integration with team branding and website

Registration shouldn’t be a stand-alone experience. Ensuring registration and team communications look and feel like the team’s website is critical to maintaining parents engagement. LeagueApps ensures a seamless connection to your site by incorporating branding into registration process and integrating to the existing team site. No obvious third-party portals, this is about your club team and protecting your brand.

The risk is too costly to have a failed sports management solution. Poor experiences leads to unsatisfied parents and players jumping ship. Online management solutions must be up to the challenge.  At LeagueApps, we continue to develop intuitive and easy to use tools with one thing in mind; the future of sports.

By Michael Scott

LeagueApps Partner Day Tour Continues in DC!

Company News, Rec, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

On August 1st, LeagueApps held its 6th LeagueApps Partner Day at the Uber Offices in Washington, D.C. As we had previously set the bar high with successful events in NYC, Chicago and DC, we were determined to make sure our follow-up performance was equally fun and worthwhile for all of our partners!

Members of seven different sports organizations attended the event. The full lineup included:

Partners came from all over the DC-Maryland-Virginia area to spend the day learning about the new mobile features LeagueApps will be offering over the coming months.  Our partners took the day off from their busy schedules to participate and we were thrilled that everyone was able to rearrange their hectic summer Fridays to hang out with the LeagueApps team.  We were even more encouraged by their responses to our presentations and the feedback that we received.

“I really enjoyed meeting all of the partners and staff members. Getting like-minded people in the same room is a powerful tool.” (Eric Aaronson, Goal Baltimore)

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Attendees as well as the LeagueApps team members participated in one-on-one sessions, presentations and feedback discussions.  The schedule for the day was as follows:

  • 11-12pm: 1-on-1 Sessions

  • 12-1pm: Lunch & Partner Introductions

  • 1-2pm: Company Update (Brian Litvack, CEO)

  • 2-3pm: Product Roadmap (Steve Parker & Gautam Chowdhry, Product)

  • 3-4pm: Mobile Demos (Jeff Doan, UI/UX Designer)

  • 4-4:30pm: Partner Management Overview (Asaf Winer, Partner Management)

  • 4:30-5pm: Best Practices, Q&A (All)

  • 5-5:30pm: Raffle and Trophy Presentation

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Congratulations to Brad Gamlin of Central Virginia Football Association on winning the iPad Mini in the Raffle!

The day also featured delicious sandwiches courtesy of Taylor Gourmet and would not have been possible without Uber Office’s gracious hospitality.  We had a blast meeting with our league partners and building closer relationships in person.  We look forward to seeing you at our next Partner Day event. Visit our Partner Day page to request a Partner Day in a city near you, or to check out some of our past events.

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