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LeagueApps Hosts Partner Night in the Bay Area!

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On February 16th, LeagueApps hosted a Partner Night in San Francisco – our very first Partner event on the Left Coast! It was also the first Partner Day we’ve held so far in 2015 (read about our Partner Day Series).  Over 50 partners have now attended a Partner Day in 4 different cities (NYC, DC, Chicago, and now SF)!

We decided to ditch the frigid NYC weather to reach some of our partners in the Bay Area. SF also happens to be where our development team is based, so we were able to host the event in our dev team’s office located in the downtown Mission District of San Francisco. Our Director of Engineering Bob Daly and Senior Software Engineer Jason Gilbert got to experience their first Partner event. Both Bob and Jason enjoyed interacting with some of our more engaged and tech-savvy LeagueApps users.

Most of our partners travelled from different parts of San Francisco. John Trejo and Reta Joe Rodriguez of East Valley Girls Softball drove all the way up from San Jose to join us. We were super-appreciative and excited to see our partners make time in their busy schedules to hang out with the LeagueApps team and other fellow-partners.

Members of five different sports organizations attended Partner Day. The full lineup included All West Lacrosse, Bay Area Disc Association, Street Soccer (I Play for SF), East Valley Girls Softball, and Bay Area Adult Soccer.

 

SF Partner Night was a bit less structured than previous Partner Days (similar to the NYC Partner Night we held last Winter). The whole event was designed to create a more relaxed environment conducive to networking and casual interactions. We were able to fit in some live in-person Coaching Sessions, which helped our partners utilize our tools and services to their fullest potential.

SF Partner Night helped to reinforce why we continue to host Partner events for our partners. We realized that both structured sessions and social networking events are helpful to our partners for similar reasons:

  • Find value in connecting with other like-minded partners
  • Direct access to the LeagueApps team
  • Strengthens the LeagueApps community

 

We’re planning on holding more LeagueApps Partner Days this year in various formats and different cities. Let us know if you have any thoughts or ideas on ways to plan our upcoming Partner Days, or which city we should host our event in the future!

 

LeagueApps Attends the 2nd Annual Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference! #YUCC2015

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LeagueApps team members love to be Students of the Game and gain a deeper understanding of various fast-growing sports around the country. So when our long-time partners at Bay Area Disc Association invited us to sponsor & attend the 2nd Annual Youth Ultimate Coaching Conference (#YUCC2015) in San Jose on 2/14/15, we jumped at the opportunity.

Valerio Iani, president of Bay Area Disc, organized the entire all-day event in Bellarmine Academy in San Jose. There were coaches, organizers, sponsors, and an impressive array of guest speakers on-hand, including the CEO of USA Ultimate, Dr. Tom Crawford (pictured below).

 

Dr. Tom Crawford spoke about the values that he feels will lead to greater participation from the youth in the Ultimate community. He touched on the need for young athletes to play multiple sports (as opposed to specializing in a single sport). Crawford also discussed the importance of inclusion, i.e. providing positive experiences for children of various sports backgrounds and skills levels. In fact, there were many parallels between Tom’s speech and the message that ESPN and Project Play’s Tom Farrey had previously communicated to LeagueApps.

 

The sport of Ultimate preaches some powerful values, which help make it a great learning tool for youth and young adults. Some cool and unique facets of Ultimate that we learned at YUCC:

 

NO referees!

The game is self-governed by the players on the field. This helps facilitate positive interactions between teams, in which opponents are actually working together and helping each other learn the game. Very different from most of the sports we grew up playing!

 

Spirit Points count!

Teams are rewarded for good sportsmanship through “Spirit Points”. In fact, many tournaments give awards to the most spirited team!

 

Gender Equality!

Most of the league, tournaments, and events are mixed, giving women the opportunity to face off against men of similar skill level.

Easy to Organize!

The game is cheap and super-easy to organize. All you need is a field, a disc, and a bunch of players wearing sneakers! This has all helped Ultimate become one of the fastest-growing pickup and recreational sports.

 

Hat Tournaments Rock! 

Hat tournaments are tourneys in which players join as individuals (i.e. free agents) instead of as a team. The organizers draft teams by picking names out of a hat. Some hat tournaments on the west coast enforce a “Hat Rule” – players need to wear a hat at all times. If a player gains possession of the disc but loses his/her hat, the play is considered a turnover and the other team assumes possession.

 

 

Asaf, Val, and Bindel (left to right)

 

We want to thank our buddy Valerio Iani (above) and our friends at Bay Area Disc for hosting us, showing us a great time, and educating us on the growing sport of Ultimate. Check out Bay Area Disc Association’s Facebook album for more highlights of the event.

LeagueApps loves to attend conferences, meet-ups, and events to better grasp the sports markets that we service and build meaningful relationships in-person. If you plan to attend or host an event in the future, be sure to let us know!

 

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