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PUMP and Pittsburgh Sports League Celebrate 20 Years of Revitalizing the Steel City [Infographic]

Press, Rec, Value of LeagueApps

For 20 years, the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) has been dedicated to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse place by engaging, educating, and mobilizing all young people to effect change in the community.

Tonight, they’ll be hosting a celebration of two decades of making that mission come to life.

PUMP was founded at a time when the Steel City was losing a lot of young professional to other areas such as New York City, Baltimore, or Washington, D.C. Now, Pittsburgh is a city that boasts of a solid medical and technological industry where hundreds of thousands of young professionals call home.

The Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL) was launched five years after PUMP was founded. Greg Mitrik, PSL Director, recognized the need to have a social activity league in a city that loves sports.

“After five years, we were looking at more social ways to engage young professionals. This city loves its sports, so it made sense.”

The importance of social leagues goes beyond the sports.

“It’s not just about running around the bases. Whether someone is out to win a kickball game, they’re socializing with friends, meeting new networks, meeting with their significant others, or giving back to local bars and restaurants,” Greg said.

Pittsburgh Sports League and LeagueApps have teamed together for over three years. LeagueApps knows how important it is for local communities to rally around young professional social leagues. Below shows just how much PSL has grown and what it means to the community.

The Growth of PSL

 

LeagueApps is excited for the next 20 years of continued leadership by both Greg and the PUMP organization in the Pittsburgh community. “We look forward to working more in how we can help through developing Pittsburgh’s infrastructure, education, transportation, health and wellness, however we can to continue to grow this great city.”

Learn more about how you can help PUMP revitalize the Steel City.

 

Run Your Organization At Your Fingertips With Our Mobile Optimized Sports Software

Feature Highlight, Product News, Release Notes, Value of LeagueApps

Do you need to easily send an email or text at the field from your phone? Do you wish you could search for a player or coach at the court from a mobile device? Do you want to quickly view a team roster or schedule without being at your desk?

We’re excited to announce that admins can access LeagueApps on a mobile device easier than ever! Not only can your members register and use their account on a mobile device, admins can perform day to day tasks on mobile with ease. Some of our most popular admin tools have a new completely mobile optimized view – no pinching, zooming or tilting needed.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve updated:

 

Dashboard

A mobile version of your site’s program summary and a list of your top programs are featured on the mobile dashboard. You can also use the menu in the top left and the search in the top right to get where you need to go quickly.

 

 

Search

The same new auto-complete search that we just introduced on desktop is also available on mobile – save yourself some taps by using the search!

View Member

Search for a player, coach or participant and quickly pull up their contact and registration info – great for time sensitive situations!

 

View Team

Need to check a roster before the game starts? Easily view all players and their waiver status from the team view.

 

 

 

View and Pay Invoice

Search for an invoice, then you can take a credit card or take an offline payment right from your phone.

 

View Schedule and Enter Scores

Quickly see your program’s schedules and even enter game results.

 

Email and Text

The same messaging tool you’re used to on desktop is now mobile optimized. Send a text and/or email from your phone when you’re away from your desk.

Great, How Do I Use It?

We’re having a limited early release in the next couple of weeks before it’s available to all LeagueApps admins. Please contact us at support@leagueapps.com if you’d like to be a part of our early release beta program.

Also on Thursday October 13th @ 3pm EDT we’ll also be hosting a free live webinar to walk through the functionality. Click here to sign up!

 

LeagueApps Hosts Another Successful Partner Event During Monday Night Football

Company News, Press, Value of LeagueApps

The competition was fierce. The hits were ferocious. And the losses were deep.

We’re talking, of course, about the vicious Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament during our latest Partner Event.

Hosted by our DC team, the latest Partner Day event combined Monday Night Football, thought leadership, food, drinks, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. The highlight, of course, was the partnerships and relationships, both new and old.

Most of our partners that attended are located in the District of Columbia area. Industry leaders from District Sports, Slam City Basketball, Kickball 365, and Stonewall Charlotte were all on hand to network and forge new relationships.

“The goal of Partner Day was to bring a few of our top local partners together, have them network with one another, and build strong lasting relationships with each one,” LeagueApps account manager Dan Kolomatis said.

“It’s not just about LeagueApps building stronger bonds with our partners, but it’s also about our partners creating lasting relationships with each other.”

Read more about our previous Partner Day events.

The Partner Day events also give us a great opportunity to learn from what our partners are saying about their industry. There’s no better way to learn industry specific news than to hear directly from the sport organizers themselves. It’s part of the reason we are able to continue to create unique features to make the life of every sports organizer simpler.

And if you’re still wondering who won the hard-fought Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, it was Matt Kemph from Kickball 365. He walked home with a brand new GoPro.

You can read what he and Beth Tapp from Slam City Basketball had to say around the event:

Want to become a LeagueApps partner so you can start spending more time at events and less time on Excel?  Just let us know by submitting us your info below!
















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Go Big Or Go Home: How One Sports Organizer Built A Winning Team

Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

September 2016 Partner SportsDog Award: Go Big Sports

SportsDog Value: Teamwork

Award Winner: Rich Klares

Previous Winner: Michele DeJuliis of Ultimate Goal Lacrosse Club

Rich Klares of Go Big Sports grew up as a four-sport athlete in New York. Splitting his time between soccer in the fall, skiing in the winter, lacrosse in the spring, and baseball in the summer, Rich knows playing multiple sports throughout the year made him a better athlete.

His first love, however, is lacrosse. He played baseball all the way through 10th grade until he picked up a lacrosse stick. Since then, lacrosse has been the focal point of his life. His career has taken him from playing lacrosse at the University of Massachussetts, to coaching at the high school and the college levels, to founding Go Big Lacrosse out of his garage in 2013.

Based out of Warrenton, Virginia, Rich and the Go Big team are dedicated to improving youth players’ lacrosse games through training, knowledge, and resources of his camps and clinics. In just a few short years, Rich’s Go Big program has seen so much growth that now Go Big is expanding into football programs as well, hence the name change to Go Big Sports.

Rich has always appreciated the value in playing multiple sports. Not a fan of sport specialization, he has a sense of multi-sport teamwork that the LeagueApps office truly commends. He wants to see more youth athletes play not just Lacrosse, but other sports as well. That’s what multi-sport teamwork means.

But if you ask Rich, it’s his partnership and teamwork with LeagueApps that he truly appreciates. He loves the “all-in-one” platform of LeagueApps that handles everything League Athletics, Active, and some private software solutions failed to handle.

“Every time I’ve had an issue with anything you guys have done, it’s been fixed or addressed, no questions asked,” he said. “How many times have you been to a retail store or restaurant or a business, and you give a suggestion and they say, ‘that’s a great idea?’ And all it is to them is a great idea. It never becomes what makes a part of LeagueApps so successful and me so successful.”

It’s clear that sense of teamwork is evident with Rich even when you talk to him on the phone for the first time. Like any good teammate, Rich is receptive and warm to anyone on his team- be it his kids in his programs, his football coaches, or the LeagueApps team.

His favorite part of the day is working with kids and watching them gain that “ah-ha” moment. That could be something as simple as proper hand positioning on a stick for a brand new player, or watching the offensive approach change on for a seasoned vet. When he sees the light coming on in a young player, he calls it “pure magic.”

“I didn’t get into this business to set up websites. I didn’t do it to create emails. I did it to watch more of those moments. When I deal with LeagueApps, I have more time to deal with more of those ah-ha moments because my life has gotten simpler.”

Two years ago at the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four, he had kids that he coached on every team in Division I, II, and II, save for Tufts University. His programs have worked with LeagueApps investor Paul Rabil and Florida Launch goalie Brett Quenner, to name a few.

Rich got into coaching after September 11, 2001. After losing his father in the South Tower, he was determined to install the values of his father into as many young people as possible. That was his way of getting even. That was his ah-ha moment.

Since that day, Rich has gone full steam into this idea. For months at a time at his previous lacrosse company, he would run the camps all day and then work the men’s league until 11 o’clock at night. His coworkers and teammates would call him the “Iron Man” during these months.

After working with other travel teams and coaching different schools, Rich founded Go Big out of his house in 2013 on a whim. It took years of developing relationships and over a decade of teamwork for his idea to come to fruition. He understands the true value of teamwork and how it can grow himself as a person and his business.

His courage to found the Go Big Sports program is what he is most proud of. This idea has evolved into recruiting, apparel, camps, clinics, and now multi-sports. LeagueApps is excited for our teammate Rich to continue to grow his program and form new relationships as a team.

“You guys get it. You guys understand that if I’m successful, that means you’re successful. I can’t say enough how wonderful it is to be a part a company that really does care about what I have to say.”

Discover how Go Big Sports has grown with LeagueApps.

How Our New Schedule Import Tool Can Make Your Sports Organization Rock Even More

Company News, Press, Product News, Release Notes

The LeagueApps development team did it again.

Following another successful sprint by the product development team, LeagueApps is happy to announce the release of yet another feature that will make your sports organization run even more efficient- schedule import.

The new schedule import tool is faster, more accurate, and less error prone than manually adding games. The schedule can now be built to your requirements and specifications, allowing for more flexibility from season to season. Here’s a step by step guide on how to download and use the schedule import.

Our new schedule import tool is powered by a standard CSV (Comma Separated Value) file format, which you can create easily in Excel. This allows organizers to create and customize their program’s schedules to make them as advanced or specific as possible. It allows you to import your schedule so that updates, game notifications, and reminders are all synced and ready to be sent through our LeagueApps communication features.

Our Director of Product Management, Gautam Chowdhry, knows this is going to be beneficial for all of our partners. “Many organizations use Excel to create schedules, as it offers a good combination of power and flexibility.   Excel has an easy ‘Save as CSV’ option which lets you use your Excel schedule with LeagueApps seamlessly,” he said.

“Other organizations may use a special scheduling software to create their schedules, most of the these programs will have an Export option which too will easily import into LeagueApps.””

As always, this new feature, like any new feature, is available at absolutely no charge to all of our partners!

Read more about how to import your schedule to sync with LeagueApps tools so you can maximize your value.

 

 

LeagueApps Announces A Special Monday Night Football Partner Day

Company News, Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps is hosting a special Monday Night Football edition for our next Partner Day. And it’s open to everyone- absolutely free!

On Monday, September 12th, the LeagueApps DC team will be hosting some of our partners from the area. Partner Days are a great way to develop relationships with other sports organizers and thought leaders in your area. They’re also a great opportunity to learn more about how LeagueApps can bring extra value to your sports organization.

Our MNF edition will start at 6pm EST at our Arlington, VA office. We’ll have a few introductions before we head to the main event- watching the Washington Redskins take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We will also be allotting time slots before that time in case you or your sports organization want to request a one-on-one session with a LeagueApps expert. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the software you use or to just get to know our awesome team.

Spots are filling up fast so don’t delay in reserving your spot today!

 

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