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2017 MLB Season Preview: Bold Predictions From LeagueApps Dugout Technology Experts

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Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

What happens when technology experts that love the game of baseball make season predictions? With Opening Day literally hours away, our LeagueApps Dugout experts wanted to share with all the baseball organizers just how much they know and love the game as well.

The expert panel consisted of Baseball Partnership Consultants Michael Block and Jeff Snyder.

Here are the bold predictions for 2017 from our LeagueApps Dugout technology experts.

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Introducing the Play Forever Podcast by LeagueApps: Episode 1 With David Robinson

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Play Forever Podcast - Episode 1 David Robinson

LeagueApps is happy to introduce the Play Forever Podcast! Hosted by LeagueApps President Jeremy Goldberg, the Play Forever Podcast was created for sports organizers like you.

Play Forever Podcast is a series that brings you interviews with program directors, big name investors, professional athletes, and other leaders in the youth sports world. We ask these experts their initiatives for overcoming challenges, the role technology has played and will play, and other secrets in how they’ve grown their programs.

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6 Highlights From The Second Annual Ballin’ For Charity Tournament

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SportsDog!

LeagueApps hosted it’s second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The event was held at a packed Basketball City in the lower east side of Manhattan.

Over 150 players, 50 volunteers, and a dozen sponsors turned out to help further the cause of FundPlay, which provides technology grants and donations to youth sports organizations that share our mission. Two of those organizations are Positive Coaching Alliance and Volo City Kids Foundation.

Read more about why LeagueApps balls for charity.

If you missed last week’s event, or if you want to rehash the fun times, we’ve got 6 highlights from this weekend’s Ballin’ for Charity.

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Social Media Talks Ballin’ for Charity Tournament

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LeagueApps Volunteers at Ballin for Charity

Here are some of the reactions on social media during and after the second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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What To Expect At This Year’s Ballin’ For Charity

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#BallinForCharity

We’re less than a day away from the second annual Ballin’ for Charity at Basketball City! It’s safe to say that the LeagueApps team is pretty excited to be a part of this great event.

If you’re returning from last year’s event, we have a few new things we’re excited about sharing with you this weekend. If you’re new to the event, you’ll be happy to learn below all the festivities we have planned for you! So if you’re team gets knocked out early, there will still be plenty to do, eat, and drink before a champion is crowned.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to both ProHEALTH Care Associates and Sales Loft for all their help with the planning of Ballin’ for Charity. Both of these amazing brands will have representatives at tomorrow’s event and are super excited to meet each and every one of you! Be sure to thank them for a job well done when you see them.

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How to Inspire Your Coaches and Parents to Drive Renewed Participation

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4 Key Benefits Of A PCA Training Workshop

According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because “it’s just not fun anymore.”

The Positive Coaching Alliance works with schools and youth leagues to create better experiences and more engagement for kids in sport. (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes. LeagueApps believes so strongly in the PCA mission that we’re supporting them in our second annual Ballin’ for Charity tournament.

Be a part of making sports happen by signing up for the second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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Why We Ball: The LeagueApps Team Prepares For Our Ballin’ For Charity Basketball Tournament

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Posted by LeagueApps CEO and Co-Founder Brian Litvack. You can find him balling this Saturday in the Knockout challenge and 3-point contest!

It’s March Madness! For LeagueApps, that means that early next Saturday morning, you’ll find most of the LeagueApps team at Basketball City in NYC. We’ll be organizing the 2nd Annual Ballin For Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

We’re going to have a packed house. If you’ve been to Basketball City, an impressive and “state of the art” basketball facility, you’ll know that is no small feat. There will be 36+ teams, and over 150 players, participating and representing NYC companies, startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We’ll have 50 volunteers, many of them are friends and colleagues, working together to run the event. Many of our corporate partners and sponsors will contribute to the event including ProHealth Urgent Care, Salesloft, Anheuser-Busch, NYC Social, WTR MLN H2O, Recoup, Ox Verte, Banza and Slice. We’ll be promoting Positive Coaching Alliance, and Volo City Kids Foundation. Both are non-profit organizations that LeagueApps works with closely and that will benefit from the proceeds of the tournaments.

We’d also like to share with you why the LeagueApps team is so passionate and proud about organizing Ballin’ For Charity.

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The One Website That Will Connect Your Travel Team Across The Country

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Credit: The Hub Facebook cover

Credit: The Hub Facebook cover

Looking for that one-stop shop to connect and market your travel team to events, tournaments, or other travel teams across the country?

Well, we think we have the website just for you. It’s called The Hub and it contains everything from listing events and tournaments to power rankings of teams. There are even some resources for coaching and player development.

The Hub was created by LeagueApps partner Casey Copeland, who is also the President and Founder of California-based All Out Sports League. He also oversees operations for the Blaze Travel Ball team.

“The goal is to be the most dependable source of youth basketball information,” he said. “We want to make it as easy as possible for teams to give and receive information, from listing tournaments to signing up for events.”

The website is ideal for AAU and travel teams. Aside from tournament and event listings, there’s a place for you to find facilities or court rentals in your area, hire local trainers, and even find officials. If you’re one of those people just mentioned, then you can easily get discovered via The Hub by signing up for free and marketing your services.

“I remember how hard it was to find these services, like trainers and officials. Hopefully The Hub can help out basketball coaches and directors by saving them time to focus on other needs,” Casey said.

Click here to sign up for a free account with The Hub and start connecting your travel team.

International Women’s Day: LeagueApps Celebrates Women Shaping The Youth Sports World

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LeagueApps Celebrating International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we wanted to take some time out to recognize not only the female employees that work here at LeagueApps but also our amazing female partners and the women leading youth sports organizations.

 

We want to recognize these seven amazing women and say how much we value them and all women for what they do.

 

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Watch MLL All-Star Ned Crotty Help Lead A Club Team’s Practice

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The Success of Dave Mitchell and the Next Level Spartans

In January, one lucky winner received a free one-day clinic hosted by MLL Star and LeagueApps Director of Lacrosse Ned Crotty. Next Level Spartans, located in Bethesda, Maryland won the raffle shortly after LaxCon.

Ned and the LeagueApps Lax team were honored to work with Next Level and deliver a memorable experience to youth lacrosse players in the Washington, D.C. area.

Below are Ned’s observations from his time hosting the one-day clinic with the Next Level Spartans.

For success at the club level, you need two very important things- a coach who has the vision and ability to develop young players and players who have the desire and ability to improve each and every day. During our visit with the Next Level Spartans, we were able to get an up-close look at both and see first hand why this program has been so successful and why the future is so bright.

The first part of our day was spent meeting with Dave Mitchell and learning more about what his focus has been since taking over the program back in July 2016. Dave’s first love is the game of lacrosse and growing it the right way. In a day where not everyone can say that, he immediately separates himself, which can be seen in the number of players gravitating to his program and coaching style.

23s & 24s getting dodging & shooting tips from one of best attackmen in the game! @crottykid22

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He focuses on the fundamentals of the game and teaching his players how to play the right way with freedom to make decisions within a structured offense. This, combined with Dave’s vision for the future are what make the Spartans one of the top programs in DMV (the DC, Maryland, Virginia metro area).

I was then able to get on the field and actually work with his players. First his 5th and 6th-grade players for an hour and then his 7th and 8th-grade players for an hour. I was careful not to jam too much into each session, as I wanted to make sure the players not only learned a lot but also had enough time to get reps for each skill I was teaching.

Click here to see more photos of Ned with the players at Next Level.

In both sessions, I was not only impressed with how well the players listened, but then how quickly they were able to apply what I was teaching. Both sessions were a huge success and you could tell the players walked away with a better understanding that it’s the little things that really make a big difference in our game.

It was a great experience being able to work with the Next Level Spartans and see first hand that they clearly have, arguably, the two most important things for success at the club level.

LeagueApps is the leading lacrosse technology platform in the country. See a free demo with Ned by clicking here.

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