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How 3 Entrepreneurs Convinced an NBA Star to Invest in LeagueApps

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Credit: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Shane Battier And Why He Started With LeagueApps

This story appears in both the January 2017 edition of Entrepreneur magazine and online at entrepreneur.com. You can read the full article here.

In February 2015, Shane Battier attended a dinner for sports-tech companies, hosted by the professional development company Gerson Lehrman Group. He especially loved meeting Jeremy Goldberg, the president of LeagueApps, which makes tools to manage youth sports leagues. The two bonded over how poorly run those leagues are — Battier has two kids, so he knows — and they kept in touch after.

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MLL All Star Ned Crotty Wants to Host a Clinic For Your Lacrosse Program

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Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

It’s not every day that one of the top lacrosse players in the world offers to host a free clinic at your lacrosse program’s location. But that’s just want LeagueApps Director of Lacrosse Ned Crotty wants to do.

Starting today, you can enter for a chance to have Ned Crotty host an official one day clinic for your participants. That means that one of the game’s superstars will fly out to your location, teach your players his skills and recruiting tips, and set aside time for photo-ops and questions. And it’s all free.

The contest runs through January 22nd to coincide with this year’s US Lacrosse Convention. The winner will be announced on Thursday, January 26th.

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The 3 Reasons The American Baseball Coaches Association Convention Proves Your Program Will Change In 2017

Best Practices, Company News, Dugout, FastPitch, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Photo Credit: ABCA

Photo Credit: ABCA

Since 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association has held meetings every year with the NCAA with the idea that college baseball needed organization and direction. What started as a 29 man convention has spawned to an 8,000 member association spanning 20 countries.

This year’s convention was held in Anaheim, California from January 5th-8th. More than 4,500 coaches and 300 exhibiting companies made the 73rd annual ABCA Convention the largest ever on the West Coast.

LeagueApps was lucky enough to be a part of the annual tradition this year as CEO Brian Litvack and Director of Enterprise Sales Rohit Kohli were on site with some off the game’s industry leaders.

As the game continues to evolve, different aspects of the youth baseball industry are also changing. It’s important to recognize some of the trends happening in the game. Here are the three reasons the ABCA Convention proved the game and your baseball program will change in 2017.


Technology Is Taking Over

It’s clear now more than ever that technology is changing every part of the game. Everything from tracking a pitcher’s release to gauging bat speed or torque is being monitored. Companies like Diamond Kinetics and HitTrax are paving the way for coaches and directors to analyze all details of a player’s swing.

“The baseball world has completely changed,” Rohit said. “Without a doubt, Diamond Kinetics and HitTrax were the biggest draws at the event. Everything revolves around tracking efficiencies for recruiting more so than ever.”

With all this technology and data, kids are able to receive their scores faster. They are then able to assess how they stack up with everyone else. Tweaks such as lowering their hands on the bat or raising their release on the mound are now easier than ever before.

“It’s almost like these companies are gamifying baseball for the kids,” Rohit said. “Like a video game, kids get instant results and make changes right then and there to get better.”

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Programs Are Getting More Specialized

From pitching camps in Texas to hitting instructors in New York to catching schools in California, there seems to be no shortage of specialized training. And the market seems to be expanding.

Across the country, facilities are being built for this very reason. Having a field is no longer necessary. Instead, program directors and organizers can use technology to open a camp focused on players’ bat speed.

LeagueApps partners from Ohio, Sports Force Parks, is one example of facilities built on specialization. Located near Cedar Point Amusement Park, they specialize in hosting tournaments for all skill levels. However, they maximize their growth through a niche market in youth sports tourism. By marketing one special asset of what they offer, Sports Force Parks has grown from hosting tournaments into one of the premier players in the youth baseball industry.

Custom Gloves at the ABCA

It’s not just programs or facilities that are specializing. Equipment is being altered every day to optimize a certain part of a player’s game. There’s a science behind how specialized hats can help prevent concussions. Gloves are being built everyday to conform to a player’s tendencies at shortstop or centerfield.

With the addition of technology and improving software, these evolutions are leading to more and more specialized players. The result is personalized pitching coaches and clinics for infielders on turning double plays.

As long as kids want to be the best and play for the best, there will always be a market for specialized camps.

Baseball Organizers Cannot Miss These Conventions

The biggest and most important takeaway is also perhaps the most simple. You have to go to these youth baseball related events.

Aside from the possibility of meeting Tommy Lasorda or Bobby Valentine, conventions and events like the ABCA allow for not only an excellent opportunity for other youth baseball leaders to network, but the potential to grow your program through a 3 or 4 day event is enormous.

That fact is not lost on Rohit.

“All the big name sponsors are here,” he said. “Every organization is here to capitalize on how to grow their youth baseball business in 2017.”

Big names like Rawlings, Easton, and EvoShield, to name a few, have a heavy presence at these events. Just as college teams are looking for partnerships with these baseball goliaths, youth clubs and teams are finding more ways than ever to get sponsorships.

With over 4,500 college coaches and recruiters at the event, baseball directors and organizers are keen on getting the inside track on how to get their players recruited for college.

“Being on site just gives these program directors a competitive advantage in understanding what college coaches are looking for. Sure, the opportunity for sponsorships and technological advances are here. But the real advantage is in knowing how to get your kids recruited,” said Rohit.

If a baseball director is looking to grow their program in 2017, start by attending these events.


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The Jr. NBA Wants To Give Your Youth Basketball Program A $1,000 Under Armour Gift Card

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Jr. NBA Program of the Month

If your youth basketball program is focused on growing the game of basketball through sportsmanship, fundamentals, and team work, then you deserve free marketing and Under Armour apparel and equipment for it. Now you actually can, thanks to a new initiative launched by the Jr. NBA to recognize dedicated organizers like you.

The Program of the Month presented by Under Armour will reward you and your basketball program with a $1,000 Under Armour gift card, a live workshop for coaches, parents, or league administrators from our friends at the Positive Coaching Alliance, and will be featured on the Jr. NBA’s social media platforms and website.

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What I Learned From the American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention

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Credit: Columbus.carpediem.cd

An Interview With LeagueApps Director of Volleyball Michael Scott

Last week, some of the top names in the game of volleyball attended the annual AVCA Convention. This year, the convention was held in Columbus, Ohio.

Also in attendance this year was LeagueApps’ very own Michael Scott, the company’s resident Director of Volleyball. We had a chance to sit down with him while he served up a few pieces of advice on the AVCA, the future of the game, how volleyball directors can reach a new market, and that oh-so-beautiful late December Columbus weather.

Read the interview below.

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LeagueApps Finalizes Stellar 2016 Free Agent Class With Three Superstars

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Ned Crotty, Alison Edell, and Chris Motley Finalize 2016 Class

An Interview With Ned Crotty, Alison Edell, and Chris Motley

Now that the free agency season is coming to a grinding halt, LeagueApps has had a chance to catch its collective breath. In striking succession, the startup based out of Union Square in New York City was able to recruit and sign three highly touted big-name players to the LeagueApps team.

Ned Crotty, Allison Edell, and Chris Motley, three of the top available superstars on the market, have all signed with LeagueApps, topping the 2016 recruiting class. Each will be directing the lacrosse, softball, and soccer partnership teams, respectively.

The additions remind sports organizers everywhere of the NBA’s versions of three headed monsters, such as the 2008-09 Boston Celtics (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen) or 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love).

This move is sure to bring even more value to sports organizers everywhere from the LeagueApps team.

CEO Brian Litvack had this to say about the additions:

“We’re excited to welcome Ali, Ned and Chris to the LeagueApps team. They share many of our core values and are already displaying the passion to help our partners create great sports experiences in their communities. Plus, all three are great athletes that will help our intramural teams!”

“When free agency begins, the phone won’t stop ringing with all the agents pitching us.  But we had our eyes set on our targets, and went out and got them.  We’re excited to welcome them on the team,” President Jeremy Goldberg said.

We had a chance to sit down and talk with the three stars from this year’s top-ranked recruiting class.

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Four Reasons LeagueApps Is Excited For Our Holiday Hackathon

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Nothing says Happy Holidays like a good old fashioned hackathon! At least, that’s what the LeagueApps development team is saying.

Next week, the LeagueApps team will be participating in their annual hackathon. These events have been valued as a source of creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

To get a sense of a LeagueApps hackathon, watch the above video to see our summer “LeagueAppathon” in 2014.

The core concept of a hackathon resides in the root word “hack,” which essentially means a clever solution to a tricky problem. Here’s the easiest explanation of a hackathon that we found from the people at SendGrid.

At LeagueApps, these projects we tackle during hackathons can be an engineering challenge like processing data at scale, an innovative product idea that makes sports organizing even easier, or a crammed brainstorm session that tackles what websites will look like in the future.

But no matter what the project, the spirit of hackathons remains the same – try something new and walk away having learned a valuable lesson, even if you didn’t accomplish your goal.

With that in mind, here are four reasons why this year’s holiday hackathon will make LeagueApps a better company.

We Will Learn Something

Athletes have tournaments. Developers have hackathons. No matter what happens, we will learn something.

“This is a great way to solve a problem or research new technologies,” Director of Product Management Gautam Chowdhry said.

Teamwork On A Grand Scale

From the development team in the DC office to the Union Square headquarters in NYC, everyone will have a role to fill that will make LeagueApps a better company for our partners. That includes brainstorming tasks for mobile apps and WordPress widgets, to writing personal holiday cards to our partners.

“I’m pretty excited to share my holiday limerick with our partners,” Senior Launch Coach Emily Mumford exclaimed.

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It’ll Be Fun, But Competitive

In honor of the development team hitting their 2016 goals by creating great features and products every four weeks, they’ll be pitted against each other in a project battle royale.

The dev team will be split into three teams. Each team will have a SportsDog theme to their team goals and names.

Team Openness will brainstorm around optimizing WordPress widgets with our open API so sports organizers can deliver even juicier content to their members. The Results Squad will be in charge of developing a high-level scoreboard for the company that displays live metrics- a sort of running scoreboard. Our Students of the Game team will research and lay the groundwork for mobile apps.

You Can Join Us!

Got a great idea for 2017? Want to know more about the product? Let us know! We will be sharing live videos and photos all day Monday, December 19th, and we want to hear your thoughts!

So be sure to like us on Facebook to contribute to our live feeds and follow our Instagram account so you can have access to all the behind the scenes photos we will be sharing. Use #HolidayHack.

See you on Monday!

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Paul Rabil Foundation Hosts First Ever NYC Fundraising Event With LeagueApps

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The Paul Rabil Foundation is committed to helping children with learning differences by creating programs and partnerships through sport and scholarship. It was founded by Paul Rabil and the Rabil family with a strong emphasis on helping children with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is the most common form of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. It is a syndrome of varied symptoms affecting over 40 million American children and adults.

This year’s holiday fundraising event was held in New York, a first for the foundation. It was held at the New York Athletic Club.

The LeagueApps team was honored to be a part. Not only was the event sponsored in part by LeagueApps, but a handful of employees volunteered for the occasion.

Paul Rabil is a proud investor of LeagueApps.

Great time supporting a great cause @prfund w/ the @leagueapps crew.

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“A lot of folks from LeagueApps here are supporting us here in a voluntary basis as well as sponsoring the event. They’re involved in youth sports through consolidating and delivering better experiences for operators,” Rabil said.

The proceeds from the event to distribute scholarships to children attending our partnered schools, the Lab School of Washington, The Jemicy School, The Baltimore Lab School, Dyslexic Tutoring Program, and The Odyssey School in Stevenson.

So far, over $425,000, 72 scholarships, and $50,000 in equipment have been donated to the cause. You can watch Paul Rabil’s full speech below.

Learn more about the event and how you can help the Paul Rabil Foundation.

 

LeagueApps Is Recruiting an Account Manager All-Star. Is This You?

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Are you sick of your days at the office standing still? Want to find something rewarding, challenging, and fast paced?

Then it’s time to test the free agency waters and sign with the LeagueApps team. We’re looking for a stellar account manager to fill our roster in the LeagueApps New York City office located in Union Square.

You will join the Partner Success department; a team responsible for helping local sports organizations maximize their experience and value on the LeagueApps platform. LeagueApps has spent years developing a software solution to bring value and benefit to sports organizers and their participants.

We’re focused on building relationships with these organizations to understand how they operate and help figure out how LeagueApps can be configured to be a valuable solution. Our Partner Success team does a good job explaining the type of service our partners can expect when partnering with LeagueApps. As an added perk, you will have the opportunity to travel and visit some of our top partners in the sports business industry.


 

The Scouting Report

The LeagueApps Account Manager is an energetic, self-motivated individual with some account management or customer success experience. Your role will be to drive retention for LeagueApps partners and help shape the VIP customer experience that we provide to top organizations. You are a relationship-builder, someone who believes in delivering amazing service. You will help our partners get the most value out of the LeagueApps platform and succeed in their goals, whether they are looking to grow their organization, or simply streamline their operations and save time. You are comfortable geeking out, problem-solving, and helping partners find the right way to configure LeagueApps to fit their needs. You love everything about sports and will speak with passionate sports organizers all day long. Every day!

Position Responsibilities

The Account Manager position has specific responsibilities within the team. We’ve drilled down this exact role to highlight the daily/weekly activities and tasks necessary to be successful.

  • Retain and manage partnerships for all assigned enterprise organizations.
  • Ensure that each assigned organization is configured properly to get the most value out of the LeagueApps product and services.
  • Execute a range of tactics to drive retention and customer satisfaction, including configuration audits, training, Coaching Sessions, and on-site visits.
  • Share new product improvements directly with customers.
  • Improve account management retention process and overall customer experience.
  • Be a captain and leader! Lead by example. Be the champion for Partner Success when interacting with other departments, including sales, marketing, product, and development teams.
  • YOU ARE THE FACE OF LEAGUEAPPS TO OUR PARTNERS!

Position Requirements

The most important requirements are to have passion, energy and motivation. We’re looking for those crazy folks that are mad about sports, digital and entrepreneurship AND love to service. A few other “requirements” that often indicate success for this role include:

  • Min. Experience: 1+ year experience in account management
  • Excellent communicator. You will be speaking with our partners every day. You need to be able to clearly walk them through a solution and articulate how to best utilize our tools and features.
  • Adaptable. You can connect to a wide-range of partner types, from non-technical users to tech wizards.
  • Master of product. You will not rest until you know how to configure and utilize the LeagueApps platform for every type of partner segment.
  • Cool-headed, composed, able to weather a storm.
  • You treat partners with the patience, empathy, and respect of a partner.
  • Entrepreneurial minded, innovative thinker, creative problem solver.
  • Fast learner, self-motivated, detail-oriented.
  • Be a teammate. Work well in conjunction with all team members across sales, product, and engineering functions.
  • Knack for helping different people, solving problems, and delivering a valuable customer experience.
  • Likes, Needs, to Win

This role is also only available in our NYC office. We need our Partner Success team interacting with our entire team throughout the day and the best way to do that is to have them all in our pod.

Are You Interested?

If you think this position is right for you then sell us on that! We’re actively looking to find the right player for the role and for our team. Use your resume, online profiles, presentation skills and persistence to prove it. We’re easy to get in touch with (as easy as any league organizer) through email, phone or social media.

If you know of someone that might be a good fit for the role please let us know that as well or have them apply now. We’ll appreciate the assist!

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Wizards Guard Bradley Beal Joins EYBL To Go Elite

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Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be giving back to his St. Louis community.

The St. Louis native, who once starred as a player on the Chaminade College Prep (Missouri) high school basketball team, and laced up for the St. Louis Eagles‘ EYBL squad from 2008-10, has solidified his commitment to making an impact in youth basketball programs by partnering with the Eagles to become their official ambassador.

The team will officially become the Bradley Beal Elite.

“Having Bradley Beal’s support for the St. Louis Eagles is monumental! It speaks to the core value of the organization and what we try to instill in all of the young people that we come in contact with–that is to give back,” team president Tim Holloway said.

The St. Louis Eagles were founded in 1988 as a non-profit foundation, to assist St. Louis-area youth athletes receive college scholarship support, and have impacted the lives of more than 1200 participants, including  Larry Hughes, Tyler Hansbrough, Ben McLemore, and David Lee.

“The collaboration was symbolic because the Eagles were an important part of my success and helped me become who I am today. The Eagles have always been like a family and I am excited to elevate basketball in my hometown,” Beal said in a statement.

Starting in January 2017, the Bradley Beal Elite will be powered by LeagueApps. All registration, fee collection, and communication will be done through the LeagueApps platform, including all programs that receive personalized support from the sharp-shooting guard.

You can read the full article here.

 

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