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LeagueApps Lax Partners Well Represented at Long Island Lax Fest

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Over the years, the LI Lax Fest has grown into one of the largest tournaments in the nation. Teams from all regions of North America come to play in a festive and competitive atmosphere over the course of two days. It’s hosted every year by LeagueApps Lax partner George Breres and My Lacrosse Tournaments.

College coaches have also taken note of the abundant amount of talent that takes the field annually as the LI Lax Fest hosts an average of well over 100 college coaches to check out potential future college athletes.

The LeagueApps Lax team was on-site to share the experience with our partners.

About 300 boys and girls teams participated in this year’s tournament. Several of LeagueApps Lax partners made the trek out to LI Lax Fest, including Team 91 Lacrosse, HGR, Long Island Express, and Long Island Empire, among others. The entire event was powered and hosted by LeagueApps.

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3 LeagueApps Time Saving Tools That Help Dynamic Sports Organizers

Best Practices, Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Dynamic Sports Co-President George Breres (right) and Director of Partnerships Roy Kohli

Dynamic President George Breres (right) and Director of Partnerships Roy Kohli

We know from our partners and other sports organizers around the country, whether already established in their community or just beginning the sports entrepreneurial journey, TIME is your most valuable resource.

So clearly it makes sense to save as much of it as possible, and spend it on what matters most to you- delivering world class service and memorable experiences to your players.

Some of the most successful sports organizers and entrepreneurs know that to reach a certain level of success, they have to be experts in time management.

When thinking about being a successful youth sports organizer and expert of time management, former SUNY College of Cortland lacrosse captain and current Co-President of Dynamic Sports Management George Breres comes to mind.

An established leader on the New York sports and recreation scene, he has more than a decade of experience in athletics as a coach, director of operations and manager. He has been Co-President of Dynamic Sports since it was founded in 2010. You can read a few of his accomplishments here.

Dynamic Sports Management is the parent company of LeagueApps Partner Team 91 Lacrosse.

We reached out to George to pick his brain on how he is able to save so much time. Here are his three time-saving tools provided by LeagueApps to help you spend more of your valuable resource how you want.

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9 LeagueApps Lax Partners Announced In National Team Player Pool

Company News, Lax, Sports Community
Credit: US Lacrosse/ John Strohsacker

Credit: US Lacrosse/ John Strohsacker

US Lacrosse recently announced the 59 players that have been selected to try out for the 2018 United States Men’s National Team. Tryouts will begin July 10-12 in Sparks, Maryland.

Of the 59 players selected, 9 are partners of the LeagueApps Lax team. Additionally, Ned Crotty is the Director of Lacrosse and Paul Rabil is an investor of LeagueApps. You can read the full roster in this Inside Lacrosse article.

Here are a few notes about the six players and their lacrosse programs.

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LeagueApps Lax Welcomes New Partners Big 4, LAXFed, Mad Dog, and Minnesota Loons

Company News, Lax, Sports Community

LeagueApps Lax welcomes four new partners on the platform this month- Big 4 Lax, Lax Federation (LAXFed), Mad Dog Lacrosse, and the Minnesota Loons.

Combined, the new partnerships include over 91 boys and girls teams, nearly 10 tournaments and showcases per year, and dozens of camps and clinics in over 10 different states.

Here are a few notes about each of the new partner clubs and their programs.

Want to learn more about the leading lacrosse technology platform for your club or program? Click here to sign up to see a free demo today.

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New Lacrosse Recruiting Rule Poised To Make September 1 “A Mad Dash”

Lax, Sports Community
Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

It’s been a little over a week now since news broke about NCAA proposal 2017-1, which prohibits recruiting contact with prospective student-athletes and their families before September 1 of their junior year in high school. After some initial frenzy, it appears things on the recruiting trail are beginning to slow down.

The purpose of the new recruiting rule is to curb the recently accelerated recruiting process that has seen PSAs as young as middle-school-age “verbally commit” to colleges.

The proposal was submitted jointly by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA). It was also endorsed by US Lacrosse.

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LeagueApps Partners With ConnectLax to Simplify the Recruiting Process for Clubs

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Connect Lax

Credit: Connect Lax

Editor’s Note: LeagueApps Lax and ConnectLAX just teamed up to make the lives of club organizers even easier. The flexible API of LeagueApps easily works with other technologies in order to deliver the absolute best experiences to LeagueApps’ partners and their customers. You can read the details from the ConnectLAX team below. Original article is here.

The partnership will allow clubs to show their ConnectLAX teams on their LeagueApps website and for their players and parents to streamline the ConnectLAX sign up using their LeagueApps accounts. Specifically, lacrosse clubs can now embed their players’ ConnectLAX profiles on their own website while having them listed in ConnectLAX’s centralized Recruit Finder. LeagueApps team registrations will integrate with ConnectLAX to save coaches, players and parents time.

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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.

A Drone Took Video of New Sports Force Parks and It Looks Awesome

Company News, Dugout, FastPitch, FC, Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

What could be better than a day at the ballpark? Well, how about tacking on another day at one of the country’s best amusement parks right next door?

From baseball and softball to soccer and lacrosse, Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center offers teams and their families a tournament experience packed with sports, thrills, and outdoor activities. Located just minutes from Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center provides a competitive, safe, and fun tournament experience for teams of all skill levels.

The 5 C’s To Hosting a Great Tournament

LeagueApps is the official sports management technology partner of Sports Force Parks.

As construction is winding down on their beautiful new facilities, Cleveland based aerial photography and videography company Aerial Agents, helped create a unique, interactive map of the park, allowing visitors to truly explore the area.

We’re as excited as Sports Force Parks for a busy 2017 tournament season!

Video Basics For Your Program: The 5 Day Email  Course
 

 

Learn The Basics Of Video Marketing With The Free LeagueApps Email Course

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Video Basics for Your Sports Program

Get Tips On How to Use Video to Grow and Market Your Sports Program Sent Straight To Your Inbox

You know the easiest way to sell your programs and brand is through video. After all, in 2017, video will account for 74% of all online traffic. But you just don’t know where to start. Or maybe your current videos aren’t pushing the needle the way you want your program to grow.

LeagueApps wants to help you and your sports business grow. That’s why we created a free, 5-day email crash course on the basic fundamentals of video marketing. In this free email course, you’ll receive best practices on recording on a budget, where to start, how to share your awesome content, and even how to read some of those numbers to gauge how successful your latest masterpiece did.

This course is great for club directors who are looking for an extra push in recruiting, volunteers on the little league board, or tournament administrators planning the next great event.

How It Works

Simply sign up for the email course. You can click on the link here or you can click on the image at the bottom. The first lesson will be sent straight to your inbox the next day.

You’ll receive a new lesson each day for the next five days. In each lesson you’ll also see examples of how some of the leaders in the sports industry are using video to reach their goals.

In some of the lessons, you’ll be given additional homework, should you feel extra ambitious. After five days, you’ll be well on your way to delivering awesome video right to your target audience, members, parents, or other programs! Whatever your goals are, you’ll be able to achieve them.

Video content is the easiest way to consume information and help expand your program’s reach. Get started today by signing up below. We’re excited to help you grow your program through juicy video. Enjoy!

Video Basics For Your Program: The 5 Day Email Course

 

 

The 5 C’s To Hosting A Great Tournament

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Credit: The Tournament Guy Blog

Credit: The Tournament Guy Blog

This was written by Aaron Jaworowski and first appeared in the Tournament Guy blog. You can read the full article here.

There are five important things that determine if a tournament is a success. This is an open discussion from a youth baseball coach. Here are my five C’s of a great tournament.

COMPLEX

One key to a great tournament experience is the complex or fields you are playing on. Is it fan friendly? If it is a high school event, is there a quad used for enhanced recruiting? Are games played on college fields? Younger kids like turf and cool dugouts. Parents want good, free, and safe parking. We like concession stands with simple, great quality, and fair priced food. I don’t want a steak, but I do want a good tasty hot dog in between games. How is the lighting? Are there batting cages and warm up areas? These are all BIG factors that can play a BIG role in a running a nice event.

COMMUNICATION

Important!!! Coaches are typically leaders by trait and are great communicators. They want to know brackets, game times, directions, format, and tournament policies as far in advance as they can so they can communicate with their families. All questions should be answered in advance of the event in a positive and clear tone. Consider using one of many tournament software companies that can assist in brackets and director-coach communication (Tourney Machine, LeagueApps, and Got Soccer are great choices). Preparation is key and this will greatly reduce the stress of directors during tournament week.

Last point on communication: OVER COMMUNICATE

Need help with communication for your next tournament? See our communication tools in action by scheduling a call now

CREDIBILITY

Your online presence matters. This without a doubt will change the perspective of your company. The dollars you invest online will return to you 10 fold. Credibility is earned through positive customer experiences and it becomes gold if you can communicate it online. Get the market to trust your product. Share your stories and highlights, promote your brand. Online content wins. Here are a few brands we like in the social media space:

Baseball Youth

Ripken Baseball

Triple Crown

Pro Tip: Video is King

COST

Coaches want value in their events. They will compare entry fee’s to minimum games played. They don’t want to pay a premium for a 3 game guarantee. They would prefer a late start on opening day if they are traveling to help reduce hotel cost. The cost of playing competitive youth sports is expensive enough and coaches will shop to find quality events at a good value. Consider things when setting your cost such as are baseballs included? Is there a 1, 2, or 3 man umpire crew that becomes a variable? Is there a gate fee or parking fee? Do you offer quantity discounts? Do you offer club discounts? Do you have a stay and play hotel policy? These are all questions that must be evaluated when setting the right price.

COMPETITION

One of the most important aspects of a successful event is the competition level. Teams want close games. Think about how professional leagues set up their franchises. The league is fighting for attention, so they need to create games that are close and suspenseful. This is why you have the worst team draft first every year.

This will take a great amount of effort, but this is part of your quality of product. Directors should be honest and upfront with teams they are attracting and place similar level teams on the same field and the same bracket.

HOW TO EXECUTE THE 5 C’s

Staff is important, and you must invest back into your business. A team is willing to pay if the product is high quality. You cannot do this on your own. Invest into two to three staff members.

See Also: Four Easy Rules For Running a Successful Tournament From a Leading Expert

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