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

Company News, Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

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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Major League Lacrosse Star Ned Crotty On Why Playing Multiple Sports Will Help You Get Recruited

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Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

Credit: Sarah Michaels / Pretty Instant

This Post Written By Rochester Rattlers Attacker And LeagueApps Director of Lacrosse Ned Crotty

“Play multiple sports.” Something almost all youth athletes are told, often times directly from college coaches themselves, and yet most players and parents today ignore the advice. Coaches aren’t just wasting their breath—the advice is based on a common thread among almost all great lacrosse players.

In short, playing multiple sports makes you a better athlete, and ultimately a better lacrosse player. But it’s more than that. Whatever the sport is you’re choosing to play, care about it, work really hard at it, and don’t look at it as a secondary sport.

The key is not trying to do it all at once. These days, athletes play other sports to stay in shape for lacrosse, but if you’re not focused on the sport at hand, are you really going to get better? Is it going to make you a better athlete?

One of the great things about lacrosse is that there are so many similarities with other sports – basketball, football, soccer, hockey, etc. As a professional athlete, coach, and someone with several years of experience in the sports industry, I’ve often attributed my success in lacrosse to my years playing hockey. In hockey, you have to constantly play with your head up, make quick decisions and develop soft hands – all critical skills to my development as an athlete, and I wouldn’t have become the versatile player I am today without those experiences.

Want to talk to Ned about your lacrosse program? You can! He is opening up his calendar for lacrosse organizers like you. Learn more.

Are college coaches speaking out of both sides of their mouth when they say this? Arguably, yes. Coaches say that they want multi-sport athletes, yet they’re recruiting at events year round, causing players and parents to anxiously assume that they’re going to miss out on that one opportunity to be noticed if they skip a recruiting event or two.

Ironically, that couldn’t be further from the truth. And I’ve heard this first hand from coaches. In fact, you’d be surprised how many coaches like getting an email from a player saying they’re unable to make a recruiting event because they have a HS football game. It’s actually a good sign about a player, and shows commitment.

Another pro tip: In that same email, attach a highlight of your football season up to that point. While it may feel strange, coaches love watching their recruits play other sports.ften times, it can give them a better idea of the player’s athleticism and instincts.

There’s a saying that “you recruit what you can’t teach,” and the truth is you can’t teach athletic instincts. Back when I was going through the recruiting process, schools that were recruiting me for lacrosse used to come and watch me play hockey. I remember one coach in particular telling me he liked watching the recruits who played hockey because he could quickly figure out whether or not they were tough. “You can’t hide in the boards” he said.

 

Credit: Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Credit: Jim Rogash / Getty Images

My love for lacrosse is undeniable – but I think it’s important for young lacrosse players to know the consequences of limiting their athletics to only one sport. If lacrosse is your only focus, you’re missing out on the chance to become the best player that you can be.

Adding another sport to the mix will not only make you a better athlete and lacrosse player, it will also help you appreciate the game even more. It’s healthy to take a step away from the game for a little bit, similar to how it’s important for adults to take vacations away from their jobs. If anything, it will allow you to miss the sport and have more appreciation for your next time on the field holding a stick.

And remember, college lacrosse coaches get excited about well-rounded athletes. They would even tell you to engage in different sports while you can, because come college enrollment time, they’ll want lacrosse to be your sole focus.

Read professional baseball player Tyler Wood’s 5 tips on recruiting.

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How to Start, Scale, and Grow a Youth Sports Training Program [video]

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Former Johns Hopkins University, National Lacrosse League, and current Major League Lacrosse player Mike “Pop” Poppleton is the founder of All-American Faceoff (AAFO). Founded in 2015, the goal of AAFO is not only to teach athletes how to dominate at the faceoff X, but to instill skills that will help the players succeed in the classroom and in life.

AAFO has scaled up tremendously over the last year, growing from one specialized training program, to a now bi-coastal enterprise that is looking to focus on different aspects of lacrosse training.  Currently, Pop is looking for quality draw and goalie coaches/directors.

Pop was in town recently for the Paul Rabil Foundation fundraising event in NYC and decided to kick it with a few of his friends and partners at LeagueApps.

In fact, when he walked into the LeagueApps office last week, he made himself right at home! You’ll see that he enjoyed some of our funky hats laying around the office…

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We were lucky enough to be able to pick Pop’s brain a little bit and get some advice for other youth sports entrepreneurs and organizers. There’s really no one better to give sound advice to sports organizers on starting a youth training program, especially for a niche or specific role program.

In part one above, Pop gives some great tips on starting a niche or specific youth training program, the importance of technology, scaling, and properly using social media to expand a training program’s reach.

In part two below, watch what drove Pop to start AAFO, some of the challenges he faced, and why he says “sixth graders in Tennessee” could beat him.

MLL To Host All Star Shootout With ADVNC Lacrosse Using LeagueApps

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ADVNC MLL All Star Shootout

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced on Wednesday the 2017 MLL All-Star Game will be played in Sacramento, CA. The state of California will host the MLL All-Star Game for the second straight year after the 2016 contest was held in Fullerton.

“The sport of lacrosse is growing tremendously in Northern California,” MLL Commissioner David Gross said in a statement. “And this is another opportunity for MLL to showcase the best players in the world in front of passionate lacrosse fans.”

One person who offers a unique perspective on California lacrosse is former MLL All-Star Chris Rotelli. Raised in Rhode Island, Rotelli won the Tewaaraton Award at the University of Virginia and went on to play eight seasons in MLL. One of the stops he made as a pro was the Bay Area, when the San Francisco Dragons selected him in the Expansion Draft before the 2006 season.

Rotelli never left California and now heads a lacrosse training program there called ADVNC Lacrosse, which is working in conjunction with MLL to present a two-day youth lacrosse tournament around the All-Star Game.

ADVNC Lacrosse is a partner of LeagueApps.

All-Star Game Weekend will include a two-day youth lacrosse tournament in conjunction with ADVNC Lacrosse at Cherry Island Sports Complex. Day one of the tournament will include a skills competition for youth participants and the MLL Skills Competition.

Participants will meet and get instruction from the MLL All-Stars. They’ll also receive a ticket to the MLL All-Star Game and Skills Competition on July 7th and 8th in Sacramento.

The entire ADVNC-MLL All Star Shootout will be powered by LeagueApps sports management software.

“[Senior Account Manager] Dan [Kolomatis] is the man! We really appreciate his help in getting us set up so quickly so that this can be successful,” Club Director Drew Virk said.

You can register for the event here.

 

LeagueApps Partners Have Great Showing In Adrenaline Blackjack Classic

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Adrenaline Blackjack Classic>

The annual Blackjack Classic is a revolutionary and unmatched lacrosse experience combining the highest level of regional competition and NCAA recruiters with a top level event atmosphere. It’s hosted every year by LeagueApps partner Adrenaline, one of the premiere lacrosse brands in the nation.

The event took place December 3rd-4th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the first time ever, this year’s event was preceded by a showcase for high school athletes. Sponsored by Gatorade, the Las Vegas Prospect Day gave athletes the chance to increase their visibility with several NCAA coaches who were in attendance while gaining valuable insight from some of the game’s best coaches.


 

A total of 77 teams were on hand for this year’s Blackjack Classic event. Of the 77 teams, 37 are current partners or affiliates of partners of LeagueApps, including Chris Rotelli’s ADVNC Lacrosse SF 2021 Squad who won the championship, as well as Drew Snider’s City Side Lax.

The entire event was powered by LeagueApps.

Read the full event details here.

 

 

Four Easy Rules For Running a Successful Tournament or Event From a Leading Expert

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How difficult is it to run a successful tournament? What is the most important thing about choosing a venue for your next event?

Running a great tournament or event ensures that your participants will return to your sports programs. They are also more likely to refer your program to others and help drive registration.

We reached out to our partners from NXT Sports to get some insight in running a great tournament. Based out of Philadelphia, NXT Sports has been delivering some of the best tournaments on the East Coast since 2009. What started as a youth lacrosse club, NXT Sports now offers amazing experiences for youth athletes in the sports of soccer, field hockey, and basketball.

In this article, you’ll learn tips from Ryan Long, Director of Events for NXT Sports, on how to run a successful tournament for your sports programs.

Safety Is The Top Priority

Everything revolves around player safety.

“Our number one goal is to keep players and kids safe at all events,” Ryan said “Honestly, that should be the number one goal of all sports organizations.”

To do this, NXT employs trainers to be on-site at all times, not just for tournaments. During practices, tournaments, and games, there is one trainer for every two playing fields.

One initiative that Ryan and NXT is proud of is its safety initiative. Through a combination of full-time trainers, quality training of coaches and staff, as well as a partnership with the Datalys Center, NXT is at the forefront of youth sports injury research.

“Everyone on our medical staff keeps a binder at all times. We keep track of all injuries at all times, whether that be at practices, touraments, or other events. We then forward that information to the Datalys Center for proper research,” Ryan said.

To learn more secrets in how leading experts in the sports industry like Ryan are successfully growing their sports programs, download this FREE eBook today!

Location, Location, Location

“It’s one thing to have a great venue, but if it’s in the middle of nowhere, then no one will want to come back next year,” Ryan said.

One of Ryan’s main tips is to always remember that tournaments and events consist of not just the players and coaches, but of the families and friends of all participants. With that in mind, be sure to choose a venue that will offer off-the-field activities as well.

“It’s not just about the on-the-field experience. Make sure there are plenty of activities and things to do. When families come to Philadelphia, we make sure that we inform everyone of all the great things to do in this city, like visiting the Liberty Bell for instance. When we host beach events, we want to know where the go-karts and mini-golf venues are so that we can tell parents that in advance,” Ryan said.

Stay Organized

Parents want stability when they visit these events. Everything from having the correct schedule, to communication, to being able to register participants should as as smooth as possible.

“It’s so easy to be able to organize effectively with LeagueApps. Parents want organization. If you think about it, they’re on vacation when they visit our events. The fact that we’re able to easily organize everything gives them the opportunity to enjoy a no-hassle vacation,” Ryan said.

He continued. “There’s a lot of companies that will kind of start up and flounder because they’re not organized. Get organized with LeagueApps.”

Stay True To What You Do Best

One common theme shared by several of our partners, such as Lee Miller of Elite Hoops or Carlos Villicana of Team Esface, is to stay true to yourself and your mission.

Ryan shares a similar thought. “Stay true to what you do best. Learn the things you do well and build off of that.”

After you stick to what you know best, then you can make the step to a multi-sport event. When you do, Ryan gives this tip as well.

“Just stick to what you do and what you do best. Use that blue print for the other sports and make the minor adjustments that are necessary. Stay true to what you do best.”

 

 

The One Thing All Lacrosse Coaches and Organizers Need To Do

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Former Major League Lacrosse player Chris Rotelli has one major tip for all lacrosse coaches and organizers out there.

“You gotta be able to evolve, man.”

In 2003, Chris led his Virginia Cavaliers to the NCAA Championship while capturing the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s top lacrosse player. He was also awarded the McLaughlin Award as the nation’s best midfielder, the ACC Player of the Year, and was a first team All-American. He has since been named to four MLL All-Star teams.

But if you ask Chris, it’s the work he is doing with ADVNC Lacrosse in northern California that he is most proud of. After starting other youth lacrosse initiatives to grow the game in the state, Chris founded ADVNC in 2012.

Chris and ADVNC joined with LeagueApps in early 2016.

He had “an itch” to move to California in 2004. Over the last 12 years, he has seen the game grow exponentially in the state. Now, there are much more players and they are much more talented. And like players from his home state of Rhode Island, California players have something to prove.

“It’s like we all have a chip on our shoulder,” he said.

Growing up in Rhode Island, I was always told that only people from Baltimore or Long Island got to play at the top programs. It’s the same here. When lacrosse programs think ‘hotbeds,’ they don’t think of California. The players love playing with that chip.

Aside from the overall growth in numbers, Chris has noticed that the game has changed in another way since his college days in 2003.

“The game has changed and evolved. Suddenly, you see a lot more picking, which looks a lot like basketball and indoor lacrosse.”

There was less of that when I played. Defenses are better. Teams are better. It’s way harder to beat someone one-on-one now so you have to use the team. Whereas 10 years ago you had one guy scoring all the goals, now you have a lot more guys that are capable. It really makes the game more fun as a fan, but a little more challenging for coaches.

Chris and ADVNC know what it takes to evolve. Since 2012, nearly 90% of all players that play through ADVNC have gone on to play at the college level. To put that in perspective, roughly 13% of all high school lacrosse players continue to play in college.

“We are constantly learning and evolving as the game has evolved. As we teach our players on how to improve, we ourselves have to improve and learn. We then teach our coaches these new drills and philosophies.”

Chris and his staff recently created the ADVNC Training System in order to create the ideal learning environment for young athletes. ATS consists of up-tempo practices designed to increase awareness, decision-making, athleticism, and overall enjoyment of the game.

“The game has changed a lot in the last five years. You gotta be able to evolve,” he said. “We’re pretty excited to evolve with LeagueApps as well!”

The Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership Benefit Proves That Impossible Is Nothing

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When you think of Harlem, one of the last things you think about is probably lacrosse. Get ready for that to change.

The Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership program is literally doing the impossible. And the program is showing no signs of slowing down.

Harlem Lacrosse’s mission is to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Harlem Lacrosse inspires children to dream about tomorrow while working hard on the field and in the classroom today.

In just five years, the program has expanded from one team of 20 students into 11 programs stretching across three cities, from Harlem to Boston to Baltimore, and now includes over 550 boys and girls. HLL students have maintained a 100% on-time middle-school graduation rate, have passed their classes at a rate 20% higher than that of their peers at their schools, and have earned over $15 million scholarship offers to independent schools and colleges.

Now we're really here! #harlemlacrosse2016benefit

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Vice President of Sales Cameron Goldberg and Enterprise Sales Executive Roy Kohli were lucky enough to attend last week’s HLL annual benefit. Suddenly, that event’s ticket is harder to get than a Yankees box row seat.

The event attracted some top names in sport, including ESPN Anchor and Master of Ceremonies Lisa Kerney, Mike Jones, the Thompson Brothers, and several of the top lacrosse coaches on the East Coast.

“To see the things they’ve been able to accomplish, not just on the field but off as well, in such a short time is truly inspirational,” Cameron said.

On the field, the HLL program is attracting top Major League Lacrosse talent like Drew Snider. Off the field, the HLL students are some of the top students in their class. The below graphic shows that since 2013, HLL students are in the top of their class in the four core subjects.

Read the full impact report on the Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership program.

The LeagueApps team is excited to see just how far the Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership program can go in another five years.

 

MLL Star and LeagueApps Partner Drew Snider Takes Over Harlem Lacrosse Practice

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The Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership program is a non-profit organization that builds leadership skills and social responsibility. It was formed in 2011 to create a “holistic youth services organization around lacrosse.”

The young lacrosse athletes got a big surprise during practice on Tuesday, and it wasn’t just some of the LeagueApps team hanging out. Denver Outlaw midfielder and LeagueApps partner Drew Snider showed up to surprise the young lacrosse players from New York.

 

 

Drew is the owner of CitySide Lax, a lacrosse teaching and development organization based in the Pacific Northwest. CitySide has been a LeagueApps partner for over two years.

Drew will have his hands full this weekend as his Denver Outlaws play in Atlanta for the Major League Lacrosse championship.

Even with his busy schedule, he was able to fit in some quality time with the LeagueApps Lax team and help teach some techniques.

“It’s really great to see what they’re doing here. Everything they’ve been creating and what they’re implementing, it’s truly inspiring,” Drew said.

The arrival of an MLL star didn’t faze any of the kids’ focus and determination. All eyes and ears were on Drew when he spoke.

 

 

Drew is enthusiastic about the opportunity to help non-profit organizations like Harlem Lacrosse expand the sport’s reach. “It was really exciting to be a part of this. I’m really a big fan of what Harlem Lacrosse is doing and want to help in any way I can.”

Connecting partners is just one of the many things we do everyday at LeagueApps.

Sign up today to be a part of the LeagueApps family and find out how you can connect with amazing partners like Drew Snider.

 

 

The 4 Things You May Have Missed This Week

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July is a busy sports month. Between all star games, lacrosse registration, basketball camps, and after-game events in your rec leagues, it’s hard sometimes to keep up with the news. We got you covered right here.

LeagueApps Practices What We Preach

We’re always looking to build the best product for the sports organizer. To do that, we have to play sports! That’s also a convenient excuse for us to continue playing the games we love so much. LeagueApps has been quite busy on the field and in the gym over the last week.

The LeagueApps basketball team earned yet another playoff victory in the NYC Corporate League. Senior Sales Specialist Michael Bindelglass started the game hot from the arc.


Senior Sales Specialist Michael Bindelglass Was On Fire

But in the end, it was Sales Development Specialist Jeremy Smith who wouldn’t let LeagueApps lose. He went on a tear to get the win.

On the other side of the Hudson River, Partner Development Specialist Greg Cuccinello and his lacrosse team, The Tim Flynn’s, have been cruising in their playoff games of the Hoboken Lacrosse League. In their quarterfinal match on Thursday night, The Tim Flynn’s, named after their great lacrosse coach Tim Flynn, coasted to a 10-3 victory.

Partnership Development Specialist Greg Cuccinelli Dominated

And on the diamond, the softball team continues to pile up games during the regular season to make the playoff push in the Metro Sports NYC Softball league.


Sales Consultant Jenna Wechsler, Office Manager Cassie Rocha, and Launch Team Manager Stephanie Vera on the diamond.

3 Tips on How To Improve Your Sports Organization Through Social Media

Were you able to utilize our tips on how to use social media to grow your sports organization? In our article earlier this week, we gave some useful tips on how to properly market your sports organization through social media. Now, you know where to put all those fun photos and videos you took at last week’s tournament or last month’s camp.

Be sure to check out our Facebook plug-in as well, making registration easier and more marketable. 

The Easiest Way to Grow Your Club Lacrosse Team

 

67% of Youth Lax Players Are on Club/Travel Teams

Lacrosse has grown over 204% since 2001 and is projected to have 1.3 million youth players by 2018. Over two-thirds of youth players are on club teams. There’s no slowing these trends down.

This really cool infographic will give you all the information you need to know on how to grow and expand your lacrosse club team.

Admin Console Redesign Is Almost Here

LeagueApps Mobile Admin Console

Our development team has been working hard on the admin console redesign project. This upgrade will be amazing for sports organizers. Upon completion, the admin console will be mobile responsive, giving organizers much more freedom to make changes on the fly rather than planned ahead on a desktop. This is a huge upgrade that will be incredibly helpful for sports organizers instantly.

Read more about the admin console redesign and how it can help you.

 

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