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What I Learned From the American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention

Best Practices, Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
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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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Four Reasons LeagueApps Is Excited For Our Holiday Hackathon

Best Practices, Company News, LeagueApps In Action, Product News, Value of LeagueApps

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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.

LeagueAppathon Javie and Belt

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

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Value of LeagueApps

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.

 

The 4 Things You May Have Missed This Week

Company News, Dugout, Hoops, Lax, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Product News, Rec

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.

 

LeagueApps Ready to Bring the Lumber After OTAs

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Release Notes, Value of LeagueApps

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The organized team activity. It is a term that was created in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement so that teams could better control players’ offseason preparations before training camp. To many, it’s the unofficial start of the NFL season.

You might have noticed that the LeagueApps office was away on their own “OTAs” last week. From June 26th through the 29th, the team participated in exercises, activities, lectures, and programs to set their sights on the second half goals. To many here, it’s the unofficial start of the second half of the year.

Though we call it OTAs, other companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and EA Games have their own brand of team-building activities. Corporate team-building activities are starting to become the norm in the professional world. Even Forbes agrees they are “good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.

These OTAs seem even more important to Service as a Software (SaaS) companies like LeagueApps. We believe in many of the same qualities that another Saas company, Percolate, was able to convey in this blog. We call our values by a different name, a more appropriate name for a sports SaaS. Sportsdogs.

The Sportsdogs were out in full force for three and a half days. We were honored to have venture capitalist Wiley Cerilli share with us invaluable advice on company culture and business expansion. Cole van Nice from Dodgers Accelerator stopped by to discuss the future of sports technology. And of course, we were uplifted from movie-like speeches from our own team leaders.

Clockwise from top left- Wiley Cerilli, Cole van Nice, President Jeremy Goldberg, CEO Brian Litvack

Aside from stellar presentations and pump-up speeches, a great deal of time was spent designing new products and brainstorming ways to better serve our partners. During one such session in which our developing team dubbed a “LeagueApp-athon,” taken from the term hackathon, we were up until the wee hours of the morning creating and sharing ideas to improve our already stellar products. We’re not ready to announce what we came up with, but we’re excited to release them in the near future!

Our team was up until the wee hours hacking away!

Of course, what type of sports company would we be if we didn’t compete in our own Olympics? The events: wiffleball, soccer, team activities, and volleyball. And the competition was fierce.

Eight teams but only one champ. Can you guess who?

Perhaps the icing on the cake, however, was a team exercise in which we brought the wood. Literally. Using one axe, every LeagueApper took a turn in striking a piece of wood until it was completely cut in two. It was fitting and fulfilling to see the final blow complete the task.

The Sportsdogs values were on full display over OTAs. We’re ready to bring the wood in the second half of the year for everyone involved with LeagueApps. Stay tuned for what the lumber yard has in store.

Wins across the board for Steady Buckets and Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Press

Last Saturday, March 19th, LeagueApps hosted Ballin’ for Charity, a 3v3 charity basketball tournament at Basketball City located at Pier 36 in the Lower East Side! Half of the tournament proceeds were benefitting Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to developing “Better Athletes, Better People.” The other half of the proceeds were benefitting the winning team’s charity picks. Together we raised over a gross profit of $10,000!

32 teams came out to compete in either the Recreational Division or the Competitive Division. Some of the companies who came out to participate include: Fundera, Palantir, Studio Rodrigo, Steady Buckets, Booker Software, and the list goes on!

To view an entire list of participants and their charities, click here.

We’d like to congratulate our two winning teams for finishing at the top of their brackets: Krossover and Steady Buckets!

Team Krossover finished at the top of the Competitive Division. Krossover’s charity of choice is Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, a non-profit 501(c)3 international education program in India that leverages athletic values and skill as a means to develop academic opportunities for Indian students. Our donation will fund over 15 children’s participation in the program.

Team Steady Buckets finished at the top of our Recreation Division and their charity of choice is the Steady Buckets Foundation whose core focus is on the long-term and holistic development of the individual. Our donation will cover multiple hours of NYC gym space for participants, team uniforms and an entire year of basketball training for one player.

Each participant was guaranteed 3 games before advancing to the tournament bracket of their division. In between the pool play games and the tournament bracket we also hosted a huge game of “Knock Out” where Team Coach Up was announced our Skills Champions for the day! The objective of “Knock Out” is to make free throws in order to survive, while at the same time, eliminating the other players.

We raffled off two Brooklyn Nets Basketball Tickets with a face value of $350 each! Brandon Bermeo from Team Steady Buckets won the two raffle tickets! He is excited to head over to Barclays center to enjoy the game on Wednesday, April 13th.

The Namely Balliebers were announced our “Most Spirited Team” as they sported shirts with both Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ faces on them! It doesn’t get much better than Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

As a sports management software solution, we at LeagueApps were able to put ourselves in our partner’s’ shoes this past Saturday. We felt the pain of registrations that come in last minute, we felt the glory of putting together like minded individuals, and we felt the passion for why we do what we do everyday — because we love sports. We hope to continue to build upon our mission of ensuring that everyone has access to amazing sport experiences.

Thank you to all the participants who came out to play this past Saturday — without you we wouldn’t have reached our fundraising goal! We appreciate all our volunteers who came early and stayed late. And a final special thanks goes out to our MVP Sponsor, Capify, as well as our tremendous team of All-Star sponsors, including the NBA, Cushman & Wakefield, Warby Parker, Lyft, Contour Ventures, and Red Sea Venture Partners.

A Caribbean Collaboration – LeagueApps Attends the 6th Annual SSIA Conference in Mexico

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps recently sponsored and attended the 6th annual Sport & Social Industry Conference in Cancun, Mexico on February 16-19th. The conference, organized by the Sport & Social Industry Association, brought together over 60 of the top sport & social clubs throughout the country (and Canada!). Here is a list of all of the SSIA member organizations.

LeagueApps partners with many SSIA members so it was awesome for our team to catch up with partners and meet a few for the first time in-person. (The 80-degree weather didn’t hurt either!). We scheduled several group sessions and individual meetings but also found some time to join a tech panel, participate in the annual SSIA challenge, and share gifts with our partners. Check out the LeagueApps SSIA Conference album on Facebook for photos and some action shots from the conference!

 

SSIA Partners

Group photo with LeagueApps and our partners, sporting their new LeagueApps visors.

 

LeagueApps shared a host of new feature updates with our league partners during the Group Sessions. We thought it would be a great opportunity to share the value of these new features in-person, as well as highlight the different ways partners are already utilizing these improvements.

These slides recap the presentation we shared with our partners. The new features we discussed included:

  • Free Text Messaging
  • Schedule Import
  • Stored Credit Cards
  • Small Group Registration
  • API

Our partners later told us that the biggest benefit of the group sessions was being able to share and learn best practices from other LeagueApps users. We are glad our partners are able to gain tips from each other and take advantage of our partner community!

We surprised our partners by sharing new design concepts with them. Design and content are hot topics among SSIA clubs, so we decided to design new Skin image sliders for some partners in attendance. We enjoyed unveiling these new designs in front of our partners for the first time. Their reactions alone made it worthwhile! (Below is an example of a Skin we helped implement for a partner.)

 

Please reach out to us directly or Schedule a Coaching Session to learn about how to best utilize these features. Be sure to also signup for a webinar – we will be covering Content and Design tips on 2/24/16!

 

Most importantly, we learned a lot from the SSIA Conference. One of the LeagueApps core values is to be “students of the game”.  LeagueApps took away some really key lessons from our trip. These include:

 

1) Help LeagueApps Partners Learn and Share Best Practices from Each Other

We are inspired by the value the SSIA provides to their members each year through the conference. We recognize that networking and knowledge sharing can help our partners especially as it pertains to how best to utilize and leverage the LeagueApps platform. We also recognize that many partners have become “product experts” as LeagueApps users and have lots to offer each other. We’ll continue to develop better channels and thought leadership groups for partners that want to participate in knowledge share. If you have any tips, ideas, or would like to participate, please hit us up!

 

2) Communicate Product Updates

While helping connect partners is extremely valuable, it is the LeagueApps team’s job to emphasize the benefits and value we provide to our partners. We need to promote product updates, benefits, and new services that our partners can utilize (think webinars, Coaching Sessions, Partner Days). The better we can communicate improvements to our product and service, the more likely will our partners take advantage of these new enhancements.

 

3) Product Flexibility and “Openness”

LeagueApps has learned that many of our partners use multiple web tools, software platforms, websites and social media channels to promote and manage their organization. Through our open API, partners and developers have been figuring out how to “talk” to other 3rd-party tools and integrate with them. This need continues to grow as we work with more forward-thinking organizations who need cutting-edge technology to run their operations. We’re inspired by some of the integrations our partners have already been able to develop through our API, and we’re excited to see this trend continue. Learn more about our API plans, or visit our API developer site to access our API documentation.

 

 

Special thanks to Galen, Chris and the SSIA for organizing the conference and allowing us to participate in all of the great activities and group sessions. Please let us know if you are interested to learn more about the SSIA and we can put you in touch directly with the organizers.

We’re now in the process of working many of these lessons into our processes, plans and product in 2016.  We’re also planning more LeagueApps Partner Days on both the East and West Coast this year (details to come!). Let us know if you’d like to attend and we’ll be sure to invite you to an upcoming LeagueApps Partner Day!

 

Gautam sporting his VAVi headband with partners, Ray (Austin Sport and Social Club) and Danny (Tri Sports Social)

 

 

 

LeagueApps Visits US Lax Con

Company News, Lax, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community

As we all know, the lacrosse community is very close, those who want to “Grow the game”, will do anything to do so. This is why thousands of individuals – players, parents, coaches, professional athletes – and more attend the US Lacrosse Convention each year

The LeagueApps Lacrosse team was extremely excited to head down I-95 to Baltimore!  Roy, Chad, Jenna, DJ and Louie worked months to prepare to meet all those that love the game just as much as we do! Our plan was to meet current and potential partners and we also organized a Happy Hour special with our partners, Aloha Tournaments.

Excitement continued to build as the date was getting closer and closer. The one and only thing standing in our way… Winter Storm Jonas! Meteorologists predicted this to be the worst storm the area had seen in some time. Quite the timing right? So we debated whether or not it would be safe for us to still make the trip. At the end of the day, we gritted it out and decided to head to Baltimore for what we named Storm Lax Con, and show Storm Jonas who’s boss!

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(Louie, Chad, Jenna, Roy and DJ)

Now while we made it safely, unfortunately weather forced many flights, trains and other means of transportation to cancel. For those that were able to make it, we did our best to meet as many people as possible and introduce them to the #1 lacrosse technology partner in the country.

It was also great to have some of current partners; Aloha TournamentsMy Lacrosse TournamentsBlatant EventsPaul Rabil and Raw Lacrosse, all there with us sharing the excitement and nervousness about the storm that was in the air.

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Roy meets up with George Breres from My Lacrosse Tournaments

Although the storm cut everyone’s time at the convention center short, it was great to make the trip down to Baltimore and really meet those who are contributing to the growth of lacrosse. We learned many things from our trip (A little secret … Chad doesn’t like to obey the traffic lines on the highway). The best contribution that we as a company can make is to be directly invested in the lacrosse community and make a direct impact to those who share the passion about lacrosse just as we do!

 

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Louie and Jenna meet Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom os Wheelchair Lacrosse USA

LeagueApps = Growing the game of lacrosse through great technology and always practicing our core values of partnership and SPORTSDoG! (Sportsmanship, Passion, Openness, Results, Team, Student of the Game, Difference Maker, Grit)

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth or those that we met as we walked around the convention! It was truly great to learn more about all of the people and organizations we were able to meet! We cannot wait to see all of you next year! *Crosses fingers for no winter storm in 2017*

Rudy Williams of RAW Lacrosse (FL) shares his thoughts with Roy on his partnership with LeagueApps

LeagueApps SportsDog Rap Battles

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps Sports Dog Values

Sportsmanship – We play by the rules and win the right way!

Passion – Do you love everything about sports? Do you want a career where you love what you do? How many people can say they go to work everyday and do something they love? We Can!

Openness – Thrive in an environment that encourages completely open lines of communication.

Results – Know your numbers! Own your number! and be your own CEO!

Team – We all work together whether we win or lose, and we are always there to pick each other up.

Student of the Game – Do you enjoy learning? At LeagueApps we foster an environment where you are always learning. Whether its leadership tips from The “Admiral” David Robinson or analytics from Shane Battier or just sheer desire to be the best from Paul Rabil.

Difference Maker– Are you a person who wants to make an impact everywhere you go? If so, you are a perfect fit!

Grit – Anyone can identify a problem we are looking for someone who can go the extra mile and come up with a solution!

We also like to incentivize our team to hit their goals. If they don’t, they might find themselves in a rap battle. Check out a day in the life of a LeagueApps employee:

Here at LeagueApps, we are a family that truly loves what we do. Come find out what we are all about!

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LeagueApps si serious about Thanksgiving

Today LeagueApps had their annual Thanksgiving lunch. One of our Sales Development Representatives doesn’t mess around with his Turkey. Hey Alex Wolf!  Why so serious?

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