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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.

Knockout Competition

Who doesn’t love knockout? Last year’s knockout competition was so fun for everyone that we absolutely had to bring it back this year. Set your alarm clocks for 11:50 am, because the battle starts sharply short after.

Social Screen

We want everyone to be a part of the fun at the event AND on social media. Our partners at Basketball City have several large screens and TVs, so we’re going to put them to use. Join in on the social fun and add the hashtag BallinForCharity (#BallinForCharity) to all of your photos and posts on Instagram and Twitter. Then watch as your post jumps to the top of the TV and takes the lead of the social scoreboard!

Follow FundPlay on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on all the day’s events.

Three-Point Contest

We know you’re better than Steph Curry at dishing threes. Now, you get to prove it. For only $10 you can register for the first ever Ballin’ for Charity three-point contest. As an added bonus the winner will get a FREE Hooch Membership, guaranteeing you a free cocktail every day for a year. Perfect for after your next three point contest.

Budweiser Lounge

The drinks will be flowing thanks to our friends at Anheuser-Busch. We’ll be hosting an on-site lounge fully stocked with the finest products that Budweiser has to offer. Great food from Ox Verte, Banza, and Slice, to name a few, will be provided.

Plus, DJ Hillman will be spinning tunes throughout the day. The party is sure to start early!

Dodgeball and Cornhole

Our partners from NYC Social will be helping us put on some fun games that go very well with our above-mentioned sponsors. If you’re looking to venture into more of an action-packed activity, look no further than dodgeball. For the rest of us looking to mellow out after some hard-fought pool games, cornhole sounds right up your alley.

Plus, we have one more surprise for you all the participants that we’re sure you’ll be barking about…..

We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow! And don’t forget to use #BallinForCharity on all of your amazing social media posts.

 

 

 

 

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

Lax, LeagueApps In Action, Sports Community

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.

Salt Lick, Sport, and Social: LeagueApps Steams Back From 7th Annual SSIA Conference

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

SSIA 2017
The LeagueApps team was proud to be a part of the Social Sport and Industry Association (SSIA) Conference once again. This year’s event was held from February 22nd-24th in Austin, Texas. This was the seventh conference in SSIA’s history.

The event featured 25 of LeagueApps’ adult and social league partners. Aside from enjoying the 70-degree weather and chomping down on some delicious barbecue, the three-day conference gave us a great chance to collaborate with our partners on future initiatives. This included products, features, and some collective ideas regarding the industry.

The main course was a group session revolving around five of our features that have been released over the last year that can provide the most value to our adult and social league partners.

  • Mobile Admin: Run your entire organization, including all of your programs, on your mobile device.
  • RSVP: Allow easier communication between teammates to help your leagues avoid the dreaded no-shows.
  • Stored Credit Cards: Deliver an easy check-out experience for your customers while collecting 100% of fees on-time.
  • Team Rollover: Empower your leagues’ captains to copy and paste, or “rollover,” previous rosters, simplifying the lives of your participants and staff.
  • Team Talk: The easiest form of communication between staff, players, or anyone, organized by topic.

You can view the LeagueApps presentation below.

LeagueApps Presentation at SSIA Conference 2017

Of course, the main benefit of attending the SSIA Conference each year is the quality feedback and best practices received from our partners. This year was no different.

One thing that we learned was that many of our partners use multiple web tools, software platforms, websites, and social media channels to promote and manage their organization(s). 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.

It’s also clear that bigger data and deeper marketing insights are becoming a huge part of growing. Partners have a thirst for better data. are getting smarter about marketing automation and eager to better track their conversion funnel. They are excited for LeagueApps to build smarter reporting and/or connect them to business intelligence tools.

Finally, it’s cool to see some of our partners actively interested in expanding into the youth market. Several partners have already established youth initiatives, while others plan to in the near future. This is another place where we can drive value and see growth from our partners in the coming years. What’s encouraging is that our partners recognize there is a big opportunity to create positive sports experiences to the non-elite athletes.

Last but not least, we had the luxury of feasting to some world-renowned barbecue. On Wednesday night, we hosted dinner at Salt Lick Barbecue , with the help of our friends and partners from Austin Sport and Social. We’re looking forward to SSIA 2018!


 

 

Highlights From The NSCAA Convention And What It Means For Your Soccer Program In 2017

Company News, FC, LeagueApps In Action, Sports Community

The weather was beautiful and the crowds were plentiful for the 2017 National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention. It was held in Los Angeles.

Representing the LeagueApps FC team, VP of Sales Cam Goldberg made the trek cross country to sunny LA. He came back with more than just a tan. Here are some takeaways and observations about the future of youth soccer based on the NSCAA Convention.

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The Top 3 Reasons You Need To Register for FundPlay’s Ballin For Charity Right Now

Best Practices, Company News, LeagueApps In Action, LeagueApps Team, Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

Ballin For Charity

LeagueApps is happy to announce the tip-off of the second annual 3-on-3 FundPlay initiative, Ballin’ for Charity. The event will be hosted on Saturday, March 25th by our partners at Basketball City.

Like last year’s event, each team will be required to play for a charity of their choice. Proceeds will go towards Positive Coaching Alliance and allocating software grants through FundPlay for underserved communities in need.

This year’s event will consist of two divisions- competitive and recreational. The winner of the competitive division will receive a $1,500 donation to the charity of their choice. The recreational division winner will receive $1,000.

The event was able to raise over $10,000 last year in proceeds! Here are three reasons why now is the best time to sign up for the fasting growing charity basketball tournament in the city.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM FOR BALLIN’ FOR CHARITY TODAY

 

Join A Network That Includes New York’s Leaders In The Tech and Startup Industry

Each team is guaranteed three games in their respective division. During pool play and any teams that don’t make the playoffs, there will be plenty of other games and events going on, thanks to our friends from NYC Social. Who doesn’t love dodgeball or cornhole?

Last year, Ballin’ for Charity had over 400 of New York City’s leading entrepreneurs and innovators attended. Over $20 billion in business was represented. Check out last year’s participants here.

The lounge at Basketball City will be serving refreshments and March Madness games will be playing in the background. This is one of the easiest ways to get in front of hundreds of the industry’s leaders.

Choose The Charity You Want To Play For

One of the perks of FundPlay’s Ballin’ for Charity is that YOU are empowered to play for the charity of your choice. Most of us at LeagueApps understand the power of sport and all the positive impacts they have had on us as well as our partners.

Because we firmly believe in the power of sport, LeagueApps will be playing for PCA. We support their motto of “Better Athletes, Better People” and trust in their mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience.

By playing in Ballin’ for Charity, you have the power to make a difference by playing for a charity of your choice. Here, you can see some of the charities that others have played for in the past.

The Early Bird Registration Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Let’s face it. This event is too hard to pass up. It’s not a matter of if Ballin’ for Charity will fill up, but when it will. The easiest way to secure your spot is to sign up now.

By signing up your team right now, you can save also big using our early bird discount. Take advantage of the entry for teams starting at $400 per team. Prices will go up after February 1st. Hurry though, as the early bird discount is only available for a limited time.


SIGN UP TODAY TO RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

 

 

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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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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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.

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

Credit: Javie Rios

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.

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