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4 Things Rick Peterson’s Crunch Time Can Teach You About Running Your Sports Program

Best Practices, Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community

 

Rick on Reframing

Former MLB pitching coach and author Rick Peterson dropped by the LeagueApps office recently to deliver some reframing strategies based on his book Crunch Time: How To Be Your Best When It Matter Most. Reframing is Rick’s pitching secret and it enables you to see a pressure situation with a new perspective.

The reframing strategy originated for pitchers in the majors and was a big reason for Rick’s success with several organizations, including the Moneyball Oakland Athletics of the early 2000s. Today, Rick and Lelia O’Connor deliver these same principles to businesses and other organizations looking to succeed in their respective industries.

These same strategies can be useful for sports directors and organizers like you who are looking to grow their programs. Here are 4 things the LeagueApps team learned that can help you do just that.

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LeagueApps Prepares For Workshop Led By Former MLB Coach And Crunch Time Author Rick Peterson

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community
Image via MLB

Image via MLB

The LeagueApps team will be treated to a special workshop hosted by former Major League Baseball pitching coach Rick Peterson. Peterson has worked with Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and some of the other great pitchers of the past 25 years.

In 2009, Peterson along with other business partners launched a sports technnology company called 3P Sports. 3P Sports combined Peterson’s coaching philosophies for conditioning and pitching drill with wearable technology using the work done by American Sports Medicine Institute as the benchmark.

Peterson recently co-authored Crunch Time: How To Be Your Best When It Matters Most. In Crunch Time, he and leadership expert Judd Hoekstra share Rick’s secret. It’s called reframing and it enables you to see a pressure situation with a new perspective. They offer six powerful reframing strategies, with behind-the-scenes examples from Rick’s work with some of the top names in sports.

You can read the Amazon reviews of Crunch Time here.

Rick will be joined by Lelia O’Connor in leading a performance workshop for the LeagueApps team. Lelia is an internationally recognized Executive Career and Leadership Coach. She has worked with the likes of General Electric, American Express, Novartis, Omnicom, Olympic Athletes, and award winning business leaders.

Follow LeagueApps on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to receive valuable insight from Rick and Lelia during tonight’s workshop.

2017 MLB Season Preview: Bold Predictions From LeagueApps Dugout Technology Experts

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Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

Photo Credit: Getty Images (via Sporting News)

What happens when technology experts that love the game of baseball make season predictions? With Opening Day literally hours away, our LeagueApps Dugout experts wanted to share with all the baseball organizers just how much they know and love the game as well.

The expert panel consisted of Baseball Partnership Consultants Michael Block and Jeff Snyder.

Here are the bold predictions for 2017 from our LeagueApps Dugout technology experts.

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Social Media Talks Ballin’ for Charity Tournament

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LeagueApps Volunteers at Ballin for Charity

Here are some of the reactions on social media during and after the second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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International Women’s Day: LeagueApps Celebrates Women Shaping The Youth Sports World

LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

LeagueApps Celebrating International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we wanted to take some time out to recognize not only the female employees that work here at LeagueApps but also our amazing female partners and the women leading youth sports organizations.

 

We want to recognize these seven amazing women and say how much we value them and all women for what they do.

 

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WOLA: Cultivating a Culture That Supports Women In the Sports Tech Industry

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

This Article Was Written By Launch Team Manager Stephanie Vera

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. To coincide with today’s historic event, LeagueApps is happy to share with everyone some initiatives around the office regarding WOLA, or Women of LeagueApps.

The following is written by Launch Manager Stephanie Vera.

As of March 2016, LeagueApps started a group called WOLA — Women of LeagueApps. The objective of WOLA is to create a safe environment for the women of LeagueApps to feel comfortable, confident and empowered. WOLA aims to grow the diversity at LeagueApps through sharing resources about women in a leadership in sports role.

As you can imagine, a sports technology startup is severely male-dominated. All three industries (sports, technology, and startups) are each predominantly male themselves. LeagueApps is no different. Only 9 out of 50 employees- less than 20%- are women.

“WOLA is an opportunity in our company for female empowerment. We’ve come a long way in terms of gender equality, but there are still gaps, and we happen to be a part of two, sports and technology,” Senior Launch Coach Emily Mumford said

“By creating this safe space in our office we have an opportunity to lift one another up, be encouraging and grow into great women in business. Being a strong woman isn’t easy, but having encouraging role models and mentors is important and WOLA provides that opportunity.”

According to National Center for Women & Information Technology, in 2015 only 25% of professional computing occupations in the U.S. workforce were held by women. Additionally, only 17% of Fortune 500 Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions were held by women in 2015.

LeagueApps is cognizant of these numbers and through supporting WOLA, welcomes guest speakers to speak to the women in the office on topics such as confidence, communication, building your personal brand, and negotiation.

“Just like female sports, WOLA is here to show that there are barriers and obstacles that women have to overcome, purely based on their gender. It’s refreshing to be supported by a group of successful, powerful women in this company, and I’m eager to see where it can go from here,” Partnership Development Specialist Melanie Rose said.

LeagueApps believes every team member deserves the opportunity to be a difference maker. Through creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable, confident and empowered, LeagueApps is paving the path to making an even bigger impact across youth sports.

Our mission is to help people everywhere have greater access to great sport experiences — sports touches people of different genders, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc.

“LeagueApps is all about empowering everyone involved with sport – from the organizer to the parent. WOLA empowers the women in our company. Being empowered and empowering others is a transferable skill,” Business Development Manager Casey Miller added.

“The WOLA community enables us to be the very best we can at our jobs because it empowers us and puts us in a position to empower other people around us,” she added.

Consider your sports organization and the market you are serving. By creating a culture that is open to all and allows everyone to feel comfortable, confident and empowered, you eliminate barriers to productivity and put yourself in a better position to achieve your goals.

Casey sees the success of LeagueApps as also coinciding with the power of WOLA,

LeagueApps recognizes the power of the female voice in an otherwise male dominated space, and WOLA has encouraged the entire company to not only accept but actually seek out that perspective. I think this is a big reason for our success. Women offer perspectives that men might not have, and creating a safe space where women feel confident to vocalize that only leads to bigger and better things. Have women in your organization. Encourage them to voice their opinion. Give them a seat at the table. Their perspectives and insights will challenge status quo and improve the company’s bottom line.

 

How LeagueApps OTA 11.0 Team Meetings Will Make Us A Better Teammate to You

Best Practices, Company News, Dugout, FastPitch, FC, Hoops, Lax, LeagueApps Team

LeagueApps OTA 11.0

We use the term “OTAs” a lot around the LeagueApps offices. We use it on our blog a lot as well. The NFL refers to the OTAs as preseason activities. One way to describe them here is to call the OTAs our team meetings or team building activities.

Last week, LeagueApps concluded these sessions for the 11th time. Throughout the three-and-a-half day sessions, the term 11.0 was thrown around a lot. It’s what will make LeagueApps, including our partners and sports organizers everywhere, and our team and any new team members, the best teammate you can possibly have.

Why 110?

LeagueApps is committed to our partners. Not only that, but we are dedicated to helping our partners getting set up with the tools they need to grow their programs. We know that when a partner commits to LeagueApps, we commit to helping their community organize sports forever. In short, we commit to Partnerships Forever.

To do that, we need a company culture that gives 110%. We expect 110% results. Anyone who joins our team will need to be 110%. Our partners expect 110% forever.

Simply put, being 110 means being a true SportsDog forever.

Our 110 Speakers

To hit our 110 goals, we had to have 110 guests and speakers.

LeagueApps investor and former NFL player Dhani Jones fired off our team meetings. His career took him from tackling on the playing field to now creating television opportunities after spur-of-the-moment meetings on planes. Mr. Jones is a true 101 Student of the Game.

We learned about the Results driven mentality and attitude that propels Geno Auriemma and the UConn women’s basketball team to new heights each and every day. They recently won their record breaking 91st straight game thanks to each player’s dedication to 110% each and everyday they step on the court.

We were honored to host some of our Difference Making partners for a special Partner Panel. Jimmy Vlahakis, President of Trilogy Lacrosse, taught us what goes into creating excellent event experiences for participants, players, and parents. Island Garden’s Executive Director Jim Fox drove home the importance of investing in 110 people.

Bobby Downing delivered insight into the economic advantages of community social leagues like Delaware Sports Leagues and how every sports organizer, from youth to adult, should embrace the idea of “Play Forever.”

We learned more unique and creative ways to implement our tools and features from T3’s Julia Braun, as well as best youth sports business practices from Mitch Storch of Hoop Heaven.

Barry Wacksman and Tom Gordon of R/GA charged us with an even deeper focus into who we are as a team and what LeagueApps means in this integrated world. R/GA is considered one of the top digital agencies in the world, working with such companies as Nike and Samsung. They shared how their Openness was able to arm leading companies with a mission, an idea that our partners have embraced for their sports programs.

Finally, NBA Champion and Investor Shane Battier shared how any team can capture a championship through contribution, certainty, connection, and significance.

110 Celebrations

OTAs is also a good time to celebrate our 110 team.

Much like an award ceremony for a sports team at the end of the year, we had a chance to throw our own event. We celebrated eight individuals that stood out and best represented our SportsDog values to our team, and more importantly, to our partners.

The real star of the night was our Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Joe Gangone. Our very own Joe launched the award festivities with a heartfelt poem that displayed all of the Passion that we have when we suit up every day.

Ironically, it was his birthday as well. And we loved celebrating with him!

110 Forever

We want to form lifelong partnerships. We are a company that is predicated on team, not acquisitions. We are a team that is focused on service to partners, not customers. We are forming relationships that will last a lifetime. 

Partners Forever. Team Forever. Play Forever.


JOIN OUR 110 TEAM TODAY!

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

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Credit: Columbus.carpediem.cd

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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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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