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What I Learned From the American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention

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

Best Practices, Lax, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community
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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.

 

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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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LeagueApps Finalizes Stellar 2016 Free Agent Class With Three Superstars

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Ned Crotty, Alison Edell, and Chris Motley Finalize 2016 Class

An Interview With Ned Crotty, Alison Edell, and Chris Motley

Now that the free agency season is coming to a grinding halt, LeagueApps has had a chance to catch its collective breath. In striking succession, the startup based out of Union Square in New York City was able to recruit and sign three highly touted big-name players to the LeagueApps team.

Ned Crotty, Allison Edell, and Chris Motley, three of the top available superstars on the market, have all signed with LeagueApps, topping the 2016 recruiting class. Each will be directing the lacrosse, softball, and soccer partnership teams, respectively.

The additions remind sports organizers everywhere of the NBA’s versions of three headed monsters, such as the 2008-09 Boston Celtics (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen) or 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love).

This move is sure to bring even more value to sports organizers everywhere from the LeagueApps team.

CEO Brian Litvack had this to say about the additions:

“We’re excited to welcome Ali, Ned and Chris to the LeagueApps team. They share many of our core values and are already displaying the passion to help our partners create great sports experiences in their communities. Plus, all three are great athletes that will help our intramural teams!”

“When free agency begins, the phone won’t stop ringing with all the agents pitching us.  But we had our eyes set on our targets, and went out and got them.  We’re excited to welcome them on the team,” President Jeremy Goldberg said.

We had a chance to sit down and talk with the three stars from this year’s top-ranked recruiting class.

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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.

 

LeagueApps Is Recruiting an Account Manager All-Star. Is This You?

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Press

Are you sick of your days at the office standing still? Want to find something rewarding, challenging, and fast paced?

Then it’s time to test the free agency waters and sign with the LeagueApps team. We’re looking for a stellar account manager to fill our roster in the LeagueApps New York City office located in Union Square.

You will join the Partner Success department; a team responsible for helping local sports organizations maximize their experience and value on the LeagueApps platform. LeagueApps has spent years developing a software solution to bring value and benefit to sports organizers and their participants.

We’re focused on building relationships with these organizations to understand how they operate and help figure out how LeagueApps can be configured to be a valuable solution. Our Partner Success team does a good job explaining the type of service our partners can expect when partnering with LeagueApps. As an added perk, you will have the opportunity to travel and visit some of our top partners in the sports business industry.


 

The Scouting Report

The LeagueApps Account Manager is an energetic, self-motivated individual with some account management or customer success experience. Your role will be to drive retention for LeagueApps partners and help shape the VIP customer experience that we provide to top organizations. You are a relationship-builder, someone who believes in delivering amazing service. You will help our partners get the most value out of the LeagueApps platform and succeed in their goals, whether they are looking to grow their organization, or simply streamline their operations and save time. You are comfortable geeking out, problem-solving, and helping partners find the right way to configure LeagueApps to fit their needs. You love everything about sports and will speak with passionate sports organizers all day long. Every day!

Position Responsibilities

The Account Manager position has specific responsibilities within the team. We’ve drilled down this exact role to highlight the daily/weekly activities and tasks necessary to be successful.

  • Retain and manage partnerships for all assigned enterprise organizations.
  • Ensure that each assigned organization is configured properly to get the most value out of the LeagueApps product and services.
  • Execute a range of tactics to drive retention and customer satisfaction, including configuration audits, training, Coaching Sessions, and on-site visits.
  • Share new product improvements directly with customers.
  • Improve account management retention process and overall customer experience.
  • Be a captain and leader! Lead by example. Be the champion for Partner Success when interacting with other departments, including sales, marketing, product, and development teams.
  • YOU ARE THE FACE OF LEAGUEAPPS TO OUR PARTNERS!

Position Requirements

The most important requirements are to have passion, energy and motivation. We’re looking for those crazy folks that are mad about sports, digital and entrepreneurship AND love to service. A few other “requirements” that often indicate success for this role include:

  • Min. Experience: 1+ year experience in account management
  • Excellent communicator. You will be speaking with our partners every day. You need to be able to clearly walk them through a solution and articulate how to best utilize our tools and features.
  • Adaptable. You can connect to a wide-range of partner types, from non-technical users to tech wizards.
  • Master of product. You will not rest until you know how to configure and utilize the LeagueApps platform for every type of partner segment.
  • Cool-headed, composed, able to weather a storm.
  • You treat partners with the patience, empathy, and respect of a partner.
  • Entrepreneurial minded, innovative thinker, creative problem solver.
  • Fast learner, self-motivated, detail-oriented.
  • Be a teammate. Work well in conjunction with all team members across sales, product, and engineering functions.
  • Knack for helping different people, solving problems, and delivering a valuable customer experience.
  • Likes, Needs, to Win

This role is also only available in our NYC office. We need our Partner Success team interacting with our entire team throughout the day and the best way to do that is to have them all in our pod.

Are You Interested?

If you think this position is right for you then sell us on that! We’re actively looking to find the right player for the role and for our team. Use your resume, online profiles, presentation skills and persistence to prove it. We’re easy to get in touch with (as easy as any league organizer) through email, phone or social media.

If you know of someone that might be a good fit for the role please let us know that as well or have them apply now. We’ll appreciate the assist!

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The LeagueApps Hoops Team Supports New England Basketball Tournaments Over The Weekend

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

The LeagueApps Hoops team had a chance to spend some time at a couple New England basketball tournaments this past weekend.

Enterprise Sales Executive Michael Scott and Basketball Partnership Consultant Nick Sutedjo were at both the 3rd Annual Fall Hoops tourney hosted by our partners from ASA Hoops, as well as Zero Gravity’s NERR Northeast Hoop Festival. The two tournaments gave the LeagueApps Hoops team a great opportunity to reconnect with partners, forge new relationships, and be on-site to assist in any way they can.

“The New England basketball scene is a pretty tight knit community. Relationship building is extremely important. It was cool to see how many tournaments were being held by different people,” Nick said.

The ASA Tourney and ZG Hoop Festival are two of the most premier fall basketball events in the New England area. With hundreds in attendance at these tournaments, a lot of the hard-working organizers and volunteers sometimes need an extra hand. Michael Scott was eager to help set up on Saturday with ASA.

Tournaments and events like these are a great way for our partners to showcase their organizations. Both ASA Hoops and Zero Gravity received high praise from participants throughout the weekend and after.

“It was great to see that much organized basketball being played at the younger ages. It’s definitely different from when I was a kid growing up, when we just played pick-up in the park or for the church team,” Michael said.

He continued. “You can see the effect that an athlete like Steph Curry has on the younger kids by the amount of three pointers taken or 7-year-olds trying to do a euro step instead of just finishing with the left. My support guys out to the coaches trying to get these young kids just to learn the basic fundamentals.” Michael said.

Nick and Michael were on hand to see both partners Evolution (EVO) Hoops and Rise Above chalk up wins on an amazing 8 court facility in Hanover, dubbed “The U.” EVO actually took home three championships over the weekend!

As an added bonus, new partner Central Mass Swarm pulled out a W as well.

One of the highlights had to be when High Hoops Director Dean Hirtle invited Michael and Nick to help in skills training at The Hab. The young athletes of the High Hoops Elite Skills Clinic were more than happy to get some advice from the veteran basketball players.

Michael was happy to help teach the fundamentals.

Click here to find out how the LeagueApps Hoops team can support you at your next tournament or event. Or, call the number below to see how you can get started.

LeagueApps Family Night Takes A Page Out Of The Sports Organizer’s Book

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The LeagueApps NYC office was brewing with excitement recently. Motivated by our partners and family-oriented sports organizers, LeagueApps hosted an exclusive Family Night in which friends, families, and loved ones were invited to a celebration of all they do for us.

Even for a forward-thinking tech company, this was quite the new idea.

“Family Night is a chance to meet our extended family at LeagueApps. We believe that everyone that works at LeagueApps is a part of a family- we’re all part of a communal effort to make a difference,” President Jeremy Goldberg said.

He continued. “The purpose of family night is to help the people that matter most to people that work here. Help them understand what we do at LeagueApps, why we do it, and how we do it with. I also think it’s a chance for us to demonstrate how much we appreciate them being part of this journey- that they’re part of this extended family that is trying to change the world of youth sports and make an impact.”

From Little Leagues in California and Texas, to basketball programs in Missouri and lacrosse clubs in Virginia, we know families are supporting sports organizers and their youth athletes every day. A sports program is much like a family in and of itself as well, as the leaders and organizers appreciate their families for being a special part of their impact on local sports communities.

The event played out much like an end-of-season celebration thrown by one of our partners, in more ways than one. Aside from the obvious comparison that parents attended to cheer on their kids on the LeagueApps field, the celebration also consisted of a trophy presentation.

Though most of the night was spent socializing, the main highlight was the award presentation to the LeagueApps Sales Development Leader and mentor to many of us at LeagueApps, Joe Gangone. Joe won the first ever Family Award from CEO Brian Litvack and President Jeremy Goldberg.

“Joe has been so instrumental in what we have done here. He is the embodiment of this- family night is part of the spirit he represents,” Jeremy said. Joe’s passion and love for LeagueApps and the LeagueApps family is pretty clear every day he steps in to LeagueApps headquarters, especially with his speeches.

“For anybody that is a mother or father here tonight, the number one thing you always think about is how good is my kid. Whether you send them to school or send them our way. Being with these two [Brian and Jeremy] for so long and seeing your kids every day, let me tell you, they’re great and they’re in a great position,” Joe said.

“How many other companies that you know of would do something like this,” he asked.

Work with the exclusive LeagueApps family that is helping today’s organizers shape the sports of tomorrow.

Parents, kids, friends, significant others all helped make the event a rousing success. Howard Litvack seemed to agree.

“It was terrific. Great idea bringing everybody together.”

See the highlights from Family Night on our Facebook page.

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

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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

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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.

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