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Elevate Your Soccer Club To The Next Level With Smart Equipment

FC, Product News, Sports Community
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There’s a ton of wearables and even smart clothing on the market that can measure your activity, but they fall short when it comes to providing specific training feedback for sports like soccer. Enter smart sporting equipment.

Smart sporting equipment is any gear that is equipped with smart technology that provides technical feedback. Instead of measuring health and fitness metrics to optimize training, smart equipment provides detailed insights based on form and performance.

The LeagueApps FC team recommends these three pieces of smart equipment to help elevate your soccer club to the next level.

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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!


 

 

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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LeagueApps Partners Work With Movocado to Create Custom Mobile Apps

Company News, Press, Product News, Tech Specs, Value of LeagueApps

Because LeagueApps’ API technology is an open platform, other technologies and applications can easily integrate into LeagueApps. Think of LeagueApps as the turkey in your digital Thanksgiving meal.

Many of our partners have expressed the need for a mobile app for their programs that can help members and participants enjoy all the great tools that LeagueApps offers- communication, scheduling, registration to name a few. So, we’re happy to announce a new opportunity for your organization to build a native mobile app through a company called Movocado.

Movocado’s capabilities include building custom mobile applications for sports organizations. Their mission is to partner with any sports organizer, club, gym, spa, barber, or healthcare provider that desires to provide a fully custom and fully integrated mobile application to their customers.

Steven Staley, founder of Movocado, is a former sports organizer himself so he also understands the importance of using software and technology to simplify the way your sports organization and program is run. Steve excited about the integration with LeagueApps.

“The LeagueApps and Movocado integration will provide organizers with a custom, native mobile application with seamless end to end integration between the Movocado native mobile application and the LeagueApps backend software,” he said.

“You don’t need to input any information or data into the mobile app. All information is fully connected and integrated with the LeagueApps software. There’s no need to spend any time, effort, or money to support or maintain the mobile application as it is always live, always up to date, and always supports the latest versions of web browsers and mobile operating systems, ” he said.

Steven and the LeagueApps team also understand the importance of branding so you can further drive registration and grow your sports program.

“Our app is optimized for both youth and adult sports organizations that have 5,000 players annually. As a sports organizer myself, I understand how important it is to brand your organization. It’s one of the reasons I was really drawn to work with Leagueapps,” Steven said.

Steven and the Movocado team have already begun developing apps for a few of LeagueApps’ partners, including Austin Sports and Social Club. SportsMonkey, another LeagueApps partner from Texas, is also working with Movocado.

Chad Perry runs the marketing department for Austin Sports and Social.

“Our users will most often be using the app just before their games. They want to open the app, see their game time, field location, the best route and ETA (via their preferred mapping app), who their playing, their opponents record, who on their team is coming and message their team if they’re going to be late or have a question,” Chad said.

 

“With this in mind we had Movocado create the custom homepage. Oh, and the weather status is an integration we had them create using the RainoutLine API developed by LeagueApps.”

Chad has also enjoyed the business relationship with Steven and the Movocado team.

“Working with Movocado has been great.  Steven is very fair, open and honest with communication about pricing, capabilities and recommendations,” he said.

You can read more about Movocado’s app store description with our partners from Boston Social Sports here.

LeagueApps is always looking to build relationships with other technologies to continue to make the lives of sports organizers everywhere simpler. When another sports organizer is able to build an app that easily integrates with the robust LeagueApps software, well that’s just like having your pumpkin pie and eating it too.

If you’re interested to learn more about Movocado or would like to receive a demo or free estimate, you can contact LeagueApps by clicking the large button below or you can reach out to Steven Staley at Movocado.

Using Program Summary Reporting to Grow Your Sports Organization

Feature Highlight, Product News, Value of LeagueApps

 

When you’re running several programs through your organization at a time, it can get overwhelming to keep up sometimes. We’ve made it easier by implementing a program summary feature in our software that includes a Top 20 programs dashboard.

Now, it’s simple to keep up with registrations, invoicing, deadlines, payments, and more. It’s basically a snapshot of all your programs so you can see how they are all performing in one view.

This type of raw, up-to-minute data is important when it comes to running your sports program. Having this information at your fingertips leads to more informed, data-driven decisions for your organization.

Lee Miller, Director of Elite Hoops Basketball, calls the Top 20 and Program Summary among his favorite LeagueApps sports software features.

“We’ve got anywhere up to 40 programs going on at one time. I have my program summary just sitting on the flat screen on my wall at all times. For me, to just come in and refresh that maybe once or twice throughout the day, it’s really convenient and super nice. I think it’s really something that helps us separate from competitors.”

Watch the video below on a short tutorial on running a Program Summary report.

Learn more about how to optimize Top Programs and Program Summary for your sports organization.

Drive Registration For Your Sports Program With the Small Group Feature

Best Practices, Feature Highlight, Product News, Rec, Value of LeagueApps

Written by Senior Sales Consultant Michael Bindelglass.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “I would have signed up, but we didn’t have enough for a full team.”

Or maybe, “My best friend and I want to play together, but we don’t know if we will be put on the same team.”

Social and adult rec leagues can be made or broken based on finding enough teams to make it work.  It’s even more frustrating to know that there were several free agents ready to join, but weren’t able to form a team.  Small group registration as a whole can be the difference maker between retaining players or shutting a league down for the season.

Earlier this year we published a post about our new tool for small group registration. The key was to provide a more flexible solution to help answer one of the more common challenges in adult sports.

After speaking with over 5,000 organizers in the adult rec industry, it’s quite clear that successful adult leagues offer their players the ability to sign up with all different registration scenarios.  Everyone from free agents to team captains and players have their path to sign up. Now, convert a higher percentage of interested players with small group registration through LeagueApps!

Through this capability you can accomplish 3 key things:

1) Never turn away a group of interested players.

2) Easily combine groups of players to form super-teams!

3) Track your groups and communicate more effectively with them.

 

Dave Draizen of GoVavi likes the feature due to it’s simplicity.

“We use the small group feature and enjoy it. It is very helpful in tracking who wants to play with who without having to run reports.  It’s also helpful in keeping track of groups once they are added to teams.”

Dakota Curling, located in Burnsville, Minnesota, credits the Small Group feature with helping a drastic increase in registration after one weekend of using the feature.

According to President Darcy Ellarby, “We have a lot of couples or pairs of friends that play together, but they don’t have enough to form a team. It’s so great to be able to include them into our programs rather than exclude them and possibly lose out on their registration.”

Read more about implementing the Small Group feature in your program to increase growth.

To learn more about taking advantage of small group or any other features for your adult sports organization, feel free to reach out to me directly at 646-660-9410 or michael@leagueapps.com.

Mobile Registration is Here!

Feature Highlight, Press, Product News, Release Notes, Tech Specs

We’re happy to announce that we’ve rolled out a great new release — Mobile Registration.

Not only does this release provide a great registration experience on mobile phones for your members, it also transforms a number of other features in your member-facing sites to be completely mobile friendly.

Features Overview

Here is an overview of what’s included in this release:

Mobile Registration

Your members can now easily browse programs, register, submit payments, and manage their accounts from their phones.

  • Complete mobile registration and payment collection feature.
  • Includes the same features and program details as your full desktop website.
  • Secure SSL-encrypted payment checkout.

Mobile Site Theme & Homepage

When your members visit your LeagueApps-powered site on their phone, the layout automatically changes to use a specially-designed mobile theme that you can control. This mobile theme ensures that things look great and fit nicely on smaller screens of mobile phones.

You can customize your mobile theme colors and logo, as well as mobile specific homepage content, using new tools included in the manager console (described in our help article here).

Our Thoughts on Mobile

We shared some of our thinking and plans around mobile in this recent blog post LeagueApps Is Mobile-First. Here’s Why. Check this out to learn more about why this mobile release is great for your members, and for your organization.

What Else You Need to Know About This Release

We have crafted a full FAQ and How-To page that explains our mobile rollout plan and everything you need to know to fully utilize the feature: Mobile Site FAQs & How-to

A few important things to note:

  • 1) You don’t need to do anything to activate your mobile site. Unless you want to customize your theme, add a mobile logo, or add in custom homepage content, you don’t need to do anything. Your members will automatically get the updated content.
  • 2) Any color choices you have made in the color panel of the Theme Editor have been carried over to the mobile theme. But, we did not make any changes/updates to your mobile theme. if you want to make any changes, just visit the Theme Editor and on the Colors tab, feel free to change anything you want to. Note: this also will update the desktop templates. (read more tips on how to handle if you are using custom CSS).
  • 3) You can upload a mobile logo. Just visit the Theme Editor and on the Images tab, and you can upload a mobile logo, as well as a mobile app icon.

Have questions, feedback, or need help?

Run Your Organization At Your Fingertips With Our Mobile Optimized Sports Software

Feature Highlight, Product News, Release Notes, Value of LeagueApps

Do you need to easily send an email or text at the field from your phone? Do you wish you could search for a player or coach at the court from a mobile device? Do you want to quickly view a team roster or schedule without being at your desk?

We’re excited to announce that admins can access LeagueApps on a mobile device easier than ever! Not only can your members register and use their account on a mobile device, admins can perform day to day tasks on mobile with ease. Some of our most popular admin tools have a new completely mobile optimized view – no pinching, zooming or tilting needed.

Let’s take a closer look at what we’ve updated:

 

Dashboard

A mobile version of your site’s program summary and a list of your top programs are featured on the mobile dashboard. You can also use the menu in the top left and the search in the top right to get where you need to go quickly.

 

 

Search

The same new auto-complete search that we just introduced on desktop is also available on mobile – save yourself some taps by using the search!

View Member

Search for a player, coach or participant and quickly pull up their contact and registration info – great for time sensitive situations!

 

View Team

Need to check a roster before the game starts? Easily view all players and their waiver status from the team view.

 

 

 

View and Pay Invoice

Search for an invoice, then you can take a credit card or take an offline payment right from your phone.

 

View Schedule and Enter Scores

Quickly see your program’s schedules and even enter game results.

 

Email and Text

The same messaging tool you’re used to on desktop is now mobile optimized. Send a text and/or email from your phone when you’re away from your desk.

Great, How Do I Use It?

We’re having a limited early release in the next couple of weeks before it’s available to all LeagueApps admins. Please contact us at support@leagueapps.com if you’d like to be a part of our early release beta program.

Also on Thursday October 13th @ 3pm EDT we’ll also be hosting a free live webinar to walk through the functionality. Click here to sign up!

 

How Our New Schedule Import Tool Can Make Your Sports Organization Rock Even More

Company News, Press, Product News, Release Notes

The LeagueApps development team did it again.

Following another successful sprint by the product development team, LeagueApps is happy to announce the release of yet another feature that will make your sports organization run even more efficient- schedule import.

The new schedule import tool is faster, more accurate, and less error prone than manually adding games. The schedule can now be built to your requirements and specifications, allowing for more flexibility from season to season. Here’s a step by step guide on how to download and use the schedule import.

Our new schedule import tool is powered by a standard CSV (Comma Separated Value) file format, which you can create easily in Excel. This allows organizers to create and customize their program’s schedules to make them as advanced or specific as possible. It allows you to import your schedule so that updates, game notifications, and reminders are all synced and ready to be sent through our LeagueApps communication features.

Our Director of Product Management, Gautam Chowdhry, knows this is going to be beneficial for all of our partners. “Many organizations use Excel to create schedules, as it offers a good combination of power and flexibility.   Excel has an easy ‘Save as CSV’ option which lets you use your Excel schedule with LeagueApps seamlessly,” he said.

“Other organizations may use a special scheduling software to create their schedules, most of the these programs will have an Export option which too will easily import into LeagueApps.””

As always, this new feature, like any new feature, is available at absolutely no charge to all of our partners!

Read more about how to import your schedule to sync with LeagueApps tools so you can maximize your value.

 

 

The Top 3 Ways Our Updated Reporting Feature Can Benefit Your Sports Organization

Product News, Release Notes, Tech Specs, Value of LeagueApps

CTO Steve Parker and Director of Product Gautam Chowdhry

One of the most efficient features offered by LeagueApps is our built-in registration reporting tool. With it, organizations are able to generate reports that are crucial to forecast sales, track revenue, and collect other data to help make better and more informed decisions.

With the help of and feedback from some of our partners, the LeagueApps development team pushed through an update of the reporting tool that went live on August 24th.

We came up with a list of three of the top ways your sports organization can benefit from the new and improved updated feature.

We Listen to Our Partners

One of the most important ways to benefit from this recent development upgrade isn’t even anything specifically technical at all. It’s about partnerships. We like to make it a point that we don’t have clients or customers, but partnerships. This is what it means to be a LeagueApps partner.

This improved feature would not have even been possible without the recommendation from several of our partners. As a result, our development team, led by Chief Technology Officer Steve Parker and Director of Product Management Gautam Chowdhry, was able to shift product plans to better suit our partners’ needs and push it live.

It’s easy to recommend a feature for our development team to build.

And, it’s important to remember that new features released by our development team are automatically given to our partners at no extra charge. Because that’s how partners operate.

Faster Access to Deeper Data

Rather than tweak the existing reporting tool, the LeagueApps development team created the technology from scratch to better serve our partners. According to Gautam, “it was rebuilt from the ground up, using new technology. We also drastically improved the performance of it.”

As a result of the new technology, administrators are now able to access even more data at a faster pace. Before the upgrade, some of our larger partners were able to only run reports for no more than a month’s worth of data. Now, all of our partners are able to instantly track data from years back, leading to more efficient and better informed decisions. Trend identifying has never been easier.

Software Engineer Ryan Bulaclac Coding Our Next Feature

Data on Coaches Now Available

The development team is excited to announce that as a part of this product build, reports can now be generated on coaches as well as players and members. This should add another aspect toward running a more efficient sports organization.

We’d like to thank several of our partners for their feedback on the updated registration feature, including:

T3 Lacrosse
NYC Social
Social Boston Sports
Aloha Tournaments
Atlanta Sports and Social
Philadelphia Sports Network

Without their help, this updated feature would not have been made possible so soon!

In order to control the roll-out of this enhancement, we have not made the updated registration report publicly available yet. Please contact support@leagueapps.com to get access now.

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