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How 3 Entrepreneurs Convinced an NBA Star to Invest in LeagueApps

Company News, Hoops, Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Credit: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Credit: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Shane Battier And Why He Started With LeagueApps

This story appears in both the January 2017 edition of Entrepreneur magazine and online at entrepreneur.com. You can read the full article here.

In February 2015, Shane Battier attended a dinner for sports-tech companies, hosted by the professional development company Gerson Lehrman Group. He especially loved meeting Jeremy Goldberg, the president of LeagueApps, which makes tools to manage youth sports leagues. The two bonded over how poorly run those leagues are — Battier has two kids, so he knows — and they kept in touch after.

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The Jr. NBA Wants To Give Your Youth Basketball Program A $1,000 Under Armour Gift Card

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

Jr. NBA Program of the Month

If your youth basketball program is focused on growing the game of basketball through sportsmanship, fundamentals, and team work, then you deserve free marketing and Under Armour apparel and equipment for it. Now you actually can, thanks to a new initiative launched by the Jr. NBA to recognize dedicated organizers like you.

The Program of the Month presented by Under Armour will reward you and your basketball program with a $1,000 Under Armour gift card, a live workshop for coaches, parents, or league administrators from our friends at the Positive Coaching Alliance, and will be featured on the Jr. NBA’s social media platforms and website.

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LeagueApps Finalizes Stellar 2016 Free Agent Class With Three Superstars

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

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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MLL To Host All Star Shootout With ADVNC Lacrosse Using LeagueApps

Lax, Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

ADVNC MLL All Star Shootout

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced on Wednesday the 2017 MLL All-Star Game will be played in Sacramento, CA. The state of California will host the MLL All-Star Game for the second straight year after the 2016 contest was held in Fullerton.

“The sport of lacrosse is growing tremendously in Northern California,” MLL Commissioner David Gross said in a statement. “And this is another opportunity for MLL to showcase the best players in the world in front of passionate lacrosse fans.”

One person who offers a unique perspective on California lacrosse is former MLL All-Star Chris Rotelli. Raised in Rhode Island, Rotelli won the Tewaaraton Award at the University of Virginia and went on to play eight seasons in MLL. One of the stops he made as a pro was the Bay Area, when the San Francisco Dragons selected him in the Expansion Draft before the 2006 season.

Rotelli never left California and now heads a lacrosse training program there called ADVNC Lacrosse, which is working in conjunction with MLL to present a two-day youth lacrosse tournament around the All-Star Game.

ADVNC Lacrosse is a partner of LeagueApps.

All-Star Game Weekend will include a two-day youth lacrosse tournament in conjunction with ADVNC Lacrosse at Cherry Island Sports Complex. Day one of the tournament will include a skills competition for youth participants and the MLL Skills Competition.

Participants will meet and get instruction from the MLL All-Stars. They’ll also receive a ticket to the MLL All-Star Game and Skills Competition on July 7th and 8th in Sacramento.

The entire ADVNC-MLL All Star Shootout will be powered by LeagueApps sports management software.

“[Senior Account Manager] Dan [Kolomatis] is the man! We really appreciate his help in getting us set up so quickly so that this can be successful,” Club Director Drew Virk said.

You can register for the event here.

 

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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New LeagueApps Partner David Villa of NYCFC Wins MLS MVP

FC, Press, Sports Community

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In just his second season in Major League Soccer, David Villa of NYCFC was named the 2016 MVP on Tuesday. Villa helped the NYCFC finish second in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs for the first time.

“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award,” Villa said in a statement.

“It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago.”

Before moving to MLS, Villa was a prolific scorer during five seasons with Valencia, then won the 2010 World Cup with Spain before moving that summer to Barcelona, where he found the net 48 times in all competitions in three years. He then spent one season at Atletico Madrid before leaving Spain for MLS.


 

Definitely one of the world’s best known athletes, Villa is well known around the LeagueApps office for his work with the David Villa Soccer Academy.

As the President of the DV7 Academy, Villa is committed to teaching children across the world to play the game of soccer using the “DV7 Method,” which allows them to develop their talent in the sport, while at the same time optimally fostering their personal values.

The DV7 Soccer Academy is a new LeagueApps partner. All registration, communication, and scheduling for all camps, clinics, and events will be powered and seamlessly integrated by LeagueApps.

“We want to train all of our students to become great human beings, loyal fans of soccer, while at the same time providing them the necessary tools to develop their talent.”

 

 

 

USA Baseball Names John Savage 2017 CNT Manager As Registration Opens

Dugout, Press, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

UCLA head coach John Savage has been named by USA Baseball as the manager for the 2017 Collegiate National Team. Savage previously served as an assistant coach on the 2000 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that finished its summer 27-3-1 and won a gold medal at Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.

USA Baseball is an official partner of LeagueApps.

“We are thrilled to welcome back John Savage to the USA Baseball coaching ranks,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball.

“John has led the UCLA program to new heights under his guidance and we are excited to bring his experience and leadership to the head of our national team program in 2017.”

The remaining Collegiate National Team staff and schedule will be announced at a later time on USABaseball.com. The U.S. will host three international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and Japan in 2017.

The announcement comes just days after USA Baseball announced their 2017 dates for their 14U, 16U, and Labor Day Cups. The 2017 USA Baseball’s 14U, 16U, and Labor Day Cups are open-invitation tournaments composed of 48 teams.

The events will be held in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from July 14-16 (14U Cup), July 21-23 (16U Cup), and September 2-4 (Labor Day Cup). USA Baseball will award 48 teams the right to participate based on an application approval process.

The LeagueApps sports software powers all registration for USA Baseball, including all events and tournaments.

You can read the full article here.

 

Cleveland Area Sports Organizer Offering Cavaliers Suite Tickets To Help Launch His Basketball Program

Hoops, Press, Sports Community

Formed in September of 2016, Cleveland Youth Basketball will enrich the basketball experience of those with disabilities who don’t have the same opportunities as many other children.

It was founded by Jon Cupo after getting his USA Basketball coaching license.

“It was one of those things where I’m right in the middle of the mecca of youth basketball. There’s a ton of really good players here that get a lot of attention,” Jon said.

“But there are a lot more kids who don’t get as much of that attention.”

With the help of Kids Kicking Cancer, Jon will be hosting an official Jr. NBA Skills Challenge on January 28th for children in the Cleveland area that are suffering from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities.

Sign up here to see how easy it to host an official Jr. NBA Skills Challenge.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, nearly 18% of all children in the US have a disability or chronic disease. Jon sees this as an opportunity to give back to the local community.

“I’m not a charity guy, but this is my chance to give kids the opportunity to be themselves.”

Jon needs your help to get his league off to a solid start. He is offering Executive Suite tickets for a February 27th, 2017 game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The winner will also receive a $1000 food and drink credit as well as two parking passes.

Click here to enter the raffle.


“I just want to get those kids to play. They have more heart and better attitudes than most kids on a daily basis.”

Contact Jon directly at coachcupousa@gmail.com for donations.

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.

Sportsboard Integration with LeagueApps Offers Player Evaluation Tools For Your Sports Program

Company News, Press, Value of LeagueApps

 

The LeagueApps team is striving to simplify the lives of sports organizers. By enabling the right technology for our partners, it allows you to continue to deliver the best sports experience for your members and participants.

With easy to use features and a robust, open API, the LeagueApps software is at the center of your digital universe, handling registration and communication to scheduling and eCommerce. It also means that our software works well and plays with other technologies to give you everything you need to run your programs as efficiently as possible.

Our partners have expressed the need for a better way to help coaches evaluate and develop their athletes. These evaluations start with tryouts and bleed into an on-going athlete development over multiple years. In order to better serve our partners and other sports organizers, the flexible LeagueApps platform has integrated with Sportsboard to offer these player evaluation tools.

SportsBoard developed an app that enables coaches to capture assessment data and simplify and streamline producing evaluations. By capturing data like skills ratings, text notes, video with voice-over, testing data and more, SportsBoard can generate digital evaluations as well as testing leaderboards that enable sports organizers to provide feedback to athletes and parents alike.

Aside from the intended use to help coaches with player evaluations, the integration can also help LeagueApps’ partners with making decisions in regards to tryouts and rosters. This integrated tool has the potential to help organizers present data in an objective manner, which can be beneficial when discussing players’ roles with parents and/or coaches.

 

Gregg Jacobs, founder and CEO of Sportsboard, says the integration will save countless hours and tedious work for the organizer. With the API integration, LeagueApps members and admins can easily import rosters into SportsBoard.

“With this integration, customers can seamlessly pull tryout groups and teams from LeagueApps into SportsBoard with a single click. Sports organizers will save countless hours exporting the data out of LeagueApps into Excel, formatting it properly, importing the Excel file into SportsBoard, and then checking the data in SportsBoard to make sure it imported properly.”

Our partners from T3 Lacrosse have already integrated the software for their club teams. Lori Brown, Director of T3, says the goal of their integration is to eliminate rework and data entry in the long term.

“LeagueApps will be our base source for all registration info that will then be passed to SportsBoard for evals,” she said.

“We do see benefits due to this vertical integration of resources too! It links together experts in their fields.”

LeagueApps is excited with the prospect of building partnerships with other technologies as we continue to strive to make the life of the sports organizer simpler.

To learn more about their player evaluation tools, visit SportsBoard. Or, click on the button below.

 

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