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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.


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.

The 4 Magic Ways 100% Of The Girls In This Premier Youth Girl’s Basketball Program Are Receiving College Offers

Best Practices, Hoops, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Northwest Magic

Image via Northwest Magic

Of the approximately 430,000 female basketball players in high school, roughly only 6.4% will continue to play in college. The odds of a female athlete playing NCAA Division I basketball is 84:1.

For the girls playing with the 17 teams of the Northwest Magic, 100% of them receive offers to play at the next level.

Located in the state of Washington, the Northwest Magic was founded in 2009 by former University of Oregon standout Vanessa Selden-McClendon. Vanessa is third on the all-time scoring list at Oregon.

So just what exactly is Vanessa doing differently that allows her and the Magic to deliver sustained success for female basketball players in Washington?

“We have one goal, and really we strive to hit that ultimate goal in everything we do,” she said. “Our goal is to get all of our girls to the next level.”

Here are 4 ways the Magic Premier Youth Basketball Program is hitting its ultimate goal.


LeagueApps Is Giving Away 2 Free Tickets For You To See The MLB Team of Your Choice

Company News, Dugout, Sports Community

LeagueApps Opening Day Giveaway

LeagueApps wants to give back to sports organizers this Opening Day.

For the length of one week, the LeagueApps Dugout team will be hosting a contest for a pair of League Baseball tickets (up to $100). The contest ends on Sunday, April 9th at 11:59pm.

The drawing will take place on Monday, April 10th and the winner will be notified via email or phone. To enter you have to be a sports organizer for a club, league, tournament, or other youth sports program.

To enter, all you have to do is submit your info on this page.  You can also click on the Dugout image below. Only sports organizers are eligible to win.

Be sure to read about our 2017 MLB Season expert picks and bold predictions.


2 Free Tickets

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

Dugout, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community
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.


Introducing the Play Forever Podcast by LeagueApps: Episode 1 With David Robinson

Company News, Press, Sports Community

Play Forever Podcast - Episode 1 David Robinson

LeagueApps is happy to introduce the Play Forever Podcast! Hosted by LeagueApps President Jeremy Goldberg, the Play Forever Podcast was created for sports organizers like you.

Play Forever Podcast is a series that brings you interviews with program directors, big name investors, professional athletes, and other leaders in the youth sports world. We ask these experts their initiatives for overcoming challenges, the role technology has played and will play, and other secrets in how they’ve grown their programs.


6 Highlights From The Second Annual Ballin’ For Charity Tournament

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, Sports Community


LeagueApps hosted it’s second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The event was held at a packed Basketball City in the lower east side of Manhattan.

Over 150 players, 50 volunteers, and a dozen sponsors turned out to help further the cause of FundPlay, which provides technology grants and donations to youth sports organizations that share our mission. Two of those organizations are Positive Coaching Alliance and Volo City Kids Foundation.

Read more about why LeagueApps balls for charity.

If you missed last week’s event, or if you want to rehash the fun times, we’ve got 6 highlights from this weekend’s Ballin’ for Charity.


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.


What To Expect At This Year’s Ballin’ For Charity

Company News, LeagueApps In Action, Press


We’re less than a day away from the second annual Ballin’ for Charity at Basketball City! It’s safe to say that the LeagueApps team is pretty excited to be a part of this great event.

If you’re returning from last year’s event, we have a few new things we’re excited about sharing with you this weekend. If you’re new to the event, you’ll be happy to learn below all the festivities we have planned for you! So if you’re team gets knocked out early, there will still be plenty to do, eat, and drink before a champion is crowned.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to both ProHEALTH Care Associates and Sales Loft for all their help with the planning of Ballin’ for Charity. Both of these amazing brands will have representatives at tomorrow’s event and are super excited to meet each and every one of you! Be sure to thank them for a job well done when you see them.


How to Inspire Your Coaches and Parents to Drive Renewed Participation

Best Practices, Company News, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

4 Key Benefits Of A PCA Training Workshop

According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because “it’s just not fun anymore.”

The Positive Coaching Alliance works with schools and youth leagues to create better experiences and more engagement for kids in sport. (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes. LeagueApps believes so strongly in the PCA mission that we’re supporting them in our second annual Ballin’ for Charity tournament.

Be a part of making sports happen by signing up for the second annual Ballin’ for Charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament.



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