Posts tagged "Best Practices"

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Tips for Managing Critical Conversations: Recapping our Q&A with Charlie Hauck

In addition to helping his clients develop communication skills as the founder of consultancy Growth Dynamics, Charlie Hauck is a former coach, intramural club director, and lacrosse player—so he’s no stranger to navigating tough conversations. We sat down with him to talk about what youth…

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NextUp Town Hall Recap: PPP Funding, Small Business Loans, PLAY Sports Coalition, and More

This week, we hosted our second NextUp Town Hall on financial management. We were joined by government relations experts Terri Kowski and Jason Marmon, and corporate lawyers Benjamin Brodsky and Nicholas Simon, for a conversation about how youth and local sports organizers can continue navigating…

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Play it Forward: Recapping Episode Five with Forza1 Volleyball’s Dana Burkholder

We launched the Play It Forward podcast to highlight leading youth and local sports leaders across the country. In this edition, we welcomed Dana Burkholder to the program to discuss how elite organizations interact with parents.    Burkholder, a former two-time All-American at the University…

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Communicating During COVID-19: How to Talk About Refunds, Layoffs, Return to Play, and More

During these uncertain times, the most important thing you can do to maintain business continuity is develop strong lines of communication with your players, parents, coaches, and donors. This is especially important when it comes to handling requests for refunds, managing your payment plans, and…

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NextUp Town Hall Recap: Marketing Your Organization & Building Your Brand

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies across the country to rethink their business models and how they go about attracting and retaining customers. The youth sports community has been particularly hard hit by the “new normal,” but some organizations are looking at the situation as…

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Social Media 101: How to Reach Your Players, Coaches, and Community Online

Now more than ever, it’s critical that you’re able to connect with your community online. That means having a strong presence on social media—especially if you run youth programs.  Here are a few things to know about ramping up your social efforts. For more, be…

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SEO, Branding, Design: Tips for Optimizing Your Organization’s Website

When it comes to creating awareness for your organization, your website is one of your most important tools. So we asked our in-house marketing team to share a few simple tips to help you make it as powerful as possible. To learn more about creating…

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Partner Spotlight: Steel United and Bethesda Soccer Club Engage Players Virtually

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, many of our partners have doubled down on digital—exploring everything from virtual coaching and training to “senior nights” held via video conference. We spoke with two of these organizers, Bethesda Soccer’s Lisa Frates and Steel United’s Ian Hughes,…

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Training Has Gone Virtual: A Conversation with Famer and MaxOne

One of the many lessons that the COVID-19 crisis has taught us is that virtual training will be essential to the future of youth and organized sports. There are countless ways to launch these programs on your own, from sending a weekly email with drills…

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The Organizer’s Guide to Esports: A Conversation with Rob Marino, Founder of the Next Level Soccer Academy

How to keep your community connected, competitive, and engaged through gaming—a step by step guide.   As COVID-19 continues to put spring seasons on hold, esports are emerging as one of the most popular ways to keep players and coaches engaged. Setting up a tournament…