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5 Outstanding Examples of Youth Sports League Websites

Jan 19, 2017 1:20:51 PM
5 Outstanding Examples of Youth Sports League Websites
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Youth sports league websites once—not that many years ago—were a sight to behold. Organizations that previously relied upon phone trees, word of mouth, the occasional email, and printed materials were suddenly able to deliver information, register players, and update statistics and standings online. Youth sports league websites were a bold innovation that helped league administrators, coaches, and parents alike.

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Timesaving Tips for Your Youth Sports League Management

Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Timesaving Tips for Your Youth Sports League Management
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Youth sports league directors are busy people. Your job requires plenty of time, but time is always in short supply. Many of the processes and management functions required to run a league can be overwhelming. Consider:

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How to Scale a Youth Sports League

Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
How to Scale a Youth Sports League
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Every youth sports league wants to thrive. The opportunity to grow—to provide more kids with the chance to play, learn, and develop—is a goal for many organizations as well. Some successful leagues find themselves bursting at the seams, and no league wants to turn away kids who, at best, might find another league, or at worst, end up not playing the sport (or any sport) at all. These organizations are ready to scale, but saying you are ready to expand and then actually expanding are two different things.

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Youth Sports League Trends for 2017

Dec 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Youth Sports League Trends for 2017
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Something happened in the sports world that many fans of a certain team hope becomes a trend: After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won another World Series. Of course, for the incredibly patient 110-year-old Cubs fan, this was a continuing trend. For every other fan, it was something new, and something they hope will see again in 2017 and beyond.

Youth sports leagues are experiencing their own trends and changes, maybe not as momentous as the Cubs finally winning a world championship, but nonetheless significant to the directors, coaches, parents, and kids that are affected. Here are some of those trends that will be making an impact in 2017:

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Taking the Headache Out of Youth Sports: Why Online Sports Registration Is So Popular

Dec 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Taking the Headache Out of Youth Sports: Why Online Sports Registration Is So Popular
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Most youth sports league directors, administrators, coaches, officials, and volunteers love being involved with their respective organizations and working with kids. Furthermore, a fair amount of parents are happy that their children are playing sports and fully support their kids’ leagues. Yet, youth sports can be plenty of work for all parties—and cause plenty of headaches, especially when dealing with registration. Paper forms, roster requests, personal checks, forgetful parents, lost registrations: Are you running for the Excedrin just thinking about it all?

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Creative Sports Fundraising Ideas for Your League

Dec 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Creative Sports Fundraising Ideas for Your League
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Youth sports leagues generally can’t exist on entry fees alone. Although community organizations such as a park district, school, or church group may sponsor leagues, there never seems to be enough money to buy and update all the uniforms and equipment, rent courts and fields, and hire the best officials. Often, fundraising is necessary to fill in the gaps.

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Youth Sports League Management: How to Prevent Your Players From Getting Burnt Out

Dec 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Youth Sports League Management: How to Prevent Your Players From Getting Burnt Out
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Getting kids active is a constant and worthwhile effort, and rightly so:  A third of children in the United States are considered overweight. Team sports are an incredible avenue for this activity. Youth sports leagues allow kids to learn the value of teamwork, work toward a goal, and have fun—all while exercising. Getting some children to play and engage is a challenge, for sure, but another challenge exists that is just as important: preventing kids from getting burned out on their sports.

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Raising the Bar in Youth Sports: What Your League Is Lacking

Nov 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Raising the Bar in Youth Sports: What Your League Is Lacking
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The numbers are a bit stark: Kids aren’t participating in youth sports leagues as much as they once did. Since 2008, fewer children ages 6-12 are playing basketball, baseball, soccer, football and volleyball. Moreover, only 26.6 percent of kids in this age group are considered active to a healthy level and beyond. Granted, some children not playing team sports are getting enough physical activity through individual sports and/or just running around outside. However, and unfortunately, many other kids are sedentary, preferring video games and TV to active play.

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6 Best Youth Basketball Blogs for Coaches

Nov 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM
6 Best Youth Basketball Blogs for Coaches
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Plenty of online resources are available for basketball coaches.These websites, including some blogs, dig into hardcore court strategy and are often geared toward high school and college coaches. Unfortunately, when looking for blogs that target rec coaches for younger players, the pickings are slimmer. In today’s competitive hoops environment that often drives players into AAU and high school play, rec youth basketball doesn’t quite get as much online attention as other sports (say, for example, soccer or baseball).

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The Youth Basketball Coach's Guide to Dealing With Difficult Parents

Nov 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM
The Youth Basketball Coach's Guide to Dealing With Difficult Parents
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Statistics on why youth coaches across all sports, including basketball, quit haven’t really been compiled, but this number might shed a light on one potential reason: 75 percent of coaches think parents place too much emphasis on winning. Overbearing, difficult parents can suck the joy out of coaching and drive even the most patient volunteers from their roles.

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