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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How to Make Youth Basketball Registration Extremely Easy This Season

Nov 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM
How to Make Youth Basketball Registration Extremely Easy This Season
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A standard youth basketball measures in at a circumference of 27.5 inches. The rim is 10 feet off the floor and 15 feet away from the free-throw line, but for younger kids in certain leagues, the rims are lowered to 8 feet and the line moved in to 12.5 feet. And what about the frustration that youth basketball registration can cause league directors and administrators? That, generally, is unmeasurable.

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What's the ROI of Paperless Registration?

Oct 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM
What's the ROI of Paperless Registration?
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The most incredible story of return on investment (ROI) in the history of sports isn’t a lopsided trade or some rookie who put up MVP numbers on a minimal salary. No, the honor goes to the owners of the Spirits of St. Louis, an American Basketball Association franchise from the 1970s. When the NBA absorbed four teams from the flailing ABA, the Spirits were left behind. To avoid being sued, the NBA agreed to give the St. Louis owners one-seventh of the TV revenue share of the four departing teams in perpetuity. The NBA, of course, took off, earning the lucky Spirits owners hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades …

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4 Simple Ways to Use Online Sports Registration Software

Sep 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM
4 Simple Ways to Use Online Sports Registration Software
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You know the registration math involved with your league: Double-digit divisions, possibly up to a dozen teams (or more) in each division, maybe a dozen or so players on each team, hundreds of player registrations, thousands of dollars in entry fees. Often, the one answer reliable answer produced from these advanced permutations: stressed-out directors, registrars, and treasurers. The registration process is an unavoidable reality of youth sports leagues, and if it isn’t efficient, can burn you out before the season even starts.

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4 Ways to Instantly Improve Baseball Registration for Your League

Jun 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM
4 Ways to Instantly Improve Baseball Registration for Your League
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Many directors and administrators of youth baseball leagues love the roles they have been given. These individuals are often volunteers and work hard—usually hours on top of their day jobs—to provide a great environment for players, families, and coaches. They are happy to deal with poor field conditions, crazy scheduling requirements, equipment issues, cranky parents, and the organizational quagmire that registration and roster formation can be. For these admins, all the frustrations are worth it.

However, all those frustrations can sometimes lead to burnout, no matter how dedicated the volunteer is. Registration can be especially vexing—hundreds of paper forms, hours of opening and sorting envelopes, and more hours of data entry into a spreadsheet can wear out even the most patient admin. Fortunately, careful planning combined with online league management software can improve baseball registration for your league. Here are four ways how:

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How to Streamline Basketball Registration for Your League

Jun 22, 2016 5:00:00 PM
How to Streamline Basketball Registration for Your League
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Approximately 9.6 million kids age 6-17 played basketball in 2014. Though that number is down from five years earlier, it still qualifies hoops as the most popular youth team sport in the United States. Some of these kids are playing for their middle or high schools, or on club and AAU teams. But many play in rec leagues, with a high emphasis on learning the game, meeting new friends, and having fun.

Youth rec basketball leagues can be a challenge to organize and run. Rosters generally carry fewer players than other sports, meaning you are looking at more teams to form than a typical soccer or baseball league. Registration can be tricky as well. Many leagues start forming in October, when parents are in the thick of fall sports and trying to assemble Halloween costumes—and barely are thinking ahead to winter. Often, this means registrations are flooding in during November and you are scrambling to get rosters in place in time for the season.

Fortunately, basketball registration doesn’t have to be such a headache—for you, your coaches, and the parents signing up their kids. Here are some ways to streamline the process:  

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4 Tools to Amp Up Your Youth League

Jun 13, 2016 5:00:00 PM
4 Tools to Amp Up Your Youth League
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Many youth sports leagues have encountered this dilemma: Everything is running smoothly, the organization is a success … and then, registration numbers experience a drop. Or perhaps the volunteer numbers aren’t as robust as normal, leaving directors scrambling to find coaches. Or even the general excitement level isn’t the same on opening day as it had been in past years.

These periods of malaise might be temporary for youth leagues—a variety of factors (bad weather, a poor economy, a group of parents who discover a different sport all at once) can dampen enthusiasm. However, this could also be a sign that an organization has deeper problems that are driving down registration. Either way, youth league directors can take steps to reverse the downturn and restore excitement for each season. Here are four tools available to amp up your youth league:

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How to Make Youth League Registration Less Painful

Jun 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM
How to Make Youth League Registration Less Painful
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Inactivity among children in the United States stands at an alarming number—nearly 20 percent according to latest statistics. Fewer kids are playing team sports and opt for other activities, many of which involve no physical exertion whatsoever.

With this bleak statistic in mind, youth sports leagues are challenged with not only attracting players, but also keeping those players involved in their organizations season after season, year after year. Locally, this is important for the health of the league, but on a global level, this is important for the health of our children. The last thing that administrators want is for ineffective youth league registration to hamper these goals.

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Using SIPlay to Boost Your Youth League Management Productivity

Jun 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Using SIPlay to Boost Your Youth League Management Productivity
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Youth sports leagues face a multitude of challenges before, during, and after each season. League administrators must promote their organizations, keep track of registrations, secure volunteer coaches, create schedules, hire game officials, and answer parents’ questions. Registrars must assemble teams and ensure entry fees have been paid. Treasurers must keep track of finances. Coaches must organize practices, communicate with parents, and not get too mad at referees. Parents must shuttle their children to practices and games.

Amid all these tasks and responsibilities, the kids have it easiest: All they have to do is play and have fun. And that is why admins, registrars, treasurers, coaches, officials, and parents do all they do—for the benefit of the kids. All those tasks do add up, however, and youth league productivity can suffer as a result.

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The ROI of Online Registration in Youth Sports

Jun 17, 2015 12:00:11 PM
The ROI of Online Registration in Youth Sports
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Imagine a rec youth soccer league with 100 teams (spread across many divisions), and each team with an average of 10 players on the roster. If this league charges $100 per player for the season, that’s $100,000 in registration fees. On paper, the program looks awash in cash, but league administrators and boards of directors know better. Purchasing uniforms and equipment, renting fields, and hiring referees tears through that money quickly. Fundraisers and snack shacks become necessary to bridge the gap to the expenses you have and the cash you need.

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