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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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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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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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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League Management Software Can Help in These 5 Areas

Jul 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM
League Management Software Can Help in These 5 Areas
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If you are considering adopting league management software for your organization, perhaps because your old website is obsolete or because you have no online or digital presence at all, you will be amazed at what today’s platforms offer. For administrators who are overwhelmed and spending too much time on busy work—rather than devoting more energy toward developing the league and ensuring success for players and coaches—the right solution can make an immediate impact. Here are five areas where league management software can help you and your organization:

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How to Keep Parents Happy on Your Youth Team

Jul 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM
How to Keep Parents Happy on Your Youth Team
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As much as parents want to say their children’s youth team sports experience is solely about the kids, they are just as involved as well. Mothers and fathers want children to succeed and have fun; but if that doesn’t happen, sometimes it’s tougher on the parents than the kids. According to a survey by Liberty Mutual’s Play Positive initiative, 8 of 10 parents say they take an active role in their children’s athletic endeavors. That’s excellent if the parents are supportive and not overly focusing upon winning and losing, but it also places some pressure on coaches who likely have the same goals.

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