Author: Ken McDonald
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TeamSnap Mobile Fun Facts
(Oct 15th, 2012)
It has become abundantly clear to us that many of you prefer to work with TeamSnap on your mobile device. Let’s face it, it is hard to drag your computer down to the field, gym, ice, etc. Every day we get more people checking out our iPhone/iPad and Android apps and asking us to let them do even more with their phone or tablet.
TeamSnap Customer Profile: City of Troy Fire Department Station 5
(Oct 9th, 2012)
Although TeamSnap is most often used for sports, we’re always excited to learn about other groups that find ways to use our service. We spoke with Charles Kniffen, fire fighter and treasurer at the City of Troy Fire Department Station 5 in Michigan, to learn about their creative use of TeamSnap to manage their department.
4 Tips for Getting Parents Onboard for a Successful Sports Season
(Sep 4th, 2012)
When coaching a youth sports team, it’s of the utmost importance to set the tone right from the get-go in order to have a successful season. This is especially true if it’s a team’s first time together, or if you are adding a number of new players to the roster.
The Watching Myth
(Aug 29th, 2012)
The advantages of sitting on the bench watching the game instead of playing have been brought up to me on numerous occasions, so I’d like to address the issue. First, by saying that it is exponentially better to play than to sit on the bench. One example I’ll give is when Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench learning from Brett Farve, a Hall of famer. Now take a look at Rodgers’ stats from 2008 to 2011:
Meet TeamSnap’s One Millionth Customer
(May 20th, 2012)
When Thea Worona joined TeamSnap last month, bells went off in our office and streamers shot from the ceiling as she became the one millionth person (players, coaches, parents) to use our web application and team websites. Many of us were around when we hit our first 100 and 1,000 teams, so it was very exciting to see the odometer click over to 1,000,000 customers. We can’t wait to add another couple zeroes to the end of that.
Why Is Baseball Practice So Boring?
(Mar 21st, 2012)
If you’ve ever watched or been involved with a youth baseball practice that was slower than watching paint dry, you’re not alone. Probably what you witnessed was a youth pitcher, who doesn’t pitch well, throwing to a youth hitter who doesn’t hit very well, with everyone else standing around waiting for something to happen. You have seen it before — the outfielders are sitting down, the shortstop and the 3rd baseman are having a rock fight, the 2nd baseman is playing catch with his glove, and the 1st baseman is drawing pictures in the dirt with his right toe. Meanwhile the coach is trying to explain to the pitcher how to get the ball over the plate, and the assistant coach is trying to explain to the hitter all the reasons why s/he is missing 4 out of 5 pitches.
When There’s More To Winning Than Winning
(Feb 24th, 2012)
One of our customers passed along this truly inspirational story that was featured on NPR. It definitely reminds all of us that there is more to life than just winning.
What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?
(Feb 21st, 2012)
Any of you remember those uncomfortable trips home with your parents after the game? Here’s a great post on The Post Game about how to avoid falling into the same trap now that we are parents, and how to make the sports experience overall a more positive one for our kids - http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent
Coaching Kids’ Soccer in Bad Weather
(Feb 16th, 2012)
Like most outdoor kids’ sports, coaching soccer during inclement spring and fall seasons can be tricky.
While winning is motivation enough for a game, that motivation dissipates during cold, wet, or windy practices –especially for the youngest athletes.