Category: How To
How Can a Coach Help a Money-Strapped Team?
(Oct 14th, 2014)
All over the United States, coaches are looking for ways to fund their operating costs. Facing budgetary cuts, how can they keep supporting their players? How can they ensure the sports they love have a future? How can they serve the community?
3 Pieces of Technology that Make a Coach’s Life Easier
(Oct 7th, 2014)
With the release of Brad Pitt’s Hollywood blockbuster “Moneyball” back in 2011, technology and analytics finally hit the mainstream. With more than 44 percent of the U.S. population having a tablet in their household, chances are you have one lying around. It’s time to pick it up to make your coaching life easier.
Customer Profile: How One Mom Uses TeamSnap to Manage Multiple Teams for Two Teens
(Sep 30th, 2014)
Did you know you could use TeamSnap to manage multiple teams for multiple kids with just one login? Susan Dukes, TeamSnapper and mom extraordinaire to two young athletes in Tyler, Texas; learned how easy it can be this summer.
Using Video to Help Your Team Fundraise
(Sep 18th, 2014)
Fundraising: it’s never fun, it’s always time consuming, and it rarely gives you the funds you need. Selling cookie dough, wrapping paper or magazine subscriptions doesn’t cut it. Why? Because it doesn’t connect with your donors.
TeamSnap Offers a New and Improved Team Store Experience
(Aug 12th, 2014)
Whether you play for the Tigers, the Narwhals or the Fighting Unicorns, TeamSnap’s new Team Store experience will make it easier for your players, coaches and fans to show their team pride.
10 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Sports-Induced Stress
(Jul 1st, 2014)
Sports are competitive, and young players sometimes have a hard time dealing with the pressures of the game. Add in the demands of school, and you may end up with one stressed kid. Here are 10 tips for helping your child manage sports-induced stress.
Soccer Tips: Successful Instep Juggling
(Jun 24th, 2014)
By “Koach Karl” Dewazien, author and producer of soccer resources for all youth levels.
“Encourage your players to juggle every day … In time, their ball control problems will go away!”
Build Self-Trust and Bring Out a Better Athlete
(Jun 10th, 2014)
By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer for Athletes
Although lacrosse is the example used in this story, athletes of any sport can benefit from building self-trust.
Bill is a mid-fielder on his high school lacrosse team. Ever since he was introduced to it at the age of 10, he has been totally enthralled with mastering the sport. He actually enjoys some of the drills and practices that his teammates find boring. He loves working out and conditioning himself to improve his stamina, as he knows it makes him a better player. Bill’s coach taught him early that lacrosse players need to be constantly moving in order to be effective.
How Athletes Can Stop Choking Under Pressure
(Mar 25th, 2014)
By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer
It’s the 1986 World Series and the Boston Red Sox are winning by 2 runs in the last inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on the batter. They win this game over the Mets and they win the World Series. Bill Buckner, the first baseman, has a very easy, slow ground ball hit to him that goes through his legs and goes down as one of the worst chokes of all time. The Mets rally and go on to win the World Series.
How to Become a Team Leader
(Feb 13th, 2014)
By Kyle Ohman, cofounder of BasketballHQ.com.
Coaches are always talking about players stepping up and becoming leaders on the team. They are looking for players to help them lead the team in the way that it should go.
Fundraising: Designer Handbags Meet Youth Sports
(Feb 11th, 2014)
By Erica Salmon, TeamSnap user, team mom, writer and guest author.
As my son moves into more serious soccer programs, the cost and the commitment are intensifying. The commitment is one thing … the cost is another! To help defray the costs of our kids’ academy, our team parents have been actively trying to do some fundraising. To date, we have sold cookie dough, raffled off NFL tickets and held two coin drops. But we find our kids asking the same neighbors and grandparents for support. The time has come to get creative! The time has come for Coach Bingo…. My sister (a football mom) recently ran a Coach Bingo Fundraiser at her kids’ elementary school and cleared $11,000 in one night. You read that correctly!
3 Ways To Get Your To-Do List Done Faster
(Jan 16th, 2014)
Mandy Green is a Division 1 Head Soccer Coach, President of Coaching Productivity Strategies and author of Green Time Management.
I’m sure you can relate — I have way too much stuff to do. I’ve been a coach in youth and collegiate athletics for the past 15 years. In that time, I was having a hard time working all day in my college coaching job and then coming home to organize all of my youth teams and spend quality time with my husband and kids. I no doubt needed a better way to get my work done so I had more time to hang out with family. To solve the problem, I went out and bought every time and energy management book that I could and synthesized it all together. The result was a time management system for coaches.
Train Like Adrian Peterson
(Nov 25th, 2013)
By TeamSnap’s Guest Authors at Driven Apps, a mobile app providing sports training tips and fitness programs.
Adrian Peterson, the NFL MVP and comeback player- of-the-year, is 28 from Palestine, TX and runs the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Standing at 6’2” 217 lbs, Peterson has a body built like a world-class sprinter. “Every drill was done as if he was running a real play in an NFL game,” said Chief Creative Officer for Driven Apps, Kevin Simmons. Simmons, a former Sony developer, also played cornerback for Utah State so understands the combination of technology and sport. They call Peterson AD as in “All Day” due to his incredible strength and stamina and ability to run play after play. It was vital for Peterson to be able to give back to young athletes as well as his fans and to also give them a little taste of the type of training it takes to be in the NFL. I was astonished with Peterson’s will and determination in every drill that he performed. He’s so used to doing everything 110% that it was very difficult for him to back off. The shoot was scheduled for five hours -which he ended up giving seven because he just wanted everything perfect.
Confidence in Sports
(Nov 22nd, 2013)
This article was inspired by Emmitt Smith.
I recently had a conversation with a friend about youth sports. We talked about the lifelong benefits of being involved in sports as a kid. At one point during the conversation, my friend became very serious and declared that “confidence” was the greatest life lesson he learned through his years of participating in sports. I was truly impressed with his confidence when he said “confidence” and I wanted to learn more about it.
5 Tips for Winning Big at Team Fundraising
(Oct 14th, 2013)
By Andrea Lo and Reed Kavner of Piggybackr.com
Fundraising is not the reason you got into team sports. In a perfect world, equipment would never break, jerseys would never get worn out, and airlines would jump at the chance to sponsor out-of-town tournaments. Considering that airlines would also jump at the idea of charging you for putting down your tray table, fundraising is probably here to stay.
5 Tips to Becoming a Better Shooter
(Sep 4th, 2013)
By TeamSnap’s Guest Author Kyle Ohman, co-owner of BasketballHQ.com
The way that you win a game in basketball is to be able to score more points than the other team, and the way you get points is to make shots. So it makes sense to want to be the best that you can at shooting the basketball. I was blessed with the ability to play division 1 college basketball and also professionally, and one of my strengths was being able to shoot.
Developing Confidence in Your Game
(Aug 21st, 2013)
By Kyle Ohman, co-owner of BasketballHQ.com
Without having confidence in your game as a player, you are not going to be as successful as you could be. You will get in the game and begin to doubt yourself. This will most likely lead to further mistakes, which will then lead to even less confidence in yourself. So how do you get out of this vicious cycle of not having belief in yourself, or how can you avoid this cycle altogether? Here are a few tips to developing confidence in your game.
Train Like The NBA Players Do
(Aug 12th, 2013)
By TeamSnap’s Guest Authors at Driven Apps, a mobile app providing sports training tips and fitness programs.
Dwyane Wade has been one of the most popular athletes in the NBA since he’s been drafted in early 2000. Driven Apps has teamed up with the 3-Time NBA Champion to put together an app that allows users to train like a pro by offering access to his customized training routines, including on-court drills and fitness programming. D. Wade’s training routines consist of many exercises – with a focus on movement, flexibility and strength, which are the cornerstones of athleticism for athletes in any sport. Today, we are offering two exercises from his routine, the kettlebell dead lift and reactive step-up. Both have completely different purposes; each focus on the same end result which is to keep the athlete’s body strong and flexible for the demands of their sport.
What it takes to play Professional Basketball
(Jul 10th, 2013)
By Guest Author Lamar Hull
Becoming a professional basketball player can be a long journey, whether it is the NBA, overseas or other basketball adventures. Tons of kids dream of playing in the NBA. The journey to the NBA is filled with hard work and sacrifice. There are 30 teams in the NBA and only 12 seats per roster, meaning that only 360 players can be on a NBA team at any one time. Only the most elite high school and college basketball players have a chance of becoming one of the 60 new professionals selected in the NBA draft each year. Read more about this topic on my site at Inspirational Basketball.
How to Build a Successful Team: #4 Know How Hard to Push and #5 Seek Help
(Mar 5th, 2013)
Part III of III
Parents and coaches, keep your cool. Manage your expectations of your athlete, or they won’t find it enjoyable on a deeper level… and that would violate rule #1, which is to have fun! We’ll highlight these points and more:
How to Build a Successful Team: #2 Keep Mom and Dad Happy and #3 Find a Balance
(Mar 1st, 2013)
Part II of III
Aside from making sure the kids have fun, most coaches and team managers are concerned with keeping parents happy. Some say that if mom ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. And let’s be real – if parents know what’s going on and expectations are clearly presented up front, they’ll have less to complain about. Here are more ways to manage a successful team that’s a win/win for all.
How to Build a Successful Team On and Off the Field
(Feb 27th, 2013)
Part I of III
When your athlete is involved in any sport, parents and coaches want to be as supportive as possible. You do everything — your drive your budding athlete to practices and games, lug around gear and sprint for pizza after a game. It’s all for the love of the athlete.
The Coach’s Child
(Oct 16th, 2012)
The Coach’s Child
By Deb Zacher
In my early athletic career I remember watching the coaches of my teams interact with their children. I remember being glad that I wasn’t the coach’s child, because there usually seemed to be more tension between them than any other players on the team. It wasn’t until my husband and I started coaching our own children that I became aware of how rewarding, yet difficult it can be.
The 7 Best Ways to Prevent Overtraining
(Jul 25th, 2012)
By Dan Wu from CoachUp.com
As parents, we strive to ensure our athletes always put in their best effort; to lay it all on the line and to never quit. Parents are willing to do almost anything to turn their kids into future stars. Practices are now longer, more intense, and more frequent. But these changes constitute a double-edged sword. While practice and repetition may inch the athlete closer to perfection, athletes also run the risk of overtraining and injuring themselves. These injuries can rob players of valuable training and competition time, as well as impair their ability to achieve long term goals. So how do we know when an athlete is overtraining?
Having Trouble Getting Your Team To Log Into TeamSnap? Read This!
(May 17th, 2011)
If you signed your team up on TeamSnap you probably already understand how it can save everyone a ton of time and makes life easier… but that doesn’t mean that everyone on your team does. In our last newsletter we put out a call to action asking managers and coaches to tell us some of the tactics they used to get their team members logging into TeamSnap. Boy did you answer! We thought we were a comedic group but it turns out that our customers are funnier, wittier, and even more creative!
Sharing is Caring And With Shared Access You Can Have Multiple Logins For Your Player Account
(Mar 2nd, 2011)
The ability to share access to a player account and to maintain separate login information was one of our most requested features, so last year we developed the shared access function. Recently, we have had a lot of inquiries about the feature so we thought we would offer a refresher and give you the who, the what, and the how to get this set up.
Get Organized For The New Year: Sync Your TeamSnap Schedule With Your Personal Calendar
(Dec 28th, 2010)
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more organized? Hopefully, we are already helping you in that department. But you may not be aware that TeamSnap offers several ways for you to export your schedule data and sync it with your personal calendar. If you use Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook 2007 or any iCal-compatible calendar, you can “subscribe” to your TeamSnap Schedule and have your full schedule of games and events show up automatically in your personal calendar.
Tips for Parents on Getting Involved and Staying Productive During Tournament Time
(Dec 16th, 2010)
It is tournament time again, and if you have kids playing sports, it is likely that you will be spending at least a few upcoming weekends at a rink or gymnasium. That means a whole lot of action packed competition… and a whole lot of down time. We partnered with Theresa of the”Hockey Mom in Canada” community, who has organized an incredible and engaged network of (you guessed it) hockey moms to ask them how they pass the time and stay productive at the rink. They offered up some great ideas and we have added a few of our own to help you get the most out of your time.
Now Two People Can Share One Login on the Same Team
(Nov 18th, 2010)
Up until now, when you had two people on the same roster (for instance if Dad is also the coach, or twins play on the same team) you had to have a separate login for each person. But thanks to some crack engineering, we’ve changed our system so that one login can access multiple people on the same roster. This is much easier than having to log in separately to set each person’s availability, and so on.
Tip Of The Week: Order Your Team Apparel on TeamSnap
(Nov 9th, 2010)
Is it time to order some new uniforms? Perhaps you want to make tee shirts to celebrate your soccer championship. Oh, so it wasn’t your team’s best season? Half the battle is looking fresh, so it’s probably time for some new gear. And there is no need to go any further than the Team Store tab.
About Availability Cut-Off Times
(Sep 1st, 2010)
One of the not-always-obvious features of TeamSnap is the ability for team managers to set a “cut-off time” before a game or event. This is the time after which players can no longer change their availability. For instance, if you have a 7 p.m. game, you might set the cut-off time to five hours so no one can change their availability after 2 p.m.
New To TeamSnap? Check Out These Tips And Tricks For Getting Started
(Sep 1st, 2010)
FOR TEAM MANAGERS
You found TeamSnap and fell in love at first sight. You have created your team and filled in all of the setup information, now how do you share the good news with your team?
Tip of the Week: Don’t Retype… Export Your Roster!
(Aug 12th, 2010)
With so many tournaments and team camps taking place this time of year, you may have found yourself retyping the roster countless times. No more buffoonery! Stop the madness (all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy) and use the export function on your roster. Starting from the “Roster” tab, click the “Export” button with the blue arrow so that you can retrieve your data as a comma-separated (CSV) text file. This will allow you to export up to date team information into Excel where you can easily format it to your requirements. Think of all the things you can do with that twenty minutes you just saved – fly a kite, solve world hunger, plug an oil leak… Any questions? Just ask!
Top Support Questions
(Oct 30th, 2008)
Even though TeamSnap is pretty darned easy to use, there are some features that require a bit more poking around to discover. So today we present our list of Top Support Questions, which just may help you find something you didn’t know existed: