Category: Master Manager
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 Just Like The Best Athletes in The World
(Nov 18th, 2013)
By TeamSnap’s Guest Authors at Driven Apps, a mobile app providing sports training tips and fitness programs.
Around 20 years ago, I remember watching guys like Bo Jackson and saying to myself that I wish I knew what he did for his training program. Now the mobile app world has taken us by storm and has delivered to us our wish. Driven Apps has teamed up with A-list athletes across the world and are beginning to deliver a downloadable iPhone app for coaches and athletes, showing the way these athletes train in order to be the best.
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.
Synthetic Turf Fields: Friend or Foe?
(Jun 12th, 2013)
It’s summer and temperatures across the country are soaring into the triple digits. Most of us are doing everything we can to stay cool and indoors, out of the scorching heat, but it’s ‘high season’ for sports tournaments. That means hoards of young and teenage athletes are participating in baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, and other field sport games from early morning until sundown—and often even later, with lighted fields.
Staying Hydrated, Happy and Healthy for the Summer Sports Season
(Jun 5th, 2013)
Did you know that young athletes are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses than adults? This is because kids don’t sweat as much as and absorb heat faster than adults. Plus, kids tend not to want to drink water or other fluids while they’re exercising. Even though most pediatricians recommend that kids should drink half of their total body weight in ounces of water each day, we all know that, in reality, that is the exception rather than the rule.
TeamSnap All-Stars: Twin Cities Little League is Snapping Up the Bay Area
(Aug 20th, 2012)
Team: Twin Cities Little League
Location: Corte Madera, CA and Larkspur, CA
We were able to branch outside the landlocked state of Colorado to the Bay Area, where we caught up with Bruce Reed of the Twin Cities Little League. Bruce runs his league on TeamSnap, and says he wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s why:
Wrapping Up The Fall Sports Season
(Dec 8th, 2011)
The fall sports season is coming to an end and winter sports are around the corner. Most football, soccer and volleyball teams are winding down, with just the final few playoff and championship games left to play.
A Team Manager’s Thanksgiving for Youth Sports
(Nov 22nd, 2011)
As I began writing my Thanksgiving shopping list today, I listened to the sounds of my children arguing in the other room. No school. No soccer practice. No tennis lesson. No baseball practice. One day into Thanksgiving break and I was already missing the usual routine. I realized how thankful I am for the fact that my kids are involved in youth sports, which keeps them busy and out of each other’s hair.
Team Pictures | How To Take A Great Team Photo
(Nov 8th, 2011)
Long after a season is over, the team photo brings back all the great memories made during rainy – or even snowy – practices, weekend tournaments, and come-from-behind wins. Sure, you’ll have lots of action shots from throughout the season, and parents and players might even share these on your TeamSnap team page, but having one, official team photo worth framing is worth the extra effort.
Go Green With Your Team: Raising The Bar of Sustainability in Sports
(Oct 25th, 2011)
When the St. Louis Cardinals played the Texas Rangers last week in Games 1 and 2 of the 2011 World Series, there were a lot of ‘green’ things at Busch Stadium other than the grass on the field. A member of the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), the not-for-profit brainchild of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Paul Allen (owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Seattle Seahawks, and co-owner of the Seattle Sounders), the Cardinals are one of 20+ professional sports teams to commit to making tangible changes in their facilities to conserve energy and promote sustainability. These efforts include installing lighting occupancy sensors, adding solar panels, introducing in-stadium recycling programs, reducing water consumption and energy usage, and even handing out compost bags as giveaways!
Team Travel on a Budget | Six Ways to Save a Buck
(Oct 17th, 2011)
In these challenging economic times, when a youth sports coach mentions team travel, a collective groan is often heard from the parents—especially if the tournament or competition requires air travel.
The idea that the only way to improve your team’s skills is by traveling to far-flung locations is a myth. For most youth sports teams, especially those with players under 12, the farthest you really need to go is a couple of hours away from home. Which means you can meet the coach’s goal of upping the competition while still not breaking parents’ budgets.
Making The Most of Your Sports Team Website
(Sep 22nd, 2011)
This is a guest post from Ryan O’Leary, a sports media and marketing professional and co-author of Colorado Sports Trivia.
For most parents, coaching a child’s youth sports team is a rewarding experience – a time to create a greater bond with a son or daughter. Yet, in an age when daily schedules are growing increasingly busier, running a youth sports team can be daunting. Managing your home team online can save a lot of time and effort and here are four ways your sports team website can help:
A Team Manager’s Guide to Getting Ready For the Season
(Sep 8th, 2011)
Labor Day weekend marks the official end of summer, as well as the official beginning of the fall sports season. Whether your child is playing soccer, football, water polo, volleyball, hockey, or a host of other sports, if you are the ‘team parent’ or ‘team manager’, you have a lot to accomplish in just a few short weeks.
Focusing on Healthy Snacks
(Sep 2nd, 2011)
It’s that time again. Not just “Back to School” time, with backpacks, books and new clothes, but also “Back to Sports” time. Fall sports – football, soccer, water polo, cross country, and volleyball – are all about to be in full swing in just a few short weeks, and that means rushing kids from school to practice or games and then back home. Meals – or some semblance thereof – in the car and snacks at the field.
Don’t Miss A Game or Practice Again! Set Your E-mail Notifications
(Aug 22nd, 2011)
If your son has a football game at 3:00 and your daughter has soccer practice at 4:00, will you make it home in time for the Dancing With the Stars finale at 8:00? Trick question. The answer is no because your son ALSO has soccer practice at 7:00. With all of the games, practices, and events, it can be hard to keep track and that one never made it on the calendar. Solution: TeamSnap’s e-mail notifications (and a DVR).
Is Sugar The New Crack?
(Aug 19th, 2011)
Two months ago, at the beginning of the summer, I wrote about the sugar content of sports drinks in this blog. After the blog ran, we conducted a survey of TeamSnap users, asking you to guess the number of teaspoons of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade (answer: 9 teaspoons!). Forty percent of respondents guessed 6 teaspoons or less, vastly underestimating the amount of sugar in a bottle of the most popular sports drink on the market.
Concussion Symptoms and Recovery: More Than Just “Getting Your Bell Rung”
(Jul 27th, 2011)
Last Monday evening – a gorgeous, fog-free evening in the Bay Area – I had one of those ironic moments in life. Earlier that day, I had decided to write my blog on concussions. As the game ended, my son’s baseball coach motioned me over. “Are you taking Chris home?” he asked. When I answered, “Yes,” the coach said, “Well, I think he may have a slight concussion. I took him out of the game right after he made that diving catch in center field, because he slammed his head pretty good and he was groggy. His pupils seem normal but you should watch him on the drive home.”
TeamSnap All Stars: Royal City Rollergirls. League President Uses TeamSnap to Coordinate Competitions and Community Service
(Jun 28th, 2011)
Team: Royal City Rollergirls
Sport: Roller Derby
Location: Guelph, Ontario
This week we connected with Cynthia, Founder and President of the Royal City Rollergirls roller derby team. These ladies are the wheel deal! In case you are not familiar with the sport, the game is played with two teams roller skating around an oval track. Points are scored when the designated scoring player (the “jammer”) laps members of the opposing team so both teams are playing offense and defense simultaneously. The Rollergirls are about a lot more than just the sport, they also come together to do community service and have hopes to grow the organization with leagues for men and children. And they’re using TeamSnap to keep everything organized.
How To Get Your Players To Mark Their Availability
(Jun 24th, 2011)
This is part of our blog series on getting those resistant users on your team to log-in to TeamSnap.
You have played nice, explained to your team why you are using TeamSnap, posted photos and statistics with gusto, and you still have a few users who just won’t log in? We didn’t want to have to do this but now it may be time to pull out all the stops. If you don’t know who is showing up, the coach can’t plan accordingly, make a lineup or invite substitutes. As a last resort, consider passing this burden on to the players and parents.
Must Have Apps For Sports Parents and Team Managers: Location, Precipitation, and Hydration
(Jun 15th, 2011)
Summer tournaments mean travel and travel means planning accommodations, meals, and activities in places you probably don’t know very well. Or at least not as well as your hometown. And summer weather—heat, humidity, and thunderstorms—can throw a wrench into many tournament schedules and downtime plans.
Selling TeamSnap To Your Team: Be Persistent and Use Reinforcement
(Jun 13th, 2011)
Persistence and determination are two very important characteristics for an athlete to have. Implementing these traits is also a great way to get your team to log-in to TeamSnap. By making your TeamSnap team home page THE place for the most accurate and up-to-date information, coaches and managers can save a ton of time fielding phone calls, e-mails, and repeat questions.
Getting Organized For Summer Tournaments? Must Read Tips on Managing Your Team at Tournament Time
(Jun 8th, 2011)
Six beach soccer games in two days, second-place medals, exhausted but happy girls, and everything but the weather went as planned (some things team managers can’t control) at the first tournament of the summer. While coordinating a dozen or more families for a tournament is a huge undertaking, I think the team bonding that occurs at these tournaments is more than worth the effort.
Selling TeamSnap to Your Team: Hook Them With Photos, Statistics, and Other Gems
(Jun 3rd, 2011)
Just like trying to fish without bait, it’s going to be pretty tough to hook your team on TeamSnap if you don’t dangle a few worms. As the coach or manager of the team, you’re highest priorities are making sure that everyone knows where the next game or practice is, who will be showing up, and what they should wear. But your team members may have different priorities. The worms, in this case, are other features on TeamSnap like team photos and team and player statistics.
The Truth About Sports Drinks and Why Young Athletes Don’t Need Them
(Jun 1st, 2011)
Last week, I talked about staying hydrated in the hot summer months to prevent heat-related illnesses. And although most experts recommend plain old H2O, I’m sure many of you thought, “I’ll just buy a six-pack of [insert your favorite sports drink here] and that’ll be just as good or even better.” Guess what? You’re wrong.
TeamSnap All-Stars: Oakville U12 and U13 Girls Soccer. Team Mom Takes Advantage of TeamSnap iPhone App and Text Messaging Features
(May 31st, 2011)
Team: Oakville U12 and U13 Girls Soccer
Location: Oakville, Ontatrio
We decided to head north to Canada this week to catch up with Laura, the mother of two daughters playing youth soccer in Oakville, Ontario. Laura provided some insight for the mobile users of TeamSnap and other valuable ways to help TeamSnap work for you. Let’s start by introducing the teams!
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!
Bag Check: The Well-Equipped Team Manager
(Apr 14th, 2011)
If you’re old enough to remember the television show, Let’s Make a Deal, then you have a pretty good idea what my team manager’s bag looks like: a large duffel-type bag with everything but the kitchen sink inside. I’m ready for just about anything the coaches and players throw at me—and maybe I’ll win that new car behind Door #2.
Building – And Bonding – Your New Team
(Apr 1st, 2011)
Skills evaluations and tryouts are over. You have your team for the new season. All the players have to do is start practicing and everything will come together, right? Wrong. Team chemistry and bonding – among both the players and the parents – is vitally important to a successful season. And there are many things you, as a team manager, can do off the field to help foster a tightly connected, cohesive team.
Introducing the Playbook Blog and Starting Lineup
(Mar 30th, 2011)
With the spring sports season officially beginning, it is an exciting time for young athletes, parents, and coaches gearing up for another round of practices, games, tournaments, fundraisers, and fun! You have been busy preparing, and so have we. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the TeamSnap PlayBook, an awesome new section just for coaches, managers, and parents to talk about youth sports, share personal experiences, and ask questions.