The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport

April 10, 2018

This post walks through the best camera angles to use for live video streaming of sporting events. It covers football, basketball, baseball and volleyball. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

Fans love being able to see their favorite teams play live, even when they can’t be there in person. But nobody likes the experience of watching a poorly shot game. Capturing footage that is too far from the action, doesn’t follow the ball, or is zoomed in too close is a surefire way to upset fans and keep them from watching your future streams.

In this post, we discuss the optimum camera angles for every sport. 

Note: that for some sports, we suggest including more than one camera angle. In those instances, you’ll need a video switcher - here’s everything you’ll need to know about switchers.

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Why Your Sports Team Needs a Social Media Manager

April 03, 2018

This post talks about the importance of having a social media manager for your team. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

You’ve set up a great live stream and are ready to broadcast the success of your athletic teams for everyone to see. You’ve even set up ticketing to monetize your stream. But how do you market it?

When it comes to getting the word out about your live video streams, many experts will point you to social media platforms.

This article discusses why sports organizations at any level should have a dedicated social media manager who gives life to the team’s social media presence - someone who can create and post content, engage with viewers, and best represent your organization to a massive audience. 

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7 Things You Need to Include on Your Sports Team's Website

October 25, 2017

This post talks about what to include on your team's website. It's part of our series on sports engagement.

The power of a sports team’s website is undeniable.

In many cases, it’s your team’s first introduction to the outside world and, if done right, it can seamlessly communicate important and necessary information to your players and fans.

Despite the fact that 86.75% of the U.S. population uses the internet, many sports programs struggle to maximize their site’s potential. Below are seven important things you should include on your website.

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Youth Sports Are in Crisis, But Why?

August 23, 2016

Youth sports are in crisis.

Though we know them to have multiple positive impacts on children’s mental and physical development, youth sports participation has been on the decline in recent years. In fact, the number of kids participating in youth sports declined by 9% between 2009 and 2014 according to a study done by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

This post identifies the underlying reasons for this decline, and in doing so, tries to paint a clearer picture of the state of youth sports in America.

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Should Your League Be Giving Out Participation Awards?

August 02, 2016

Last year, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison very publicly returned the participation awards that his children, six and eight years old, received from their youth sports leagues. He took to Instagram to air his thoughts:

“While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them til the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned...”

His commentary sheds light on a long-standing debate: should youth sports leagues give away participation trophies? Proponents of each side tend to feel strongly on the issue. What should your league do? Is there a right answer? In an attempt to help you weigh the pros and cons of the issue, this post explores both sides of the argument. 

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