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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Why Should Your School Be Streaming its Olympic Sports?

August 18, 2016

With less than a week left in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Americans have spent countless hours watching their country compete to be recognized as the best in the world. The country suddenly cares deeply about gymnastics, swimming, track, and other Olympic sports for a few weeks before ignoring them again for the next four years.

However, there are millions of people around the country would love to watch these sports regularly. But unfortunately, because of the lack of their primetime popularity, fans of these sports had no way to support their favorite athletes when they couldn’t be there in person. Until recently.

Thanks to the power of live video streaming, schools and other athletic organizations have the opportunity to share these sports with the viewers that would love to watch. This article breaks down why your organization should start streaming Olympic sports.

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

July 20, 2016

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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Why Your Sports Team Needs a Social Media Manager

July 14, 2016

 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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4 Easy Ways to Become an Awesome Sports Parent

July 08, 2016

Parenting a young athlete is no easy task. As your children pour themselves into their sports, you have to help them navigate the triumphant ups and the devastating downs of competition. All the while, your own emotions are constantly prodded. You want to see them succeed and it can be difficult to watch your child in the face of adversity.

Still, coping with your own emotions is essential to your child’s athletic development. As recruitment starts at younger ages than ever before, college coaches are interacting with more recruit’s parents. Here are a few tips to keep in mind throughout your sports parenting journey:

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The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport

June 28, 2016

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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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