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Is Youth Baseball Too Boring for Today's Kids?

By Paul Langhorst on 2/22/2016
How to make baseball less boringYouth baseball is losing young players and some feel that it is because youth baseball is too boring for today's kids. Nationally youth baseball participation has declined 4.3% from 2009 to 2014, according to a tracking study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SIFA).  Contrasted with tackle football, which has declined a whopping 17.9% over the same period, baseball's decline looks comparably shallow. Football with its concussion and injury issues is perhaps more understandable, but baseball? Our national pastime?  Why would youth baseball show such a decline?  Is the pace of play and nature of the game turning kids off?  

3 Quick Fixes to Improve your Youth Sports Website

By Paul Langhorst on 2/11/2016
steps to improve sports websiteA youth sports website should undergo a major refresh every 2 to 4 years so use these 3 simple steps to improve your sports website in between those big refreshes.  OK! Ready, set, go...

Youth Sports Data and Participation Resources

By Paul Langhorst on 2/7/2016
The following is a summary of some of the best youth sports data and participation resources.  Youth sports is facing many internal and external issues and these reports and articles help tell the story.  If you are researching youth sports statistics our list of youth sports data sources is great place to start.

The Rise of the Mobile Web and Why it Matters for Youth Sports

By Rich Campbell on 1/27/2016
Is your sports website optimized for mobile?

website on mobileBetter yet, is it responsive? Given the growth of the mobile web, responsive web design is a best practice that helps you provide users with an optimal experience, regardless of whether they are browsing your site on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop.


Background Checks in Youth Sports- Nationwide Survey Results

By Paul Langhorst on 1/27/2016

background check info for coachesToday's headlines are filled with instances of youth sports coaches, board members and volunteers, committing crimes. The charges include sexual misconduct with players and parents, financial theft, equipment theft, battery and other crimes.  Many youth sports organizations are turning to background checks to prevent criminal behavior before it happens.  This post reveals the results of a nationwide survey of over 1,400 youth sports leaders and the degree to which background checks are being implemented, on which personnel and their perceived level of effectiveness.  


Why Coaches Should Act Like CEOs Who Treat Parents Like Customers, Not Shareholders

By Paul Langhorst on 1/26/2016

what makes a great youth sports coach?Bob Cook, a youth sports contributor for Forbes, penned a recent article, Why A Coach Is A CEO that Should Treat Parents As Shareholders, in which he suggests that youth sports coaches should act more like CEO’s focusing on shareholder return versus unaccountable tyrants. I believe Cook focuses too much on the shareholder concept and not the other traits of great CEOs which are more applicable to youth sports coaching. This article highlights traits of great CEOs which are also traits of great sports coaches. 



8 Tips for Creating League and Tournament Schedules

By Paul Langhorst on 1/19/2016

online tournament scheduling systemSeeking help in creating a youth sports league or tournament schedule? You are not alone. Creating a game schedule that works for everyone’s needs is often a very difficult task. League scheduling is made more complex by conditions such field availability, time limitations, field lighting, blackout dates, division balance, rest requirements and much more. While you may feel like punting the schedule process to someone else, here are 8 sports schedule development tips that will help you keep your sanity and produce a great schedule.


Youth Sports Associations Struggle to Recover from Flood Damage

By Paul Langhorst on 1/10/2016

Kirkwood athletic association flood damageYouth sports association, leagues and municipal recreation programs are struggling to recover form record breaking floods that hit the Midwest in December.  Heavy rains that soaked the region for days causing rivers, creeks and drainage systems to flood. Youth sports organizations with outdoor sports programs rely on flat open ground for fields and that ground is often found in flood plain areas.  While ideal for playing fields, such geographic placement is a double edge sword; the ground is cheap as business and homes typically avoid it, but the low-lying ground is prone to frequent flooding


New Concussion Diagnosis App Coming to Youth Sports

By Paul Langhorst on 1/7/2016

New concussion diagnosis apps are coming to the rescue in youth sports. While pro teams have the luxury of having sideline doctors and "concussion spotters" in the press boxes, youth sports lacks such resources.  Now, new app-based sports concussion diagnosis programs such as HHITT (Handheld Head Injury Treatment Tool) are coming to the sidelines to help youth sports coaches and trainers spot concussion signs. Soon, no where will it be more welcome see a kid on a smart phone than on the sidelines of a football game. 


8 Steps to Youth Sports PR Crisis Management

By Paul Langhorst on 1/4/2016
Youth sports sex assualt headlineHanding a PR Crisis well is no accident.  Should your youth sports organization be hit by a crisis, by following these 8 Steps to PR Crisis Management, your overall response will be more prepared and professional. Step #1, Plan Ahead, is the most important.  As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. If you are running background checks, have solid financial controls in place, and are looking for problems before they happen, you may still have some damage to your organization's reputation but it will be minimized by your planning and professional response.  So now know Step 1 Plan Ahead...let's look at the rest..


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