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4 Ways to Make Managing League Volunteers Easier

  
  
  
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Without volunteers most youth sports leagues wouldn't be able to keep the fields open for long. Every league manager knows this, and while getting new volunteers can be hard, you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of the volunteers you do have!

Is Running Up the Score Cause for a Fine?

  
  
  
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Just the other week a story ran about a Southern California high school basketball coach that was suspended and faces accusations of "mercilessly running up the score" after his team won a game 161-2, making it one of the most lopsided basketball scores in the state history.

Are Participation Trophies Worth Giving Out?

  
  
  
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In November 2013, Keller Youth Association football decided to stop giving out participation trophies at the end of each season. Needless to say, this local sport's league decision went national with parents and coaches taking hard and fast stances on whether or not participation trophies were a good or bad thing in youth sports. It's arguably one of the most debated things in sports these days, so what's your opinion?

The Importance of League Policies

  
  
  
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Running a sports league is a lot like running a business; it works better when you have policies and processes in place! That way everyone is aware of what's happening, what is expected of them and how to react in various circumstances. And even though your league has been around for decades, it's never a bad idea to revisit some of your policies and make sure they are up-to-date! Especially considering how things in our society change, you might need to create brand new policies!

Overcoming a Fear Failure In Youth Sports

  
  
  
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It seems crazy that a fear of failure could actually lead to more failure, right? But sometimes athletes are so afraid of making mistakes they freeze on the field and actually end up making mistakes they would never make otherwise. A little pressure is good, because it forces athletes to step up their game, but if you let the pressure get to your players it can suck the fun right out of the season!

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5 Things New Coaches Need to Know

  
  
  
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Are you stepping up to the plate (pun intended) this season and finally volunteering to be a youth sports coach? Well first off, congratulations. And secondly, thank you! Without parent-coaches most sports leagues wouldn't exist. Plenty of SportsSignup team members coach their children and we can tell you that you're in for a wild ride! It's going to be a lot of work, but it's also a ton of fun. Here are five things we think all new sports coaches should know:

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Who Is Managing Your League's Money?

  
  
  
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Just the other week we came across this story where the former president of a youth football program in Massachusetts was charged with four felonies for allegedly embezzling funds from the organization over the past year. "...the investigation showed that Davis allegedly used the program's debit card 75 times for charges totaling $2,256 for his own benefit, for things like gas, meals and personal auto insurance. Davis also allegedly wrote 13 checks, made out to "Cash," totaling $1,728." And while nearly $5,000 is no small amount, it's pales in comparison to the New Jersey Pop Warner football volunteer who was sentenced to 27 months in prison and has to make $560,000 in restitution after his wire fraud conviction. Or the man who co-founded a suburban St. Paul, Minnesota youth sports league and was charged with five counts of felony theft for taking $113,000 from the organization.

Does Your Child Love to Play?

  
  
  
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Plenty of sports parents dream about their child going pro someday. And plenty of youth athletes have that dream too, especially when they truly love the sport they play. But with so many kids leaving youth sports in droves by the time they are 13 clearly something is going awry. You can still love to play even when you know you're not going pro (and be totally fine with a new dream), so what is happening? Bobby Orr, one of the greatest hockey players ever to hit the ice, said;

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5 New Year's Resolutions for Sports Parents

  
  
  
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If you're a sports parent you know exactly how much of your life revolves around sports; the whole family calendar is subject to it! It only gets more complicated when you have more than one youth athlete in the house. Every new season starts exactly the same, 0-0-0, so why not start 2015 on the right foot and make it a great year for your sports family.

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Player Development Matters More than the Final Score

  
  
  
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A few weeks ago we talked about the pros and cons of the mercy rule (aka the slaughter rule) in youth sports. Some parents and coaches argue that it actually does more harm than good, because having an opponent "take pity" on your team is worse than actually losing. Others say a mercy rule help keep the game fun because there are no real lessons to be learned (on either side) from a blowout. Much like participation trophies, the mercy rule is a hotly debated topic in youth sports and lots of sports parents and coaches weighed in with their opinions and personal experience with the mercy rule. One soccer coach had this to say on LinkedIn;

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