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TeamPages Integrates with iScore for Baseball

April 3rd, 2014

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Baseball and softball teams can now live score games with or without an internet connection and view team, player and game stats on your TeamPages website. This two way integration with iScore and TeamPages is available now.

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to sync up your iScore app with TeamPages:

Step 1:

Download the iScore for Baseball app on to your mobile device. Apple or Android.
For tutorials on how to use iScore to score your games visit iScore.

Step 2:

Create your team and roster then start adding games to both iScore and TeamPages.

Step 3:

Locate your Customer ID# by clicking the Options button from the iScore home page.

iScore Options

 The Customer ID# will be at the bottom of the page.

Next, enter your iScore Customer ID# into the Statistics Tracking page on TeamPages. This page can be found in a sub-section of your team’s settings.

TeamPages iScore Setup

Note: After this step an internet connection is not required to score the game. But if you wish to have a game cast appear in real time an internet connection is required. Internet will be required again when game is complete and you want to export data back to TeamPages. Read more

Spring season; time to Warm-up!

March 20th, 2014

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Warming up is often boring and 90% involves some sort of running with various hands touching the floor to the count of 1, 2 or 3. I often found kids saying to me “can’t we just play a match” or the universal “owwwwww” in response to efforts to get them to warm-up and stretch properly. Great coaches control their group and motivate them to do well but sometimes we can forget the educational reasons why we do things so here’s some info on the subject that might be useful.

When it’s 85 degrees outside do we need to warm up?

Yes! Whilst our skin may be warm and our heads may be wet its our muscles that actually make us move and “warming-up” isn’t just about making our body feel hot it’s about the muscle fibres that we’re exerting having the chance to stretch out and become more elastic before they get used for exercise. As a coach on a hot day I’d involve more stop and start exercises and have kids moving their whole bodies to the floor to engage more muscle groups for around 5-7 minutes.

Do warm-ups need to involve running?

Running is a great way to do a warm-up but for some sports it may require more variety than this such as gymnastics. Anyone can Google ‘warm-ups without running’ but tips of mine would be the crab walk, jump rope or burpees.

The purpose of the warm-up

To increase your breathing and heart rate.

To increase energy-releasing reactions in the muscles and their fibbers.

To promote blood flow to the muscles supplying them with more oxygen.

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Stretching

There’s been a lot of sports science research done on stretching before and after exercise. We know 2 main forms of stretch, static and dynamic.

Static stretches are done by holding a muscle in a fixed position for a set amount of time. I would recommend 20-30 seconds for these stretches per muscle group with a main focus on hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulders and ankles but feel free to include more areas. It is good to start stretching at a young age because kids should associate exercise as starting with stretches and as we mature the importance of keeping these key muscle areas prepared for intense movements will lower the risk of injury. Do these before exercise

Dynamic stretches change the stretch from held still to being moving stretches, these hold more benefit to the cool down session and should be introduced subtly as part of the cool down. It is still recommended to end a session with a static stretch which should be held for a little longer than the warm up because it helps flush some of the waste products produced when exercising

Hope that helps educate (slightly) warming up and why it’s important to always do so, leave any comments or questions bellow, happy training.

Pete

Our new web portal help desk

February 24th, 2014

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With each new season the rosters change, the parents change, the web admins can change, even the coaches change so this is for all our new coaches, parents and players, introducing the new teampages web portal!

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Click here to access our new online help which contains information on: setting up your teampage, registering with teampages.com, subscribing to your calendar, managing your rosters, frequently asked questions and much more written with step by step guides, photos and clear instructions where to click your mouse. There’s a search bar if you’re looking for something specific and the portal has been setup in an easy to use format to help our clients in depth help 24/7 and keep you all informed of exactly what teampages is and how to operate it.

If there’s any feedback or questions please let us know by either commenting bellow or  within the portal itself.

Enjoy getting the most out of teampages.com.

All the best,
Pete

Identifying the positive and negatives of youth sport

February 4th, 2014

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Youth sports are becoming more popular; the US has had an increase in participation in youth programs with approximately 45 million children and adolescents taking part per year. Conversely though statistics have shown an obesity crisis with one in three children now overweight with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Children inherently do something (without being asked) for one of two reasons, their friends are doing it or it’s fun.

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Coaches can play an important albeit difficult role here, particularly volunteer coaches who have little or no training. The more coaches understand the social needs and focus on the holistic development of each player the more influence they will have on sustaining their association with sport and physical activity. The benefits this has are not purely the physical fitness as a way to tackle obesity and diabetes. It also holds a great bearing on the social and physical development of the player and their attitude towards life, their lifestyle choices and social values.

TeamPages.com is a website setup to make easy to use, innovative websites that hold stats and communication tools so coaches spend less time doing admin tasks and more on the continued professional development of themselves and their teams.

From research in the field of youth sport development it appears that an emphasis on fun while establishing a balance between physical fitness, psychological well-being, and lifelong lessons for a healthy and active lifestyle are paramount for success.

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Bellow I’ve outlined key points for the benefit of any club or team looking to improve their operation and the future successes of its youth sport development.

The Fundamentals of youth sports:

Fun

•  Decreases injury • Increases enthusiasm/eagerness • Prolongs involvement

Focus

•  Exercise • Friendship • Sportsmanship  • Skill development

Fuel the basics

•  Keep it simple • Athlete-directed goals/motivation • Reward the effort rather than the outcome

Injury reduction strategies:

Athlete

•  Sports readiness • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness • Strength training • Flexibility • Proper rest • Proper hydration • Proper nutrition

Parent/community

•  Appropriate fit and use of equipment • Appropriate fit and use of footwear • Enforcement of safety rules • Adjustment for environmental conditions • Education of coaches (training, first aid, CPR/AED)

Coach

•  Preseason conditioning/activity • Appropriate training frequency, intensity, and duration • Limiting increases in training volume to 10% weekly • Insuring proper form/technique • Implementation of appropriate strengthening and conditioning program • Incorporation of warm-up and cool-down phases for practice and competition

The impact of youth sports:

Positive:

Physical

•  Increased physical activity   • Enhanced fitness  • Lifelong physical, emotional, and health benefits  • Decreased risk of obesity  • Minimizes development of chronic disease  • Improves health  • Improves motor skills

Psychological

•  Decrease depression  • Decrease suicidal thoughts  • Decrease high risk health behaviors  • Increases positive behavior in teens  • Develops fundamental motor skills  • Improves self-concept/self-worth

Social

•  Enhances social skills  • Provides life lessons  • Improves positive social behaviors  • Enhances time management skills  • Improves academic achievement  • Helps to develop passion and goal setting  • Improves character

Negative behaviours:

Physical

• Injuries  • Untrained coaches  • Inconsistent safety precautions  • Lack of sports science influencing policy and practices

Psychological

• Increase stress to be elite player • High rates of attrition  • Too competitive  • Inappropriate expectations to achieving scholarships/professional career

Social

•  Inconsistent funding to insure proper safety equipment, venues, and equal participation  • Expense  • Inequality across groups (socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic, gender)

How to subscribe teampages to your Google Calendar

January 23rd, 2014

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We love Google Calendar and Google Chrome for that matter (always recommended for teampages) and subscribing your teampages calendar should be as easy as 1-2-3, right? Well how about 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

 

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Follow these steps to link your calendar with Google Calendar.

1. Firstly you need to subscribe to ‘My Calendar’ not an individual team calendar so make sure to select ‘My Calendar’ from the top.

2. Next, click on ‘Subscribe’.

3. Now click on ‘View entire link for copying to clipboard‘.

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4. Highlight the entire webcal text that appears and Copy it.

5. Go to your Google Calendar and click on the downward arrow image located next to ‘Other Calendars’.

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6. Select ‘Add by URL’.

7. Paste the webcal information here.

8. Finally click ‘Add calendar’.

Finished!

Editing your teampage roster

January 17th, 2014

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Hey guys we’ve been getting some regular questions about editing the rosters on your teampages so here’s some useful information that might help out.

1. If a player/parent is listed on your roster and their name is underlined this indicates they have their own official teampages account which only they can edit. Even administrators don’t have the rights to edit their personal information on the roster.

An admin here could edit Blake Davidson’s information but can’t edit Ammercy Smaler

 

2. If you don’t have a unique email address for a player simply add them to the roster without an email address and add a parent to the parents section who does have an email attached to their profile. This way the child appears correctly on the roster and stats and the parents receive team notifications. This is also the way to solve the issue of parents with more than one child on teampages.

3. When uploading pictures of your players it may take up to an hour from when the upload was made until the picture is seen due to a delay in CACHING the image through the teampages servers.

4. Any parent can be ‘connected’ to a player on the roster simply click Edit on the parent and select their child/children from the choice box.

5. To make a coach an admin click Edit and check the ‘Administrator’ box.

If you have any further questions about using the roster section please let us know bellow.

All the best,
Pete