As a part of the “TeamPages Chat with the Pros” interview series, I spoke with a coach from a youth soccer team in Las Vegas. Here at TeamPages, we want our youth players to feel like professionals, and encourage them to play with all their hearts. We believe it is important to recognize teams of all ages, and this team – the LV Angels Soccer team, has a unique story. Read this article to find out!
Bringing the Internet onto the Soccer Field
Youth Soccer team using Social Media for team communication
Children, teachers, parents and coaches alike, are realizing the advantages for children learning to be as comfortable communicating online, as they are offline. Several youth sports teams are following suite, and adopting online forms of communicating with the team members about upcoming games, schedule changes, scores and picture sharing.
The LV Angels Soccer team (http://www.teampages.com/teams/18421) uses their online team website, TeamPages.com, as their primary tool for communication. The girls’ soccer team is made up of 8 and 9 year old girls, and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. “A great feature of Team Pages.com, which makes my job a lot easier, would be the calendar. If my parents have any questions on an event or practice, instead of calling me, they can check our webpage. Plus, Team Pages sends out a reminder of a scheduled event which helps keep my busy parents on time.” Says Steve Winchell, the LV Angels Coach.
The young LV Angels Soccer team has chosen pink as their team color. Their uniforms are pink and their team logo is a pink soccer ball with an Angel’s halo around it. Another great feature of their TeamPages.com website is the customization option, which this soccer team has made good use of. The theme color of the website is pink, and is filled with pictures and video of the team. The LV Angels Soccer team has done a good job at promoting themselves using Social Media as well, and recently partnered with Soccer World as their sponsor. Technology isn’t the only thing that this Little League Soccer team is advanced for their age with. When asked what makes the LV Angels so special, Coach Steve Winchell replied, “What makes the LV Angels so special is their diversity. Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Christians, Catholics and Mormons. It doesn’t matter to the girls. They aren’t all wrapped up in the political nonsense of Religion and Race. These are their team mates. To them there is only one color…PINK! To them there is only one Religion…SOCCER!”
The social media site Steve Winchell is referring to is TeamPages.com, a Canadian based company started by University of Victoria, British Columbia, entrepreneurial students in 2007. This company provides amateur sport teams, leagues and clubs with free and easy to use websites to post their schedules, scores, news, photos, videos, and updates. TeamPages.com is committed to helping amateur teams of all ages streamline their communication, through the use of their easy to use website and customer support. Over 35,000 teams from all over North America are signed up on this site, and it reaches over 130,000 coaches, athletes and parents. Could this site be the new Facebook for Sports Leagues? Well, for some Little League teams, it certainly has become that.
TeamPages.com launched in January 2007, by University of Victoria graduate Mike Tan, Adam Palmblad, Derek Story and Jonathan Kerr. This social media site provides amateur sports teams with free and easy to use team websites to post their schedules, scores, news, photos, videos, and updates. Over 35,000 teams from all over North America are signed up, and it reaches over 130,000 coaches, athletes and parents. Contest and interviews with professional athletes which can be found at: blog.teampages.com.
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Cynthia Barker, Community Manager, TeamPages.com Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org