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What Is Over Coaching And How Can We Prevent It?

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What is over coaching?

Excessive input from the coach while the players are playing in such a way that the coach’s input becomes debilitating to the player’s ability to perform to the best of her ability and stifles her development. In short, the coach is playing instead of the player, making all of her decisions for her.

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What are the symptoms of over coaching?

Over irritated people that do not really enjoy the game. players coaches, and parents.

Is over coaching a problem? does it happen frequently?

I see this as a problem.  Too often, coaches (and parents) feel an undue pressure to win games and therefore over coach the players. As a result, at game time, and during practice, there is a constant barrage of comments directed at the player, making it impossible for the players to enjoy themselves and express themselves on the field. Read more

How to Fuel your Workout

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When we exercise it is important that we fuel ourselves adequately in order to minimize mental and muscular fatigue, and get the most out of our workouts. We derive our energy from the digestion of carbohydrates, protein and fat. But, which of these energy sources is more important when it comes to exercise, and what should we consume prior to working out?shutterstock_122109313

Carbohydrates (sugars) are an athlete’s best friend as they are the most efficient source of immediate energy. Complex carbohydrates are broken down into smaller sugars which are absorbed and used as energy. Glucose,the simplest sugar, is absorbed directly into the blood. It is the main source of energy for our body’s cells and is the most important fuel for the creation of muscular energy.

An athlete “hits the wall” when sustained glucose delivery to working muscles fails, so its is important to understand how to avoid glucose depletion. Once all carbohydrate stores are used up, the body starts to make glucose by breaking down proteins in order to sustain energy supply to working muscles. Protein is an important building block for our muscles and it aids in tissue repair. Therefore, relying on protein as your source for energy can limit your ability to build and maintain muscle mass and can hinder recovery after exercise.

Blood sugar is the primary fuel for the brain and once it becomes low mental fatigue sets in. This contributes to muscular fatigue no matter how energy is stored in muscles. Foods containing carbohydrates have different effects on blood glucose levels.  The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical value that measures how quickly a particular carbohydrate source raises blood glucose levels. Foods with a higher GI value have a rapid, short-lived rise in blood sugar, while foods with a lower GI have a slower, sustained release of glucose to the blood.

Not all carbohydrates are the same. The key to getting the most out of your workout is to understand which carbohydrates to consume and when. Carbohydrates are classified as either simple or complex, and they differ in terms of how quickly they are digested. Simple carbohydrates, in fruits and energy drinks, are absorbed and converted into energy very quickly, and are therefore a rapid source of energy. Complex carbohydrates, in whole grain bread, rice or pasta, take longer to break down and provide energy at a slower rate than do simple sugars. Starch and fibre are both considered to be complex carbohydrates, however it is important to note that fibre cannot be digested or used for energy.  Generally speaking, carbohydrate foods high in fibre have a lower GI, while starchy carbohydrates have a higher GI.

So when and what should you eat prior to exercising for maximum performance? A general guide is to have a meal three-four hours prior to exercise that is mostly carbohydrates with a low GI with some protein and little fat. As you get closer to your time of exercise the size of the meal/snack should decrease and the selection should be primarily carbohydrates with minimal fat and protein so as to decrease the risk of stomach discomfort while exercising. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the closer you get to exercising, the simpler your meal should be. If you have a snack 1-2 hours before exercise this should be a light meal or snack that consists mainly of carbohydrates with a medium GI. A snack 0-1 hour before exercise should be carbohydrates only with a high GI.

To perform at your best it is essential to understand how to fuel your body. Paying attention to the foods you eat prior to exercising will help you get the most out of your workout and will help you feel comfortable and confident.

Customizing push notifications: get the information that matters to you

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Push Notification Settings TeamPages

You may have noticed that you have been receiving notifications about team announcements on your Android or iOS device. We wanted to make sure after releasing support for news that you could keep up to date with the news being posted to TeamPages while on the go. Now, whenever a team or organization you’re a part of creates and posts an announcement either on the web or directly from their mobile app, you’ll receive a push notification giving you a heads up to check out the new post.

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With this new feature, we recognize that there are a lot of different of TeamPages push notifications! In addition to the new support for announcement notifications, you should also be receiving notifications whenever:

  • Someone sends you a TeamPages message
  • An event is created, postponed, cancelled
  • An event has its important details (such as its time or location) changed.

Since we plan to support even more types of push notifications in the future, we decided it was imperative that we let you control which of these notifications you want to receive.

TeamPages now supports opting out of specific push notifications both on the web and from within the mobile app itself. You can choose to completely disable (or re-enable) a notification type altogether, or for each available notification type, filter out specific teams.  This can be extremely handy if you manage or play on multiple teams.


Updating your Push Notification Settings in the Mobile App:

Don’t have the app yet? Download it to check out the other exciting features the TeamPages app offers, such as roster management, event tracking and attendance, and instant messaging capabilities.

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Make sure your app is up-to-date and head to the settings area (making sure “Receive push notifications” is checked) and explore the new “Advanced Notification Settings” area to start customizing your push notification experience!

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Updating your Push Notification Settings On the Web:

1. Login to TeamPages and navigate to your personal settings area:

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2. Select the new “Push Notification Settings” section to customize your notifications. Make sure you click ‘save’ to save your changes!

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Lastly, if you’re not receiving push notifications, make sure that you are signed in to the TeamPages app and have subscribed to push notifications on its settings page as shown above.  If you’re using an iOS device such as an iPhone, make sure you’ve also allowed TeamPages to send you push notifications inside the app (You would have been prompted the first time you signed in). You can adjust this setting by going into your iOS device’s settings, choosing the “Notifications” option, choosing “TeamPages”, and ensuring the “Allow Notifications” setting is toggled on. You can also adjust other settings such as your sound preferences for TeamPages notifications here. (On Android this is done inside the app).


We hope these new customization options are helpful to you! We want to ensure your experience with the TeamPages mobile app suits your needs and helps you stay up to date with your team. If you have any questions or need help controlling your push notifications, you can reach us at support@teampages.com or at 1-800-500-7203, M-F 9am – 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

TeamPages Customization Checklist

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One of the things that our users love about using TeamPages is all the customization options.  It is so much fun to choose a look and feel that represents your brand and puts your best face forward.  If you are just getting started with your new TeamPages website, or you are looking to make some updates, here is a customization checklist to keep you on track!

1. Add your logo.  Even if you are planning to use a custom background or banner image, it is important to upload your logo in the general settings area.  This logo will display on the mobile view of your website, and it will be the default symbol for your teams.  A .png format is ideal because it has a transparent background.

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2. Choose a website theme.  We have plenty of theme options to choose from, and they all offer a different layout. Check out this video from more information about themes:

 

3. Customize your website colors.  Depending on the theme you selected, you will have different color areas to customize.  For example, you can change the nav bar, the widget headers, the links, and the banner and background colors.  See all the options in action in this helpful video:

 

4. Arrange your widgets.  TeamPages is built on a very easy to use drag and drop system.  Click and hold a widget header to pick it up and drag it to a new location.  Turn widgets on and off in your settings area. Check out this video for more information:

 

5. Add a background image (optional).  A background image is a great way to make your site stand out and incorporate some of your player images.  Many TeamPages users opt-in to our design services to have a custom background designed just for them, you can see examples of these designs in our gallery.  You can upload any image you like for your background in the banner and background settings area.  Play around with the advanced settings to place it in different locations or tile it (repeat it vertically or horizontally).  We recommend choosing a background color that compliments your background design, or adding a faded edge, because people with larger screens will see the edges.

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6. Add a banner image (optional). Instead of going all out with a background design, you may choose to keep your background simple with a solid colour or texture and upload a banner image.  Your banner image will replace the entire default banner, so make sure you incorporate your logo and name into your banner design.  

 

7. Link your social feeds.  If you have social platforms that you are active on, it is nice to share that activity on your TeamPages site.  Embed a facebook feed or twitter feed on your homepage to encourage new members to follow you and stay up to date!

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8. Customize your menus. In the Menus and Pages settings area, you can drag and drop menu items into your main and sub navigations.  You can also create drop down menus and new page in this area.  Double click on a menu item to re-name it.

 

9. Add important content.

Documents.  You may have documents that you like to keep available to your members at all times.  Upload these to the documents area and you can organize them into folders as needed. Display these using the documents widget or have a documents page in your navigation.

Contact information.  Believe it or not, we get calls all the time from parents or members looking for contact information so they can register for a team or get more information about a league.  Don’t let these potential members fall through the cracks!  Make sure to create a contact page where you include at least an email address so people can reach out to you.

Roster Members.  A team is not a team without members! Now that your site is super spiffy, invite all your members to join you on TeamPages.

Let us know if this customization checklist worked for you, we hope you have fun playing with your settings and creating a unique look for your website!

Embed a Twitter Feed on your Website

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Does your organization or team use Twitter?  It is a great way to interact with your members and participate in the sports community! You can create a custom widget on your TeamPages site where you can embed a Twitter feed.  This can help you get more followers on Twitter and give your website visitors access to your tweets!

Twitter makes it really easy to embed a page feed or any kind of post on your site, all you need to do is copy and paste a few lines of code. Lets get started!

First, you need to login to TeamPages and you must have administrative access to your TeamPages website.

1. Navigate to your settings area.TeamPages Embed Facebook Feed

2. Go to the ‘widgets’ settings and click ‘add’ in the top right corner.TeamPages Embed Facebook Feed

3. Name your new custom widget and change the text editor to ‘source’ mode.  This mode is for entering code instead of plain text.
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4. Copy this code, replacing the YOURTWITTER with your twitter handle, and YOUR NAME with the name of your team or league. 

<p><a class=”twitter-timeline” data-height=”500″ href=”https://twitter.com/YOURTWITTER“>Tweets by YOUR NAME</a> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script></p>

For example, TeamPages’ code would look like this:

<p><a class=”twitter-timeline” data-height=”500″ href=”https://twitter.com/teampages“>Tweets by TeamPages</a> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script></p>

6. Paste this code into your ‘source’ area. Save your custom widget.
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7. In the widget settings, turn your widget on and choose the column you would like it to display in on your home page. Click save.
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8. Go to your home page and see your new widget!  You may need to drag it around on the page to position it in the right spot.

I hope this has been a helpful TeamPages tutorial.  Please comment if you have any questions or email us at support@teampages.com, we are always happy to help!

4 Quick Tips for Sports Clubs Using Social Media

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You’ve seen them splayed out on just about every notable brand’s webpage, ads, and flyers: the little Twitter bird, the infamous Facebook “f”, and the Instagram lens looking right at you. Whether it piques your interest enough to check out their social media pages or you just find them annoying, the statistics don’t lie: they’re working. The average social media user maintains 5 accounts and 96% of small business owners/marketers use social media marketing.

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So what does this have to do with your child’s club? Why would understanding social media marketing really make a difference to the local youth sports club or league you volunteer with? First of all, the club or league you manage is very similar to a brand. Parents interact online and need to see that their child’s team is one that can be respected and trusted. Building a strong brand is as important to the club’s success as the people who run it. In a time when media is consumed by anyone at any time on computers and mobile devices, it is essential to maintain a strong online image and engage with stakeholders that expect their child’s league to answer any questions or concerns they may have. By extension, maintaining an excellent online presence will drive new and repeat registration to keep the club prosperous for future generations. In the end this is really our goal: to ensure that our children play in a thriving, adaptable club without worrying that it may fold or lose credibility.

Secondly, attracting sponsors is key to raising funds to cover extra costs associated with the club and to help lower registration costs. However too many parents and marketing committees approach sponsorship in the same way they approach fundraising; simply asking a business for it. I’ve seen many sponsorship request letters explaining to the business where the money will go, how it helps the children, and how much everyone at the organization appreciates it. Goodwill alone may account for a portion of the sponsor’s decision to invest, but it would be naive to assume they expect no financial return on their investment. They want to know that their exposure will reach enough people to make a return on the (possibly) thousands of marketing dollars they’ll spend on you. What better way to do this than to give them something measurable and quantifiable such as number of Instagram followers or Facebook likes, or even better, levels of engagement.

So how do you keep the members of your social media platforms not only growing but also engaging with your club? I’ve listed a few things to keep in mind while you’re posting and updating your pages:

1. Keep things visual. It is tempting to share lots of text posts and links with your followers along with images, but ultimately people process and engage more with pictures and visual content. Check out this article by Social Media Today to learn more about getting visual on social media.

2. Post frequently, but not too frequently. Parents will follow your social media accounts because it will show them important information, notable team achievements, and the occasional bit of humour and/or informative links. However, don’t fall victim to thinking everything you come across related to the sport must end up on the page.

3. Make sure all important info is posted as soon as possible to all outlets. Even when using your league communication tools, it is still good practice to inform parents of all venue changes, rain-outs, etc., through social media.

4. React to concerns as soon as possible. It has become very commonplace for parents to voice their concerns on a forum where they know they will have the most exposure: your social media pages. Respond to disgruntled tweets and posts as soon as you can and with complete diplomacy in your tone. Ensure an immediate solution and offer further discussion elsewhere than the page.

It is very easy to fall behind on the social marketing aspect of your club while focusing on other important areas (you know, such as actually PLAYING the game!), but you must keep in mind the value of interacting with people on these platforms. What might just be a quick update to you may be the highlight of a soccer/hockey/football mom’s day. The power of social media in youth sports is growing parallel to that of the largest companies out there. Keeping your club in the forefront of social media today will ensure its success, and more importantly the success of your children, tomorrow.

For information on setting up your facebook page, check out this article by BufferSocial’s Kevan Lee.