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Build a Cohesive Team & Keep Trainers on the Same Page

on Jul 27, 2017 12:26:37 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
6 Tips for Keeping Staff on the Same Page: Whether you're working with kids at a camp or young athletes in your training center, you want every client who walks through your doors to have the same high-quality experience. Every employee they interact with is a representative of the business. It's important that you keep trainers on the same page -- from sharing your mission to having a solid staff scheduling software -- these tactics can help make that easier.
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6 Creative Ways to Keep Your Sports Training Staff Motivated

on Jul 24, 2017 12:46:40 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Keeping Staff Energized and Engaged to Build a Better Sports Program: Looking for creative ways to energize and motivate your staff? As a sports training brand, you understand the importance of motivating and pushing your clients to greater heights in their athletic ability. Although your admin and staff aren’t actively running drills or exercise routines, they do require motivation to perform at their best in what they do. Taking the time to invest in your team can create a winning work culture where everyone wants to be involved. The good news is, motivating your team doesn’t necessarily mean giving raises and bonuses. There are intangible ways to rejuvenate your sports training staff to boost productivity and keep them excited about coming to work. Here are 6 creative tips to keep staff motivated.
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Using Sports Customer Testimonials to Promote Your Training Business

on Jul 20, 2017 11:37:18 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
5 Ways to Implement Customer Testimonials in Digital Marketing: Did you know 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendations from friends (Source: Forbes)? Customer testimonials are powerful content pieces that can elevate your sports digital marketing and position you in a positive light amongst potential clients. You see, reviews and testimonials do the selling for you! They show that what you’re doing is working - producing the desired results that people expect from your services. Whether you’re attracting parents or athletes to your training business, sharing sports customer testimonials can be a killer way to close the deal. The following offers five unique ways you can implement testimonials in your digital marketing strategy to effectively promote your sports training business.
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Learning Opportunities in Athlete-Parent Involvement

on Jul 7, 2017 3:14:36 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
How the right parent involvement can make our job as coaches easier: You don't have to be a professional athlete to understand the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of sports. If you have ever participated in an organized athletic competition, on essentially any level, you have experienced the impact of athletics. The joy of winning, of hitting the game winning shot or even the sinking feeling of making a mistake or losing, are powerful emotions that present opportunities to grow. In fact, it is very likely you can recollect one or two of those moments from your own youth, right? For many of us those memories are almost as vivid and alive as the moment they happened. How many years ago was that? These are powerful learning opportunities and memories.
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Morning Sports Routine for Business Owners

on Jun 22, 2017 2:56:17 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
  Running a sports business is a demanding job since your clients have to depend on you to stay physically and mentally sharp for extended hours during training. When you stop and think about it, careers like yours are really the most taxing of any next to delivery jobs working under extreme physical and scheduling pressure. Since you're also running a business, you add another layer of stress to your day involving staff and sports business management. So what's important is to create an effective morning routine to help you stay focused and keep yourself organized. Part of this might involve a workout routine to get yourself physically active, while trying to ensure that the business side of things doesn’t usurp your mornings before you even open your business doors.
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Athlete-Parent Involvement

on Jun 20, 2017 3:47:45 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Finding the Right Path for Parental Support: Youth sports have so many advantages when it comes to developing young athletes physically and mentally, and this is an important selling point for parents even if they may not initially understand this. Parents need direct involvement with their children in youth sports programs to fully understand these benefits. A child’s athletic involvement will be a mutually rewarding process for parent and athlete, leading kids to succeed and educating parents on the benefits. However, parental engagement goes beyond just understanding how it benefits their kids. When a parent becomes more involved in their child’s activities, it brings a stronger motivation for kids to do better. Plus, when using the right technology, parents can stay involved in helping their kids through sports programs in more convenient ways.
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Your Next Custom Sports Waiver Form

on Jun 5, 2017 10:34:57 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Part 1 | Automated & Digital Athlete Waivers: One very important aspect of your sports business is a well executed athlete waiver. This will help protect you from any liabilities due to injuries during training or practice, or other unforeseen circumstances. In addition, a sports waiver is designed to help save your business, even if an injury were to occur due to negligence. The problem with a typical sports waiver form is that it can become challenging to create when relying on a paper-based system. You may end up wasting money sending a paper waiver in the mail to your clients. And even worse, you may mis-track who has signed a waiver, leading to real issues in the case of an injury or lawsuit.  
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Make Sure Your Sports Training Techniques Are Cutting-Edge

on Jun 3, 2017 4:53:00 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Learning the Latest Advancements in Training Programs: Trying to keep up to date on what athletes want in advanced training can take a lot of time to study and remain cutting-edge, creating challenges for your staff. Even so, you need to keep up on the latest sports training techniques if you're going to stay competitive. Since you likely have competition nearby, offering something unique can help bring client loyalty, especially if you pride your business on using the latest techniques and technology.  So how do you go about keeping your training up-to-date?
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6 Ways to Enhance Client Relationships with Sports Management Software

on May 30, 2017 11:18:07 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Working with Athletes & Parents in the Digital Age: Today, more people are using technology for simple everyday tasks, making it very important that your sports business stays current in leveraging useful tech that makes it efficient for parents to interact with your business from a mobile device or tablet. You see, whether it’s to register for the upcoming sports camp, stay connected with you via email, or to make a payment, it’s important to utilize a sports management software system to help you remain effective in your business operations while keeping parents happy a smooth transaction experience.
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Four Obstacles to Overcome for an Effective Sports Waiver

on May 19, 2017 9:12:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
It’s not uncommon for sports businesses such as training academies and facilities, to find themselves in compromising situations where athletes and parents sue the business for damages or injuries on the premises. It’s vital that sports businesses and trainers use waivers which are legal documents that absolve the provider of any fault or liability from the athlete in the facility, or wherever your training takes place. However, there are times when these waivers fail, and a business gets sued nonetheless. Waivers can fail due to a number of reason and we always recommend consulting with a legal counsel. Here are some of the main reasons a waiver may fail to protect your sports business:  
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