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6 Staff Management Tips for Your Sports Facility

on Nov 22, 2017 3:54:23 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
As the owner of a sports business that provides training programs, camps, and lessons for young athletes, you likely manage a staff that helps coach these kids, walking them through critical exercises every day. You love working with athletes - after all that’s why you got started - but what about managing a staff of trainers and instructors? Unfortunately, it isn't always as easy as training your athletes, and it might not be something you’ve done before. These six tips for managing your training staff, however, will make it easier to ensure that your employees are taking care of daily responsibilities and working to motivate athletes.
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Top 50 Inspirational Sports Quotes

on Nov 16, 2017 11:32:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Whether it's pushing your athletes to take it to the next level on the next drill, motivating your staff to impact a young player, or preparing yourself for the day ahead of you - sometimes words of wisdom from the greats can really speak to us. Here's a list of 50 of our favorite inspirational sports quotes to help drive you and your team to the next win!
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5 Volleyball Training Drills for Any Age

on Nov 14, 2017 10:48:42 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Training volleyball players is traditionally a team effort. The team is only strong when its players have the ability to work together, coordinating smoothly to ensure that every player knows exactly what's expected of them. Training, however, is also beneficial on a more individual level, especially for those athletes who want to kick their game up a notch. These training tips and drills will create a more effective individual player, and team.
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Sports Business Intelligence Methods to Grow Revenue and Profit

on Nov 9, 2017 2:04:28 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Sports businesses, like any other business, can take advantage of modern technology, data and reporting to gain a competitive advantage and grow revenue. While many sports orgnizations fail to use all of their resources and business intelligence, it doesn't mean that the opportunity is not there. In fact, there are a number of ways sports companies can use advanced to grow training programs. Gyms, training facilities and academies, for everything from tennis to football, boxing to soccer, are beginning to take these new methods seriously. Get tips for your business to avoid getting left behind.
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Eight Effective Baseball Training Tips & Drills

on Nov 3, 2017 4:07:40 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Coaching baseball, especially youth baseball, can be extremely fulfilling. But you also need the right training approaches and drills to make sure you’re giving athletes what they need. Baseball requires both physical, and communication skill, and finding the proper techniques to get your players working as a unit can mean more wins as a team, and on a personal level for your players. While baseball drills are numerous, which ones get your players in the best shape mentally, and physically? Take a look at some drills and training approaches your youth baseball players are going to appreciate.
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How Digital Sports Registration Can Increase Your Website Conversions

on Oct 31, 2017 10:44:03 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Turn visitors into paying clients Sports registration is no doubt one of your biggest challenges as a training business. If you've used a paper-based system as a “simple” way of getting your business started, you've likely come to realize how problematic this can become. It pays to throw out paper-based systems in your sports business for the sake of client convenience, preventing errors and saving time for you and your staff when it comes to data entry. With digital processes so easy to access and use, this out-of-date registration method just isn’t worth the risks. Take a look at how an online sports registration process with easy navigation and forms can increase your website conversions this fall.
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Capturing Visitors on Your Sports Website

on Oct 19, 2017 5:33:57 PM | By Upper Hand | 1 Comment
Turn visitors into paying clients When visitors come to your sports website, you don't just want them to browse through what you're offering for a few seconds and then move on to another site. You want them to convert to paying clients on the spot--ideally a paying client who is satisfied with your website and will keep coming back to register for more! Here are some strategies that will help create a better sports website experience and convert website visitors to paying clients.
Topics: Marketing
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Avoiding Burnout as a Coach, Trainer & Business Manager

on Oct 12, 2017 2:31:57 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
As someone who works in the sports business industry, you know how rewarding it is. Working as a coach, trainer you’re fortunate enough to help young athletes grow and succeed, whiling doing what you love. Even so, offering sports training to clients as a business can become tedious. You may become physically exhausted from training, or maybe it’s managing the business side that’s weighing you down. You know that avoiding athlete burnout is crucial, but are you considering how to keep yourself and other trainers from wearing down?
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Mental Preparation - The Role of Sports Superstitions and Athletic Rituals

on Oct 3, 2017 10:31:58 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Athletes are notorious for being superstitious. How many times have you seen a pitcher, quarterback or goalie refuse to shave until their playoff run ends or they are champions? We have all seen the slumping player who uses a wild hairstyle to try to regain their former success. Basketball players dribble so many times before free throws and distance runners follow the same rituals before racing in the Boston Marathon - all to help ensure triumph. Here is a look at some of the more prominent, and quirky, superstitious rituals in sports today.
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The Unacceptable Risk - Why Switching to Online Sports Registration Is a Must

on Sep 26, 2017 1:57:41 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Sports and athletic organizations are one of the most popular activities for kids. Young athletes participate in travel teams, private coaching programs, seasonal camps, after school teams and more. However, these organizations are still stuck in the past, asking parents to sign paper registration forms, to use paper checks for payments or write down their credit card numbers on these forms as well. These traditional methods present unacceptable risks for a number of reasons. That is why more and more sports businesses are going digital.
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