Core sports on the decline

More Americans are choosing “casual” sports over “core”, which may not only be bad for participants, but for the industry itself according to an article by our partner, PHIT America.org. One issue, which we’ve written about here for years, is the “over-seriousification” we see in youth sports. There are other issues the article addresses as well.

Who knew Canadians took their 7 year-old bowling so seriously?

When a young boy competing in a bowling tournament in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada bowled the game of his life he was quickly given a lesson on the ways of the world. Was this petty, or were they just enforcing necessary rules?

Simple Fundraising Tips for a Grand-Slam Fundraiser!

Below are some excellent tips from our partners at Just Fundraising.

 

Often, a team fundraising manager can put in endless hours of effort organizing, following up, and reporting on their fundraiser, only to have the fundraiser yield dismal financial results. Here are 3 important pointers that will significantly increase your chance of fundraising success.

1- Know WHY you are fundraising and communicate it throughout your fundraiser.

When parents and players know WHY they are running a fundraiser, the results are always better. It gives the fundraiser more purpose, and with purpose comes people’s desire to step-up to the plate and help. Another key reason to communicate your WHY to your participants, is so they can pass on the message to their potential supporters, who will often be more generous when they know WHY they are supporting your team instead of just WHAT they are buying. Wouldn’t you buy more than 1 chocolate bar if you knew the team would be representing your city in their very first out-of-state tournament? Would you be more open to buying a $15 tub of cookie dough, if you knew the city had recently cut the local budget for youth sports, and that the teams’ 4 year-old uniforms needed replacing? When you communicate WHY you are fundraising, you appeal to your supporters’ emotions, and they will naturally want to help you.

2- Establish your precise fundraising goals.

When our sales team asks coaches and group leaders how much they need to raise, 90% of the time, the answer is ‘as much as possible!’ By having a vague or unrealistic target, you’ve already taking the energy out of your fundraiser. Most participants need to know what effort and results are expected of them in order to reach a pre-determined meaningful goal. If not, they simply won’t be as motivated and many will take the easy route, and sell a bare minimum. If your overall goal is to raise $750, the exact amount needed to cover your 2 tournaments this season, and if you have 15 players on your team, then each child needs to bring in a minimum of $50 profit. If you’re selling products (i.e. gourmet popcorn), and making $5 profit per unit sold, then you should set a clear goal for each player to sell a minimum of 10 units each. If you want to encourage more sales, add more prizes over the 10 unit mark, and let your team know before-hand where any extra funds raised will be allocated.

3- Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!

A great location is to business, what great communication is to fundraising.

Prepare them… Before the fundraiser kick-off, it would be a good idea to let parents know of your team’s budgetary shortfalls, and the need to fundraise, so that they’re not surprised when they are asked to fundraise.

Kick-Off … Even if this is just a team fundraiser, it’s important to have an official fundraiser kick-off, with all of the parents and children. It’s the perfect opportunity to create team spirit and to talk about how much greater your season will be thanks to everyone’s expected fundraising efforts. It’s also a great idea to have a few kids do a role-play of the perfect sales pitch in front of all, so they can all see how it’s done!

Parent Letter … Make sure you write up a parent letter specifying the important dates, reminding them why this fundraiser is so important, and noting their expected sales obligations,.

Follow-up … once or twice per week, take the opportunity to highlight the players who are doing a great job selling, to share their selling strategies and to encourage all to keep up their fundraising efforts so they reach their individual and team fundraising targets.

JustFundraising’s How to Start a Fundraiser guide has more in-depth tips and ideas to help teams, schools, and other groups run a successful fundraiser.

Michael Jones is a writer at JustFundraising.com. He has 16 years of experience helping sports teams, schools, church organizations, community groups and charities reach their fundraising objectives

Partner with American Baseball Foundation

We want to share this press release from one of our partners, The American Baseball Foundation. We’d love it if word spread about their tremendously valuable program.


The American Baseball Foundation Inc. welcomes inquiries regarding summer 2017 partnerships for its BASIC program that “tricks” the students into reading and math gains through sport. In its twentieth year BASIC offers an array of grade specific biographies that bring to life the character traits of successful professional athletes. Math is made practical through manipulation of players’ statistics and through games related to math applied to sports. Students enjoy fast-paced movement every 50 minutes from the sports fields to the sport-related classroom during the 6.5-hour day. The BASIC curriculum covers four to five weeks of academic instruction.
 
BASIC’s Partnership:
Curriculum provides approximately 300 academic and sports lessons.
Structure has a rotation every 50 minutes from sports to academics. A 40- minute common time after lunch provides team building with non-cognitive skills addressed
Provide STAFF training that is mandatory for all staff involved with BASIC.
Assist in program quality control
Requires pre and post STAR testing in math and reading
 
Partner:
Employ professional teaching staff to teach BASIC curriculum (reading, math, sports and intervention).
Offer classrooms with computer capabilities for STAR testing and educational aids.
Provide and maintain outdoor open space with gymnasium use available
Participate in program quality assurance as related to instruction and program evaluation
Sign partnership agreement related to use of BASIC curriculum.
Use BASIC curriculum and methodology
 
For more information regarding BASIC partnerships, contact David Osinski 205-558-4235; abf@asmi.org

Today’s quote

No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking – Voltaire

Happy Weekend from CoachDeck

And can you believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas Eve-Eve? We usually implore you to get out and play or at least watch your kids play a sport during the weekend but this time we’ll allow your sport to be mall-walking looking for those perfect gifts. Are any of you done shopping already?

Parenting Your Student Athlete

Here is an excellent video from the Connecticut Association of Schools with tips on how to be a good parent of an athlete participating in interscholastic sports. All of you parents getting ready for tonight’s high school football playoff games might want to watch this first!