You may have seen our most recent blog, SportsEngine.com & NBC Sports Go All-in to Promote Youth Sports Organizations. SportsEngine, TeamUnify's parent company, has a fantastic tool to make it easier for people to find your team. At SportsEngine.com, families can search for a sport they’re interested in joining, their location and child’s gender and age, and then see a list of teams in their area. With the backing of NBC Sports promoting this nationally to encourage participation in youth sports, it is easier than ever for your team to attract new swimmers and families.
This Story Courtesy of SportsEngine
Youth sports organizations need three things to effectively market themselves to their communities: time, money, and experience. But the three things in short supply at most youth sports organizations – many of them run as nonprofits by a handful of volunteer parents – are time, money, and marketing experience.
As September approaches it's time to start preparing for next season, be it creating your team's next online registration and training new board members, or implementing new policies and purchasing the latest workout equipment. Change is never easy, but it can really help teams to grow. This year, we want to help you implement the team management changes that are proven to help your team's finances to stay in the black.
Since its launch, MainSet, TeamUnify's online coaching toolkit, has been accessible by an iOS and online web app at mainset.com. This covered roughly 80% of all users on the TeamUnify platform. We had plans to build the MainSet toolkit for Android users and we are proud to announce it's time. Android users rejoice! MainSet coaching tools are now available for you. However, it may not be where you expect it.
We are excited to announce that TULessons has received a brand new registration interface. Now more intuitive than ever, this new user experience will help streamline your sign up process while helping your team capture more registrations. Simplified and optimized for mobile devices, families will now be able to find, filter and sign up for your lessons programs with ease on any device.
On April 20th, 2017 we launched one of our biggest contests yet. We partnered up with SwimOutlet's Team Division to give away three $500 gift cards to three TeamUnify teams. Teams could get one entry if they got 65% of their families to download and log into OnDeck. They could also get multiple entries into the contest by getting families to put a payment type on file with their teams. They got one entry for their team for each percent increase starting on April 20th, 2017 and ending on June 30th, 2017.
Announcing the next big thing for your team! TeamUnify is about to release a brand new communication hub for your team and we call it ScrapBook and TeamFeed.
–Emily Edward, Fundraising Admin — Flood Aquatics Swim Team
The best way to put it is that the Flood Aquatics Swim Team crushed their USA Swimming Foundation Swim-A-Thon fundraising goals and it was their first time running it on the TUMoney system! Not only did they have to bump their initial goals up by $5,000, but they still exceeded it and went above the $15,000 mark. We are so proud of them in their team's efforts. They have 38 accounts and just under 60 athletes in the water. That means that each athlete on average collected over $275. That is huge for their team!
Swim-A-Thons are a huge deal in USA Swimming. More than likely, it is your biggest fundraiser of the year for your club. While helping to host the USAS Swim-A-Thon Workshop last year in Atlanta, we picked up a few tips and tricks of the fundraising trade that we want to share with you!
I am a part of this great group online, the Swim Coaches Idea Exchange, where coaches throughout the swim industry share ideas, stories, photos, articles and more. It is really great stuff.
Recently, a coach asked if any YMCA coaches had linked TU's online payment processing with their front desk facility management software, like DAXKO. More specifically, this coach wanted to be able to charge for meet fees using the TeamUnify system and wanted to know how other YMCAs have done it. I joined in on the conversation and want to share what I learned.