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How To Manage Your Sports Team Online

No matter which type of sport you are involved in, managing your team is an integral part of your team’s success. In previous years, it was a matter of getting a whiteboard out and a few folders full of papers out of the filing cabinet, but advances in technology has meant that all of this can be condensed into one (or maybe two) online programs. This is the essence of online sports management.

Why is Online Better?

There are a number of reasons why you would want to transfer everything from those bulky filing cabinets into the world of cyberspace, and these include:

  • It saves a lot of space as before it was a matter of purchasing folders, files, and filing cabinets to hold every piece of information.
  • It save time because now you don’t have to spend half an hour sifting through files to find out exactly who’s allergic to grass.
  • It’s much easier to create interactive diagrams to figure out team tactics and team training regimes.

How to Begin

To begin your online sports management program, you have to first search for a program or online tool which is best for you. This can be done through Google or any other popular search engine. After you have completed this you can then begin creating your online sports empire!

1. Start by signing up to your desired website or tool and enter some basic information about you and the team; usually this will just include the sport and the team name.

2. Determine exactly who should be allowed to see this information. This is entirely up to the manager and his style because some managers prefer to keep all this information private and print pieces of it off when needed, whereas other managers have no issue with letting their players and staffs access it at anytime. Most tools and websites will have a wide variety of privacy options.

3. Enter your information. This is usually fairly simple to do as online forms and information fields direct you with the greatest of ease, so even if you are not very computer-savvy this shouldn’t be a problem.

Typical information you may enter can include things like:

  • Current first team rosters
  • Reserve team rosters
  • Photographs of each member of the team
  • Information about each player
  • Team tactics
  • Fixture and results lists

Additional Tips

When looking for an online sports management program, make sure that the program in question has all the functions you could possibly need. It’s no good entering all your information into it and then discovering later on that it doesn’t have all the functions you need to effectively manage your team online.

If you are thinking about your privacy options then make sure you don’t keep everything too secretive. If your team or staffs have no understanding of why you are doing certain things then it can quickly lower morale since your team will become confused and disgruntled.

Sports Shops – Where Are They Going Wrong?

I was thinking of getting some new gym equipment the other day, and my mind shot to the big named shops such as DW Sports or Sports Direct but some of these shops are struggling to compete with dedicated sports websites who are taking sales away from them fast!

These shops have been trying to work out why the websites are doing so well and the main reason they’ve found is the range of equipment that they stock; I mean, we’ve all been in one of these big named sports shops at least once right? What was in there? Trainers, track suits and the odd bits and pieces for football, even then, there isn’t a lot. It’s not really good enough is it, they’re really letting the shoppers down.

Online retailers are beginning to take advantage of this lack of stock by seeing what other sports are out there and what the consumer might want, and stocking their site with equipment for the popular sports like rugby & snooker as well as ensuring that they have a variety of stock for other sports including cricket & croquet.

Equipment can now be bought for sports that require a lot of space For instance bowling. I can’t think of a way sports outlets to have a chance in competing Even the more unusual hobbies and sports are accounted for on these websites, with sports like American football & baseball being readily catered for.

Something else that’s affecting the high street names is that these pesky websites can get their stock for lower prices due to lower distribution costs, this will no doubt have a dramatic effect on the prices on the website. With that in mind, surely it can’t be too long before the main retailers decline and disappear.

Another problem I have noticed with these high street sports retailers is their lack of kits for sports teams. Many a time I’ve had to search online for a rugby shirt, as all they seem to stock is football shirts – I’ve looked and looked in countless shops and it’s always the same, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpoool. They’re just turning good business away Something else I’ve noticed is that they never stock the local kits.

There are absolutely loads of sports retailers in Chorley and Wigan, but not one of them stocks shirts for Charnock Richard FC, all these little reasons add up to why more people are going online to find their sports equipment.

Archery – A Great Family Sport and Hobby

Archery has been with us for over four thousand years. From the need for sustenance to the weaponry of war, archery has evolved into a wonderful sport and hobby that can be shared with the family. Now we can enjoy competition and sport with family and friends. A method to find a form of quality time is right at our fingertips. I was very blessed to be introduced to both the hobby and sport aspects as a young man.

As a beginner you should first choose what aspect of the sport you’ll be starting with. Then choose the proper bow and accessory equipment. I cannot express how deeply the bond was that developed as my Uncle George took me on the following journey.

Selecting the Proper Bow

1). The first step in selection is determined by which of your eyes has dominance. Point to any object, such as a light switch on the wall while leaving both eyes open, then close your left eye. If the switch is still in alignment, then you are right eye dominant and should purchase a right hand bow.

2). Select the bow that meets your purpose as a beginner. Since you will be doing target practice at an indoor or outdoor range, you will need a bow with a draw strength of 60-80 pounds. I would suggest a ‘recurve bow’ for a beginner. There is no reason to buy a fancy competition or hunting bow until you’ve mastered the sport.

3). Each person’s ‘draw length’ is unique to a degree. This difference is because it is determined by the length of your arm and width of your chest. I suggest being measured at a pro shop. Once determined its time to shop online for the best selection and price.

Selecting the Proper Arrow

1). There are many types of arrows based on intended use. An aluminum or wooden arrow will suffice for any beginner. I suggest wooden arrows for target practice because arrows are easily damaged when they sometimes pass through a target. Making your own arrows can save money and allow you and your children to engage a fine hobby you can do together. Custom arrows are fun to make. They can be very decorative and more accurate. Also, you will have acquired tools needed for arrow repair when you buy the things needed to make your own.

2). The important things to consider when buying arrows or blanks are “spine and length”. The definitions are as follows below:

a). Arrow spine is the relative flexibility of the arrow shaft. Generally, flexibility need is determined by the foot pound rating of your bow. The higher the rating, the stiffer the arrow should be. An intermediate flexibility is sufficient for a beginner using a bow rated at 60-80 lbf.

b). Arrow length is derived by your bowstring draw length plus approximately two inches. A fully drawn arrow ready to fire should sit about one inch from the leading edge of your bow grip.

Selecting the Proper Sight

For the beginner, a sight is not really needed. I first learned by eye, judgment of distance and windage considerations alone. A progression occurred to using various sight systems as I later became involved in ‘field archery’ and ‘game hunting’. Having said this, realization is that a bow looks more esthetically correct to its owner when it has a sight. If you desire a sight for whatever reason, don’t be tempted into selecting one with high-tech features. A basic optical 3-pin composite sight with twin pin tracks is sufficient for any beginner. Shop directly online for the best selection, as most Pro Shops carry limited models and brands.

Proper Comfort and Safety Gear

Finger tabs are used on the index finger and middle finger of the hand used to retract the notched arrow and bowstring. Even a 60-80 lbf recurve bow is painful, especially when done repetitively. A ‘compound bow’ rated at 160 lbf exerts tremendous punishment on fingertips. Your index and middle finger will become very sore, blistered and even torn during avid practice and competition. I suggest a good pair of finger tabs, even for a beginner.

An arm guard is a simple device used to protect your forearm from the snap return of your bowstring. Selection is a matter of cost effective choices. A good selection is always easily found online. I personally went for several years without using one, and paid a sometimes painful price. The heavier the bow strength, the more necessary an arm guard becomes.

Conclusion

My involvement in this sport and hobby came at the age of fourteen years. This is a great family sport and hobby, however, involvement of young children should be avoided. A teenager, fourteen to eighteen years of age, has maturity and the needed upper body strength. Obviously, the older your children are, the better it is for safety. If you introduce your family to archery, you will have a great opportunity to spend priceless quality time with them. This will always leave lasting and enduring memories for all.

Good luck and have lots of fun!