Demosphere Makes New Connections at the WYSA AGM

The WYSA AGM 

The Demosphere Team had a productive trip attending the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) AGM last week. The weekend was full of opportunities to connect with current partners and form relationships with new ones. In addition to the Association’s full meeting agenda, the Demosphere team conducted training sessions for WYSA Member Clubs. Topics included Demosphere solutions for setting up programs and seasons, collecting online registration data, managing payments, building custom forms and syncing their data to the State Association.

Demosphere Training Sessions

Additionally, a separate league session was held to dive into Demosphere’s robust scheduling tools for managing fields and permits, game and blackout dates, setting up division structures, generating game schedules and managing scores/stats and standings. Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA), a new partner utilizing Demosphere’s league solutions, was in attendance. MAYSA shared their excitement and feedback over their use of the Demosphere platform to build their Spring schedules. They also shared positive remarks with the group about the service they’ve received from our team thus far. 

Demosphere’s Dannelle Lewandowski ran into her former USSF License B Instructor, Jim Launder. Jim is the WYSA Director of Coaching – small world!

Hall of Fame BanquetWYSA

Especially relevant to the weekend’s activities was the Annual Hall of Fame banquet. Several members of the WYSA family were recognized for their contributions to soccer in the state of Wisconsin. Our team was honored to have been part of the recognition to honor the recipients and we look forward to many more years of success from WYSA.

Are you hosting an event in your area that you think Demosphere would enjoy? Please send us a note at sales@demosphere.com – we’d love to join you!

Demosphere Attends United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philly!

The Demosphere Team had another phenomenal experience attending the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention. This year’s event was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The convention has been billed “the World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators”. This year over ten thousand participants attended, representing everything from grassroots organizations to Professional leaders in the soccer community.

Education:

The event offers a plethora of educational opportunities for coaches like classroom sessions and live field demonstrations. Additionally, there are plenty of networking opportunities, awards ceremonies, and small group focus sessions.  Furthermore, the annual draft for both the NWSL and MLS take place during the week of the convention.

U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates

Most noteworthy this year was the impending U.S. Soccer Presidential election next month. Seven of the eight candidates held presentation sessions to share their ideas with attendees for taking soccer to the next level. Votes will be cast on Feb.10, 2017. (Read more about the candidates and the election process).

Exhibit Hall

Throughout the week, attendees staggered through the massive exhibit hall, packed with more than 300 exhibitors. Organizations promoted products and services ranging from sporting goods and merchandise, player development programs and sports tours, consulting services, health and safety and a wide range of sports technology solutions. The Demosphere team worked hard to get setup in time for the grand opening on Thursday evening.

The Demosphere Booth

Twelve members of the Demosphere team attended the convention this year. Our team enjoyed making connections with old friends and new, elevating existing member solutions and sharing the Demosphere story with potential new partners. We value our time spent with groups like NYSWYSA, WYSA, Seacoast United, WYSL, NVSC, Gunston Soccer, SUSA Academy, Central League Soccer, Crew SC, Maryland United, PBG Predators, Congaree Rapid FC, Palatine Celtic, Vienna Youth Soccer, Alexandria Soccer, Tennessee Soccer Club, Maryland SoccerPlex, Empire United, and so many more. Demosphere has some amazing partners!

Our team is already gearing up for next year in Chicago and we hope to see many more partners in 2019.

If you’re looking to join the Demosphere family and be part of The Team Behind Team Sports℠contact us today!

United Soccer Coaches Convention

 

Demosphere and Copper Mountain Rec Soccer Expand Partnership

Pictured (left to right): Ted Sonnenburg (CMS), Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Racquel Augat (CMS)
Pictured (left to right): Ted Sonnenburg (CMS), Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Racquel Augat (CMS)

Demosphere’s Senior Account Manager, Camille Cheatwood, recently made the trip to beautiful Utah to meet with the Copper Mountain Soccer (CMS) team to discuss an expansion of our partnership. Our enhanced solutions will include creation of a new youth soccer website to help in their re-branding efforts to their newly re-envisioned Copper Mountain Rec Soccer name.

While in Utah, Cheatwood met with the CMS team for a working session to review best practices relative to our current partnership which includes online player registration and league scheduling tools. This streamlined solution is vital to the success of their organization, and with the addition of a new and improved website, Demosphere plans to help CMS reach their goal of being a premier, fully integrated, youth soccer club.

Demosphere is proud to support the efforts of Copper Mountain Soccer in achieving their mission to provide a place where all children have an opportunity to learn the sport of soccer and to have fun doing it. Demosphere’s goal is to provide leading-edge, integrated technology solutions to youth sports organizations to allow partners to focus more on what matters most: creating programs that help grow and develop our youth through sport.

If you’re interested to learn more about what Demosphere can do to help your organization #GetIntegrated, contact us today!

Post-NSCAA 2017 Recap

NSCAA 2017

Demosphere attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention (NSCAA) in Los Angeles last week and we’re still recovering from a whirlwind of a trip! Our team pulled off an amazing feat to prepare for the convention and bring everything together in order to have such a successful experience at a convention that large.

Demosphere has attended the NSCAA for 14 years and this was one of the best yet! Despite the anticipation that a West Coast show would not be as heavily attended, this year’s event was the second-most well-attended convention in the organization’s 76-year history – pretty amazing!

This annual event is by far the best networking event in the soccer community; a who’s who of soccer in the United States, and the growing momentum in 2017 was palpable. The week began with the annual Women in Soccer Symposium where a collection of highly respected contributors come together “to celebrate diversity in the beautiful game as it acknowledges the long road ahead to equality”.

Later in the week attendees had an opportunity to see the live draft for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as the 2017 SuperDraft for Major League Soccer, along with hundreds of educational sessions geared toward soccer coaches, hosted by both NSCAA and U.S. Youth Soccer.

Several award ceremonies throughout the week also honored various members of the soccer community, including one of Demosphere’s longtime friends, Louise Waxler, Executive Director of McLean Youth Soccer and one of our newest friends, Greg Mauch, boys coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, IN; both of whom received a Long-Term Service Award for their contributions and service to both the NSCAA and the game. Tennessee Soccer Club’s (TSC) Ronnie Woodard also took home the prestigious Coach of the Year Award – TSC has been a valued customer of Demosphere’s for many years, initially beginning in 2003, years before their re-brand into the Club they are today.

During our many conversations throughout the week, a few things were clear: soccer in the U.S. is growing at a rapid pace, the community is still trying to figure out how things will evolve (most especially from the top down), and the youth sports market specifically is looking for a more integrated way to handle their growing technology needs to allow them to focus on what they do best: creating and growing programs dedicated to the development of our youth.

Demosphere is dedicated to serving these needs, and our mission is clear:

To provide authentic, industry-leading technology solutions for organized sports, accommodating the needs of all levels of organizations, and all levels of users, with an ethical approach in how to impact the greater community.

Through experience, authenticity, integrity and a strong sense of community, we’re excited to continue serving the needs of youth sports organizations for many more years to come.

Thank you to NSCAA, U.S. Youth Soccer and all the amazing members, attendees, exhibitors and contributors we had the pleasure of connecting with last week!

 

There is a layer of the atmosphere where we all live, work and play…where all global activity occurs, and where together we share in the spectacle and triumphs of participatory sports.

Sports thrive in the demosphere®

 

Demosphere Volunteers At Local SoccerFest 2016

There’s no better feeling for a sports lover than spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon out at the field surrounded by young athletes that have an intense passion and energy for the game they love to play.

Over the weekend, Demosphere’s team of Account Representatives spent the day volunteering at Soccerfest, a two-day celebration of soccer, camaraderie, and fun.

SoccerFest, a local Demosphere client out of Movern Park, serves as the biggest, and most dynamic small-sided (4v4) youth and adult soccer tournament festival in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Roughly 130 teams traveled to the D.C. area on Saturday to compete on 20 different fields. The day’s event was estimated to have drawn in approximately 3,000 players, parents, coaches and spectators.

Director of Sales, Andy Megas, along with Reps Madeline Horner, Todd Baybutt, Connor Massei, and Hassam Langah assisted with morning registrations, check-in, and field marshaling/score reporting.

Thank you, SoccerFest, for letting Demosphere get involved in such a great event!

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Andy Megas and Madeline Horner pictured with Brian Bishop, Steve Winter and members of Sage-BWF.
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Account Representatives Hassam Langah, Madeline Horner, and Director of Sales Andy Megas.
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Connor Massei, Madeline Horner, and Andy Megas strike a pose with a Celtic Soccer Association team.
We always love to get out to the field and see our clients in action. Let us know where we should go next! Send your suggestions to extratime@blog.demosphere.com.