Community Service: Expressions of Gratitude

November is a time of thanks, a time to give, and for those who can; a time to express gratitude by giving back to their community.
 
Our mission here at Demosphere is:
 
“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 to how we impact the greater community.”
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To help fulfill our mission to positively impact our own community, Demosphere affords each employee two paid community service days to be used at their discretion throughout the year. We share these experiences in hopes of encouraging others to pay it forward and do something to help in your own community.
 
Mike Caboteja, from Demosphere’s technical support team, recently had the pleasure of working with his church’s Human Concerns group. Volunteers spent the day supporting outreach programs for the homeless and less fortunate. They picked up donations from local grocers and then sorted and packaged food items for families.
 
Additionally, for the Winter Shelter Food program, workers assisted with preparing, delivering and serving meals at one of the local county shelters that houses approximately 50 homeless individuals. Volunteers worked with families within the parish to prepare and collect food. Local restaurants and businesses such as Brittany’s and Cravings Cupcakery contributed to the success of the program by providing food dishes and desserts to be served at the shelter.
 
One of the volunteers, Frank (pictured left) has been the leading force for the Winter Shelter Food program providing this service for over 25 years. He also goes to outdoor homeless camps located across the county to provide propane tanks so people have the means to stay warm during the cold winter season when many shelters are full.  Frank is an inspiration for others to become more active in their own community. 
 
“It was a very rewarding experience.” recounted Mike. “I plan on getting more involved with other volunteer opportunities to give back and make even more of a positive impact in the community.”
 
Helping in the community is not only rewarding – it also leads to building lasting connections with others. During his experience, Mike was able to reconnect with his first boss after 23 years, who is now head chef at Brittany’s restaurant. Mike was surprised to learn that he’s been supporting the program for over 12 years! 
 
Demosphere is proud to support Mike, and all of our employees, on their quest to express their gratitude by giving back to their own communities. If you have any questions about how to start your own Community Service program, contact us at info@demosphere.com.
 
 

Coaching 101: Sometimes Saying Nothing Is All It Takes

One of the biggest things I’ve learned from eight years of coaching soccer around the world is that the key to development is allowing players to organically learn the game. I think we’ve gotten into a situation over the years where too much over-coaching is going on. Our role as a coach is to guide. We can’t teach kids everything, but we can guide and create a fun learning environment for players. This will teach them to not only love the game now, but also to continue to love it in twenty years. The game alone is the greatest teacher.

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The hardest thing as a coach, and I know this from personal experience, is to not let your ego get in the way of development. Constantly barking at players to do certain things on the field doesn’t get the long term results you are after. Players don’t learn from being told what to do at every step while they are on the field. That would be the same as just controlling players in a video game. They learn from making mistakes. The team who usually makes the least tends to win. 

It’s ok to make mistakes.

As our friends at Online Soccer Academy say, when a player makes a mistake, “React positive!” They’ve just learned something!

If a player makes a mistake that leads to a goal you have to see that as a learning experience. They will learn and correct accordingly, understanding that a consequence resulted in that mistake. It’s how we learn many of our skills, not only in sports, but in life. Coaches can guide afterwards and re-correct, but that situation alone should never be over-coached in the moment.

Parents should recognize the silence of a coach isn’t always a bad thing. He/she is allowing the players to learn the game in an environment that is conducive to self-exploration and learning in a natural way by playing the game. Organized sports were never a big factor for learning the game in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Learning came from playing every minute of the day and watching the game on TV. Learning the game in an organic way is fantastic not only for the here and now but for the long term. It builds players who are creative and expressive while out on the field. 

If you make it fun now, they will love the game forever.

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 Tip of the Week: Collecting Donations

Collect donations for your organization using Demosphere’s Donations feature. By placing the donation link on your public website, existing members and new sponsors will be taken to your secure donations page, where they can log into an existing account or create a new one. The user will immediately be directed to the donation step of the public registration process so they can quickly and easily make their contribution. The organization will then have access to various reports to track donation amounts by members and sponsors.

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