Demosphere Forms New Partnership with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association

Wisconsin Youth Soccer

FALLS CHURCH, VA – August 22, 2017 – Demosphere, the most experienced provider of leading-edge technology solutions for youth sports organizations, announced today a new strategic partnership with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA), a member of US Youth Soccer. Demosphere will provide a fully integrated solution for WYSA, it’s 130 member Clubs and over 55,000 players across the state.

The newly formed partnership will provide best-in-class solutions for managing online registration, teams and rosters, risk management, league scheduling and communication tools across all levels of users.

“Technology is an important component of today’s youth sports experience” shared Melissa Zielinski, Executive Director of WYSA. “We are very excited to partner with Demosphere to provide our youth soccer community with an all-in-one solution that further increases the value of WYSA membership.”

“Our entire team is thrilled about our new partnership with WYSA.” said Kris Baker, President of Demosphere.

“Demosphere has been working diligently, re-investing millions of dollars over the last 5 years, to build a completely new state-of-the-art platform. Coupling this new technology with our 27 years of experience serving the youth sports community puts us in a unique position to bring strength and stability to a very rapidly evolving market. We’re excited to share our ethical approach toward managing sensitive household data with the members of Wisconsin Youth Soccer.”

About Demosphere:

Demosphere International, Inc. is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of youth sports organizations for over 26 years. Demosphere strives 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 they impact the greater community. For more information on Demosphere, visit the company’s website at demosphere.com.

About Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association:

WYSA is a member of the US Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the country. WYSA oversees registration and league play of nearly 55,000 players annually and is the largest youth soccer organization in Wisconsin. Players register through over 130 member clubs assigned to one of 12 geographic districts throughout Wisconsin. For additional information about WYSA please visit wiyouthsoccer.com.

Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 1

If you manage a website or blog, then it can be challenging to consistently create engaging content through writing articles; however, social media posting has become pretty natural.  Luckily, we can leverage all the work put into your social media channels by embedding that content on your Demosphere website.  This two-part guide will show you all you need to know to integrate your Facebook page and Twitter account with your website. Let’s get started!

Social Media Tip 1: Facebook Pages

You can share all kinds of social media content between Facebook and your website including: timelines, messages, and events. Embedding your Facebook page on your site is an easy way increase your online presence. This section will cover how to connect different pieces of your Facebook page with your site.

1) Navigate to the Facebook Developer Page Plugin page.

social media page plugins

2) Scroll down until you see an input for, “Facebook Page URL,” and enter the url for the page from where you want to use content. In this guide we will be using Demosphere’s Facebook page as an example.

3) Choose the tabs you want to include in the input labeled, “Tabs”. Available options are: timeline, messages, and events. You may include as many tabs as you wish by separating each tab with a comma (example input “timeline, events”). In our example, we’ll use all 3.

social media page plugins

4) Configure the appearance of your page plugin. The nice people at Facebook have made this process very simple by exposing common configurations as checkboxes and text inputs. You can experiment with the look and feel of your plugin by previewing the content underneath the configuration settings. It is best to leave width and height empty, as well as leaving the checkbox for “Adapt to plugin container width” checked to ensure your plugin looks great on all device screens. For the guide’s example we are going to use the settings below:

social media page plugins

5) Get the code. You can get all of the code to put on your site by clicking the “Get Code” button beneath the plugin preview. You will need to copy both snippets of code from the tab “Javascript SDK” and put them on your page in the order they appear. Our example’s code snippets are below:

social media embed code

6) Add the code to your page. Add the snippets to your Demosphere website as “Rawcode” (shown below). If your site is not hosted by Demosphere, then you can add your code snippets to the source code of the page in the order shown above.

social media embed code

7) Check your public page:

social media public

Social Media Tip 2: Showcasing Specific Posts

Sometimes you will want to highlight a specific post from Facebook. You can accomplish this using Facebook’s Embedded Posts Plugin. We’ll walk through how to accomplish that below.

1) Start by logging into Facebook and navigating to the post that you would like everyone to see. In this example, we will use one of the posts from Demosphere’s Facebook page. Click the arrow at the top right of the post and choose the “Embed” option, then “Advanced Settings”.

social media post embed

2) Configure the post plugin. Facebook Embedded Post Plugin page should look familiar to the Facebook Page Plugin page. Set the pixel width option to “auto” as shown below.

social media embed post

3) Get the code. Click the button “Get Code”. If you’re following along from the last section and are not using the Demosphere platform, then you don’t need to copy the first snippet.

social media embed code

4) Add the code to your page. Like the previous section, you can add the code to a Demosphere page using “Rawcode”. If you are not using the Demosphere platform, then you can add the code snippets to your page’s source code.

5) Check your public page

social media public

What Next?

If you’ve been following along, then you have successfully integrated different elements from your organization’s Facebook page. Take some time to experiment with what you have learned in Part 1 of this guide and explore the various plugins that Facebook has to offer. Most of them can be implemented by simply embedding the code they provide into your site.

Having trouble? Did you setup an awesome social media steam? Leave a comment below and be on the lookout for Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 2, where we will go over how to integrate Twitter with your site.

 

Demosphere Unveils a New Look for demosphere.com

Demosphere Youth Sports LogoFalls Church, VA – April 4, 2017 – Demosphere is thrilled to unveil their new website: demosphere.com. The site was launched on Friday, March 31st with some tweaks and maintenance over the weekend prior to the official launch announcement.

“This has been a long time coming.” said Demosphere’s Executive Vice President, Kris Baker. “We wanted our website to speak to our core values and our previous site was just not hitting the mark. Our mission as an organization is based on four core pillars of strength: Experience, Authenticity, Integrity and Community. We want people to think of these values when they think of Demosphere, and this new site is a huge step in the right direction for us.”

“I’m excited that we’ve brought our website back in house.” continues Kris. “For many years, blog.demosphere.com was hosted externally using the WordPress platform and it was always something that didn’t quite sit right with me.”

Senior Vice President of Product Development, Miles Baker, played a crucial role in the design and development of the new site. “We wanted the new website to reflect not only our core values through content, but also use it to highlight Demosphere’s professional design capabilities. Striking the right balance of clear content delivery with a clean and sophisticated design is what we pride ourselves on. This move helps us showcase one of the many ways we can help our clients do the same.”

Additionally, bringing the website in-house allows Demosphere to take full advantage of their own premier CMS platform features.

“We need to be able to quickly and efficiently update the content of our site to continue sharing the most up-to-date and relevant information with the youth sports community. This was always a challenge for our non-technical staff to manage on our previous WordPress platform,” added Kris.

With user-friendly features such as drag and drop content management, mobile responsive views, SEO-optimization, creation of articles on the fly, a robust calendar tagging system, and much more; all levels of users can poise themselves as web masters for their organization using the Demosphere platform.

Heidi Snead, Director of Project Management, helped spearhead the website re-launch project. “This is great news for our customers because as our own organizational needs grow and evolve, so will the features and usability of the system that’s relied upon by more than a thousand organizations every day.”

If you’re ready to upgrade your website to a design that is personalized, focused on content delivery, and professional, check out Demosphere’s integrated solutions today.

About Demosphere:

Demosphere International, Inc. is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of youth sports organizations for over 26 years. Demosphere strives 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 they impact the greater community. For more information on Demosphere, visit the company’s website at demosphere.com.

Demosphere Forms New Partnership with Rise Soccer Club

Rise Soccer Club

Falls Church, VA – March 29, 2017 – Demosphere has recently partnered with Rise Soccer Club, a new super club in Houston, TX that has formed this year as a result of a merger between the Houston Express and Eclipse Soccer Club. Demosphere will be providing an integrated solution for managing administrative technology solutions including online player registration, data management and reporting, communication, league scheduling and more.

“We’re thrilled about our new partnership with Rise Soccer Club. We look for partners that will take advantage of our expertise in the world of youth sports technology and use it to help grow their organization to develop youth sports programs across the country” said Demosphere’s Executive Vice President, Kris Baker. “Rise Soccer Club has the mission to do just that and we couldn’t be more excited to see their program develop over these first few critical years.”

Colin Chesters, Executive Director of Rise Soccer Club, shared, “Houston Express and Eclipse Soccer Club have come together to become Rise SC. As part of this merge, we took a long, hard look at how we could improve our overall programming and offer the best of everything to our families at Rise SC, not just on the field but off the field as well. One of the obvious decisions was changing our registration and club management system to Demosphere. The Demosphere system meets all of our needs from ease of tryout and team registration, email communication and payment tracking to scheduling. This new platform will give our families an easier method of maintaining their family profiles and payment methods. We are excited about this new partnership between Demosphere and Rise SC.”

Although the Rise Soccer Club merger took effect on January 1, 2017, the two clubs will continue to operate under their current names – Houston Express and Eclipse – through Spring 2017, at which time Demosphere’s solutions will begin to roll out to Club members and administrators.

About Demosphere:

Demosphere International, Inc. is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of youth sports organizations for over 26 years. Demosphere strives 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 they impact the greater community. For more information on Demosphere, visit the company’s website at blog.demosphere.com.

About Rise Soccer Club:

Houston Express Soccer Club (HESC), founded in 1978, and Eclipse Soccer Club, founded in 1986, have merged to transform Houston soccer as Rise Soccer Club. Rise SC is dedicated to being a force in competitive soccer and is prepared in all phases to achieve the highest level of success. Rise Soccer Club boasts one of the most highly licensed coaching staffs in the nation, has created and implemented a player development curriculum that is second to none in its effectiveness, and owns some of the finest youth soccer facilities in the country, centrally located in one of the largest youth soccer markets in the world.

Rise SC redefines the youth soccer experience in Houston. We’re a full service soccer club. Whether kids are playing soccer just for fun or to prepare for high-level play in college, we train players to their fullest potential and provide a safe, supportive playing environment. Integrity, respect, honesty and sportsmanship govern all that we do.

Demosphere Presents the 2016 VYSA Volunteer of the Year Award to Richard Smith

VYSA, award, NCSL, Richard Smith
Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere), Richard Smith (NCSL), Jay Baker (Demosphere)

This past Saturday, Demosphere attended the 2016 Virginia Youth Soccer Association Awards Gala to honor the VYSA Award winners, as well as the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees. It was a well-hosted gala attended by some of the top administrators, coaches, referees and volunteers in the state of Virginia.

This year, Demosphere was proud to sponsor and present the award for the 2016 VYSA Volunteer of the Year to Richard Smith, President of the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL). Richard also serves as a travel commissioner on the VYSA Board, and as a Region I Commissioner.

Demosphere has been partnered with NCSL for over 15 years and we were extremely proud to present the award to their President. Richard has helped propel the league forward with new ideas, strong leadership, and a focus on positive player development.

Congratulations to Richard, the other very deserving award recipients and all the VA-DC Soccer Hall of Fame inductees!