The Power of Pictures

The Power of Pictures

Apr 3, 2019 2 min read

The age old idiom “A picture’s worth a thousand words” is low - we lean more towards a million. sportsYou makes sharing pictures easier than ever and keeps them in an organized fashion so that you can find the exact picture you’re looking for every time. Here are some of the ways sportsYou guides in staying connected while keeping you and your inner circle close together.

We wish we were there!

More often than not, family members cannot make it to every single game, especially if they are away games.

If Dad missed his daughter’s winning goal yesterday, he’ll be able to find the uploaded pictures of the victory with just a tap on the sportsYou app!

By giving access to amazing picture moments, everyone feels included, and part of the moment.

Family comes first

Every once in a while we all enjoy taking out the old family photo album and sifting through memories with our loved ones. But, we now live in a time where our photo albums are locked in our phones or backed up to the cloud. Oftentimes there are events in our lives where we wish we had more pictures, but because we don’t they become more of a distant memory as time goes on. sportsYou allows you to retrieve pictures from memorable athletic events that you may have forgotten otherwise.

The more pictures of your sports teams and family on sportsYou, the more memories you can share together!

We’re in this together

When you share pictures on sportsYou, you are not just keeping a record, but rather you are helping build a stronger foundation for you and your community. With so many photo opportunities to partake in on a daily basis, everyone in your community is brought together through this memory building activity – and all you have to do is share pictures. Sharing pictures within your team or group is an act of generosity and caring. The more you share, the more everyone feels that wonderful sense of belonging - of being important!

Reliving your accomplishments all over again

Celebrating any achievement and our friendships can be relived over and over again by revisiting pictures from the past.

We think of our identities through pictures, and so it is important to capture joyful moments in our lives through pictures. The joyful memories of teammates, friendships, celebrations, games, action on a field or court, coaches and families come back to life instantly with just a glance of a picture. That’s the power of a picture.

sportsYou Coach Spotlight: Q&A with Coach Don Fish

Don Fish is a seasoned coach with a solid 36 years of experience under his belt. He currently coaches the high school boys varsity soccer team and middle school boys lacrosse team in Port Washington, New York.

In November, his soccer team just barely lost the state semifinals against Clarence with a score of 1-0. But Fish didn’t let that get him or his team down. If anything it brought them all closer together. sportsYou had the opportunity to chat with Fish about his greatest achievements and challenges as well as the strategies he uses to help his teams improve every year.

sportsYou: What was your greatest achievement in your career as a coach?

Don Fish: This season was really extraordinarily special. We had six playoff wins and the experience of traveling with the team to the state championship weekend was great. I’ve always had kids go on to play other places but I feel like it’s a reasonable expectation that this group will get back together because of that shared experience.

It’s kind of silly but I say after you graduate, you’re never going to say to your team members, “Remember when we graduated.” Hopefully you have the option to get married or have a kid and that’s going to be fantastic but you’re not going to say, “Remember when my kid was born,” to a group of 12 people when you’re 60.

I still go to my alumni soccer game for college. We had a memorial game for a couple guys that died just after college. The guys on the team come from Arizona and Georgia from a little division 3 soccer experience. That shared experience we have is really valuable.

sportsYou: What are your greatest challenges as a coach and a teacher?

DF: As a coach, we’ve got a really short season this year. There is no time to do fitness. The kids have to come in prepared. Soccer specifically is really an organic game. Once you’re in the run of play during a match, I think a coach has a relatively limited opportunity to govern what can happen. You’ve got to have team leaders that can help others solve problems. This kind of relates to the AP physics course that I teach. I’m used to things being difficult for everybody, sometimes myself included. I kind of like it like that.

I don’t want the kids to say they can’t solve a problem. It’s about how we are going to fix what we’re doing to solve that problem.

I don’t want the kids to say they can’t solve a problem. It’s about how we are going to fix what we’re doing to solve that problem. It’s important to have those leaders on the field that are communicating constructively and share the same vision in that they want the team to be successful. Those are things that don’t just happen. You’ve got to cultivate that.

sportsYou: How do you communicate with and manage your team?

DF: I actually used the beta version of sportsYou two springs ago. It’s a much improved tool right now. That’s my primary way of communicating with my team. I do also text the kids and the captains have their own little text group. I encourage it because I want them to have their own platforms to communicate and not worry about the coaches or the parents even getting involved.

I actually used the beta version of sportsYou two springs ago. It’s a much improved tool right now. That’s my primary way of communicating with my team.

What I like is that I can front-load a lot of stuff. I can put the schedule in and I can click a button and send the location of the game to the parents. When a game is in Cold Spring Harbor and a parent has never been east of Port Washington, it’s great that they can click a button in the app and be able to get there.

For lacrosse, we’re at five different training venues. Sometimes I don’t find out until I’m on the bus that we have to train away from campus. There might be parents coming to pick their kids up at the other field, so I will send a message on sportYou and they get that on the fly.

If all of a sudden there is a thunderstorm at 3:30 and the matches are cancelled across the whole middle school, it’s great to be able to tell them that on this platform. I also can tell the kids at 10:30 in the morning to start hydrating now if I know it’s going to be 85 degrees for the match that day.

It’s also useful to be able to set up groups among my players and send them a video clip of how Oceanside dealt with something when they played Syosset, for example.

It’s also useful to be able to set up groups among my players and send them a video clip of how Oceanside dealt with something when they played Syosset, for example. I could set up groups within the team and not bother everybody. It helps to compartmentalize some of the learning and I think it’s a little less overwhelming for everybody.

Coach Don Fish talking with his team

sportsYou: What is your strategy for helping players improve year to year?

DF: This wouldn’t be a popular answer for a lot of people but I support participation in other sports. My soccer players are also on the wrestling team, the winter track team or the basketball team. I know that college lacrosse coaches appreciate that.

I think a lot of soccer folks don’t feel that way. Sometimes soccer and the club coaches tell the kids that they just need to focus on one sport. But even my former students and players who are professional lacrosse players have jobs.

Anytime we have a meeting outside of the season, I remind them that we have got to look out for each other and help each other with decision making such as making healthy choices. If they see that one of their friends is having a hard time and maybe getting drawn into something that they shouldn’t be part of or having some personal strife, they should try to get them help. I don’t want them to call each other out. I just want them to help each other because if any three of them aren’t here, that’s a tragedy.

I’d say part of our success this season was because everybody could play because their academic work was satisfactory. We didn’t have any knuckle-head decision making that led to somebody not being able to finish the season or someone having to take a hiatus.There’s some luck involved there but it’s mostly because the guys are looking out for each other.

sportsYou: Who’s inspired you in your career? Do you have any role models?

DF: My soccer coach freshman year of college hung a lacrosse stick in my locker because we didn’t have locks. He asked me if I got his gift and then told me I’m playing lacrosse. I ended up playing lacrosse for four years and it actually paid for one of my master’s degrees as an NCAA lacrosse official. Then I played 40 club seasons after college all because that coach noticed that I could run and was pretty coordinated.

sportsYou: Do you have any advice for young coaches?

DF: I think that you want to try to learn as much as you can. For soccer, making sure you get the licenses is really useful. You want to recognize that we’re trying to develop players and support team play.

I try to be mindful of that when I’m planning my training so I can make sure I incorporate something fun or silly even if it’s at my expense.

At the same time you need to have some perspective on what group level you have. I’ve noticed with my own kids whether it was 2nd grade, 6th grade, 8th grade or 11th grade, they were done with a sport when it wasn’t fun anymore. I try to be mindful of that when I’m planning my training so I can make sure I incorporate something fun or silly even if it’s at my expense.

Coach K says “You're good”!

Coach K says “You're good”!

Mar 20, 2019 3 min read

Duke head coach, Mike Krzyzewski or Coach K, reminds coaches to tell their players “You’re good.” When being enshrined into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2001, the following quotes were in Coach K’s speech.

“HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON OUTSIDE OF MY FAMILY WHO BELIEVED IN ME.”

Coach K shares what his high school coach, Al Ostroski, said to him at Webber High School.

“He was the first person outside of my family who believed in me. Believed in me enough to say ‘Go follow your instincts. You’re good’ We don’t say that enough.”

Coaching best practice is to accept the responsibility to be very careful what is said to a player, because it could have the most positive or negative impact on your player.

“THERE’S NO GREATER THING TO BE CALLED, BESIDES ‘DAD’ THEN ‘COACH’.”

Coaching draws on all of your abilities. My dad, Ed Mangiarotti, coached high school basketball, football, and baseball for over 25 years at Walt Whitman High School (Huntington, NY) - and today, at 92 year old, his players from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s call, visit, and reach out on Facebook to express their gratitude to and share memories with “Coach”. It’s the relationship they remember - as well as the memories of players, coaches, games, situations, and the fun.

Coaching best practice is to create a good relationship with each player.

“YOU’RE EITHER ON THE TRAIN OR YOU’RE NOT ON THE TRAIN.”

Coaching a group of players in their later teens and early 20s, when independence starts to occur, is a challenge. Getting your players to get “on the train”, to buy-in to your team culture, truly occurs when trust is built.

Coaching best practice is to gain trust through non-evaluative relationships with each individual player. Not judging, while supporting your players, grows trust.

“YOU’RE GOOD. WE DON’T SAY THAT ENOUGH.”

Players look to coaches for confidence. When a player lives in fear of being accused of making a mistake, the growth of that player is severely curtailed. Coaches letting players immerse themselves in the game and practice situations, free from being pulled out or called out by a coach - leads to optimal performance and growth as a player.

Coaching best practice is to help players gain confidence by allowing them to be comfortable in practice and the game.

“NONE OF US CAN DO WHAT ALL OF US CAN DO.”

Accountability to act in the best interests of the team, at all times, creates a culture of interdependence. When every player buys-in to the fact that they need to cooperate by adhering to team principles and rules, then the team’s success can be optimized.

Coaching best practice is to require players to adhere to team principles and rules for the good of the team.

All of us can grow when we commit to being life long learners. At sportsYou, our team, seeks to implement “coaching best practices” so that our organization can become the best that it can become.

To all the members of the sportsYou team, “You’re good!”

Ed Mangiarotti

Co-Founder of sportsYou

sportsYou February Features Update

sportsYou February Features Update

Feb 20, 2019 2 min read

What’s New? 🎉

At sportsYou we are passionate about helping people communicate better. We are excited to announce three new features that will help teams and groups stay in sync.

1. Polls 🍕

Whether it’s finding out who can make a scrimmage or to answer the age old question: “Pizza or sandwiches?”, our new polling feature will allow you to build custom polls to answer these and other important questions.

Make polls with sportsYou

2. Did they see my message? 🕶

Making sure everyone is on the same page is key. For a team/group coach, knowing who has and has not seen time sensitive information keeps everyone up to date and enables a higher standard of accountability.

Coaches will now be able to see who viewed their posts and chats, to make sure that everyone has the latest information and also what content is resonating with the team/group.

Track post and chat viewed counts with sportsYou

3. A fresh new look for the feed 🔥

We’re excited to reveal a fresh look for the news feed in the sportsYou mobile apps! We emphasized larger fonts, bolder images, and fantastic looking previews for shared media, links, and files. Now your posts can grab the attention of your team with style!

You can check out the updated design today on iPhone, iPad, and Android!

Presenting a fresh new look for the feed on the sportsYou app

These and other product enhancements come from our many conversations with the sportsYou community and a dedication to becoming the best team management platform in the marketplace. 

We welcome your ideas and feedback at info@sportsyou.com. Thank you for being a valued member of our wonderful community. We are excited to serve you! 👏

~The sportsYou Team

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