If you have a set schedule for your practices, why not set it up as a recurring practice in your site? This will save you time and you can easily revisit your Admin section when changes need to be made. First, you’ll need to make sure you add a practice schedule to your calendar.
Once you've added a practice schedule*, follow these guidelines to make it recurring:
1) From the page which you’ve entered information about that practice (aka the Practice Details page), scroll down and click on Show Recurring Practice Option
2) Enter information and choose the schedule that works best for you and your team
3) Save changes and you’re done!
*Not sure how to add a practice schedule? Follow these instructions:
- Visit your Calendar >> Practices folder
- Click on Add Practice and fill out your information
Do you have important forms that you need your team members and/or parents to complete or maybe you have a Team Handbook that needs to be distributed but you want to be green and save a tree by not printing one for everyone. Why not add a handout to your site and make all this information available online?
You can add handouts as a new file from your computer or from your Website Pages >> Handouts folder. Display them in your Welcome, News or Handouts page by following these directions.
- Go to your Website Pages >> Handouts folder and create a Category for your handouts
- Choose your access permissions (do you want it to be viewable by site members only, by members and fans, or by everyone?)
- Click Add Category
- Now click on +Add Handouts and input the information and add a necessary file
- Upload your file and be sure to click Add Handouts
Hopefully you have not forgetten about one of the coolest PLUS features that can help bring attention to newly updated information on your site. Tag your new updates with cool icons and your team won't miss the action. That’s right! Now you can set a menu item to display with "New", "Updated", or "HOT!"
How do I set these cool icons up on my site?
1) Each time you update a specific section, an icon will display next to the menu link on your site for however long you like.
2) Set the terms…to disappear after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or Never. (Note: if you choose never, it will consistently display the icon.)
3) Be sure to set the update icon BEFORE you make a change to the page in order for the icon to display.
As a PLUS League site administrator, you may want to think about displaying each of your sub-site teams games on your League home page and/or calendar. This way, the other teams in your league can view each other games.
Follow these 4 steps:
1) Login and go Calendar >> Games
2) Select the Division and click “add/edit schedules”
3) Change the “Show Team Games on League Calendar and Home Page” to YES
Do you have multiple websites? Wouldn't it be great to manage them all with one Login (or Admin)? Well, you can!
To ensure you can administer and update all your sites using the same login, make sure you’ve registered each site using the same username and password.
Want to create a second site?
If you already have admin access to a website and want to create a second or more sites, simply Login and click on the “Create a new Site” text in the My Admin section on the right side after logging in.
One way to ensure your team is onboard with the SmartMessage Center and how it works to their benefit, it is a great idea to talk to them about it early in the season – before the season actually even starts is ideal. Here is a tip on how to communicate the SmartMessage Center benefits and ease of use at the very first team meeting.
At the first team meeting, explain to your parents to be on the lookout for a message from you providing them with some instructions on how to make sure they receive their team SmartMessages. Then send the team a regular email instructing them to add firstname.lastname@example.org to their address book or “safe senders” list in their email service or email program. This helps to ensure that the messages always land in their inbox instead of their spambox! CircleUp is our partner that provides the SmartMessage service and by doing this step, you will help ensure that the SmartMessages you send will be received by everyone.
Excerpt from the Forward to The Power of Double-Goal Coaching by Jim Thompson
By Phil Jackson
Positive Coaching Alliance National Spokesperson
Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers
The Power of Double-Goal Coaching,Jim Thompson’s latest book, is a terrific, concise summary of the impact a character-focused coach can have – for a season or a lifetime.
It is a practical book coaches can use to get better results from players while providing an ethically superior approach to competitive sports. When coaches regularly use these positive forms of motivation, they find they have willing, eager athletes on their teams.
In particular, our coaches, parents, and athletes need to understand and embrace what Jim calls the ROOTS of Honoring the Game: respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and Self. Honoring the Game is needed at all levels of sports.
I have personal experience with how honoring the opponent is a concept that works. In 1990, my Chicago Bulls were defeated for the third consecutive time by the Detroit Pistons. We had lost to them in the first round, the second round, and in the finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was easy to build up dislike for the Pistons “Bad Boys” after such futility. Each year had brought a confrontation, from a benchclearing brawl to take-downs and flagrant fouls, one of which resulted in a concussion to our young star, Scottie Pippen.
As a result, we had developed a raw anger toward their team that had clouded our abilities to function instinctively as a team. I used something I’d learned from the Lakota of the Dakotas. They had a mortal enemy in the Crow, but they honored them because they were wonderful warriors and to fight against the Crow demanded bravery, cunning, and teamwork. I borrowed that theme. The conflict brought about the best of both tribes. So rather than getting angry and frustrated in a contest with a physically stronger team like the Pistons, and flailing out in futility, we resorted to meeting them with focused willpower, resilience, and teamwork. We honored the Pistons ability to compete and it worked in our favor, with six NBA championships for the Bulls.
I agreed to be the National Spokesperson for PCA when Jim Thompson asked me because I believe so strongly in the kind of sports culture that PCA is fighting for. I am proud of the 10 NBA championship rings that I have earned as a coach, but I also want the success of PCA to be part of my legacy.
As a leader, coach, parent, or athlete, I hope you will make it part of your legacy also. Together let’s transform youth sports to be all it should be in the lives of our nation’s youth.
If you are on one of the customizable templates, you have probably noticed a change in design to your Admin folders. This is something we are really excited about as it allows for easier navigation, a cleaner design, and eliminates the need to scroll up and down your site via the expandable folders.
Now you only have to click on the folder header once and it’ll automatically expand and display all folder contents. To close the folder, simply click on the folder header and it will automatically close up
If you want to see all the contents in your folders, simply click on each of the folder headings and they’ll display the folder contents. You can display all folder contents at one time if you choose. Or you can choose to only display the folder contents of certain folders that you most often navigate.
View This Site
The expandable folders allow the “View This Site” icon to display much higher on the page, eliminating the need to have to scroll up and down so often after making changes. This should save you time and frustration when making edits to your site and wanting to view them right away.
Folder Contents Outline
We’ve provided an outline below for you to view what each of the folders now contain as far as content and where you should navigate to find a feature.
“My Sites” Folder
This folder takes you to your sites home page.
“Team Name” Folder
This is your Team Admin Page in which you’re currently viewing.
“My Account/PLUS” Folder
This contains your Account, Support, and Preferences content.
“My Site Design” Folder
This houses the Customize, Labels, Page Ordering, Page Access, Web Address, and Listing sections.
“Website Pages” Folder
Here you’ll find content for your Home Page, News, Adding a New Page, Handouts, Links, Sponsors, Guestbook, Message Boards, and Surveys & Polls.
Manage your People, Roster, Board, Online Registration, Member Access, and Access Settings from this folder.
This houses your Teams and/or Leagues.
Communicate with your team with Team Messages, Email Lists, Message Cast, and eTracker from here, as well as Contact Support.
Manage Calendars, Games, Scores, Practices, Seasons, and Locations here.
“Files & Photos” Folder
Upload and edit Albums, Sounds, Videos, and Files from this location.
“Fundraising & Store” Folder
Use this folder for Fundraising, Donations, and getting gear with the Team Store.
Check it out for yourself! We know you’ll like it. Login and explore today!
Communication is critical to the cohesiveness, efficiency and spirit of a teams and can be a competitive edge that helps teams win games. Or it can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for teams that aren’t working well together.
So why do coaches and parents dread it so much? And why do so many teams do it so poorly?
Here's how you can help make it a team priority.
At the first team meeting or practice, use any real examples of how good communication can be a competitive advantage can make the season more productive and more fun. Use examples of how poor communication can do the reverse. Let the team know that you’ll be using your website and the SmartMessage Center for all team communication throughout the season and to be on the lookout for the first team messages.
By expressing that poor communication is not optional and each player or parent should designate someone from the family to respond on behalf of the player or parent to each SmartMessage, this will help start success on and off the field.
As mentioned in a previous post, we are modifying the Admin Folders on your customizable templates. As the original functionality will remain the same, the organization has been modified to enhance your overall user experience. Starting today, you can expect:
A fresh, clean look and feel
Expandable folders which open and close with one click
The ability to view all or none of the expanded folders
One easy click to “View This Site” without having the scroll down the screen
Please feel free to reference the updated Admin Manualfor usage instructions.