Drought Relief AFL Auctions

SportsTG is proud to be providing the Online Auction platform for the Sydney Swans And Hawthorn AFL clubs for their drought relief auctions.

The AFL clubs will be holding Online Auctions to sell guernseys worn during matches, with proceeds going to the ‘Buy A Bale’ campaign.

Find out more about ‘Buy A Bale’ here.

Online Auction details are as follows:

Hawthorn Hawks
Click here to view auction
Auction closes on 6th September 2018

Sydney Swans
Click here to view auction
Auction closes on 6th September 2018

If you would like more information in hosting your own Online Auction using our E-Commerce, please contact us.

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SportsTG Launches Krossover in Australia

SportsTG are proud to announce that internationally recognised coaching and film analysis tool, Krossover, will now be available to sporting clubs around Australia through SportsTG.

Krossover allows coaches to retain valuable insights from matches to maximise team performance. During the game, all the action is recorded which is then uploaded to the Krossover platform post-game. From here, your game data is broken down by every single possession with tags added to every player. By doing this, coaches can quickly sort through footage to review individual players as well as viewing shot charts, down & distance reports, and heat maps.

This sort of valuable information has previously only been accessible to clubs with in-house video teams or after hours of manual editing by clubs members. Coaches around the world now have access to these tools quickly, at a fraction of the cost.

Once footage has been tagged and broken down on Krossover, it can then be shared with players, other coaches, club members and anyone else who needs it. Notes can be added by coaches to specific plays for players to review and learn from.

Krossover has teams of all sizes currently using their software to prepare software for coaching purposes. Grassroots teams around the world use Krossover through to major clubs such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nike Elite Youth Basketball, University of Kentucky and many others.

Krossover is currently available for the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Hockey

To find out more about Krossover, or for a demonstration of the product, get in touch with our team today at sales@sportstg.com

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SportsTG Teams Up With Cricket Australia


Cricket players across Australia will now have easier access to club merchandise than ever before with a new agreement between SportsTG and Cricket Australia.

As a global leader in digital sports technology, SportsTG have joined forces with Cricket Australia to build approximately 4,000 online stores for clubs across the country.

The online stores will be built using industry leading e-commerce technology to minimise manual administration for clubs, while being as user-friendly as possible for their members.

SportsTG’s membership management, competition management, e-commerce and digital solutions are renowned for setting the standard in sports technology across the globe.

SportsTG currently hold strong relationships with many national sporting organisations around the world and will work closely with Cricket Australia to deliver a leading e-commerce solution for clubs.

“Producing 4,000 stores is no small feat and this is a huge opportunity for SportsTG. We’re excited to work with Cricket Australia to deliver the best online experience for cricket clubs”, says SportsTG Head of Sport, Brian Cooney.

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SportsTG Unveils Courtside

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SportsTG is excited to unveil our next generation basketball scoring app, Courtside. Created in collaboration with Basketball Australia, Courtside brings the game into the digital age and enhances existing administrative processes.

The new app will take the place of computer programs and paper- based offline systems for many associations. Courtside will be available on both IOS and Android tablets, greatly decreasing the workload for club volunteers and improving the quality of game data retained.

Games can be set up and players selected in under 30 seconds. Once the game commences, fouls, points and other statistics can be recorded through the app.
As the app can operate online or offline, results and game data can be uploaded straight away or when the user has access to internet.

SportsTG Head of Sport, Brian Cooney says, “We’re excited to work with Basketball Australia to improve the game at a grassroots level for all involved. We look forward to providing similar solutions to other sports.”

“We are proud to release an easy to use, digital scoring solution in collaboration with SportsTG. This platform will allow our grassroots basketball communities to grow and their stories to be told”, said Basketball Australia GM of Community & Stakeholder Relations, Lisa Hasker.

To find out more or register your association, click here.

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AI in Competition Management

One of the primary barriers to growth in grassroots sport participation is the availability of facilities.

A report published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health* in early 2017 reviewed participation rates in sport and their positive association with facility availability. A key finding of this report was that regardless of socio-economic status and geographical area, better provision of sporting facilities would lead to increased participation.

In this study, a measurement of fields/courts per 1000 residents was taken across 4 different sports in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions. When comparing participation rates of each sport with facility provision rates, a clear correlation between the two factors was identified.

Venue utilisation is directly influenced by a variety of factors including competition fixturing, information on venue availability and accurate usage analytics. As the overall administration of grassroots sport continues to move to online systems, the electronic management of venues will deliver a number of benefits to administrators, players, parents and fans.

SportsTG, having recognised the shortcomings of the current management approach, has developed a new technology platform that will allow for optimum venue utilisation in addition to other benefits such as effective talent identification and increased participant engagement.

SportsTG’s new “Smart Fixturing” solution will be delivered as part of its next generation TG Platform.

Smart Fixtures© follows in the footsteps of other industry redefining software such as AirBnB and Uber who have redefined the way in which the resources managed and accessed. Not unlike what AirBnB and Uber have done for accommodation and transport, Smart Fixtures© will do for grassroots sport. Smart Fixtures©, through the ground-breaking integration of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, will redefine the way competition management is administered and delivered.

Smart Fixtures© provides venue information in a user-friendly format, presented alongside player performance data. Fixtures can be scheduled in a way that maximises venue utilisation. Administrators gain greater visibility of the skill levels of each team member, enabling evenly matched teams to be selected. In turn, this leads to improvements in player retention and enjoyment and furthers the skill development of players. Player performance can be monitored throughout their seasons so that high performing players can be recognised and nurtured to maximise their potential.

At its simplest level, traditional fixturing aimed to ensure that two matches were not rostered on to the same field, oval, court, or pitch at the same time. Smart Fixtures© will ensure this never happens. It will also, through the use of smart business rules, enable things never before available to sports administrators such as multi-sport commitment management, participant preference consideration, and travel time optimisation.

Smart Fixtures© will deliver the next generation of grassroots sports administration, and in doing so contribute to the ultimate aim of growing participation in sport.

*The relationship of sport participation to provision of sports facilities and socioeconomic status: a geographical analysis; Rochelle M Eime, Jack Harvey et al.

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SportsTG Team Up With APRLC

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SportsTG is pleased to announce their newly formed partnership with one of Asia’s largest sporting organisations, the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC).

SportsTG will work with the APRLC to provide administration solutions for local rugby league competitions including the ability to manage memberships, competitions, fixtures, player statistics. All of this information will be displayed on a SportsTG website.

This partnership builds upon SportsTG’s growing presence in Rugby League around the world. As more organisations adopt SportsTG’s innovative technology solutions, information can be shared electronically, greatly reducing the administration work required for transfers and clearances.

With all Rugby League organisations around the world shifting to a unified platform it allows for the creation of a digital footprint for participants. Data will be attached to the digital footprint, which can be used for talent recognition and managing player retention.

SportsTG Head of Sport, Brian Cooney says, “We’re excited to be able to partner with the APRLC to drive such a significant change across the region and the world for Rugby League. We look forward to a long and successful partnership delivering a platform to accommodate growth”.

Chairman of the APRLC Mr Tagaloa Faafouina SU’A says, “The Asia Pacific Confederation is keen to improve the way the game is administered in our member nations, in-line with best practice in Australia, New Zealand and England”.

“Using SportsTG’s platform will allow our nations to run competitions more effectively, recognise the participation of our players and volunteers, and create a central record of our competitions, clubs and teams. This initiative will help our member nations promote domestic competitions and programs, both in-country, and to the wider international Rugby League community. It will help demonstrate Rugby League’s footprint across the Asia Pacific region”, said Mr Tagaloa Faafouina SU’A.

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Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA)

  • Competition Management
  • Registrations
  • App Development

SportsTG developed and introduced 2 solutions for VAFA to reduce the hours involved by club staff and umpires to record game information. The first of these solutions was an app named Match Day Paperwork. The app was developed for umpires to track all their paperwork that they need to provide at the end of each game.

The app submits the information provided by the umpire straight to the comp management system where it can be used for reporting. This process delivers the information much more accurately and quickly than existing systems.

The app can be customised depending on the league for custom information to be recording including best and fairest votes, reporting of players, field condition checks and red/yellow cards.
VAFA were determined to select a provider who would deliver them with an high level of support through the week as well as on the weekends.

Sam Confait, Football Operations Manager says that they’ve had a smooth shift from existing systems to the new app.

“SportsTG’s customer service instilled confidence in the VAFA to transition to the Match Day Paperwork app. The face to face and phone support service has been excellent while developing systems to accommodate the requirements of our association”.

Alongside the Match Day Paperwork app is the LiveScore system that was developed by SportsTG to improve the efficiency of scoring on game day. The system can be used on mobile, tablet or computer and updates scores straight to league’s website.

This means administration time is reduced for club staff and supporters can check game scores in real time online while a game is being played.

Club members and umpires across the VAFA league now have reduced administration work and can focus on other aspects of their job more closely. Match Day Paperwork and LiveScore accommodate the growth of the league and improve the enjoyment for everyone involved.

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U.S. Soccer Launches U.S. Soccer Connect

Huge news for Football/Soccer across the world as U.S. Soccer becomes a part of the Blue Star Sports family.

We’re excited to have them on board and operating alongside our partners at Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football.

U.S. Soccer has announced the official launch of U.S. Soccer Connect, a data and technology platform that will streamline and improve our connection and communication with our members.

Through integrated web and mobile platforms, U.S. Soccer Connect will provide members with a simplified player registration process and adherence to the required standards for FIFA Connect and the ITC process. The system will also provide members with a seamless integration with platforms such as the National Data Center and Digital Coach Center.

Members will also have access to a comprehensive list of services specific to league management, scheduling, roster administration, team communications and tournament operations.

“As we continue to focus on member alignment, U.S. Soccer Connect enables us to implement a technology platform that streamlines processes between U.S. Soccer and our member organizations,” said Caitlin Carducci, Manager of Member Programs. “Ultimately, we believe this integration will help provide parents, players, coaches and referees with an unparalleled connection with U.S. Soccer.”

After a thorough, multi-year evaluation, the first phase of the U.S. Soccer Connect rollout will be to sign up organization members and schedule implementation meetings for activation beginning in the 2018-19 season. These early adopters will also collaborate with the design team to further customize the U.S. Soccer Connect platform.

U.S. Soccer Connect is being implemented through a long-term strategic plan with Blue Star Sports, the nation’s leading youth sports systems integration and technology company. This collaboration will deliver the world’s most innovative, technology-driven solutions to integrate U.S. Soccer’s vision and empower member organizations and participants at all levels to have the best experience possible with the game of soccer.

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RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE (UK)

  • Participation Management
  • Competition Management
  • Match Official Management

The challenge:

The Rugby Football League faced issues in improving their administration’s efficiency while so many tasks were completed using paper-based processes and multiple systems. SportsTG put forward a bid to provide a new digital platform to manage participants and competitions. With approximately 500 organisations involved and many volunteer administrators, the new system needed to streamline processes and decrease administration time.

The solution:

The new system built by SportsTG for Rugby Football League went live in January 2017 with a number of leagues and clubs expressing glowing reviews of the new system.

Improved operational efficiency, increased data accuracy and high levels of engagement with the Rugby League community are just a few of the benefits since the new platform was implemented.

The new system, LeagueNet, meant the move from plastic to online cards at junior level which reduced the wait time from days to minutes. This cut thousands of dollars in production and postage costs for the Rugby Football League. Cards often went missing and required reprinting which further increased costs and inefficiencies. By keeping all cards online, junior players never miss a game and can be registered in a matter of minutes on the day of the game if necessary.

“A number of leagues and clubs have contacted us to say how easy they have found the system to use and how it is making their life easier. It’s good to get feedback – positive or constructive challenges. We are doing this to try to make life easier for users”, said Richard Donlon, Systems Manager

The new system also enabled all professional clubs to submit their pre-match squads and team sheets online, reducing the risk of errors. Previously the operations department would have to individually check each player is eligible for selection, this process has already been dramatically improved for both the club and the operations department since the introduction of LeagueNet.

By operating on the same platform as New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), SportsTG opened up new opportunities to improve international administration in the sport. Players can be transferred between leagues or countries and take their entire playing history, further improving the accuracy of the data retained.

The new system has seen improvements in administration efficiency across all levels of the sport, reducing the costs and workloads for all involved.

Phase two of the project is scheduled to roll out at the start of the 2018 season. It involves online registration for all players and will also provide leagues and clubs online access to their own portal.

Enquire now to find out more

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SportsTG Joins Forces with Blue Star Sports

SportsTG is excited to announce it has joined forces with US based Blue Star Sports, the largest and fastest growing provider of sports management software.

Blue Star Sports was formed in 2016 and is backed by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Providence Equity and GenStar Capital. Dallas based Rob Weschler founded Blue Star Sports to revolutionise grassroots sport, a goal shared by SportsTG.

Rob and the team at Blue Star Sports recognised SportsTG as the leading provider of digital solutions to grassroots sport in Australia, and fully endorsed our strategy in terms of technical development. BSS places a focus on delivering the best sports software available, a focus which is closely aligned with our own.

This transaction marks a significant milestone for both companies. SportsTG has long held the ambition to become a truly global player and a world leader in grassroots sport technology. Joining forces with Blue Star Sports brings this ambition to fruition much faster than would have been possible as a stand-alone company.

SportsTG enables Blue Star Sports to expand their reach across all major global sports and brings its user base to more than 40 million worldwide. Our mobile technology and infrastructure also enhances and complements the robust software and technology products offered by Blue Star Sports.

Together, SportsTG and Blue Star Sports provides a full-service global offering that makes grassroots sports clubs a better experience for everyone involved – players, parents, coaches, teams, administrators of clubs, leagues, tournaments, governing bodies and associations from youth to professional level – all around the world.

“Over the past year, we’ve been focusing our efforts on building the best collection of sports technology companies in the youth sports ecosystem. SportsTG fits perfectly with that vision we’ve established here at Blue Star Sports” said Rob Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Blue Star Sports.

Over 5.8 million people regularly access the SportsTG network. This is set to grow with access to new resources being made available through the partnership.

SportsTG Head of Sport, Brian Cooney says, “We’re excited to be combining forces with the world leader in grassroots sports technology.”

“Blue Star Sports has shown an absolute willingness to revolutionise the industry and deliver our customers the best possible solution.”

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