• Riot Made Simple

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    If wrestling were a baseball player, Riot would be the Andro. If wrestling were a plant, Riot would be the Miracle Grow. If wrestling were a city, Riot would be the road that connects you to your friends. You got any more for me? If so, I’ll tweet it out! “Looking for more resources for […]

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  • It’s Not an Event

    Posted on August 25, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    Have you ever seen (or been) an athlete who gets motivated, trains hard for a while, doesn’t see results immediately then settles back to status quo? As coaches we teach our athletes to have a long-term plan with short term goals that help keep us motivated along the way. Progress happens by taking small steps […]

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  • 3 Marketing Lessons from the Olympics

    Posted on August 24, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    With the 2012 London Olympics firmly in our rearview mirror, now is a good time to look back and see what we can all learn. Here are three important lessons that you can use to help you get more media coverage and increase buzz about your program. We love winners: Regardless of the sport, the […]

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  • Success Beyond Sport

    Posted on August 23, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    How an Athlete’s Experience Leads to Lifelong Success Discipline, hard work, perseverance… these are all buzzwords that our parents and coaches talk about from our earliest days in sports. While we learn to be successful athletes, we are rarely taught practical ways to apply these lessons to our lives outside of sport. How will extra […]

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  • SportChallenge: Lessons in Leadership: From Athlete to Coach to Director to Business Owner

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    I began athletics at age 6. I was small and soft spoken. In my early years, I played soccer, baseball, football and I wrestled. I was pretty miserable at all of them. I was scared of getting hit by the ball in soccer, I cried when I struck out, I didn’t get much playing time […]

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  • CoachingToolbox.net – The Evolving Role of the Basketball Coach

    Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    Basketball coaches are being asked to do more with less. It used to be that you could focus a majority of your time on your athletes. Now, you are being asked to shoulder more responsibilities such as fundraising, providing year-round training opportunity and recruiting the best athletes to the team. While we focus on the […]

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  • Coaching and Social Media: The Evolving Role of the Coach

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    You and I got into coaching for the same reasons. We had a coach who influenced our lives through athletics and we now want to impact the lives of others. Or maybe it was that you wish you had an impactful coach and want to fulfill that role for your athletes. Regardless, we love to […]

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  • 4 Steps to Social Fundraising for Youth Sports

    Posted on August 17, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    As Janis will attest, there are lots of ways to determine success in youth sports: number of participants out for the team, skills learned, relationships built, and, of course, wins and losses. However you define it, success requires money. Money for uniforms, equipment, facilities, office supplies, and the long list of other expenses (which always […]

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  • The Athletic Director’s Fear of Facebook

    Posted on August 16, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    “We’re just afraid of that people will make inappropriate comments if we start a Facebook page.” I got this from an athletic director just last week. I also got an email from a coach expressing disappointment that his high school athletic director would not let him start a Facebook page for his team. I’ve heard […]

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  • Elite Level Spt Mrktg: Preseason Planning: Beyond Conditioning

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by Jim Harshaw in Riot Sports Marketing.

    When school starts, coaches tend to think about preseason conditioning, this year’s lineup and what kind of technique your athletes need to develop to be successful. After all, you’re a coach, right? Well, that term does not, unfortunately, best describe your role. As the coach of a wrestling team, you are responsible for much more. […]

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