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Skyhawks is the Official Youth Sports & Camp Partner of Washington Youth Soccer

June 14th, 2021

Washington Youth Soccer logo and Skyhawks logo

 

Washington Youth Soccer Partners with Skyhawks to Bring More Fun to Grassroots Programs Across the State

 

Tukwila, Washington – June 14, 2021  The Washington Youth Soccer Association (WYS) has chosen Skyhawks Sports Academy (Skyhawks), powered by Stack Sports, as their Official Youth Sports & Camp Partner in a 5 year partnership kicking off in 2021.

With roots dating back to 1961, WYS now has over 93K kids that are involved with the program, and is a leader in grassroots activation. With the average child today spending less than three years playing a sport, grassroots engagement at the camp level plays a role in answering the question; “How do we strengthen our base and establish an environment that promotes a life-long love of the game?

By partnering with Skyhawks, and through their nearly 200 member clubs, WYS is leading the charge to keep kids in the sport of soccer longer. This partnership combines over 100 years of soccer expertise to bring the fun back to families across Washington State. 

“The Skyhawks team brings a level of energy and fun to grassroots camps that just cannot be matched,'' said Tony Roberts, Director of Partnerships & Innovation at Washington Youth Soccer. “With our mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth. Working with someone who was focused on making sure kids had a great time at our camps and was also very experienced at delivering great events was very important to us. That’s why we are excited to Partner with Skyhawks and Stack Sports.”

Skyhawks® Sports Academy powered by Stack Sports, the leading provider of youth sports programs for children 2 to 14 years old, will operate camps with WYS across the state. These programs focus on fun ways to teach life lessons through soccer. 

"The staff was great! The kids really responded to them and they made it fun and educational. Thanks to all for a job well done,” said Kelly D, Washington Soccer Parent in Mukilteo. “I also really liked that it was a long (6 hour) [session]. My son agreed it really helped to get him into shape for soccer season. Thanks."

“Every person has their own unique journey as an athlete,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks Sports Academy. “By partnering with Washington Youth Soccer we are working together to make sure that the journey for children in Washington is a positive one that hopefully lasts a lifetime. From the athlete’s first time kicking a soccer ball at a Tots class, through sport skill development in Skyhawks camps, and then on to play in WYS programs, the athlete’s wellbeing is put first, supporting a truly life-long love of the game. To top it off, having Skyhawks international headquarters based in Washington state makes this partnership that much more special.”

If you are interested in registering for a Skyhawks Sports program, please click HERE. 

If you have the facility to run Skyhawks or Skyhawks STEM Sports® programs, but are lacking the personnel to run programming, we encourage you to contact us at 1-800-804-3509 or skyhawks@skyhawks.com

 

About Washington Youth Soccer Association


With roots dating back to 1961 WYS has grown to nearly 200 clubs serving over 93,000 participants across the state of Washington. It is our mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.

 

 

About Stack Sports

 

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit www.stacksports.com.

USA Lacrosse Announces Partnership With Stack Sports

May 5th, 2021

USA Lacrosse Announces Partnership with Stack Sports

 

 

SPARKS, Md. — USA Lacrosse has entered into a multi-year partnership with Stack Sports, a leader in youth sports services and technology. Stack Sports supports the volunteers, administrators and organizations that make sports possible with products and services to engage and grow athletes, goals also core to the USA Lacrosse mission. 

The partnership will focus on two of Stack Sports offerings — Sports Connect, a comprehensive league management solution, and Skyhawks Lacrosse Camps. Working together, the two organizations will provide expanded and improved opportunities for players. 

“Our mission at Stack Sports is to transform youth sports, combining industry-leading technology solutions in Sports Connect with a best-in-class Skyhawks camp experience,” said Stack Sports COO Jeff Brunsberg. “The announcement of our partnership with USA Lacrosse highlights the importance of lacrosse to our business and how we plan to innovate and inspire lacrosse athletes of all ages and play levels. We are proud to work hand-in-hand with USA Lacrosse to help grow overall participation in the sport.” 

As part of the partnership, USA Lacrosse members will receive a 20 percent discount on camp registration fees and Stack Sports is providing free camp opportunities for up to 50 players each year for USA Lacrosse to make available to participants. USA Lacrosse member clubs and leagues will also receive discounts on Sports Connect services.  

“This partnership agreement provides a great discount on Skyhawks Lacrosse Camps for our members and valuable registration tools with reduced-cost benefits to lacrosse organizations looking for a comprehensive league registration tool,” said Tom Pope, director of corporate partnerships for USA Lacrosse. “Their support of free camp experience provides another avenue for USA Lacrosse to deliver opportunities to learn to play and help fulfill our mission to expand the sport.” 

Sports Connect is a league management system used by more than 20,000 clubs and leagues, including current partnerships with USA Football, Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball and U.S. Soccer, among other national organizations. Sports Connect software, which includes a real-time US Lacrosse membership integration, provides league registration tools to assist sports organizations in running their programs more efficiently. 

Skyhawks offers fun and skill-based Lacrosse camps geared towards players ages 6 to 14 at the beginner and intermediate levels. Lacrosse programs are available in 22 states. Find a program in your state at skyhawks.com/lacrosse.  

About Stack Sports 

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars — Play, Improve, and Engage. 

To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/ 

USA Football and Skyhawks Partner to Provide Enhanced, Age-Appropriate Youth Football Instruction

February 25th, 2021

 

Children playing football with the word touchdown on the side, Skyhawks Flag Football powered by USA Football logo

Skyhawks Flag Football program to be fueled by USA Football’s new Football Development Model


 Skyhawks Sports Academy (Skyhawks), the leading provider of youth sports programs for children ages 5 to 12 years, is excited to announce a new agreement with USA Football to serve as its preferred youth camp and after-school football partner. As the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Football’s collaboration with Skyhawks provides football families across the country progressive, age-appropriate youth football instruction.


“Partnering with USA Football is going to bring the Skyhawks flag football program to the next level,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “This partnership with USA Football will expand our network, improve our curriculum, and provide certification for our coaches in youth football. USA Football also offers a pathway for those interested in playing for the U.S. National Team one day, and Skyhawks will be at the beginning of that pathway.”


Through the partnership, Skyhawks will implement USA Football’s new Football Development Model (FDM) in all coaching and instruction. The Football Development Model is the sport’s first long-term athlete development model, designed to make the game safer by reducing contact and teaching in a way that meets athletes where they are in their development. Coaches teach athletes based on their age, the skill they are learning and game type. Aligned with the USOPC’s American Development Model for healthier and smarter youth sport participation, this path offers young athletes more opportunities to enjoy the sport and choose the version of football best for them, including flag, tackle or other game types.


"We’re excited to be partnering with Skyhawks, a leader in delivering premier youth sports experiences,” said Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football CEO & Executive Director. “The Football Development Model centers on progressive skill instruction, safety, inclusivity and fun, which is everything youth sports is about. Through this partnership, more kids will be introduced to the fun and values inherent to football while growing their physical literacy for fit, healthy lifestyles.”


Curriculum that will be implemented into Skyhawks’ Flag Football program includes age-specific daily schedules, developmental checklists for each age group, improved coaching cues and measurement tools for each skill, the introduction of Prep for Contact activities, new skill-based drills and games, and the inclusion of mindfulness activities.


In addition to the Skyhawks Flag Football program offering, USA Football and Skyhawks will co-host flag football skills clinics in conjunction with select U.S. National Team Regionals focused on the core offensive components of passing, receiving and running.

 

Skyhawks offers Flag Football camps for children between the ages of 5 and 12 in a variety of formats throughout communities nationwide. Current program offerings continue to follow proven COVID-19 protocols per state and local guidelines. Winter programming is currently underway, and more information, schedules, and registration are available at skyhawks.com.   

 

Helping Kids Stay Active at Home

December 25th, 2020

Family of four running outside together

 

Helping Kids Stay Active at Home

To protect families from the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, many school districts are heading back to online learning, sports activities are being canceled, and recreation facilities are setting restrictions. While it may be the right move to keep the community-at-large safe, these restrictions limit physical activity and make children restless when cooped up indoors. But there is a simple way to mitigate this problem – exercise.

 

Youth sports and learning experts here at Skyhawks Sports Academy teamed up with our partner STEM Sports® to find fun ways to turn exercise into a fun activity to capture children’s interest and keep their bodies moving. One example is Playing Card Fitness, a fun activity that includes simple exercises that is enjoyable for the whole family and can be played indoors in any size room.

 

Skyhawks STEM Sports Playing Card Fitness Activity

 

Skyhawks and STEM Sports® Playing Card Fitness: How to Play

 

Do not underestimate how fun and challenging a workout can be using a deck of cards. Playing Card Fitness is a great cardio-based, full-body routine that only requires a deck of cards and a few square feet of open space. To play, each participant picks a card, and depending on the suit and value on the card, everyone completes the exercise. Every suit represents a different exercise and the value on the card represents the rep count. Simple right? Now, let’s understand which suit means what exercise and how to assign values.

 

Numbers 2 - 9 = values (i.e. reps)

Face card = 11 reps

Ace = 12 reps


Hearts = pushups

Diamonds = jumping jacks

Clubs = sit-ups

Spades = squats

 

For example, if a participant picks a card that is 10 of hearts, all participants need to do 10 pushups. To make it a good workout session, have each participant pick one card each and complete the round, and then go for three rounds.

 

Bonus – Teach Children the Concepts of STEM

 

Along with the physical benefits of Playing Card Fitness, this activity can also be the catalyst to introduce STEM concepts to children. This activity is a perfect opportunity to introduce the concepts of heart rate, calorie burn, and calorie intake to older children. It is also a great way to keep children and families in the habit of taking time each day to keep their bodies healthy physically and mentally. And it’s fun! To learn more about the concepts of STEM-learning through sports and to register for Skyhawks Winter 2021 Programs, visit www.skyhawks.com.

Skyhawks and Nimbus Esports Academy Partner to Launch First of Its Kind Esports Enrichment Program

June 23rd, 2020

Skyhawks Esports & Play Programs Lauch June 2020

 

Skyhawks Sports Academy has acquired the exclusive rights to Nimbus Esports Academy programming and curriculum. This partnership will see Skyhawks introduce Esports enrichment programming to kids around the world!

 

 “We are thrilled to see our team's vision to add Esports to the Skyhawks offering come to life through our partnership with Nimbus Esports Academy,” says Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks Sports Academy. “Our combined effort brings a whole new dynamic to the Esports world by focusing on the positives of gaming while also teaching life lessons through sports and physical activity. Together we provide a safe, fun way for kids to practice teamwork and social skills while also learning to think strategically.”

Rocket League

 Nimbus Esports Academy’s program centers around the smash-hit title, Rocket League, with plans to integrate other age-appropriate Esports titles along the way. Much like a Skyhawks soccer or basketball program, participants work on coordination, focus, and the ability to problem-solve in dynamic environments through game-based drills and play. 

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to join efforts with the historic Skyhawks Sports Academy brand,” said Cody Dragon, Nimbus Founder, and former Co-Founder and Esports Director at Ghost Gaming. “Esports and video gaming are on the rise, and we plan to meet children where they are at. Our holistic program is custom-tailored to promote critical thinking, teamwork, and sportsmanship all within the exciting world of video games."

 

Cody Dragon Quote

 

 Virtual Esports + Play camps are now open for registration and will be running through June 29th - August 15th in conjunction with VOIP partner, Kast. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up and participate in the inaugural launch of the Skyhawks/Nimbus Esports partnership. For more information and/or to register visit www.skyhawks.com/esports.


In-person camps, classes, and after-school program offerings will reopen in accordance with state guidelines for reopening post-COVID-19 and will follow strict CDC directed health and safety guidelines.  Please click here to learn more about our Summer 2020 Protocols and Policies in Response to COVID-19.

Skyhawks Camps During the Pandemic

June 1st, 2020

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Skyhawk Sports Academy is adhering to COVID-19 procedures and protocol for this year’s in-person summer camps. Dependent on local county and state guidelines, summer camp programs will be adjusted differently in each region. Programs will either be run in an outside setting or indoors with restrictions on group numbers. Even though traditional camps will be performed differently, the Skyhawks team is making safety the #1 priority while still implementing programs for each child to improve their confidence levels, sports skills, and instill a passion for an active lifestyle. 

The following four levels have been developed to ensure that all regional and state safety guidelines are being met.

  • Level 1: A traditional camp format but with additional policies
  • Level 2: Isolated groups with limited participant interaction
  • Level 3: Isolated groups with a modified social distancing curriculum
  • Level 4: Only virtual programming offered

Skyhawks is closely monitoring CDC guidelines regarding youth sports and camp policies and will make adjustments as needed. Skyhawks will also be checking to make sure that no participant, staff member, or family-related member has been contracted with sickness within 14 days of the camp start date. If during the camp a  staff member or participant tests positive for COVID-19,  the program will immediately be canceled and all participants and partnering organizations will be notified.

For more information about what each level entails, click the link below: https://www.skyhawks.com/public/images/virtual_camps/Skyhawks%20Summer%202020%20COVID-19%20Policies.pdf

A six feet apart policy will be upheld for all check-in/check-out procedures in addition to mandated masks for both parents and participants during these processes. Beginning of the camp parent orientation meetings will be held outside in compliance with social distancing.

There will be no peer to coach interaction and all equipment will be sanitized between uses. Hand washing practices will also be enforced along with no snack or food sharing. While Skyhawks is working hard to minimize the spreading of any sickness, we do recommend that any at-risk groups do not drop-off/pick-up participants, participate in programs, or instruct programs.

 

We look forward to working with your child as a camper this summer!

Dealing with Smoky Days

August 5th, 2019

smoky view

Bordering on becoming the 5th season, smoky days from wildfires in July, August, and even into September have become an unfortunate new norm. Your child’s health is Skyhawks’ top concern and we have a number of steps in place to evaluate smoky days and to keep your child safe. 


On smoky days, Skyhawks uses the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the EPA’s AirNow Air Quality Index (AQI) conditions as a reference for determining the need to relocate, reschedule, or cancel camps. According to the EPA, there are six air quality categories that range from Good to Unhealthy and Hazardous. When the “Unhealthy” range is reached, Skyhawks works with our partner organizations to try and find an indoor location if possible and avoid cancellations. Generally speaking, moving to an indoor location will provide a healthy enough environment for our campers when the AQI is in the “Unhealthy” range. However, ordinances in some areas require the cancellation of outdoor activities for youth once the AQI reaches the “Unhealthy” level. No matter what, when the AQI passes into the “Hazardous” range even moving inside won’t provide a healthy enough environment, and that’s when we start canceling camps for the day.


If you have a child in a program that needs to be relocated or canceled, Skyhawks customer service will be in contact with you via email or phone. We’ll let you know as soon as is possible so you can plan accordingly. 


If you have any concerns about your child’s upcoming camp(s), please give us a call at 800.804-3509 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to answer any questions.



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