Skyhawks News
Child Safety & Protection Month

November 1st, 2018

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Before you sent your child off Trick or Treating on Halloween, did you have a conversation with them about safety? Perhaps you went through their candy to make sure nothing was tampered with (and to sneak a few pieces for yourself) or maybe you went with them to make sure they were safe under your supervision. The safety of our children is a constant voice in the back of every parent or guardian’s mind. In honor of Child Safety and Protection Month this November, Skyhawks is excited to share a few of our safety policies with you.

Here are a few of the preventative measures we take to keep your children safe at our programs:

1.    The Skyhawks Gate System

At each Skyhawks program, our coaches start and end with our safety process which we call the “Gate System." Every morning before camp, our coaches greet parents and campers in the parking lot as children are dropped off. Coaches guide the kids on to the court or field by funneling them through one of our entry gates. Once the child is through the gate, the coach maintains eye contact with them until they are safe with the rest of the group and the other coach playing a warm-up game. This process is completed in reverse at the end of the day so the coaches can make sure that every child goes home safely with the appropriate parent or guardian. 

2.    Safe Bathroom Breaks

Another policy for Skyhawks programs is to make sure the restrooms are completely empty before allowing children to enter. While the kids are inside, their coach guards the doorway to ensure that no one else enters while the children are using the facilities.

3.    Snack Time Precautions

Here at Skyhawks, we are no strangers to food allergies. We ask parents to let us know ahead of time if their child has any food allergies. However, we know sometimes parents can forget or the information can be delayed, so to make sure we do not have any incidents we have a strict no sharing rule during snack time. We also ask that parents of children with allergies send their camper with Wet Ones antibacterial wipes since they have been scientifically tested to remove food allergens from hands after eating.

4.    Exceptional Staff

Becoming a Skyhawks Coach or Director is an extensive and highly competitive process. If they meet the minimum requirements, interested prospects fill out an application and attend several interviews. Once hired, we take our employees through a rigorous training program to ensure that your children are in the best hands possible.

 

To learn more about our Safety Policies & Procedures, give us a call at (800) 804-3509!

Dealing with Smoky Days

August 20th, 2018

smokeSmokey days from wildfires in the late summer months have become the norm over the past few years. Your child’s health is our #1 concern, and Skyhawks has a number of steps in place to handle days with less-than-ideal air quality. First and foremost - your child’s health is our #1 concern. Skyhawks tires to avoid canceling or rescheduling camps, but the AQI (air quality index, more on that later) reaches a certain point, we will do so to protect our campers. 

On smoky days, Skyhawks uses the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the EPA’s AirNow 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 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.

Share a Photo this Summer and Win!

June 21st, 2018

Share a picture and win this summer!


We love seeing photos of Skyhawks campers having a blast at their programs, and snapping a memory of your child could win you a FREE program for them! Through the end of summer, share a photo of your child on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and you could be a monthly winner! Once you’ve got the perfect picture of them celebrating a goal, nailing a jumper, or a huge smile on their face, share it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to be entered. We'll be giving away THREE free programs - one each month of the summer!


Here’s how to enter:


Instagram - Share your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #Skyhawks2018.

Twitter - Tweet your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #Skyhawks2018.

Facebook - Either tag Skyhawks Sports Academy in your photo in a personal post (make sure the privacy is set to public) or share your photo in a post on the official Skyhawks Facebook page (fb.com/SkyhawksSportsAcademy).


Just snap, share, and you’re entered - easy as that.


A winner will be chosen at the end of each month this summer (June, July, August). You can enter as many times as you’d like, but each photo can only be entered once so get as many photos as you can!


For complete rules and terms, click here.

Skyhawks Named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 Rankings!

March 8th, 2018

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Skyhawks is extremely pleased to announce that Skyhawks Franchise Group has earned the #284 spot on Entrepreneur Magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 Rankings! 

Entrepreneur’s annual Franchise 500 rankings are the world's first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking for almost four decades. Each year, the Entrepreneur ranks the 500 best companies to pursue franchise ownership with, based on brand power, financial stability, growth opportunities, corporate support, and costs & fees. 

This is the first year that Skyhawks has been named to the rankings, and this announcement comes alongside Skyhawks Franchise Group also being named a Top 100 Franchise by Franchise Gator! 

To learn more about becoming a Skyhawks or SuperTots Franchise owner, visit out Franchise Home Page

For more information on Skyhawks Franchise Group's rankings, click here.

Skyhawks Franchise Group Launches First International Franchise!

March 6th, 2018

Skyhawks Franchise Group is hitting the road in 2018 with the opening of the first international SuperTots franchise in Suzhou, China in partnership with Amigo Sports Academy! Initial programs including SoccerTots, HoopsterTots, and PartyTots, in the Suzhou area will be available in early 2018.

Ms. Adel Xu, CEO of Amigo Sports Academy said, “We are very thrilled to begin a partnership with Supertots for the greater China region. Supertots is a leading American brand in sports instruction, and its high-quality program is a huge hit among Chinese audiences. Supertots will be a great addition and we are confident of taking our visions to the next level, delivering audiences more inviting programming and engagement opportunities in the years to come.”


About Amigo Sports Academy (ASA)

Amigo Sports Academy was established in 2016 and is dedicated in providing sports training and spreading American sports culture to aspiring youth. Amigo Sports Academy partners with Major League Baseball (MLB), and has collaboratively set up the MLB Suzhou Learning Center. We are aiming to bring American sports culture and trainings to students who love sports. In addition, we also have a partnership with the prestigious sports academy IMG, to promote all kinds of American sports, providing talented Chinese students with well-rounded sports trainings and opportunities

Skyhawks Franchise Group Selected as a Top 100 Franchise!

March 1st, 2018

fg-logoFranchise Gator announced the release of its annual Top 100 list which ranks the top expanding franchise systems considered to be a solid investment for those looking to buy a franchise. Skyhawks Franchise Group makes our first appearance on the list in 2018, coming in at #88!

 

Franchise Gator has been assisting potential business owners in exploring franchise opportunities since 2002.  The Top 100 list was created to offer yet another tool to assist in sorting through the hundreds of opportunities available to explore.

 

"In our research we identified company traits that prospective franchisees should look for if they seek to minimize risk when exploring  franchise opportunities," said Eric Bell, General Manager at Franchise Gator.  "With this data we decided that we were going to evaluate opportunities that generally fell in the investment range that is fitting of most Franchise Gator visitors .  We have been compiling the Top 100 for 5  years now, and each year it continues to be leaned on by our audience.  We're very proud of that."

 

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Learn more about why Skyhawks Franchise Group was named a top franchise by vising Franchise Gator’s Top 100 listing: https://www.franchisegator.com/franchises/skyhawks-sports-academy/

Flag Football's Origin

September 13th, 2017

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Flag football has been the fastest growing youth sport for the last few years, and it doesn’t look like that will slow down any time soon. Despite it’s popularity, many people don’t know flag football’s origin – the U.S. Military.

 

The early appearances flag football as we know it date back to around the 1930’s and 1940’s. The popularity of American Football had already been established before WWII, and the military couldn’t send soldiers to battle with nagging football injuries, so flag football really took hold on military bases overseas. When the soldiers returned home, they brought the sport with them, and the first leagues began to take root.

 

By the 1960’s, the National Touch Football league was formed, proving that touch & flag football had arrived. Soon after, flag football became a staple on college campuses, and remains so with flag football being one of the most popular intramural sports among students.  

 

Today, flag football leagues are just as, if not more, popular as tackle football youth leagues, and semi-pro leagues including the professional AFFL (American Flag Football League) and the USTFL (United States Flag & Touch Football League) have been established across the country.

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