The spring season has already begun

Since Thanksgiving, we have seen a marked increase in the number of applications to the spring soccer tournaments. In the past week over Christmas and going into the New Year, the applications have more than tripled.

Are you ready?

If you are running a soccer tournament that is scheduled before July, 2009 and you have not already started marketing and updating your Web site, you are already late.

Our advice: Make sure your Web site it up-to-date with your rules, sanctioning form, dates and costs. If your state association has not yet approved your spring tournament, make a lot of noise. Teams are deciding NOW which tournaments they are attending and your state is putting your event at a disadvantage.

Get your marketing out there in bulletin boards like Back of the Net. Make sure you do a podcast for additional media coverage. Print up postcards and business cards and ask your club coaches to hand them out at every opportunity.

The NSCAA Convention is in St. Loius this year and Midwest teams travel more easily than coastal clubs. Make sure you advertise in publications that will distribute at the show.

And lastly, but most importantly, make sure all your club coaches, parents and players know when and where your soccer tournament will be held. Make sure they have the basics like what kid of teams you host, how many and where they come from. Your largest marketing department is right there in your backyard. And, they are free!

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