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Plans For The Summer

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As always, I am surprised how quickly the spring season comes to a close. We are wrapping up our last playoff and championship games this week and weekend for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, and I wanted to give a quick rundown of what to expect from the AYL blog moving into the summer.

  1. More Posts! – I’m done with the spring semester, which means I’m not working my studies (1 year to go for my Psychology Major!), which means more posts for our avid readers.
  2. More Instructional Videos! – I’ll be doing a few different video series throughout the summer. Each month will have a theme, and there will be roughly two to four videos per month. I have decided that the month of May will be Basics Month, as it is always good to start with the fundamentals! June will be Penalties Month, and July is currently TBD, but if you have any ideas for videos feel free to email me at: rules@ayllax.com.
  3. Possible AYL Forum – still need to work some technical issues out, but we may roll out an online forum at the end of the summer where our members will be free to ask questions about the various programs and seasons that AYL offers. This way the information can be shared by all, and questions answered quickly by your favorite WebMaster.
  4. Polls, surveys, and discussions! I really want the AYL Blog to become discussion based. Where visitors put in their opinions about each post or topic. I will be adding different user interaction tools over the summer to see where our visitors and members are coming from, what everyone wants to see from AYL, and to get some good discussions going about honoring the game and how best to coach all of our youth players.
  5. Posts are back on Facebook and Twitter! – Through some unfortunate technical errors, I blame computer gnomes, we lost our ability to post to Facebook and Twitter. We’ll we are back online and posting to everyone’s favorite social networks. Feel free to friend us, or retweet our posts.
  6. Online Donations! – We love that our members love to give back to AYL by providing donations. We are currently streamlining the back-end process for online donations to make it easy and secure to donate to Atlanta Youth Lacrosse to your heart’s content. Remember, all donations are tax-deductible.
  7. Any further ideas or improvements to www.ayllax.com can always be emailed to rules@ayllax.com, or submitted using the comment function below this post.

Well, that is what is on the docket for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse from a web development and blogging standpoint. I hope everyone is excited for everything that will be rolled out over the coming months. I hope everyone has a great summer!

Featured Image Credit – www.hot-chocolate-summer.tumblr.com

Cheers,
Gordon

Improvements to ayllax.com

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This was supposed to be a post about cone drills for building quick feet, but I forgot the video camera is in Florida recording the U15 Coyotes at the U15 National Championship Games. So instead of recording a new speed and agility video, I’ve spent the last thirty-six hours upgrading and simplifying Atlanta Youth Lacrosse’s website. Below is a list of what’s changed along with links to all the new/updated pages.

Leagues, Schedule, Rosters

  • The main menu has been updated with Leagues, Schedule, and Rosters on the left side.
  • These menu options will not move again because AYL Members expressed a desire to always have that information easily available.
  • Leagues Page now contains a complete overview of the three different seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Complete League Rules are listed under “Leagues” for easy viewing. Any rule changes will be communicated via email.
  • The Master Schedule Page will list a complete game schedule for all teams for the entire season, and will be updated after July 30th.
  • The updated Rosters Page will display links to all team rosters on the new team websites, as well as a soon-to-come video explaining how members can use a new profile feature to find their team each season.

Top Menu, F.A.Q., and Weather

  • The top black menu above the AYL Logo contains two new links: General F.A.Q. and Weather Updates
  • Many members at the end of the Spring Season said they wanted more answers to their general questions. So the General F.A.Q. was developed with many of the most common questions the AYL Staff answers during the year. If anyone has questions that the F.A.Q. does not answer, you can always send your query to rules@ayllax.com.
  • The Weather Updates Page displays the four services AYL uses to inform members about field closures and game/practice cancellations, and ranks them in order of speed: Twitter, StatusMe, Team Websites (new!), and Field Status on the right hand side of ayllax.com.

Coyotes, Register Button, Lessons

  • Everyone will notice that all the coyote information from the past two years is gone. Not to worry! We are developing a website exclusively dedicated to the Atlanta Coyote teams. The Coyote link on the main menu will direct visitors to the soon-to-be-released, and pretty cool, Coyote website.
  • The Green Sign Up button is replaced by the new Green Register button! The AYL Staff felt register made more sense than sign-up. We are moving to a new registration system in August, and if you have any questions about this move please email rules@ayllax.com.
  • The “Lessons” link replaced “Training,” as the catch-all for private, group, camps, and clinics offered by AYL and it’s partner Lux-Lax. The Lesson’s page lists individual coach’s prices and contact information, as well as a request for instruction form. Fill out the form and AYL Staff will select the perfect instructor for your needs!

Photos, Videos, Feedback

  • The Photos page now links to Mary Jo’s Photobucket Account. Visitors may now go through all of the albums that she has put together over the years.
  • The Videos page is fully up and running! Visitors can select from over 100 videos of highlights, refcam, rule explanations, speed & agility drills, and more. As we add more videos each season, this page will be broken down into divisions, but for now all available videos may be found on this page.
  • The trouble with end-of-season feedback is we cannot make any changes until the next season. Underneath “Contact” is the “Feedback” page, which has an anonymous form where any AYL member can give us praise, criticism, or advice at any point during the year. This way, we can immediately address useful suggestions, and improve upon the smallest and largest areas of our program.

I hope everyone likes the improvements to ayllax.com. Feel free to email me at rules@ayllax.com if you have any questions. If you are bummed that there isn’t a cool video on cone drills, don’t worry! I’ll be posting that video by Wednesday once I get the camera back.

Featured Image Credit – www.doerdoze.com

Cheers,
Gordon