Scoreboard Giveaway

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Eversan is giving away a scoreboard and timers over the next several months to a school, college or non profit organization.

There is no purchase necessary and entries must be by an authorized representative of the organization. (Athletic Director, Principle, Superintendent, or President).

October Giveaway is a Network Capable Timer Model 8376
November Giveaway is Digisport Timer Model 8400
December Giveaway is a Portable Scoreboard Modle 9521

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The Portable Scoreboard Modle 9521

Packing large scoreboard technology into a small case, the Eversan model 9521 portable tabletop scoreboard is the perfect addition to any athletic program. This versatile indoor/outdoor scoreboard features 6” ultra bright LED digits and a loud horn, making it easy for participants and fans alike to see and hear during contests. The rugged aluminum case helps protect the scoreboard from the bumps and bruises that often take out it’s plastic counterparts. It’s small size and convenient carrying handle make transporting the scoreboard a breeze!

 

Little League Pitch Counts and How an Eversan Scoreboard Can Help.

With the little league and high school baseball season in full swing, youth pitchers are taking the mound world wide with hopes of becoming a future Cy Young award winner. As these adolescent pitchers concentrate on striking out opponents, coaches and parents are concentrating on the number of pitches thrown per game, thanks to the pitch count regulation instituted by Little League Baseball. A study conducted by the American Sports Medicine Institute compared young pitchers who required surgery for arm injuries with healthy adolescent pitchers and found that the injured players who often pitched past the point of fatigue were 36 times more likely to require surgery on their pitching arm. By limiting the number of pitches thrown per game and standardizing the number of days of rest a pitcher must have between outings on the mound, Little League Baseball has taken crucial safety measures to help ensure that young pitchers are staying on the mound and off the surgery table. Learn more about the pitch count rule here.

An Eversan Model 9176 baseball scoreboard with pitch count makes keeping track of pitch counts a breeze! Scoreboards with pitch count displays keep coaches, umpires and parents informed of the number of pitches thrown by each pitcher in the game and help reinforce the importance of the pitch count rule and player safety. Click here to learn more about Eversan baseball scoreboards with pitch count.

Point(s) made: Girls basketball blowout, 107-2, causing uproar

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From Sporting News Staff Reports

 

So, maybe you CAN win for losing.

Arlington Community High School in Indianapolis, riding a 23-game losing streak, quickly began to triumph in the court of popular opinion after Tuesday’s girls basketball loss to Bloomington South, according to multiple media reports.

Final score: Bloomington South 107, Arlington 2.

Bloomington South coach Larry Winters told the Indianapolis Star that he understands the negative public reaction, which went viral Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook.

“I didn’t tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing (to Arlington),” he said. “We were not trying to embarrass them or run up the score.”

Meanwhile, first-year Arlington coach Ebony Jackson told the newspaper that she respected the Bloomington South program but was disappointed with the way it handled the game on her team’s home floor.

“No, it’s not OK, but (Winters) will have to live with that,” she said. “If that’s how they want to carry themselves, that’s fine. I’m focused on me and mine, and we’ll just keep going.”

Arlington, 0-6 this season, scored its points on free throws, one in the second quarter and another in the third.

“(The score) is probably not what we would like to see,” Indiana High School Athletic Association spokesman Chris Kaufman told television station WRTV in Indianapolis.

On that, Winters agreed.

“It’s not a situation that’s any good for either team. Neither team benefits,” he said, while also praising Arlington’s players for continuing to play hard despite the score.

Jackson told the Star that her team has almost no basketball experience. According to the newspaper, the teams signed a two-year, two-game contract, but both coaches indicated the second game is unlikely to be played.

“It’s basketball,” Jackson told the Star. “You see where you are, and go out there and play. I’m not mad. He is running a great program. We’ll go back to the drawing board, and I’ll nurture my players.

“It’s been a trying season, a tough season (but) we’ll continue to get better and better. We’re about growth and improvement. That’s where the rewards come. You’ve got to start somewhere and I’m blessed.”

Eversan at Nike Basketball’s Rivington Court

Photo by Steve Hernandez of lesnyc.com

New York City has long been considered the mecca of summer basketball, from the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem to the Dyckman Turnament in Washington Heights.  The summer of 2012 saw Nike Basketball present Rivington Court on NYC’s Lower East Side.  The world’s only outdoor NBA sized hardwood basketball court played host to the biggest games in the city throughout the summer.  Numerous NBA players, NYC streetball legends, and up and coming stars graced the court that featured a wireless Indoor/Outdoor Eversan basketball scoreboard and shot clocks.

Going to the Video

By Patrick Bohn

Installing video scoreboards brings a new level of excitement to home contests. It can also provide a great revenue source.

For many high school athletic departments, the battle to generate funds is never-ending. But with the economy still struggling, it’s imperative for schools to come up with new ways to bring in revenue. Two high schools are using video scoreboards to do just that, with great success.

David Coates, Athletic Director at Middletown (N.Y.) High School, is handcuffed a bit by the state when it comes to fundraising. Because schools in New York are not allowed to put up permanent signage around athletic fields, he needed an alternative method for bringing in corporate dollars. He found a solution in the Eversan video board his school has, on which he puts up advertisers’ logos and airs commercials. And the move has been beneficial in multiple ways.

“There are a lot of dead periods before, after, and even during a game where you can get fans’ attention by putting something on the video board.” Coates says. “Texas Roadhouse restaurant, for example, paid for pre-game meals for our varsity football and boys’ basketball teams. In exchange, we show one of their commercial multiple times a game, and put a ‘Thank you’ message on the board several other times.”

Coates says since the school ramped up use of the video board for advertisements two years ago, it has generated just under $8,000 dollars a year, although, in many instances, companies don’t give Middletown money directly. Instead, they often take a page from Texas Roadhouse and cover the costs of team meals, a team trip, or equipment. “That’s critical for us,” he says. “We’ve got over 70 percent of our students on free or reduced lunch, so finding someone to help out with these costs is important.”

“We give companies a lot more flexibility when using a video than an old-fashioned sign. If a company wants to change an ad in the middle of the season, they can send us something digitally and we can get it up on the board in less than a day. That’s much easier than going out, taking down old signs, and putting up something new.”

Coates sees numerous advantages in using the Eversan board as opposed to traditional methods most schools employ. “We give companies a lot more flexibility when using a video than an old-fashioned sign,” he says. “If a company wants to change an ad in the middle of the season, they can send us something digitally and we can get it up on the board in less than a day. That’s much easier than going out, taking down old signs, and putting up something new.

“Additionally, rather than thanking certain sponsors in certain seasons due to space limitations in programs, I can thank the football sponsors all year long, instead of just football season,” Coates continues. “This makes the companies happy, which makes for a better and hopefully more profitable relationship.”

Coates says he thinks there’s no limit to the amount of money the video board can bring in, and that he’s just scratched the surface of what he’d like to do. “We’ve got about 20 companies who advertise on the board with us, but really, there’s plenty of room to add many more and increase our revenue,” he says. “The video board is useful for showing replays or live game feeds, naturally. But the ability to use it to attract advertisers is really great.”

Unlike Coates, Washington (Mo.) High School Athletic Director Bill Deckelman is allowed to put up permanent signs around his athletic fields. But, for some potential sponsors, the cost of doing that can be prohibitive. “Companies have to commit to a three-year deal, and pay between $3,000 and $6,000 each year for a sign,” Deckelman says. “For a lot of them, that’s a significant expense.”

So Washington, with the help of some enterprising students from a marketing class and a scoreboard from Daktronics, has come up with an easy, low-cost way for sponsors to get their company logo out there. “The kids had this idea that we could put a company’s logo on the video board of our scoreboard a few times during football games and charge around $100 per game,” he says. “This past year, we had three sponsors do that, and we brought in about $4,500 that way.”

“The kids had this idea that we could put a company’s logo on the video board of our scoreboard a few times during football games and charge around $100 per game. This past year, we had three sponsors do that, and we brought in about $4,500.”

Another benefit to using the video board is the ability to give companies the flexibility to put their logo up for a specific game that’s scheduled to draw a big crowd. While Deckelman hasn’t had the chance to do that at Washington, he sees it as a logical next step if the opportunity presents itself. “If we’re hosting a big playoff game, and a company wants to put their logo on the board for just that one game, not only can we do that quickly, we could charge a premium for it,” he says. “That’s more difficult to do with traditional signage because of the time delay associated with producing it and putting it up.”

Overall, Deckelman is excited about the potential of the scoreboard. “Video boards are just so much more engaging than traditional signage,” he says. “Those signs get lost in the weeds. People’s eyes will gravitate towards a video board naturally.”

Patrick Bohn is an Assistant Editor at Athletic Management.

Field House of Dreams

By Mike Phelps

SUNYIT Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Grimmer talks about the school’s new multi-purpose athletics field house.

For the past decade, the campus of SUNYIT, located near Utica, N.Y., has been undergoing a transformation. The school was once a two-year upper-division (only juniors and seniors) school, but is now a four-year university and becoming a much more residential campus. SUNYIT added another new piece to its offerings this past fall, when the Wildcat Field House officially opened. The facility will not only improve life for students already on campus, but also attract prospective students and help the school host large events.

The field house features a running track, space for two full basketball courts, four volleyball courts, or four tennis courts–or a combination of the three–in addition to offices for coaches and administrators, a fitness and weight training facility, and numerous other amenities. Outside the field house, a new lighted turf field with bleacher seating and a new baseball field have helped to give SUNYIT some of the best athletic facilities in the area.

“It’s a highly versatile, very spacious facility,” says SUNYIT Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Grimmer. “Volleyball can be on one end and a full basketball court can still be utilized. Then behind another screen, we can have batting cages set up for baseball and softball. People can also be running on the track at the same time. The field house has been a wonderful new home for our student-athletes, many of whom were training off campus previously.”

SUNYIT has also already begun holding outside sporting events that it previously never would have had the opportunity to host–to rave reviews. “The turf field was finished just in time for our men’s soccer team to host the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships, and we also co-hosted the NJCAA national men’s soccer tournament with a local community college,” Grimmer says. “We had teams from across the country here for the NJCAA tournament and the administrators from those schools were just marveling at the complex we have. Everyone was very impressed with the new facility, which should help give us a chance to host other events in the future.

“We also hosted a 36-team AAU basketball tournament,” he continues. “With the two full courts we have in the field house, plus the full court in our original facility, we have a unique ability to host large, multi-team tournaments.”

The field house has also hosted local adult volleyball leagues and this summer, the new baseball field will host a nearby American Legion team. The Legion team will play each of its home games at the field this summer and could also bring in tournaments.

Grimmer hopes to add even more events to the schedule in the future. He says the university involved the community in the planning process for the facility, so they could be sure they included the amenities that community members thought were important. Since opening the field house, he has also opened the fitness center to community members, who can purchase memberships to use the space. By allowing the community access to the field house, they are able to see what is available and might be more inclined to use the space for other reasons in the future–or even send their kids to the university.

“We designed this, certainly focused on our own teams’ needs, but also to make sure we provided wonderful facilities for the community and other colleges and high schools in the area,” Grimmer says. “At most places, the turf fields are somewhat detached from a major building. That’s not the case here, and that’s something that was repeated time and time again as something that was important for outside groups. Having things like locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, a media center, and things like that essentially attached to the field was very important. The inside and outside spaces of our facility are very connected.”

The final piece of the puzzle for Grimmer and SUNYIT will be the addition of a large video scoreboard outdoors for the turf field. The school is currently working with Eversan Scoreboards to determine which type of scoreboard will work best for its needs.

“That’s another thing that will not only benefit our own student-athletes, but also be very attractive to community members, as well as other colleges and groups that want to host their events here,” Grimmer says.

For other administrators looking to build new facilities, Grimmer suggests touring buildings at other schools to get an idea of what you do and don’t like. “I would invite them to come here and walk through our facility,” he says. “When we were in the planning stages here, we visited several schools where we picked up bits and pieces. I really think with all the different venues we’ve encountered and places we’ve visited, we’ve sort of pieced together our dream facility.”

Mike Phelps is an Assistant Editor at
 Athletic Management.

From Weakest Player to Knicks Phenomenon

Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Early on in his basketball career, his coach referred to him as, quote- “The physically weakest player on the team.” Not very encouraging words, but our story, or I should say his story, was about to take a sudden and exciting turn. Like a dramatic movie script, we begin to be drawn into the story of this one young man.

He is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. While he is 6 ft 3inches tall and weighs in at 200lbs, his parents are both only 5’ 6”. Now, unless you have been on another planet or living off the grid, you know we are talking about Jeremy Lin. The high scoring, slam dunking phenomenon of 2012 who we now know as “Linsanity”.

Lin was quoted as saying, “ I think it’s a miracle from God. That’s how I would describe it because obviously I don’t think anybody expected this to happen.” Lin’s jersey was on sale and selling before he even stepped onto the court and heard the roar of the crowd attending his first NBA game.

From his childhood days of learning to play the game at the local YMCA with his dad, to playing for the New York Knicks, Lin’s story has drawn us in. Like a dramatic movie script, it’s a great thing when the unexpected events happen and not only bring fulfillment to the one who is experiencing those events but great enjoyment for all of us who get to watch.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)

(Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Katie Strang (ESPN.com)

What it means: Derek Stepan scored the winner to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 edge in a six-round shootout over the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. With the dramatic finish, the Rangers recorded their fifth straight win and 10th victory in the past 11 games.

Penalty shot: Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made a spectacular stick save to rob Marian Gaborik on a penalty shot awarded with less than two minutes to play in overtime. Gaborik was impeded on a breakaway by Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin with 1:50 remaining in the overtime period.

Radim-ption: Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata ripped a quick shot from the right circle to tie the game 1-1 at 11:37 in the third. Ex-Ranger Michal Rozsival, a consistent target for MSG fans during his tenure in New York, recorded an assist on the equalizer.

Listen up: Before the game, coach John Tortorella said he wanted to see some contributions from Brian Boyle‘s line and hours later he got his wish. Ruslan Fedotenko’s swivel-shot from the high slot gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 2:27 into play. Both Boyle, who halted a 12-game scoreless skid, and Carl Hagelin picked up assists.

Captains clash: The Coyotes’ Shane Doan had a hard hit on Rangers captain Ryan Callahaninto the boards — Callahan managed to stiff-arm him before the hit — sparking a scrum late in the third. Both Brandon Dubinsky and Daymond Langkow received roughing minors.

Don’t count Dubinsky out: Crunched into the boards by Taylor PyattBrandon Dubinskyleft the ice before the end of the first period with a sore right shoulder. Dubinsky was not on the bench for the beginning of the second — he missed his first turn with linemates Brad Richardsand Ryan Callahan – but returned to the ice for his second shift.

Early throw-down: Mike Rupp and Paul Bissonnette dropped the gloves 1:57 into play in a scrap that was indicative of a feisty and physical first period between the two teams.

AHL stint looming?: Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen, both of whom where scratched Tuesday, may be heading to Hartford. Tortorella confirmed in his pregame news conference that the possibility of asking the two players to accept AHL conditioning stints is “being discussed.” Wolski has not played since undergoing sport hernia surgery in November. Christensen has been scratched nine straight and has appeared in only four games since Nov. 23 against Florida.

Safe bet: 49ers OK with underdog status

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By Mike Sando, ESPN.com

R.J. Bell of pregame.com says the New Orleans Saints are only the second road favorite in an NFL divisional playoff game since 1982.That makes the San Francisco 49ers only the second home underdog in those games, joining the 1996 Carolina Panthers. That Carolina team defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 26-17, despite its status as a 3.5-point underdog.The 49ers’ underdog status at home following a 13-3 season plays into the no-one-gave-us-a-chance thinking coaches love to promote and athletes love to embrace.Of course, point spreads tell us only indirectly which teams should win. Their first purpose is to generate equal betting amounts on both teams. Spreads reflect what oddsmakers think the public thinks, in other words.In 1996, the Panthers were 12-4 and playing at home in the divisional round. They had won their final seven regular-season games. But in the public’s eyes, they were a second-year expansion franchise playing against the defending Super Bowl champions. Never mind that the Cowboys were 10-6 during the regular season, having averaged 17.9 points per game.Making the Panthers an underdog by 3.5 points invited additional betting on them, protecting the house from bigger losses if the Cowboys had won the game.Odds are, a certain percentage of people reading this item will think something along the lines of, “If the 49ers need a point spread for motivation, they’re in trouble.”No one is saying the point spread will serve as a primary source of motivation. But anyone following the 49ers this season knows coach Jim Harbaugh has welcomed skepticism at every turn, even promoting a fictional Frederick P. Soft character to encourage humility amid success. He plays the underdog role well.