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Korrio® Secures $4.6 Million of Funding

Posted: August 30, 2012 | Category: News & Events

Investment to accelerate product development to support rapidly growing member base in youth soccer and fuel Korrio’s expansion strategy

SEATTLE, WA (August 30, 2012) – Korrio (korrio.com), a cloud-based service for organizing and sharing youth sports, announced today it has secured $4.6 million in new funding from existing investors. This round of funding was raised to further support the development of Korrio’s online sports automation service as the company broadens its reach beyond youth soccer to focus across a variety of organized sports in the United States and abroad.

“When we launched the Korrio sports automation service six quarters ago, it was our intent to shake up the youth sports industry by introducing a new transformative online service for managing your sports life that would positively impact every stakeholder,” said Korrio Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Goldman. “Korrio is now powering youth soccer leagues, teams and clubs in more than 27 states and three countries and is improving the youth sports experience for coaches, players and parents. This new funding will help us accelerate our momentum and fuel the development of new capabilities as we expand into new sports markets.”

Korrio integrates web, mobile and social tools to provide coaches, administrators, parents and players with a comprehensive and easy-to-use online home. Each user has a customized view into their team and club and receives real-time updates on important schedule, location and event details. The platform also streamlines and automates essential administrative tasks, such as registration, payment processing, roster creation, game/practice scheduling and web hosting.

About Korrio
Korrio is a cloud-based service for organizing youth sports. We unify and amplify the sports life of every athlete. Korrio provides the tools required to get players on the field as well as an online environment for staff, families and fans to share and build community. Korrio, founded in 2009, is transforming the sports experience for the 100 million+ Americans who participate. Visit us at korrio.com, twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Facebook.

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Youth Soccer Insight: Mentoring Assistant Coaches

Posted: January 11, 2012 | Category: Coaching & Technical

The end of the season is a great time to evaluate and reflect upon the positive and negative outcomes of a program. One area of focus that seems to be overlooked is the concept of assistant coach mentoring. In many cases, assistant coaches decide to join the coaching ranks because they feel they lack the coaching expertise or prowess to be the head coach or they lack the time to devote to the head coach position.

In either case, the key is that we have assistant coaches who are willing to commit to our players and to our program as a whole. In return we could offer a mentoring system to further develop the interests and talents of these volunteer coaches. In essence, when administrators and head coaches create a mentoring program what in turn happens is that a pathway develops which allows these assistant coaches to move into head coaching positions.

Read entire column on SoccerNation.com

Learning from Other Sports

Posted: January 5, 2012 | Category: Coaching & Technical

Across the country, we are seeing that once one season ends, another begins.  Our children move from the traditional outdoor season to the indoor soccer season. Some of our children will play winter sports like ice hockey, volleyball, and basketball. In other areas the summer/fall sports never seem to end. We, as students of the game of soccer (and sports in general), should take advantage of these opportunities to learn from not only the techniques and tactics of other sports, but from coaches of those sports.Back in my college coaching days, I would arrive early to my training sessions to watch whichever team was scheduled before my practice. Some days it would be football and others it would be the men’s soccer program. I went with my notebook and pen in hand and tried to sit in a spot where I could hear the words and phrases used for the instruction given to the players throughout the activities. I was eager to learn new ways to teach skills, techniques, and tactics to my players. I would always be looking for the terms that I could collect that could be incorporated into my training sessions to more effectively reach, engage, and connect with my team.

The explanations I can provide to my athletes at practice are for me a central method for how I instruct. So, if I find new tools and methods to reach my team at a different or even higher level, then that transfers into better knowledge acquisition for players and we end up reaching the outcomes set for the program and practice sessions.

> Read entire article on SoccerNation

FC Boston Azzurri Partners With Korrio

Posted: January 4, 2012 | Category: News & Events

Cutting-edge soccer club selects Korrio’s Playflow sports automation platform to streamline registration, communication and web hosting

SEATTLE, WA (January 4, 2012) – Korrio (korrio.com), developer of the 21st-century sports automation platform Playflow®, announced today its selection by FC Boston Azzurri as its official sports automation platform provider.

Boston Azzurri is not your typical club organization. It has grown through the vision of President Jennifer McLellan to become a premier development organization for soccer players of varying skill levels and abilities. Jen, as she’s known to the players, has committed the entire organization to focusing on individual player needs. She is pioneering a change in club soccer focus – from “game day” success to a “complete team focus” on strong, technical player development. The focus on individual skill development has attracted club players from other organizations, as well as players new to club soccer. Read the rest of this entry →

Korrio: When soccer goes to the office, everyone wins

Posted: December 28, 2011 | Category: News & Events, Soccer

In a previous feature article on the local start-up tech company for Youth Sports Automation, we took a look at how CEO Steve Goldman organized Korrio with sports families in mind.  It’s nearly been a year since Korrio officially launched and already they are transforming the youth sports market and breaking the mold.  What attributes to this success?  It’s time to take a step back and look at how Korrio is organized by sports families..

Korrio is an automation provider for youth soccer clubs, leagues and associations and offers a platform that can help manage the workflow for a Club – think registration, tryouts, team formation, Club payments – as well as address the communication needs of a coach, parent and player.  As with all startups, you have to have a unique idea, a deep understanding of your market, a scalable business plan and a dynamic team to run your operations.   In regards to the later, Goldman was very intentional about how he went about putting together his team, and it’s very clear that the group he has assembled knows that they’re doing. I’ll prove it.

Does the Korrio team know soccer?

  • They have over 75 years combined of playing soccer, from recreational to premier clubs, collegiate, semi-professional and professional teams.  That is a lot of sweat.  That is a lot of skill.
  • They’ve played at NCAA Division I powerhouses like James Madison and the University of North Carolina.  They’ve won Division I National Championships and have been named the National Championship MVP.  That is a lot of travel.That is a lot of teamwork.
  • They’ve played professionally in the MLS and semi-professionally in the USSL Women’s and Men’s Leagues.  That is a lot of determination.  That is a lot of drive.
  • They’ve been named the Washington State Female Player of the Year, a High School All American and onto several Sate ODP Teams. That is a lot of success.
  • They’ve been recognized with the 2002 Patterson Medal for UNC Student Athlete of the Year – an award shared with the likes of Walter Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm.  That is a lot to be proud of.

Read entire article on GoalWA.net

What good coaches know: the responsibilities of effective team leadership

Posted: November 28, 2011 | Category: Coaching & Technical

In all sports, at all levels, there is an intense – and warranted – focus on coaching. Coaches are the designated leaders of the pack, responsible for connecting the dots and putting all the hard work, drills and training in context. And, when they do their jobs well, they serve as strong role models and sometimes even parental figures to their players.

Recently, tragically bad coaching has dominated the news, illustrating what happens when this critical and trusted role is exploited and abused. It’s been difficult for many of us in the sports community to fathom how coaches so successful on the field could fail so miserably in keeping young players safe and healthy. Parents give coaches the responsibility of looking after the best interests of their children and those players place their trust in the coach’s hands. This is an earned privilege and can never be abused.

But now, as a counterpoint, let’s explore the positive responsibilities of coaches and focus on what effective, committed leaders do to keep their players healthy in mind, body and spirit.

> Read entire column on SoccerNation

Club Jubilee Sports Gifted Korrio’s Soccer Management Software Playflow

Posted: November 16, 2011 | Category: News & Events

By: Diane Scavuzzo, SoccerNation

New Bellevue youth soccer program adopts Korrio’s Playflow sports automation platform to organize teams and streamline communications

Korrio, developer of the 21st-century sports automation platform PlayflowTM,has donated its service to Club Jubilee Sports, giving the free after-school youth soccer program access to sophisticated technology to support its future growth.

Club Jubilee will use Playflow for all league operations relating to its 300-plus players, including registration, roster creation and game/practice scheduling. The platform, released earlier this year, integrates web, mobile and social networking to provide coaches, administrators, parents and players with a comprehensive and easy-to-use online home. Each user has a customized dashboard view into his or her team and receives real-time updates on last-minute changes, along with the ability to share messages and photos.

“We are so pleased to offer Playflow’s technological resources to this charitable sports program,” Korrio Founder and CEO Steve Goldman says. “Club Jubilee is doing important work with disadvantaged youth through its free after-school soccer league in Bellevue. In times of economic stress, sports can serve as much more than fun. More importantly, keeping kids engaged and on a positive path is core to our company’s mission.”

> Read entire article on SoccerNation

Korrio donates Playflow to Club Jubilee Sports

Posted: November 15, 2011 | Category: News & Events

New Bellevue youth soccer program adopts Korrio’s Playflow sports automation platform to organize teams and streamline communications

SEATTLE, WA (November 15, 2011) – Korrio (korrio.com), developer of the 21st-century sports automation platform Playflow, has donated its service to Club Jubilee Sports, giving the free after-school youth soccer program access to sophisticated technology to support its future growth.

Club Jubilee will use Playflow for all league operations relating to its 300-plus players, including registration, roster creation and game/practice scheduling. The platform, released earlier this year, integrates web, mobile and social networking to provide coaches, administrators, parents and players with a comprehensive and easy-to-use online home. Each user has a customized dashboard view into his or her team and receives real-time updates on last-minute changes, along with the ability to share messages and photos.

“We are so pleased to offer Playflow’s technological resources to this charitable sports program,” Korrio Founder and CEO Steve Goldman says. “Club Jubilee is doing important work with disadvantaged youth through its free after-school soccer league in Bellevue. In times of economic stress, sports can serve as much more than fun. More importantly, keeping kids engaged and on a positive path is core to our company’s mission.” Read the rest of this entry →

Should Youth Players Get End of Season Trophies?

Posted: November 11, 2011 | Category: Coaching & Technical

The end of the fall soccer season has arrived for my 1st Grade Columbus Crew Team. The girls had a great season filled with lots of goals scored and new friendships. An added bonus to the end of the season was the awarding of the Soccer Association Patch to each player at the last session. The Association President made a speech thanking the players, coaches, and parents for their support throughout the season (which in New England was filled with sunshine, rain, puddles, and more rain). The soccer patch which each player received was a great gesture from the program and made me think about the award debate that exists in youth sport today.

Over the years I have heard all sides of the awards debate from those who believe all players should be equally recognized, to those who believe MVPs should be announced for each team, to the banning of any end of season acknowledgements. Surely there are some challenges that our youth sport administrators must manage when considering any type of awards for their programs.

The Great Debate:

  • If awards are expected, will athletes just play for the awards?
  • Should athletes be motivated by intrinsic factors (the desire to achieve) versus extrinsic factors (winning a trophy)?
  • Should only the top athletes get awards?
  • Should participation be the award for playing soccer?
  • Why should youth sport associations motivate athletes through giving awards?

> Read entire article on SoccerNation

Potomac Soccer Wire to launch “Korrio Players to Watch” monthly feature

Posted: November 4, 2011 | Category: News & Events

Potomac Soccer Wire and Korrio are proud to announce a new accolade for promising young soccer players in the Mid-Atlantic region, the “Korrio Players to Watch” award, set to debut next week and continue monthly thereafter.

Intended to recognize those who produce notable achievements or display exceptional talent, the award is open to boys’ and girls’ players ages 14 and older, including those who have already begun their college careers. Selection criteria may include individual and team accomplishments, as well as meaningful off-field activities or evidence that the player has overcome significant personal challenges to attain success in the game.

“Korrio is extremely proud to recognize the Mid-Atlantic region’s up-and-coming soccer talents,” said Kristina O’Connell, Korrio’s Vice President of Marketing. “Everything we do revolves around the player. Our product is designed to help players, coaches and parents spend less time on administrative work and more time on the field having fun. Teaming up with Potomac Soccer Wire to create this award was a natural fit.” Read the rest of this entry →