Dick’s Sporting Goods reached an agreement in principle between its Dick’s Team Sports HQ all-in-one youth sports services digital platform and Little League Baseball and Softball, the world’s largest youth baseball and softball organization. As the Official League Technology Provider, Dick’s Team Sports HQ becomes the recommended technology provider to Little League’s 2.4 million participants, more than 1 million coaches, local league officials and district administrators.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this first-of-its-kind platform free to Little League, one of the most recognized and respected youth sports organizations in the country. At Dick’s, we believe that sports matter and share similar beliefs with Little League that participation in sports can teach kids valuable life lessons,” said Edward W. Stack, chairman and CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods. “Our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities to youth teams and leagues across the country, allowing coaches to focus on developing their young athletes and not worry so much about the logistics of sport.”
Dick’s Team Sports HQ offers youth sports leagues, teams, coaches and parents across the country three key services – free league management services, including websites and online registration, a free mobile app for scheduling and communications, FanWear shops and access to donations and sponsorships for local Little League programs.
“As Little League strives to provide more effective resources that will help to keep local little league programs affordable and easy to operate, the need for more effective online, on-demand resources are critical to the efforts of thousands of volunteers operating our program. We are excited about this new national technology partnership and the opportunities it will provide to our member leagues and families,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and CEO, Little League International. “Dick’s Team Sports HQ was the overwhelming choice to communicate effectively with parents and volunteers and to manage player registration and websites.”
The agreement in principle with Little League is subject to definitive documentation.