There is a wonderful site that just launched with the youth sports community in mind. The site is http://YouthSportTravel.com , a collaboration of youth sports coaches and a major online travel brand. They offer arguably the best prices on hotel and motel rooms anywhere. For proof, I tested a number of locations with www.hotel.com, Expedia and Travelocity in comparison with YouthSportTravel and in each case; YouthSportTravel was equal to or cheaper than the competition. But this is not all they offer.
YouthSportTravel offers a basic but effective free tournament bulletin board for tournament operators. There are categories for multiple sports with ample space to post all of the important information for an event. A clever feature in the Find a Tournament section is the ability to find a tournament by location, date, and sport then click a link posted with the information to make your reservations. This covers all bases for the tournament operators and participants.
Since youth coaches are collaborating partners in YouthSportTravel, they fully understand the vast majority of youth sports organizations struggle from year to year to raise money for operations. With this in mind, they developed an affiliate marketing program that offers a free and easy way for organizations to raise money with very little human resources and a very high return. As a registered affiliate, you receive a user code that can be passed around within the organization and the community. For each room that is booked via YouthSportTravel with the user code, the affiliate receives $2 per room. It would be safe to say, an organization of 200 families could book 500 rooms in a year with sport tournaments, vacations and business. That is $1000 to the league without the painstaking labor of selling over priced candy door to door, counting nickels and dimes at midnight in the concession stand or begging local businesses to buy outfield boards. Once the word is out, I see organizations flocking to sign-up to add to their coffers.
YouthSportTravel wants to engage the youth sports community. There is an extensive database of attractions available on the homepage to plan your trip or find something to do for the family when the games are not being played. Soon to be added will be a place to upload videos, affiliate social marketing tools plus a forum to recommend your favorite restaurant or events of the trip.
http://YouthSportTravel.com is sitting on the fastball in a hitters count so I would not be surprised if they hit out of the park or at least a booming double off the wall.
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