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Highlight '15

Learn. Connect.

The premier youth sports technology conference. Bringing users, developers, administrators, webmasters, and coaches together for a day packed with inspiration, connections and knowledge.

October 3, 2015 | Sport Ngin Headquarters - Minneapolis, MN

We’re excited to welcome Sport Ngin users, developers, administrators, webmasters, and coaches from across the globe to our new headquarters for the premier youth sports technology conference, Highlight '15.

Highlight is a focus on the Sport Ngin Community. It’s through your hard work, dedication to your organization, and commitment to make the world a little better through sport that inspires us everyday.

With a wide collection of speakers, sessions, and hands on learning, Highlight is the must-attend event for anyone striving to make an impact in the world of youth sports. Check back regularly as we announce updates to our calendar. Register early to secure your space at Highlight '15.


A day packed with expert led sessions to provide you with tips, strategies, and best practices. Connect with other volunteers, coaches, industry leaders, webmasters, registration managers, and directors. Our goal is that you will leave inspired by the great work being done across the platform.

Check-in at 8am. Event runs 9am - 5pm.

Keynote Speaker

Jim Thompson, Founder and CEO of Positive Coaching

Jim Thompson

Founder and CEO of Positive Coaching

Jim Thompson, founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance, is obsessed with how to get the best from people, especially youth, through the unsurpassed vehicle of youth sports with its endless procession of teachable moments. More

PCA is a national non-profit organization Jim started in 1998 to transform the culture of youth sports into a Development Zone™ with the goal to develop Better Athletes, Better People.

Jim has recruited an outstanding team that has helped PCA grow into a thriving nationwide organization with 14 Chapters and an expansion plan to launch three new Chapters annually for the next five years, and reach 20 million youth athletes by 2020 (20 million in 2020!). PCA’s vision of youth sports as a Development Zone has attracted the support and involvement of many elite coaches, athletes, academics and business leaders in this country. PCA’s corps of more than 100 Certified Trainers delivered more than 2,000 live workshops in 2015 for leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. Studies by outside evaluators have shown PCA’s impact.

He has written nine books on youth sports including Positive Coaching,, The Double-Goal Coach, Shooting in the Dark, Elevating Your Game and Developing Better Athletes, Better People. Jim has an MBA from Stanford where he was Director of the Public Management Program, named during his tenure as the nation's top non-profit business management program.

An Ashoka fellow, Jim and PCA received the inaugural ETHOS Award from the Institute for Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) in 2013 and he is now on the ISLE Board. He is on Stanford's Continuing Studies Program faculty where he teaches courses in coaching, leadership, and sport & spiritually. He and his wife, Sandra Hietala, are founding board members of Recovery Café San José, a healing community for individuals with mental illness and drug abuse issues. Less

Featured Sessions

Social Media Playbook

The sports world is all over social media. Learn strategies to use social media to share your content.

Jim Dahline Jim Dahline
Marketing Director
Sport Ngin

Risk Management Program Setup

Every youth sports organization needs to have a risk management program. We'll walk you through it.

Josh Opiola Josh Opiola
National Risk Management Director
Sport Ngin

Successful Registration

How are you making your registration as successful
as it could be? We'll talk driving sign ups, making money, and more.

Casey Kipfer Casey Kipfer
Product Manager
Sport Ngin

The Best of Sport Ngin

The best ideas come from creative webmasters. We'll pick our favorite tools, tricks, and content and show you how to make your website stand out.

Loren Nelson Loren Nelson
Community Manager
Sport Ngin

The Power of Mobile

The Sport Ngin mobile app isn't just for checking schedules, it's an incredibly powerful tool for coaches, managers, and volunteers.

Steve Tran Steve Tran
Product Manager
Sport Ngin

Extending the Platform: Integrations

App developers are using the Sport Ngin API to power the next generation of sports technology. We’ll look at some great integration partnerships and how you can utilize them to expand how you use Sport Ngin.

Greg Blasko Greg Blasko
Sport Ngin

Training Camp

During Highlight, you can stop in to Training Camp and meet with Sport Ngin experts to get help or advice on any Sport Ngin product or talk about ways to enhance your website.

All Sessions

Team pages and player profiles

Learn how to maximize the exposure of your teams and athletes through Sitebuilder.

Photography 101

Taking great photos doesn't have to be difficult and you don't need a pro photographer. We'll talk about easy ways to capture great memories with photos.

Journalism and covering events

Telling the story behind the results is compelling and the best way to share what's going on with your organization. We'll teach you how to get the story right.

Use Tourney to schedule, score, provide standings

Setting up your tournament for success early saves headaches later. We'll show you the tricks to prepare you for game play.

Integrating with Sitebuilder, using the app

Sharing results from your tournament on the website and through the mobile app is easy and saves a ton of time. We'll show you how.

Pre-season tuneup

Getting your website ready for the season is incredibly important. We'll walk through how to tune up your website to be prepared for the upcoming season.

Google Analytics

Where are your visitors coming from? What are they looking at? We'll show you how to set up and read Google Analytics reports.

Setting up a league scheduling and entering scores

Central to managing your league content is setting up your schedule and entering scores. We'll show you time saving steps.

Share content with the teams in your league

How to use mirrors and widgets to send content to team websites unlocking the power of connected websites.

Functional and beautiful site design

What a new theme can do for your design and how to make things look great.

Building a schedule from scratch in Excel, using Diamond Scheduler or Max

How to use mirrors and widgets to send content to team websites unlocking the power of connected websites.

Leveraging registration data (rostering and messaging)

Once registered, you have an incredibly valuable database that can be used in multiple ways to save time.

Non-traditional registration uses (fundraising, questionnaires, apparel and more)

You can use our form builder for much more than season registration. We'll walk through unique ways to use Registration to help your organization.

Building your own registrations (conditional logic, discount codes)

You can build your own registrations for events where you aren't collecting funds. We'll walk you through the set up.

Webmaster panel

Three of the very best and most accomplished webmasters using the Sport Ngin platform - Rodney Adams, Mark Clark and Scott Clasen - share their strategies, tips and tricks.


Highlight ’15 registration is free, however space is limited. Register early to secure your ticket to this year’s premier youth sports technology conference. Registration is open to anyone, however Sport Ngin User Group (SNUG) members will enjoy special conference perks and priority Training Camp access. Learn more about SNUG


Sport Ngin Highlight is hosted at Sport Ngin's brand new Northeast Minneapolis Headquarters.

807 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis

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Suggested Hotel

Aloft Hotel, Downtown Minneapolis

Just minutes away from Sport Ngin HQ, Aloft Minneapolis Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis in the trendy riverside Mill District. Nearby arenas and stadiums offer plenty of sports action, while Gold Medal Park delivers stunning Mississippi River views. Stroll out the door of our Minneapolis hotel and explore the rich history and culture alive with lively urban energy or zip over to the renowned Mall of America on the nearby light rail. Book online

Things to do

There are 101 things to do in Minneapolis, plus much more. Here is a list of some things we suggest you check out while hanging out in Minneapolis.

Ideal Diner

The Ideal Diner was built in 1949 and has been a landmark in the Nordeast neighborhood ever since. More info

Indeed Brewing Company

Beer lovers hit up this Northeast Minneapolis taproom for its signature hoppy Day Tripper Pale Ale and Midnight Ryder Black Ale plus other seasonal and specialty brews poured in a spacious wood-and-brick space with shuffleboard and a patio. More info

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association artists and galleries open their doors and invite you into their studios. More info​

The Bulldog Northeast

Local chain outpost offering updated bar fare, fresh cupcakes & dozens of hard-to-find draft brews. More info


In the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts and Brewery District, 612Brew calls Central and Broadway home. 612Brew produces small-batch beers to satisfy both the weekend beer drinker and the craft beer drinker with a discerning palate. More info

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

“The most beautiful urban marathon in America.” The 34th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 4, 2015 on 6th Street near Portland Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More info

Red Stag Supperclub

Vibrant Nordeast outpost features local, organic meals & classic cocktails in an open, brick-&-wood interior. More info

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

Focused on locally grown seed, grain, malting and brewing. Named one of the most anticipated breweries of 2015. Opening just in time for Highlight ’15. More info

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum is a Minnesota Historical Society museum in Minneapolis. It opened in 2003, built in the ruins of the Washburn "A" Mill next to Mill Ruins Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. More info



We’re honored to partner with some incredible organizations, who believe in youth sports as much as we do, to bring you this premier conference. If your company or brand would like to be a part of Highlight ’15 we’d love to talk. We’re looking for companies who primarily service athletic and youth sports organizations.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch