Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day In the Life.....Intern.....Sports Edition

Sports Day Life

Last week I started my Day In the Life Sports Edition. I had my amazing husband talk to you about what he does on a day to day basis, and how I may be a gold digger. (Love you bb)

Today I have the amazing and wonderful Kasey from Kasey at the Bat. If you haven't met her you need to get over there ASAP, but wait until you've finished this post though. Thanks! 

Hey! I’m Kasey, a baseball junkie and former Trainee with the Atlanta Braves. I blog over at Kasey at The Bat and I’m here to tell you about a day in the life of a baseball intern! Technically the Trainee program is a little more than an internship but a little less than a forever job. Obviously, this is my personal experience and is by no means anything to officially represent the organization.

So this article is a little tough for me to write, because there are never two days that go the same way! So my dream has always been to work in the Community Affairs department for the Atlanta Braves and I realized that dream at 24. I’m going to walk you through a typical game day with an event [which was pretty much every game day for our department!]

First and foremost I would have to start the day with at least one cup of coffee, sometime between A-ball and the Majors I developed a serious caffeine addiction. I’m pretty sure that anyone who works in baseball and can manage it without coffee is either lying or a wizard. Next up, we have to start set up for whatever event we have going on. This includes everything from making sure tickets are printed to following up with vendors and probably unloading a van or two.

After making it through the pregame checklist for the event, it’s time to prepare for the actual game. This includes putting together goody bags for people who ordered a special message to go on the LED boards during the game, pulling silent auction items, creating and printing the bid sheets, and making sure all of the paperwork was printed and ready for the 50/50 Raffle. Once I have all of that handled, I’m back to preparations for the pregame event.

The department is a small one, so our events depended heavily on some pretty outstanding volunteers. We would need to set up check-in outside of the gates, make sure the patio area where the event would be held is ready to go, and finish up any last minute dealings with the vendors. I would help set up the silent auction before the gates opened.

Once the game started and the event was over, I would get to catch my breath and grab something to eat! I would then head over to the silent auction and shut it down and usually by the time I finished with that, it was time to close the 50/50 Raffle. Once the 50/50 Raffle number was drawn, I would put together the paperwork, update the phone line and website, and hope the winner was waiting for me when I handed over the paperwork!

Usually my night would be done around the 8th inning, so I could catch the last inning or so of the game. It was a year of long hours, a lot of responsibilities, a ton of work, and I wouldn’t trade anything for the experience I gained. I would absolutely recommend the Trainee program to anyone looking to work in sports, and I would be happy to talk to anyone interested in applying! 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sports Stuff I don't understand

I like sports and for the most part I can watch any sports. There are a few sports things that I just don't understand. I don't know if I will ever really understand it. 

1. Icing the kicker: 

For those who aren't sport savy, this is when the defensive team calls a timeout right before the kicker kicks the ball. Basically the coach thinks if he calls a time out the kicker is going to be thrown off his game. Does it actually work? I researched this and the answer is no. 

Field goal success whether opponent calls a timeout or not
(Percentage of kicks made)
All kicks
Not iced
Less than two minuntes left in fourth quarter or OT76.2%74.2%77.6%
Less than one minunte left in fourth quarter or OT75.5%74.3%76.4%
Less than 30 seconds left in fourth quarter or OT76.5%76.0%76.9%
Less than 15 seconds left in fourth quarter or OT76.4%77.5%75.4%
If it doesn't work then why does coaches continue to do it. Because of tradition, and traditions die hard. 

2. All-Star Nominees: 

So this year, Jeff Samardzija was nominated to play in the All-Star game by the Cubs (which is a National League team) but he got to traded to the A's (which is an American League team) before the All-Star Game. So he couldn't play for the National League. 
Sports Stuff
But what I think is ironic is that if a player gets traded during the season and team A goes to the world series then the player gets a World Series ring. That doesn't make any sense to me. 

3. Hockey coaches that pull the goalie: 

I'm just going to throw it out there that hockey in general confuses me. Yes, I worked for a hockey team and it wasn't the best experience (that's a post for another day). But I really don't get why a goalie get pulled with less than a minute. Ok. I take it back I get the principle of it: it gives the team that is down another offensive player. But to me it's a lot like icing the kicker. 

I researched this as well. Shocking enough it works but coaches often pull the goalie too late. They should pull between 1:30 and 2 minutes left in the game. I wish I could see it actually work, but most of the games that I have watched it doesn't work. 

4. Soccer in general: 

I really think Sarah should create a how to understand soccer 101 like she did for baseball

What sports tactics do you not get? 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Day In the Life.... Sports Edition

So everyone asks me what my husband does during the season or during the off season. He actually does a lot. Everyone is the sports industry does a lot during and out of a season. It's not the typical athlete glamorous life like you see on tv. So I have asked some of my favorite people to give you a glimpse of what it's like as mascot, intern, baseball player, wife that travels with the team, and wife that doesn't travel with her man. 

First is my husband to give you what it's like on game day. 

Hello everybody! This is Gary AKA the hubs AKA Jessa's husband AKA the chump that makes her move a lot. I work in minor league baseball and for the most part it is like playing professional baseball. You want to move up in leagues into bigger cities and advance the career. This is the case for most people, but the difference for me is that I want to stay in minor league baseball. The dream is to be a general manager or president of a Triple A baseball team. That is neither here nor there. This is about the day in the life on a game day of a front office staff.

My day starts off in the morning by pulling tarp if we put it on the night before. If not, I start out by making the group concierge form. This lets everyone on the staff know which groups we have out at the ballpark that night, where they are sitting, tables that they may have and I throw in who we are playing and any promotions that we have going on for the day. After getting this completed. I update all the group numbers. This is more time consuming than you think. Not only does that number have to match our end of season number, but it has to match what I have with the box office on that game.

After the numbers and paper work, I will get in some sales calls. This is a year round thing. I sell sponsorship's, season tickets, mini plans, groups and suites. I have a full menu to sell. Hopefully things are good and I'm bringing in the money. Don't let Jess fool you, she likes the finer things in life (mountain dew, pop tarts and Wendy's Junior bacon cheeseburgers). If I don't bring in some of that good green, Heisman cannot get his Minties, treats and rubber ducks too and Jess can't get those finer things. Honestly they aren't that bad. :)

Not only am I doing all this, but other departments are getting things ready. Promotions will get everything ready for the in-game stuff and the mc, operations is getting the stadium game ready and things set up for the given night, our grounds keeper is getting the field ready throughout the day, broadcasting is getting the stats for the game and preparing topics to talk about, merchandise is getting everything stocked to sell in the store and for vendors and our food is getting cooked for picnics, party decks and the concession stands, our box office is printing tickets and taking day of game orders. Lots of work go into the game before we even open the gates.

Once the game happens, we hand out game day programs, I've done the line score, passed out giveaways, taken trash to the dumpster, taken more food out for our picnics, done the on-field MC (Side Note: His MC name is Rated G), visit groups, sold tickets at our sales table, picked up fireworks, been the PA announcer, ran a camera, you get the picture. Being in the South Atlantic League, you do everything. That is just the way it is. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

As you probably guessed a lot goes into getting the game experience ready for people to enjoy and beer and hot dog while getting to watch the game. An average day during the season is usually about 12-14 hours. Depends on how fast the game goes. Whatever you do don't talk about the pace of the game. If you say this game is going fast, it immediately turns into the world's longest game. 

I wouldn't change anything I do. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I know that it can be hard on Jessa during the season because when I get home she is usually in bed. Did I mention that we have moved a lot to? She has been great throughout everything and has sacrificed a lot for me to pursue my dream. Without her support I couldn't do what I love.

That is about it. If anyone ever wants to come to a game in Charleston, WV, you let Jessa know and we will get you the good seats. Make a blate!    

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Becoming a Better Runner

I'm using August as a new year. A time to use to love to run and work out. Yes you read it right. I would LOVE to run and work out. When Gary and I first got together we could easily be at the gym for at least an hour. Now 30 minutes and we are ready to go home. Maybe we have master at focusing and getting a good workout in or just lazy. 

1. I make a schedule of what I am going to do each day both running and work out schedule. I set down at the end of each month for the next month. This keeps me accountable and less guesswork. If I have to think about what I am going to do then I will probably come up with a reason not to do that day. Then the excuses keep coming for multiple days. 

2. Proper Clothes: It's tough to workout in jeans and a sweater. I set out my clothes the night before so I don't have to think about it. They are right there when I wake up. Or I wear them to bed too. Not only does this go with clothes, but shoes as well. I have ran with all types of shoes. Invest in them. 
Perfect Nike outfit for sport ladies | Fashion World

3. Drink more water: I'm not a big fan of just plain water so I add cucumbers, strawberries, and lemon to the water. I am a big fan of this and highly recommend it to everyone! 

4. Stretch: Make sure that you stretch both pre and post run. There are tons of stretches on pinterest. 

5. Don't compare: This can be applied to anything in life. Don't compare your start to someone else's middle or end. As cheesy as that sounds it's the truth. 

6. Eat right: Eating cheeseburgers, tacos, and pop is not good running fuel. They are all good (tasting) but not good to run at least! But the right fuel is your body. 

7. Run different routes: I love this tip because as someone new to the area I can see a different parts of the city. So I'm excited to go out and run and experience more of Charleston. 

What are some tips you would add? 

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