NAH 2019 Projects, Volunteer!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in NAH

NAH would like to invite you to volunteer, contribute and get involved in some of the projects we’re planning to work on over the next year! See something here you like and want to get involved in? Send Jenny an email at jennifer@nahardcourt.com explaining your interests and we’ll loop you in!

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1. NAH Website Development

Project description and goal:
The NAH website is hosted on WordPress and is in need of a solid overhaul. NAH is working to develop and launch a new website that will provide info/resources to NAH players and more general information for users visiting the site to learn more about bike polo and NAH.

Where we’re at:
Right now we have a sitemap, landing page wireframe, and user profiles (with prioritized users) developed.

What we need/next steps:

  • SEO and keyword research to help the NAH page rank better for bike polo related searches
  • Unique content about bike polo and NAH for each web page/topic
  • UX design and strategy for website/individual page layout/wireframing

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Content writers
  • UX designers
  • Web developers (front and backend)
  • SEO strategist

2. Membership Program & Database

Project description and goal:
NAH will spearhead the development of a player and club membership program and membership database. A membership program will allow NAH to generate funds to create the play experience many players are asking for, such as live streaming, paid refs, etc. In addition, having a membership program and database will allow NAH to better communicate with players and regions directly and quickly.

For this project to be successful, it needs careful research, planning and buy-in from the community. Regional Reps will be heavily involved in the development and implementation of this program.

Where we’re at:
We’re in the process of gathering resources and identifying a number of grassroot sports to study their membership programs. We’ve outlined the information we want to capture and manage in a membership database. In addition, we’ve brought onboard a database manager who currently manages Habitat for Humanities membership database to help use build a robust database system that will grow with us over the next years.

What we need/next steps:

  • Develop and refine the database taxonomy and structure
  • Research and draft a membership program plan

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Researchers
  • Folks experienced in building/managing databases

3. Tournament Organizer Handbook

Project description and goal:
NAH and a few volunteers are working on creating a Tournament Organizer Handbook for clubs to use as a resource when hosting or considering hosting a bike polo tournament. This handbook will be updated annually as we continue to develop the content and resources through user feedback.

Where we’re at:
We’ve had community input on a number of areas for the handbook, generated content through folks brainstorming, bulleting and commenting. We have links to useful resources for clubs and an overall outline of the handbook laid out.

You can see the Handbook Draft here.

What we need/next steps:

  • Fleshing out each section of the handbook
  • Developing resources to attach to handbook
  • Beta testing with clubs to identify areas needing further development

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Content writers
  • Copy editors
  • Illustrators and designers

4. Club Handbook

Project description and goal:
NAH will spearhead the development of a Club Guide and Handbook to help clubs better build their scene and manage their club and members. This handbook will need a lot of community input and collaboration.

Where we’re at:
Right now we gathering ideas and topics and brainstorming the areas the Handbook would cover and address.

What we need/next steps:

  • Identifying key “pain points” for clubs
  • Gathering resources and references

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Researchers
  • Content writers

5. Spectator’s Guide to Bike Polo

Project description and goal:
A one-page pamphlet with written content and photos explaining the sport to spectators. This pamphlet could be printed out by clubs to handout to spectators at tournaments or to spectators at pickup.

Where we’re at:
So far we have collected some examples of other spectator guides from other sports.

What we need/next steps:

  • Research, planning and design for pamphlet content

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Designers
  • Content writers

6. NAH Strategic Plan

Project description and goal:
NAH will develop a strategic plan that outlines NAH’s mission and goals over the next two, five and 10 years and specifically back these goals up with case studies, research and input from the community. In addition, NAH will create milestones and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to measure our progress.

Where we’re at:
Right now we are gathering resources on how best to plan and engage in this process.

What we need/next steps:

  • Collecting resources and references
  • Conducting case studies, especially of other grassroots sports

Who we need:
We need experienced volunteers and volunteers who are interested in developing skills in these roles:

  • Applied researchers
  • Folks experienced in report and policy writing
  • Nonprofit and program management