Imagine a place kids could go where they weren’t distracted by their phones. Imagine seeing their “game faces” as they participate in playing a team sport. Imagine looking around and seeing family & friends cheering them on, glancing up at the video board every few seconds to check the score & stats as sponsor advertisements cycle through.
How would you feel if you were a kid walking onto a ballfield and seeing a brightly lit video board at your game? You’d feel like a big-time sports star!
“I’ve coached sports all my life. I know what value this program can bring. The things that kids learn from being a part of a team are the things they take with them the rest of their life. The great thing about Youth Scoreboards is we’ve taken kids off the phones, off their game and videos and put them out here in the field. If they want to see a video – they can see that video on the scoreboard.” -Coach Barry Switzer
Improving ballfields to generate more excitement and retention in youth sports along with growing businesses in the community is exactly what Barry Switzer and business partner Mike Henry had in mind when they started Youth Scoreboards in 2018.
What they found when they began building this idea of Youth Scoreboards was pretty astounding — when you combine the average attendance of the NFL, NCAAF, and MLB together, the numbers don’t even come close to youth baseball and softball attendance! As an advertiser, you have a unique opportunity to help struggling sports complexes; making a positive impact in the community while presenting your business to a large captivated audience of potential new consumers.
It started with a couple of guys passionate about youth sports and business
Coach Barry Switzer probably needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s more information about the famous coach.
Coach Switzer served for 16 years as head football coach at the University of Oklahoma where he brought the Sooners 3 national championships. Then later became head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and led them to win Super Bowl XXX against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Switzer has one of the highest winning percentages of any other college football coach and is one of 3 coaches in history to win both a college football National Championship and a Super Bowl. His accomplishments in sports are nothing less than impressive, however his skills and accomplishments as an entrepreneur extends his success. Coach has an impeccable eye for talent; talent in people and ideas. He knows how to communicate his vision and help business owners reach theirs. As founder and co-founder of a multitude of businesses he brings a high level of experience and value to the team. Coach Switzer believes in the value of Youth Scoreboards – for the youth athletes, the community and the business own.
Mike Henry may not be a household name, but he is very well-known in the sports industry. Mr. Henry founded Sports Magazine of America in 1978. This company published team specific magazines for several Universities including Sooners Illustrated (Oklahoma), Huskers Illustrated (Nebraska), Longhorns Illustrated (Texas) and Trojans Illustrated (USC). In 1995 he co-founded StadiaNet Sports; a company that installed and owned large scale video displays (Sony JumboTrons) at universities including Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Alabama, just to name a few. StadiaNet produced each live game broadcast and sold all of the advertising, both static in venue, as well as video-based advertising. Youth Scoreboards is modeled after the StadiaNet concept – a proven success in college sports!
Neal Pilson is a senior industry executive, former president of CBS Sports, and owner of Pilson Communications, Inc., (PCI) – a sports television consulting company since 1995. PCI is active in all areas of sports television, media and marketing , and provides representation, negotiation and consulting services for U.S. and International companies and organizations. Pilson has worked with and provided services to a Who’s Who of sports entities including the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA, NASCAR, IOC, Rose Bowl, Kentucky Derby, OU, Arena Football and many others.
Meet the team
Executive Director & Regional Sales Manager
Field Service Manager
Field Repair Specialist
Systems and Processes
Assistant to Executive Director