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Spikeball Ambassador Organizations

The 2022 application window is now closed.

What's the Goal?

The sport of roundnet is growing like crazy and we wouldn't be here without the continuous hard work and dedication from our community. We're here to support organizations that reflect our mission and core values, and who continue to be great ambassadors of both roundnet and the Spikeball brand. 

What's Included in 2022?

Support to keep your communities engaged

For 2022, all SAOs will receive a support package. From there, we will scale additional support based on your plan and tournament schedule for 2022. When things get back to normal we may return to sponsoring individual events, but in the meantime we want to help you keep your communities engaged.

Beyond just equipment...

You'll be featured on the tournament site, get to display the official SAO badge, get the steepest discounts, and get priority on partnering together on opportunities. Further, we're working on a Spikeball App update that will highlight events hosted by SAOs.

Support package

We're working to bring you a support package filled with the things you want most and are catering this package based on 2021 SAO feedback. Exact items subject to change but will likely include a combination of Kits, Balls and Apparel items.

2022 Application Process

If you're interested in becoming a Spikeball Ambassador Organization, please read the guidelines below:

If you aren't already a Spikeball Ambassador, please apply to be. All SAOs will first need to be approved Spikeball Ambassadors before we can consider their SAO application. You can find more info on the program and apply here.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to submit your application is February 28, 2022.

What we look for:
  • Interest in all skill levels (cannot just be concerned about top level players).
  • Dedicated community member.
  • Demonstrated ability to run successful events.
  • Tech Savvy, comfortable with digital and social platforms.
  • Growth mindset, excited about marketing and reaching new people.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, roll-up-the-sleeves attitude.
  • Commitment - we want long term sustainability along with hard work.
 
What Spikeball Asks:
  • Build an environment that welcomes and encourages new players and promotes diversity.
  • If safe, consistently host events - run a minimum of 4 tournaments/leagues per year and establish consistent league or pick-up play.
  • Work with local parks and rec departments and schools to get Spikeball more involved in the community (State games, professional development, etc.)
  • Put all events on both the Spikeball App & Fwango.io - pick-up games, leagues, and tournaments. Post highlights on the App with #SAO and #topplay
  • Provide updates on key metrics and participate in calls, meetings, and online communication as necessary within reason.
  • Include Spikeball sponsor branding on your website and social media channels and occasionally share/re-post Spikeball Inc news and announcements.
  • Be a positive representative of the Spikeball brand. Only use and promote Spikeball brand roundnet equipment at your events/affiliated events and through your marketing (website, social, print, etc).
 
What Spikeball Provides:
  • Official SAO Badge - can be put on website, event pages, or printed materials to establish credibility.
  • Promotion - organization events will be featured on the Spikeball App/website.
  • Giveaways - organizations will be allotted promotional material (sets, apparel, stickers, etc.) per year for fundraising and relationship building purposes.
  • Tournament Packages - Organizations will receive large discounts on sets and other tournament materials with the expectation that they maintain equipment.
  • Sponsorship - List Spikeball Inc. as an official sponsor. Receive preferred status for any additional sponsorship opportunities through Spikeball.
  • Use of Spikeball™ trademarks (with approval).
 

If you meet the above criteria, please click the link above to apply. You'll need to provide the following information:

  • Name of organization, website, logo, social handles  
  • Leadership structure and background (who will be running this org, what roles will people have, what is the background of the people involved)
  • Years organization has been running
  • Geographic area your organization covers
  • Past roundnet events hosted (results, failures, successes, learnings, innovation)
  • Vision and mission for your organization

Process:

Organizations that meet Spikeball's criteria will be given an interview and asked to provide additional information and documentation before earning final approval. Our goal is to make sure that all SAOs reflect our mission and values.

 

2022 SAOs

United States

Canada

Mexico

Europe

Africa & Middle East

Central & South America

Australia & Asia

FAQs

Are there any new requirements?

Yes, but they're all pretty common sense. First, this probably goes without saying, but all SAOs must put safety first and always follow local public health guidelines. Second, we want to do a better job of tracking the growth of the sport. To that end, we'd like all SAO events listed on the both Spikeball App and on Fwango.io. Everything else is pretty much the same.

Do current SAOs need to go through an application process again? 

Nope, if you were an active SAO in 2021 then you do not have to apply or interview again. We only ask that you send us your 2022 plans to make sure you still fit the criteria and sign off on the annual agreement.

Can a National Governing Body also be a Spikeball Ambassador Organization?

Absolutely! While Spikeball no longer regulates NGBs (that's the International Roundnet Federation) we're happy to support the work they do.  

How does an organization get recognized as a National Governing Body?

The International Roundnet Federation is an independent, non-profit group that works to bring together NGBs and organize international competition. If you're a national group interested interested in recognition, check out roundnetfederation.org.