The business is set to surpass last year’s revenue by 27%, largely due to membership growth on Upper Hand.
Manage all lifetime client interactions, from registration and scheduling to communications and payments, while simplifying backend operations.
Moved to Upper Hand and began running online registration and scheduling, payments, and other admin tasks through the platform.
Diamond in the Rough has become the premier baseball facility in North Central Iowa and is set to surpass 2019 annual revenue by 27%.
Two people passionate about baseball and softball and all that it embodies – the subtle nuances of the sport, the fundamentals, the skills and the competition. This is the foundation and the driving force behind Diamond in the Rough.
Diamond in the Rough started out of a pure passion for the game of baseball. As former college baseball and softball players, respectively, Dave and Kim Stoakes set out to create a facility that would provide individual players and teams the resources to train for their baseball and softball seasons and improve their skills.
They dreamed of a beautiful facility that provided foundational batting elements, and knew they wanted to take it a step further by including premium clay pitching mounds to simulate real-world conditions.
But more than that, the Stoakes desired a way to fulfill this mission in a way that would give all players access to their facility and training.
In 2015, the Stoakes made this dream a reality when they opened Diamond in the Rough.
Initially, Dave and Kim and their small team ran their business through a combination of various tools, typically receiving athlete sign-ups over the phone or in person and manually entering information into their system. The payment process was laborious, and growth was stagnant.
With their goals of being the leading baseball and softball training facility in the area, Diamond in the Rough knew that allowing for seamless, automated client interactions was paramount in helping the company achieve success. Establishing this system meant hyperfocus in one major area: streamlined business operations.
In 2017, this need for a comprehensive management solution that addressed all the lifetime client interactions (including registration, scheduling, communications, and payments) while simultaneously streamlining backend operations for the admins led them to Upper Hand.
Diamond in the Rough initially partnered with Upper Hand in order to gain accurate insights into their customer reporting, and to minimize the amount of data disconnect that was happening with their manual registration process.
But as Diamond in the Rough grew, the need for a truly scalable solution became clear. They soon needed a hardware setup that would optimize their front desk, empowering their staff to easily check in athletes and register new and existing clients for sessions and camps, all on Upper Hand. And as their business flourished, they added memberships to their offerings.
The Upper Hand team helped Diamond in the Rough set up 5 different membership tiers that would allow their clients to book exclusive sessions. This addition has positively contributed in a significant way to Diamond in the Rough’s revenue stream.
And going into 2020, Diamond in the Rough was seeing tremendous results.
Then COVID hit.
Dave and Kim had to issue thousands of dollars in refunds for their various sessions and bookings because of state-mandated shutdowns. This is a process that is traditionally arduous and time-consuming, but Upper Hand’s customer support and accounts teams made issuing the refunds and cancelling events painless for their business.
Iowa policies required that in the immediate wake of COVID, sports facilities held capacity limits at 50%. When the business reopened, the Stoakes utilized their tiered memberships to implement a member-only model that required athletes to use Upper Hand to reserve their practice times.
This allowed Diamond in the Rough to safely control the flow of customers in their facility while still offering a way for athletes–whose access to equipment through schools and teams was otherwise shut-down–to continue developing their skills in order to return to sports at the top of their game.
Even with thousands of dollars lost due to COVID-shutdowns, the business is set to surpass last year’s revenue by 27%, largely due to membership growth on Upper Hand.
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