Every soccer coach needs more time but time is the one commodity that cannot be created.
I can show you how to do the next best thing so you can spend more of your time the way you choose.
There’s an easy way to save time from the drudgery part of coaching and then reallocate this time to the things you know you should be doing as well as the things you choose to do. While not creating “more time”, you’re doing the next best thing with time to achieve the same goal.
If you were to create 2 lists; 1 list of things you hate doing and another list of things you want to do, would your list look anything like mine below:
- Chasing payments
- Tracking registration of players
- Dealing with repetitive questions from parents
- “Parents” in general
- Marketing and recruiting
- Answering emails with the same questions you just answered
- Coordinating tournaments and showcase travel
Love It List
- Coaching the team
- …is there really a number 2?
Now, any honest person will tell you that nothing will fix your “hate list” 100%, but if we can reduce your hate list hours by 80%, or 70% or even 50%, I think it’s easy to see how much better your soccer coaching life would become.
Heck, even a reduction of 20% is moving you in the right direction so let’s take an incremental approach to the “Hate List” and I’ll demonstrate how you can start saving time starting from tryouts and registration and then we’ll cover additional strategies in later articles.
Actually, let’s back it up a little further to before tryouts because it takes a massive effort to get players to tryouts and this is where the SocrPro customer relationship manager (CRM) steps in and automates the communication and marketing to maximize your tryout attendance.
Automating the communication through email, texting with personalized customization via smart tags and automated sales funnels. The SocrPro support team helps you through every step to make it drop dead simple and once you have it set up just the way you like it, you can use it year after year.
Selecting your teams is another perfect use for the CRM and smart tags. You’ll be able to build your roster with your 1st choice selections and also maintain a back-up in case you have a few players slip away to other clubs / schools.
Completing the process, the registration system gets you paid and allows the parents to pay with the SocrPro exclusive “Bucket Billing” system that maximizes the number of players that can afford to pay for your club with flexible payment options.
The registration process also automates the legal forms and medical waivers and ties them to the original registration to make this part fool proof and eliminates the need for filing, storing and tracking paper copies.
So, it looks like we’re off to a good start with the time saving mission and in my next article, I’ll take you into the next time saving steps that you’ll need as you move through the season with practices and games.
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The vast majority of sports scheduling apps are built for every sport that exists plus as many other activities that involve groups of people.
The Heja scheduling app falls under this same basic category so this is where you need to start when you’re looking at reviews of different sports and activity scheduling apps like Heja, TeamSnap, Spond, TeamStuff and the rest of the common “mass market” generalized sports scheduling apps.
Under this criteria, Heja works really well as a single purpose scheduling app and is a great alternative to TeamSnap or Spond… which are also very good sports scheduling apps.
But decisions like this are never able to be made in isolation because there is always more to a sports than “scheduling and messaging” so these other factors need to be taken into account when choosing the best sports scheduling app for your team.
One of the foundational problems all sports teams and sports clubs have with technology is support and maintenance of multiple software platforms.
Loading and managing teams and coaches on multiple platforms is a massive headache and consumes far too many man hours better spent on things that really have a positive impact on the successful operation of a sports organization… like more time on the pitch, more time coaching, more time analyzing game footage, etc.
This is where Heja will fall flat and bloody its nose compared to better sports apps that not only manage the scheduling and messaging but also perform the rest of the necessary functions of a sports team.
Because Heja is very limited in scope, and only manages 1 aspect of the 5 or 6 things you need, you’re naturally going to be forced into using Heja plus 4 or 5 different software platforms creating added complexity and a massive internal cost of maintenance.
So what’s the answer to sports club software tech?
That depends upon the question, but if you’re asking, “what’s the best free sports scheduling app for soccer (football / futbol)” then the answer is clearly different.
The easiest thing to do is “judge a book by its cover” and simply choose the free sports scheduling app that’s named after your sport and assume it knows, and loves, your specific sport more than any other software option.
Hudl isn’t a scheduling app but it is a game video analysis tool and when you look at their name, it’s pretty obvious they love the “football” where the players where big pads and “huddle” before each play.
SocrPro is obviously going to have more love for “soccer” than any scheduling app that treats soccer like a “generic sport” and tries to satisfy them all.
- SocrPro vs TeamSnap – Are you just another “team”?
- SocrPro vs Spond – Are you hoping that people “respond” in a generic way?
- SocrPro vs Heja – Looking for people to “cheer you on”?
When you simply look at the names, one name answers the question about what team scheduling app is going to be the best for a soccer team and what other apps are going to be goods for “other” sports and activities.
But is that it… just choose from the name?
No, that is a good starting point and sets the theme, but you should look deeper and you’ll discover things in the SocrPro scheduling app that neither Heja, nor any other scheduling app, have thought of in the same way SocrPro has because only SocrPro cares about your specific needs for your specific sport.
For example, SocrPro goes beyond the basics of “Game Start Time” and “Game Finish Time” and lets you add a “Departure Time” and “Arrival Time” because travel teams / college teams often need to know when the team bus / van is leaving from the school or the hotel.
The “Field Number” is an obvious item for soccer, that some scheduling apps still forget to this day, but who else makes “Kit Color” a standard informational field except SocrPro?
Taking things a giant leap further for travel teams, SocrPro is the only free sports app to have a complete “Itinerary System” that organizes every aspect of the day from “Wake Up Time”, to coaching reviews, chaperones, transportation and all your meals.
In fact, SocrPro actually has a complete “Meal Planner” so the team admins, players and coaches can easily communicate meal plans and special needs all through the app.
Ask any team admin how many hours of frustration this 1 meal planning module is going to save, or, try coordinating a meal on your own and you’ll quickly understand how important this one module is for any tournament, showcase or out of state game.
Lastly, SocrPro is the only scheduling system that allows you to attach your practice sessions to your specific practice schedule. Now that’s a huge time saver that makes planning easy.
If you were simply comparing the Heja scheduling app to the SocrPro scheduling app, this part alone would convince you to go with SocrPro but then you need to look at all the other benefits that SocrPro brings your soccer team.
Coaching System – Sport specific game analysis tool built to be fast and simple to use
Video Sharing – Proprietary system that makes full game sharing 1-click simple so everyone can have, and use, a copy of the original video to chop out their highlights, make coaching videos, do remote coaching… and more without ever affecting the source video.
Scheduling – See above
Messaging – Even allows attachments
Registration System – Automates the entire sign up and payment process
E-commerce – Sell anything, not just memberships
Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) – Automates your communication and marketing
Surveys – Built into the CRM so you know how to keep your players and parents on board with your program.
Session Planner – Create and share your sessions with other coaches who can also share their sessions with you.
Player Evaluations – Save countless hours every season and look more professional.
Performance Profile – Track the progress of players throughout the season.
Player’s Pages – Players love to showcase their highlight videos on their own personalized page / URL and it allows them to list any information they choose for college / pro recruiting coaches. The days of using complicated video editors to create multiple YouTube videos are over!
There’s more included but I think this is enough to demonstrate the difference between a stand alone, single function app, versus a full “system” that makes everything easier because it all works together.
Learn 1 system and maintain 1 team / club data base of players and coaches for everything you’re doing today with the added features to bring your club to the next level.
Is Heja a good free sports scheduling app? The answer to this question is “yes”.
The key is that you need to figure out if that is the correct question for you to be asking. If you’re a soccer coach or run a soccer club, then the answer to the Heja question you should be asking is likely “no”… because you need more to be successful, save time and save money.
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Should Youth Soccer Players Dribble More …or Less?
Dribble more and the kids have a better touch on the ball and more accurate passes when they do release the ball.
Dribble less and the speed of play increases with more movement on the pitch.
It’s an age old debate amongst soccer coaches, players and even parents. One group shouting “pass it” while the other is yelling “control the ball”.
Certainly this is all conditional and in some cases you want your team to pass as quickly as possible and in other cases you want them to slow things down, to control the ball and dribble more and pass less.
I’ll tell you what I’ve learned from hundreds of hours of SocrPro.com video analysis and 1st hand experience in our SocrLabs technical development center.
“Youth soccer players pass too much”
In the majority of cases, youth soccer players are passing too often and too early and soccer coaches should encourage their players to dribble more and pass less.
Let me explain why I take this position and then see if you agree or disagree.
A. 1-Touch Passes are Inaccurate – Passing quality and accuracy spikes up dramatically when players take a touch, a dribble or 2, and then pass the ball versus 1-touch passes. Settling the ball with a touch removes 3 of the 4 variables every player needs to account for when making a pass.
B. Listen to Pep G – Ball movement needs to move the defense. Dribbling and passing are both necessary to force the defense to move and when players pass too early, the defense is allowed to sit back and look for the pass interception. I want players to draw the defensive pressure to them and then pass past this pressure. I want defenders to commit and then need to recommit and I want to maximize the distance they need to move in a game to wear them down as much as possible.
C. Players Will Self Regulate – I’ve never met a player that likes losing the ball while dribbling. When players dribble too much, they will lose the ball to the defense and they will get tired of having the ball stolen and will start to pass more often.
D. Video Fixes the “Non-Regulators” – Some players learn when to pass “slower” than others (I call these “ball dancers”) but you can easily show them in video game review that they are holding the ball too long. It’s a lot easier to show a player when they lost the ball while dribbling than it is to show them that they lost the ball because they passed too early.
E. Mindless “Hot Potato” – Passing for the sake of passing with no real purpose or intent. The last time I read the soccer rule book, there are no bonus points for having the most passes in a game yet there seems to be a pervasive mentality that a team that makes the most “quick passes” is the best team. I’m not a fan of this idea.
Those are the main reasons I think youth soccer players should dribble more and pass less… do you share my opinion and have other ideas?
**SocrPro.com is the world’s only “purpose built” soccer specific system for all your soccer coaching, player management/recruiting and club business needs
Did you know that SocrPro is the only system that allowsyou to hit a jump button and go all the way through the video to see all your coaches tipped your shots?
You crosses anything that you want to see in the video, you just hit that jump button using our filters and jump right to it. We’re the only one that has this system. The other systems, that are made for American football,like huddle, make you create playlists.
Well those playlists are very time consuming to create and then you got to organize them and jumbled through them and all this other rigmarole. It is so much easier with SocrPro. We can take one video, put the tags in it and the coaches tips init.
If you want to put highlights in there you can do that as well, but then when you go to play it back, all you have to do is check the box, hit the jump button and bam it’s done.
It is so much more convenient and really speak through the way that soccer is played. Football is a set play type of sport so we don’t want to use aset play type of play list, it works great for football but it doesn’t work for soccer.
So this is just one more way we save you time, we save you money, and help you win more games.
You have a great day on the pitch
Did you know that no session planner andno scheduling system are actually linked together?
Weird! Wouldn’t it be awesomeif you could just take your session plan,create it and then attach it right toyour schedule?
So that when you show upat practice you not only have yourpractice already pre-laid out andscheduled but your session plan isalready there too so everyone thatlooked at the schedule can also look atyour session plan. Now that’s another waywe save you time, save work for you and savemoney; because you’re only using onesystem and it makes your life better allright
This is Gary with SocrPro
Hoping you have a great day on the pitch and remember if you don’t have your free forever account today go get one now free today, free forever. You willlove it and it’ll make your life a lot easier I guarantee it, I know https://socrpro.com
Hey everyone it’s Gary
Today I want to clear up a question that keeps popping up, because we have this very unique system called bucket billing in our product and we created this specifically so you could have an optimized system for your club dues.
Now people are a little confused because they don’t know the difference between what a bucket billing is and what a standard product is. So let me just explain that real quickly because this is really important and a lot of people won’t understand what bucket billing is, because no one else has it. We’re the only ones that created it.
We’re the only ones that have it, we’re the only ones that do it this way and we made it specifically for soccer clubs and nothing else. We added the bucket billing specifically so you can have your registration, your waiver, your very unique billing system, all tied together in one product, optimized and streamlined, fully automated for your club dues.
Alright so let me just go over this real quickly and I’ll show you what some of the differences are and let me show you the primary difference. Now this is our standard registration product club dues.
We’re going to look at the payment schedule. Now you’ll notice that there is a defined payment schedule. We did this because when you are running your club, you have your fall season, your winter season, summer season, spring season… whatever it is that you have that’s always going to be a defined season and you’re always going to have your tryouts and you want people to commit by a certain date and there’s going to be a certain fee that you charge when they commit to kind of like their contract signing fee and that becomes part of their total payment.
I mean if you have tryouts and then some people, they make their initial payment, commit on day one, right let’s say you have tryouts on and you have some people that say okay I definitely want to be on the team by May 5th, so they pay then. You have someone else that pays on May 10th, and then someone else on May 3rd, and someone else on May 8th. It doesn’t matter whenever they sign up and pay for this registration. They’re going to pay this amount on the day they sign up, on the day they commit, that they’re going to play for your team. It doesn’t matter whether they sign up on the 3rd,the 5th, the 8th, the 10th, the 15th,everybody is going to be billed by the system automatically. It doesn’t matter when they signed up.
This is your defined billing period. Of course we have the early paid discounts if they pay early and they don’t have to make all these payments, they might pay everything upfront because they want this early discount.
That’s fine but the heart and soul of this is, this defined payment schedule. A defined payment schedule of amount and date. How does that differ from a regular product? When you come into a regular product and when I talk about a regular product I think about t-shirts, kits, training gear. I don’t know whatever else you might be selling let’s just keep it that way, let’s just pretend we’re selling training shirts, maybe promotional shirts.
So here we have a standard product training shirt. I have my product price of, well, in this case we’ll charge $20 for a t-shirt. I can have my recurring billing but what you’re going to notice is that we don’t have a defined date period. What we have are for a different profile so you can set up four different profiles and you can give people a bunch of different options.
For the sake of this conversation, I’m going to keep it as easy as possible adjust talk about one recurring profile so you’ll notice there’s no defined date period. It’s a time delay so that person that signs up on the 2nd of a month is going to be on a different payment schedule than the person that joins and pays on the 3rd of a month. Because whatever delay you put in to start your billing, in this case, I’ll say that we’re going to start our billing in fifteen days and then our recurring cycle is going to be thirty days and our recurring price is going to be let’s call it again $15 okay? So this is your typical subscription. This is more typically used if you are selling something like a t-shirt of the Month.
If you’re selling health drink, you know, if you have assorts drink that you’re selling, maybe you put these people on a subscription that every month they get another case of sports drink. So this is the type of billing that you’re a little bit more accustomed to where you sign up for product you get.
So thesis a little bit more of your traditional recurring billing type scheme or payment process, whatever you want to call it, versus a defined date and schedule period. Now you can see that this would work. You could do this for registration. You could have people signup and just accept the fact that the person that accepted your team commission the third versus on the fifth versus on the eighth versus or the tenth they’re all going to be on different time periods but they’re all going to get billed in the same basic way.
You know 30 days out right, whatever you set this recurring cycle to, so that’ll work. But there’s other reasons that the bucket billing is better. It allows for early pay discounts and it allows for you to have your registration and your waivers tied right to the order.
It gives you the defined date period and people can paying different ways. They can pay out of their customer portal and they can makimonos payments, there’s whole bunch of ways that they can pay to get that team fee completed.
Again one is perfect for one solutioning is perfect for another solution. You could use them for different things. If you wanted, if you prefer to have this type of payment where it’s fixed and just on the credit card and don’t early pay, no defined date schedule, you could use this for registration. You could setup three easy payments. You could do all those things, there’s flexibility there It really comes down to what you want todo.
I personally think the bucket billings just the ultimate, best, most optimized solution for a soccer club because of the flexibility, the defined date period, the registration waivers, medical waivers, everything gets tied to the order. The ability to make partial payments, extra payments and bonus. You know all those things just make it a better solution and of course it’s all done automatically so you don’t have to do anything. All those things can be done for your customers, for your parents but you don’t have to do any extra work.
In fact it reduces your workload because now you’re not trying to chase people down for medical waivers, for liability waivers, for all those different things. You just put it all in at the start “bing-bam-boom” IT’S done.
I’ll stop talking, I could goon and on about this whole system. I just love the way that we’ve automated this and optimized it for soccer clubs butf or now I’m just going to stop and just talk about the bucket billing, standard product and if you have any other questions, hit me up, just send it through our system and I’ll answer them for you, put a comment.
Let’s stay in touch
This is Gary with SocrPro, Hoping you have a more successful season and spend less time on your admin and automation