Heja Pricing – Is It a Lie?

Heja pricing is a mystery to me. I look at the Heja website and I see very little that tells me the actual price of using Heja for a club.

Sure, I see the “Heja is free” part of their website… and I like free scheduling software. I think “free scheduling software” is the way to go for a soccer club and SocrPro, TeamSnap, Spond, etc. have all provided free scheduling software in a similar vein.

The reality of the world, and all free scheduling apps, is that there is really nothing 100% free in life.

Maybe you’ll need to watch commercials, like TeamSnap requires in their free scheduling software, or maybe you’ll need to upgrade to a more powerful version of the scheduling software to unlock vital features necessary to make the soccer scheduling app truly useful.

In the case of SocrPro, it provides the same, or more, scheduling functions for free than all the others charge for but to get the amazing Itinerary system with built-in Meal Planner, you will need to upgrade to a paid package.

Is that fair? Only you can make that decision for yourself.

In all, the free scheduling software is a fair deal to me. You get to use the scheduling app for free and then decide if the paid version is something that provides enough value to justify the paid upgrade.

I personally prefer the Heja and SocrPro model that bribes you into an upgrade versus the TeamSnap model where they annoy you into an upgrade by forcing you to watch commercials in the free versions of the scheduling app. The biggest difference between the SocrPro free version and the Heja free version is the level of “real world” capability that Heja restricts and SocrPro provides.

But all good things come to an end… when reality sets in hard!

Reality sets in when you discover that to use Heja for your soccer club, the Heja pricing becomes a thick veil of “mystery” clouded by the word “deal”.

Followed quickly by the price of Heja when using their payment collection system… now we’re talking about a really “price cloud” from Heja.

Let’s start off with the “Club deal” because this is the first area you’re going to need to “deal with” when it comes to using Heja for your soccer club.

What is a “deal”?

When you bought your last car, did the salesman offer you a “deal”?

Used car salesman are experts at offering “deals” on their cars because there’s never any reasonable way to do a direct comparison. Every used car is a 1-of-a-kind car so every price offered as a “deal” is subject to the person offering the “deal” and the person accepting the “deal”.

New cars are better if you’re comparing identical vehicles at different dealerships but have you noticed how they always seem to have different options?

When a company is selling a 1-of-a-kind product, they know they’re selling a “used car” and there is no direct way to compare prices. People can compare similar software scheduling packages but there are no 2 exactly the same.

So where is the “deal”?

There is no real “deal”, there is only “how much can we get them to pay”.

The real “deal” is when everyone is paying the same price and you’ve somehow managed to pay less. But if everyone is paying the “Club deal” mystery price, you really need to wonder if you’re the guy paying the most and have the worst “Club deal” or are you paying the least and have the best “Club deal”?

Here’s the hard truth; you’re negotiating 1 time and have limited information while the Heja salesperson is negotiating many deals and might be collecting a massive commission for extracting the most money possible from you… so who do you think is really getting the best “Club deal”?

Talk to any retired used car salesman and he’ll tell you.

But wait… because it gets worse.

What you pay up front is literally the tip of the iceberg bobbing up and down innocently in front of you while your club “ship” rams full speed into the real price of using Heja.

When you use Heja for collecting payments, there is a hidden fee that’s robbing you of a massive sum of money through over inflated processing fees and transaction fees.

These inflated fees can easily cost you more than the upfront expense you agreed to pay while negotiating your “Club deal”.

These fees are the proverbial “death by a thousand cuts” because it bleeds your club of desperately needed cash from every transaction and every dollar spent with your club.

We’re easily talking about $2,000, $6,000, even $12,000 or more depending upon the size of your club and the amount you collect in registration and product sales each year. For a really large club, these numbers could be a small percentage of the actual money lost through Heja billing fees and transaction fees.

Multi-state mega clubs could be hemorrhaging upwards of $53,750 just on transaction and billing fees alone!

What’s the solution to these outrageous fees?

SocrPro uses a completely different system for registration and billing that puts you in control to save this money and put it in your pocket instead of into the Heja till. Imagine what you can do with all this extra bottom line cash when it comes to equipment upgrades, scholarships and additional showcases.

In conclusion, when you’re looking at the Heja pricing, it’s critical that you look at both the upfront price of Heja and the ongoing operational price of Heja by calculating the additional fees you’ll pay for every billing transaction.

That is the real “Heja price” for your soccer club software!

PS If you think saving these transaction fees is difficult… think again because we can show you how easy this is to accomplish with 10 minutes of effort that you do 1-time and then forget about it and let it run 100% on auto-pilot.

You’ll never allow your club to get ripped off again when you see how simple this is – I guarantee it!

What makes a great soccer app?

This simple question can set off a firestorm of different opinions, and there are all types of soccer apps for many different niches, but in the end I think the answer is really simple.

There are video streaming soccer apps for watching Premiere League and MLS games. These fall into the classification of “passive” soccer apps because you’re not really doing anything “functional” with them. They’re simply “feeding” you information but you’re not really an active participant in the interaction.

On the flip side of the coin are the soccer apps where you are an active participant in the interaction and you actively contribute as part of the usage of the app.

For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll be answering the question of “what makes a great soccer app” in the context of a “functional app” because watching games is going to be the same no matter what soccer app you choose to stream the video to your computer or phone.

The simple answer is a “great soccer app is an app that’s all about soccer.”

But what does this really mean?

To begin with, a soccer app should be built specifically for soccer instead of a generic app built for 100s of sports and other random activities (think apps like TeamSnap for example).

Secondly, a great soccer app should handle all of the things a soccer team /club needs to run efficiently. It should save time for soccer club administration and save money for the club.

Thirdly, a great soccer app should help coaches save time so they can spend more time on the pitch and less time in front of their computers.

Lastly, a great soccer app needs to help a soccer coach win more games. Winning is fun, winning keeps players interested in the sport and parents reward clubs that win with their money instead of “club hopping”.

Not that winning is the only thing that matters but shouldn’t a great soccer app help you win “more”? After all, nobody puts in the effort to practice hard to lose.

So what soccer app actually does all this?

SocrPro.com is the one and only soccer app that was built from the ground up specifically, and only, for soccer and because of this focus, is the only soccer app that can actually help a team / club save time, save money and help it win more games.

Let’s start from the winning perspective and work our way back to the saving time issue.

It’s a proven fact that coaching video not only helps the players gain soccer IQ, it actually helps soccer coaches become better coaches as new insights regularly present themselves. When you step back and see the whole field, in slow motion, frame by frame, or back and forth, suddenly things you never notice in the excitement of the live game become obvious.

Since I’ve never met a soccer coach that had “too much time” on their hands, it’s important to see how the Scheduling System, Session Planner, and Player Evaluation System will save a massive number of hours for coaches.

Some clubs are large enough to have dedicated admin staff but no club is large enough that even with these helping hands, the coaches are not still actively involved when it’s time for travel, tournaments, and showcase events. Even ensuring the committed players actually make it through the registration process will usually fall onto the coach’s shoulders.

Having an automated registration system reduces time commitments and complexity from the start of the onboarding process and makes it monumentally easier to collect payments… especially if your club is not a “rich” club and needs to offer payment plans to ease the burden on the player’s parents.

In summary, what makes a great soccer app is an app built for soccer and an app that saves time, saves money and helps win more games.

The #1 soccer app, and the only app, that actually does all of this for soccer is SocrPro.com.

Built for soccer and only soccer. You will see and “feel” the obvious difference the 1st time you log in to SocrPro as a soccer coach, admin, player and even parents.

Soccer Scheduling Software

Soccer scheduling software

Soccer scheduling software might sound like it should be the same as other scheduling software like TeamSnap, Heja, Spond, TeamStuff… or pick the next dozen general purpose sports scheduling apps.

The trouble is, treating sports management software generically is similarly bad as treating all sports the same. Baseball is played with a ball, football is played with a ball, golf is played with a ball yet nobody would ever consider these sports to be similar to each other.

If you would never mix soccer with golf, why would you ever assume that 1 sports scheduling app or sports team management system would be fine for both golf and soccer?

Most people would never think this makes sense.

SocrPro.com is the only sports team management system built specifically for soccer and it’s the only one that actually does the things that a soccer coach needs, a soccer club needs, and soccer players want.

SocrPro even takes care of all the “soccer moms” and “soccer dads” by allowing everyone to have copies of the game videos, and coaching videos, to save and use in any manner they choose.

But back to the scheduling aspect of the sports apps because apps like Heja and TeamSnap are really only capable of scheduling and maybe that’s all you really want from your soccer team app today.

So why should you still choose SocrPro as your team scheduling management app versus TeamSnap or Heja or Spond?

Before I answer that question, I want to ask you where you go if you need to have your knee scoped for a torn ACL? Do you go to your general practitioner or do you go to a specialist i.e. a “knee doctor”?

When you need your oil changed, any shop will do but when your engine control blows out of your BMW, do you take it to Jiffy Lube and ask them to “see what they can do” or do you take it to a specialist at the BMW dealership?

If you want to have the best soccer scheduling system, do you think you’re going to have better luck with the generic “team” guy, or the general purpose “re-spender” or the goofy named “nobody knows what this means” guy?

SocrPro is the best team management and scheduling app for one very simple reason – it was built for soccer, just for soccer, specifically for soccer and for the exact needs of soccer.

There is no other sports app built just for soccer so naturally SocrPro is going to be the best option for soccer.

Ok, you still need more to be convinced?

How about the fact that SocrPro is the only sports scheduling app that addresses the simple, but critical items like “kit color”,  “arrival time”?

Now let’s talk about traveling with a soccer team.

Local rec teams are easy. Just schedule the games at the local park and that’s it – super simple.

But travel soccer teams are an entirely different animal. Every soccer coach and soccer admin knows how painful and time consuming it is to travel to a tournament or showcase or even an out of state league game.

SocrPro is the only soccer scheduling software to address the needs of a travel soccer team. With a full itinerary system and meal planner built-in, you’ll literally save 7.63 hours on average per travel weekend.

Not to mention what it’s worth to not hear the complaints from the players when their meal is wrong or there’s cheese on the burger of the kid that’s lactose intolerant.

Using SocrPro as your team scheduling app is not really a choice between many options. Soccer teams have a single “good option” and then a slew of 2nd choice alternatives.

SocrPro is also the only true FREE forever scheduling option so you will not need to provide anything other than a name and email address to start today and use it forever.

Get SocrPro today for your soccer team and you’ll never look at another team sports app again – I guarantee it.

Saving Time on Soccer Admin

Every soccer coach needs more time but time is the one commodity that cannot be created.

But…

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:

Hate List        

  1. Chasing payments
  2. Tracking registration of players
  3. Dealing with repetitive questions from parents
  4. “Parents” in general
  5. Marketing and recruiting
  6. Answering emails with the same questions you just answered
  7. Coordinating tournaments and showcase travel

Love It List

  1. Coaching the team
  2. …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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Heja Scheduling App Review

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.

Try a FREE Forever account of SocrPro and you’ll immediately know this was built for you.

Get it now at SocrPro.com

Should Youth Soccer Players Dribble More …or Less?

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