3 things your soccer billing / registration software must have…

…or you’re playing man down with an empty goal.

There’s an old saying about poker players that goes like this, “if you’re sitting at the table and still trying to figure who’s the mark, it’s you:”

Today I’m going to reveal the 3 most important things your soccer club software needs to do for you to ensure you’re in control, that you’re dealing the cards and not the “mark”.

1. Independent Merchant Account – If your billing / registration software is also your merchant account, you’re paying too much, and you lack control.

You would never give a 3rd party supplier direct access to your club’s checking account so why would you allow them to control your money before it’s deposited into your checking account?

Modern software allows you to simply “connect” your merchant account into the billing / registration software and this keeps you in control.

2. Automated Recurring Billing – Many systems have recurring billing tools already but most only provide 1 method of recurring billing.

The reality of your soccer club business is that nothing ever happens “1 way” so you need multiple ways to set up recurring billing.

Registration payments are often performed with a fixed date and amount while camps, clinics and kits are sold differently.

 ~ What about selling camps over text?

 ~ Or through social media?

 ~ Or having the ability to manually re-bill a customer for any random item?

All these things, and more, are a daily part of your reality so if you want to bring in more revenue for the club, you need these tools and flexibility.

3. All-In-One System Integration – Nobody has time to manage multiple systems – Fact!

It’s not cost effective; it requires an extra learning curve for every independent system and it’s a huge hassle for everyone to have your data scattered across multiple platforms.

SocrPro is the only system that offers everything from club management, coaching, scheduling, recruiting systems, and more.

Stop wasting time and money and check out SocrPro today.

There’s only 1 “all-in-one” system that truly does it all so check it out today!

How do you know when you’re using the wrong soccer club management software?

Here are 3 simple clues that make it easy.

  1. Backend Fees – You should never pay a backend transaction fee and even worse when it’s a backend payment that’s percentage of your sale.

If your software provider is dipping their greedy paws into your back pocket every time someone pays you… then you have a HUGE problem and are getting ripped off in a way that would make a Chicago politician blush.

No matter what else this software mighty be doing for you, the costs are simply too high to justify the benefits – 100% guaranteed!

2. Multiple Programs – Learning, maintaining, and paying for multiple programs to run 1 club has costs that go beyond the monthly fees.

If you’re using multiple programs today, then you already know how many extra hours you’re wasting for even the simplest of tasks.

Software that does not provide an integrated “systems” approach is always going to operate better than when you cobble multiple programs together.

3. Not Industry Specific – Sure… it might “work”, but does it work as well as it could if it were built for you and your industry?

An SUV will haul a few sheets of plywood home from Home Depot, but a pickup truck works better and a mini-van works better than both when you need to haul half the soccer team to an out-of-town tournament.

Your software will work better when it’s built for you and the specific needs of your industry.

If you spot any of these problems with your software, there’s no need to worry because there’s already an “out of the box” solution ready to go.

SocrPro was built for soccer, just for soccer, and is the runaway best “all-in-one” solution for soccer.

Best of all, you can get a “FREE forever” account, including instant access, with nothing more than your name and email – no cc needed,  no contracts, no games.

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~ 7 Deadly Sins of College Soccer Recruiting – College Choice ~

~7 – How do you choose the best college to play soccer…to maximize your chances for a soccer scholarship?

The answer to this is simple, but not always popular.

As stated previously, there’s always a college somewhere that has soccer scholarship money for you.

The challenge is finding the intersection of a college that you want to attend and a college that wants you to play for them badly enough that they’re willing to pay you with a scholarship.

It’s not a matter of whether you can get a soccer scholarship, it’s really a matter of whether you want the scholarship.

 ~ Do you love the college?

 ~ Do you love the campus?

 ~ Do you think the team is a fit for your style / level of play?

 ~ Are you comfortable with the coaches?

 ~ After 4-years, will the degree obtained provide a good ROI (return on investment)?

The reality is there are hundreds of great colleges where you’ll be able to answer “yes” to all 5 of those criteria so never compromise and accept a “no” to any of them.

If you do find a college that fits your criteria, and offers you a scholarship, be decisive and take it… or politely thank them for the offer and tell them you’re going to reject the offer.

If you’re not 100% sure the offer is right for you, it probably isn’t so reject it and allow the coach to move on to another player and open the opportunity to someone else in your same position.

Remember, there’s a difference between “decisive” and “foolhardy”.

Spend time at the campus, check out the environment, social scene, research the starting salaries of the graduates, and talk to current players.

Most importantly, hunt down alumni players because they can afford to be the most truthful about their experience. You can do this easily using LinkedIn.

When your decision is finally made, never 2nd guess yourself!

Focus on the adventure ahead of you and prepare for this singular mission.

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~ 7 Deadly Sins of College Soccer Recruiting – Scholarships ~

#6 – How do you get a scholarship to play soccer?

There’s one way that works best!

You may have heard that getting a soccer scholarship is “impossible” but there’s literally soccer scholarship money that goes unused every single year.

But there’s a catch… there’s always a catch.

The catch is that you need to play on the team that has the soccer scholarship money remaining.

Often these colleges are not the colleges your child chooses to attend which is why this money goes unused each year.

So how do you get a soccer scholarship at the college you want to attend?

The first rule is that you need to be flexible and willing to attend a lot of different colleges.

The wider the range of colleges you’re willing to attend, the greater the odds of finding a program that:

  1. Has soccer scholarship money available
  2. Is willing to give their soccer scholarship money to you

Being brutally honest, you should remove the thought of an athletic scholarship from your decision process altogether.

Look at any athletic scholarship you receive as “manna from heaven” but do not count on a soccer scholarship nor base your college choice solely on the prospect of a soccer scholarship.

The #1 best thing you can do is focus on an “academic scholarship” at the school where you choose to attend and play soccer.

Academic scholarships are far more plentiful and often more lucrative.

After 4-years of college, a high GPA is going to do more for your career than being the captain of your college soccer team.

** People are getting soccer scholarships so always ask for the money …just be realistic in your odds of getting the money!

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~ 7 Deadly Sins of College Soccer Recruiting ~

#5 – Does video quality matter… and how can I create quality highlights?

So many people get this 100% wrong!

And even when people get it “mostly correct”, they often miss the most important details that make their videos almost useless to a college recruiter.

But if you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to create and publish your own highlight and “all touches” videos with ease.

2 critical things to understand when creating college recruiting highlight videos:

  1. College coaches will not recognize your child on the pitch even when you state their jersey number.
  2. The video needs to direct the college coach’s attention to the point of action you’re trying to highlight.

I see far too many videos where I have no clue where to look and no clue who I’m supposed to watch.

Things you need:

  1. Highlight Animation – Used to direct the coach’s attention to the point of action.
  2. Video Pause / Auto-Restart – Used in conjunction with the highlight animation.
  3. Transitions – Clearly separate individual highlights.

Things to avoid:

  1. No Intros – Nothing worse than a 30 second cinematic intro to waste a coach’s time and encourage him to hit the “delete” button before the action starts.
  2. No Music – Just skip it. No upside… all downside. Ever hear of a coach selecting a player based upon their music selection?
  3. No Slow Motion – Unless your kid’s the Flash, this is just another waste of time for the coach. If they really move that fast, the coach can hit the rewind button and watch it again.
  4. No Zoom – Keep everything on a wide angle so the coach can see what is happening in the context of the game and other players.

Now that you know what to do… let’s look at how you do it.

Video is video, so almost any video editor will get the job done.

Some video editors are just harder to use i.e. Adobe Premier and iMovie, while others are easy because they’re purpose built for the task i.e. SocrPro.

The SocrPro video editor was built for the purpose, and it publishes automatically to your FREE Player’s Page, so it’s hard to beat the combination.

Steps to create a highlight / touch video:

  1. Upload a Video – Or use a Shared Video from anyone on the team or share your video with anyone you choose so they can create highlights as well. This is a primary benefit of using SocrPro.
  2. Watch the Video – Whenever you see a great play that you want to add to your highlight video, simply click the “Highlight” button and it will create a 10-second clip with a fade in / fade out transition.
  3. Add Focus Animation – Click the Focus Animation button and then drag / resize the animation where you want the coach to look. This will also pause / restart the video automatically.
  4. Render Video – After you’ve made all your highlight selections, save the video as a highlight video and it will combine all your clips into 1 continuous highlight video.
  5. Publish Video – Adding and arranging your video to your Player’s Page is literally “1-click” and then drag and drop to place your new video in the desired location on your playlist.

Since your Player’s Page uses the same personalized page link no matter what you add to the page, you will use this same link to send to the college coaches every time you add an update to your page.

Remember that college coaches are human and inundated with communication from prospective players, in addition to all the other things they’re doing daily.

Repetitive follow up with updates is the key to keeping your favorite player at the top of the coach’s mind and at the front of their recruitment list.

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7 Deadly Sins of College Soccer Recruiting – Showcase Tournaments

3 – Showcase tournaments do work…

…but only if you do it this way!

Let’s look at this from a statistical perspective.

There are thousands of colleges / universities that may, or may not, attend the showcase.

The showcase has hundreds of games played in one weekend.

Often spread over multiple locations miles apart.

Best case, all games are played at 1 massive facility.

All of this considered…

What are the odds that the coach from the college where you want to play will be at your game, watching while you’re in the game, at a time you’ve just made a spectacular play that makes you standout above all the others?

Hopefully you’ve answered, “lottery level poor”.

Now, if you’re willing to play at any D3, D2, junior college, in any state, with no regard for the program or academic reputation, then you don’t need to do this next step because there’s always a college somewhere that will need players.

The key to success at a soccer showcase is to be proactive!

You need to proactively reach out to the coaches at the schools you want to attend / play and ask them to watch you.

Send them to your Player’s Page for an introduction so they can see your videos and bio / stats.

Critical Point: If you’ve been in contact before, always assume they’ve forgotten you already

Always make sure you’re routing the coaches to your Player’s Page to get them excited about watching you at the showcase!

Secondly, make sure you send them your game schedule with dates, times, field locations and opponents.

Make it as easy as possible for the coaches.

Never make them work to find your game.

Third step is “follow up”.

Fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth step is “follow up”.

The soccer showcase is simply one step in a longer process.

Play hard, be a positive force, be persistent and you’ll get the spot you desire.

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