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.
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.
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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
Did you know there’s no other system out there where you can take one video send it to 20, 30, or 50 of your closest friends and you can all chop it up and make highlight videos, coaching videos, do anything you want with that video but it never affects the source video?
Well you can with Socrpro and let me show you how quick and easy this is, really. All you have to do is come down to any video, click on the share button, and now you can share it in a multitude of ways.
In this case I’m going to share it with a group, click send now and it’s done. It doesn’t matter how many people are in that group, they can all use that video, they can all chop it up they can all put it on their players page, they can make highlight videos out of it and do anything they want and it never affects what you’re doing what the other person is doing or the source video.
This is a SocrPro exclusive and nobody else has it the way we have it.
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