In today’s day and age you can do just about anything online—go to college, shop for a wedding dress, and learn how to repair a cracked computer screen — so why not take your sports registration online as well! Many youth sports leagues have already benefited immensely from taking their registration process online, but in case you still aren’t convinced here are three common myths that you shouldn’t worry about anymore.
Myth #1 – All the system does is registrations, therefore it’s not worth the time/cost/effort/hassle/etc.
Believe it or not, an online sports registration system does a heck of a lot more than just signup youth athletes! An online registration management system will help your sports organization keep member information up-to-date quickly and efficiently, eliminating many of the pain points of traditional paper-based registration like bad handwriting, incomplete forms and so forth. When a parent makes one change to their profile your whole organization has access to the most up-to-date information! The system also has a mass e-mail capability so you can email everyone in the league at once (and coaches can easily email their teams), team creation and tournament scheduling, the ability to collect donations or offer discounts during the registration period and more.
Myth #2 – We won’t be able to accept cash or checks for registration payments.
SportsSignup’s data shows that when given a choice between check or credit card, 80% of registrants choose credit card. Accepting credit cards as a form of payment is a huge convenience for sports parents, and it certainly makes sense to offer it as an option, but money is money! Your online sports registration system can support taking cash/check, debit cards, and/or credit cards as a form of payment. A well-built system has easy ways to reconcile all those paper checks, and has receivables management built in so you can keep track of all the paper trails, both physical and electronic.
Myth #3— The registration vendor will email/solicit our members.
A reputable vendor will make it very clear that they DO NOT OWN OR CO-OWN your membership data, or anything contained in your database. You should have 100% control of your data and member information. To further protect your league’s member data, database information can only be accessed by people you authorize so you control who within your organization has access to what.
Keep in mind that online sports registration vendors that offer “free” registration services may need to post advertisements on your registration pages, which is why it pays to go with a paid vendor.
If you are still unsure about an online sports registration system for your sports organization, here are several other registration myths you need to know the truth about!