NEW: Automatically Roster Players to Previous Team

Automatically Roster Players

Does your organization guarantee a roster spot for registered players who wish to return to the same team next season? If so, Demosphere has a solution for you! You can now automatically roster registered players to the same team as the one they were on in the previous season. This is especially useful for Recreational programs where players want to continue playing with their same team throughout the years.

Simply clone the previous season and teams and turn ON the option to automatically roster players to their previous team. That’s it!

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Public Registration Process to Return to Previous Team

Once this feature has been turned on, players who were on a team in the previous season that was cloned will see a message during public registration. This message will let the player know our system has detected they are a returning player. They will then see an option to return to the same team. The default setting will be YES. The user can indicate that they do not wish to return to the same team if desired.

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After completing the registration, the player will automatically roster onto the same team if they indicated as such. 

This new feature will greatly reduce the administrative workflow and time spent on team building! We hope the option to automatically roster your players to a returning team benefits your organization. We look forward to hearing your feedback. Please email us with any questions or suggestions.

Coaching 101: Sometimes Saying Nothing Is All It Takes

One of the biggest things I’ve learned from eight years of coaching soccer around the world is that the key to development is allowing players to organically learn the game. I think we’ve gotten into a situation over the years where too much over-coaching is going on. Our role as a coach is to guide. We can’t teach kids everything, but we can guide and create a fun learning environment for players. This will teach them to not only love the game now, but also to continue to love it in twenty years. The game alone is the greatest teacher.

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The hardest thing as a coach, and I know this from personal experience, is to not let your ego get in the way of development. Constantly barking at players to do certain things on the field doesn’t get the long term results you are after. Players don’t learn from being told what to do at every step while they are on the field. That would be the same as just controlling players in a video game. They learn from making mistakes. The team who usually makes the least tends to win. 

It’s ok to make mistakes.

As our friends at Online Soccer Academy say, when a player makes a mistake, “React positive!” They’ve just learned something!

If a player makes a mistake that leads to a goal you have to see that as a learning experience. They will learn and correct accordingly, understanding that a consequence resulted in that mistake. It’s how we learn many of our skills, not only in sports, but in life. Coaches can guide afterwards and re-correct, but that situation alone should never be over-coached in the moment.

Parents should recognize the silence of a coach isn’t always a bad thing. He/she is allowing the players to learn the game in an environment that is conducive to self-exploration and learning in a natural way by playing the game. Organized sports were never a big factor for learning the game in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Learning came from playing every minute of the day and watching the game on TV. Learning the game in an organic way is fantastic not only for the here and now but for the long term. It builds players who are creative and expressive while out on the field. 

If you make it fun now, they will love the game forever.

Demosphere Makes New Connections at the WYSA AGM

The WYSA AGM 

The Demosphere Team had a productive trip attending the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) AGM last week. The weekend was full of opportunities to connect with current partners and form relationships with new ones. In addition to the Association’s full meeting agenda, the Demosphere team conducted training sessions for WYSA Member Clubs. Topics included Demosphere solutions for setting up programs and seasons, collecting online registration data, managing payments, building custom forms and syncing their data to the State Association.

Demosphere Training Sessions

Additionally, a separate league session was held to dive into Demosphere’s robust scheduling tools for managing fields and permits, game and blackout dates, setting up division structures, generating game schedules and managing scores/stats and standings. Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA), a new partner utilizing Demosphere’s league solutions, was in attendance. MAYSA shared their excitement and feedback over their use of the Demosphere platform to build their Spring schedules. They also shared positive remarks with the group about the service they’ve received from our team thus far. 

Demosphere’s Dannelle Lewandowski ran into her former USSF License B Instructor, Jim Launder. Jim is the WYSA Director of Coaching – small world!

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Especially relevant to the weekend’s activities was the Annual Hall of Fame banquet. Several members of the WYSA family were recognized for their contributions to soccer in the state of Wisconsin. Our team was honored to have been part of the recognition to honor the recipients and we look forward to many more years of success from WYSA.

Are you hosting an event in your area that you think Demosphere would enjoy? Please send us a note at sales@demosphere.com – we’d love to join you!

Demosphere Attends United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philly!

The Demosphere Team had another phenomenal experience attending the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention. This year’s event was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The convention has been billed “the World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators”. This year over ten thousand participants attended, representing everything from grassroots organizations to Professional leaders in the soccer community.

Education:

The event offers a plethora of educational opportunities for coaches like classroom sessions and live field demonstrations. Additionally, there are plenty of networking opportunities, awards ceremonies, and small group focus sessions.  Furthermore, the annual draft for both the NWSL and MLS take place during the week of the convention.

U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates

Most noteworthy this year was the impending U.S. Soccer Presidential election next month. Seven of the eight candidates held presentation sessions to share their ideas with attendees for taking soccer to the next level. Votes will be cast on Feb.10, 2017. (Read more about the candidates and the election process).

Exhibit Hall

Throughout the week, attendees staggered through the massive exhibit hall, packed with more than 300 exhibitors. Organizations promoted products and services ranging from sporting goods and merchandise, player development programs and sports tours, consulting services, health and safety and a wide range of sports technology solutions. The Demosphere team worked hard to get setup in time for the grand opening on Thursday evening.

The Demosphere Booth

Twelve members of the Demosphere team attended the convention this year. Our team enjoyed making connections with old friends and new, elevating existing member solutions and sharing the Demosphere story with potential new partners. We value our time spent with groups like NYSWYSA, WYSA, Seacoast United, WYSL, NVSC, Gunston Soccer, SUSA Academy, Central League Soccer, Crew SC, Maryland United, PBG Predators, Congaree Rapid FC, Palatine Celtic, Vienna Youth Soccer, Alexandria Soccer, Tennessee Soccer Club, Maryland SoccerPlex, Empire United, and so many more. Demosphere has some amazing partners!

Our team is already gearing up for next year in Chicago and we hope to see many more partners in 2019.

If you’re looking to join the Demosphere family and be part of The Team Behind Team Sports℠contact us today!

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Demosphere Tip of the Week: Managing Payments/Refunds

Have you ever had a member ask you to make a change to their current balance due? Or, maybe you have a pile of cash/checks to record, a refund to process, or even a change to make to an upcoming payment due date? Requests for managing payments and refunds from your members are not uncommon. The Demosphere system will ensure a smooth and simple workflow for managing payments, refunds and payment schedules within just a few clicks.

Managing Payments

To record a payment in the Demosphere system, first navigate to the household and pull up the registration order in question from within the Registration Order History tab. The order overview section will display the remaining balance due for each order. If a member hands you a check or cash, the payment can be recorded by clicking the record payment button located in the upper right hand corner.

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Note: You may have members who ask if you can record a credit card payment on their behalf. If both of you are comfortable with doing this then you, as a site administrator, will be able to enter the credit card information and process the payment.

You will enter the payment details on the Record Payment screen. You can either click the box to make the payment in full, or type in a custom amount you wish to record. Within the Total Payment Amount field you will see the total amount being recorded. Under Additional Payment Details choose the payment type: check, cash, credit card, external credit card (e.g. onsite POS or card reader), or financial aid from the dropdown. Choose the payment date and record any remarks, then click Save.

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Note: If choosing credit card you will be taken to the payment screen where you can enter the credit card details.

Once the payment has been recorded, you will be directed back to the Order. You should now see the recorded payment under the order transaction history section.

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Managing Refunds

For any order that has a payment already applied to it, a pink refund button will appear at the top of the order. If your organization decides to honor a refund request, you can click this button to record a either a partial refund or a refund in full.

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You will be taken to a screen that looks similar to the screen where you recorded the payment. In the refund amount column, enter the amount the you wish to refund the member. You can leave a remark, which will appear next to the refunded amount under the order. Continue to the refund review, double check to be sure everything is correct, and finalize the refund.

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Within the order items section, you will see the refund amount total and the refund remarks. You can also find the changes under the order payment schedule section. Any payments that were made via credit card, when refunded, will be automatically credited back to the original card.

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Managing Payment Schedules

Now that we have reviewed managing payments and refunds, let’s look into adjusting payment schedules and amounts due. This is done under the Manage Unpaid Payments button on the order.

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There are a couple of things we can do. Let’s say for example you refunded too much. No worries! Simply adjust the refunded amount by adding the difference back to the New column. We can see within the adjusted column how much has been refunded and within the New column we can add however much we need back to the total balance due. There is also an option to make an Adjustment Note. Click save.

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Note: Keep in mind, whenever saving a change that has been made, such as recording payments, issuing refunds, adjusting payment due dates or the amount due, an email will be automatically sent to the household admin’s email on file.

If you would like to change the due date for an upcoming installment, simply click on the payment date at the top, and click the Edit this Date button on the right. From this screen you can also adjust the amount due for any payment date. Simply click into the New cell and type the new amount due.

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Have more questions about managing payments and refunds? We have plenty of knowledge base articles that can be found in our Support Center to help guide you further. Click here or give us a call – we’re happy to assist!