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 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!

Demosphere Tip Of The Week: Custom Registration Eligibility

A good online registration system will provide you tools for setting up the eligibility criteria for each of your programs to ensure your members are able to participate in the programs that are appropriate for them based on things like their age and gender. The Demosphere Registration system provides robust tools for setting up custom registration eligibility criteria, which can be easily utilized in conjunction with standard eligibility options for gender and age.  Administrators can use this feature for custom data fields such as: 

  • Region
  • Grade
  • School
  • Program Codes
  • And more!
Create a Custom Data Field

To add a new custom data field to track for custom registration eligibility purposes, click on the Custom Data Management tab under the Data Reporting & Management dashboard to setup any number of unlimited fields:

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Demosphere Tip of the Week: Structuring Website Tables

Website tables are a great way to organize schedules, standings, lists of forms and documents, coach and player profiles and more. Creating tables in the Demosphere website solution has never been easier! This week we’re sharing tips on how to effectively use the Article table tools for both Desktop and Mobile viewing.

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