Youth sports app TeamSnap launches a new system designed for clubs and leagues – TechCrunch

TeamSnap, a web service for managing recreational and competitive sports teams and groups, announced the launch of its all-in-one multi-schedule management system for youth sports organizations. With the new system, clubs and leagues will be able to register players and take advantage of new team scheduling and management tools. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, and the offer will include the TeamSnap mobile app.

Peter Frintzilas, CEO of TeamSnap, said: “With this launch, our platform that connects more than 25 million youth sports users and more than 19,000 organizations can now seamlessly, securely and efficiently meet all management needs. business of a sports organization, while at the same time empowering them. spend more time doing what they love, and that’s focusing on game time.”

TeamSnap was founded in 2009 and has come a long way over the last decade, now with over 4 million monthly active users and approaching 2 million daily active users. The app also serves customers in 135 countries, with teams representing more than 100 different sports, according to the company’s announcement.

Frintzilas spoke to TechCrunch about the new release, as well as the benefits of a team sports app and the company’s overall goal.

“We offer easy-to-use tools for communication scheduling, payment collection and registration. [Youth sports] It is a complicated and disorganized industry. And our goal is really to help organize some of that chaos,” he said, “by providing a management platform that brings together leagues, coaches, parents, players, fans, all in one place and building that community.”

TeamSnap has a convenient mobile experience for consumers, whether they are independent trainers, parents, families, or even fans. Parents of several children can probably count how many times they’ve gone to the wrong field, missed the time of a game, or forgotten it was their turn to bring the orange slices and bottles of water. While these may seem like minor issues, avoiding the disappointment of missing a game is important to a child.

In the same way, TeamSnap aims to provide a valuable user experience for clubs and organizers as well.

“At the end of the day, our elite club clients are actually small businesses, so getting the right level of insight into their finances and cash flow reporting across all of their programs is essential to success. This new release for clubs and leagues includes a whole new type of detailed financial reporting, tracking, allowing them to manage finances across the board,” said the CEO.

TeamSnap for Clubs and Leagues integrates the online registration process with tools for roster management, payment, scheduling, event editing, and more. The offer also provides a way for clubs and leagues to simply start a new season or a new club offer without starting over once the year is over.

Fast multiplayer registration is a huge plus, as TeamSnap eliminates the need to retype the same information over and over again. It even helps keep track of players who are family members.

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“With our new system, we’re really focused on enabling those organizers to support these types of setups, giving their coordinators the right level of access to tools and, more importantly, data, all in one place.” Fritzilas added.

One client, in particular, the North Bay Minor Hockey Association, experienced terrible support through an anonymous technology provider. “Communication was poor, support was poor and this was the final straw,” Matt Duquette, the club’s secretary and treasurer, said in a testimonial for TeamSnap. He added: “Before, we put entries and tests on our website and hoped people would watch. We were emailing coaches and asking them to email the team. We would post on Facebook. It was a shot in the dark, hoping to reach everyone.”

With just a quick search, there are plenty of apps that offer communication and scheduling tools for coaches, like Sports Illustrated Play, LeagueApps (which just raised $15 million), Teamer, and StackSports, among others. While there could be sports teams organizing through a Facebook group or, perhaps soon, through WhatsApp’s new Communities feature, these are only used for communication purposes.

“Unfortunately, in the industry and sports technology in general, we have seen vendors reduce that live support for organizations and coaches and we have done the opposite, going well beyond the industry standard for weekdays. support and provide full 12-hour support in all time zones, seven days a week. Our responsive live chat accounts for more than 50% of our interactions,” said Frintzilas.

He also told TechCrunch that the company is looking to bring video into the user experience, whether it’s through live streaming of gameplay or the ability to create highlight reels. User experience is vital to the success of an application, and as TeamSnap evolves, the value for customers is expected to continue to increase.

It is also important to address the basis of the pandemic and how youth sports teams have declined in the last two years. COVID-19 shut down many games and delayed seasons. TeamSnap conducted a research study with The Aspen Institute and Utah State University to see how sports loss impacted athletes and families.

More than half of parents surveyed reported that their children’s mental health (52%) and physical fitness (53%) declined during the pandemic. With TeamSnap’s new health monitoring feature and general promotion to improve youth sports, hopefully this will improve over time.

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