Tools for Team Captains

Whether you're starting a new team, getting ready for your first season, or going on your 5th championship, we know firsthand that as a Captain, it takes time and patience to manage your team. Below we've outlined options for paying your team dues, managing your team, and finding players. 

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Paying Your Team Dues

We offer two options for teams to pay their dues each season: Standard and Individual Payment Plans, outlined below.

Summary: Most captains choose Standard Plan, in which Captain fronts team dues online, either in full by registration deadline, or anytime before third game for a small extra fee (deposit due by registration deadline, remaining balance before third game).

1. Standard Payment Plan - Captain pays team dues online.

Captain registers as a "Team Captain," and can either pay the entire team balance up front, or pay a $150 deposit to reserve their team's spot in a league. Registration deadline is one week prior to the scheduled season start date, and any remaining team balance is due before kickoff of the third game. 

Only the Captain can make payments toward the team balance with this option - Captains can pay off their invoice through their dashboard at any time before the third game. To take advantage of regular pricing, a team's dues must be PAID IN FULL by the registration deadline, otherwise a late fee will be added to the total invoice (the deposit will still hold the team's spot and be applied to the total balance).

This option gives a captain the flexibility to decide how many roster players they want, and how much to charge each player. It also guarantees a team that they will only play with the players they choose, and is usually slightly less expensive per player. Captains typically have their players pay them personally via Venmo or cash at the first game.

2. Individual Payment Plan - Players pay individual dues online.

All team players register and pay their dues online individually as Free Agents by one week prior to the scheduled season start date.

Here's how it works:

  1. Each player (including the Captain) registers and pays on their own as a "Free Agent" and writes their team name in the "Team or Teammate Request" box during registration. We will add each player to the team roster after they register. Captains can view how many other players have currently registered through the "Roster" on their dashboard.
  2. As soon as all players have registered and paid, we will reserve your team's spot in the league.
  3. If fewer than 11 players register and pay by the deadline (one week prior to the scheduled season start date), SOPFC may add Free Agents or other Small Groups to your team in order to bring the roster count up to 11-13 players. Captains may still have players register for their team, but these registrations will incur late pricing.

This option relieves the Captain of the responsibility of collecting money directly from their players, but requires planning ahead of time to ensure that all players are registered and paid by the deadline.


Managing Your Team

Below are some common questions and methods for managing your team each season.

How do I add players to my team roster online?

  1. Log in to your Dashboard > Manage or Add Players > Copy or Invite Players at the top.
  2. Bulk copy players from previous teams/seasons you've captained to new teams/seasons. 

Only Captains can manage/add players. If you need to remove players on your roster, just email us their names.

What are the best ways to keep track of my players?

  1. Log in to your Dashboard > Manage or Add Players to view all your roster players and their emails.
  2. Message players directly from your Dashboard, or click "Messages" on the left sidebar to send a message to the whole team.
  3. Copy and use this "Team Roster Template" Google sheet we created if you'd like to opy it and keep a more personal roster including all contact info, positions, and payment status of your players.

What are the best practices for collecting money from team players?

If you're using the Standard Payment Plan, and collecting money from your players personally to pay off your total team dues, we recommend having your players pay you via Venmo or PayPal prior to the season start, or by bringing cash to the first game they play. The sooner you can secure a financial commitment from each player, the more invested they will be in showing up and contributing to the team in a positive way.

When and how should I remind players of upcoming games?

Players who have accepted an email invitation to join your team roster online will receive automatic game reminders 2 days prior to each game with the date, time, location, and links to RSVP Yes/Maybe/No for that game. This is one reason it's important to add all players to your roster every season! When a player RSVPs for a game, the response will be emailed immediately to the Captain.

Additional player reminder methods:

  1. Use Dashboard "Messages" tab on left side of team page
  2. Send group emails to all teammates
  3. Add teammates to GroupMe app
  4. Text message players on game days

Finding Players for Your Team

1. Nextdoor Online Community

Recruit players on Nextdoor, a free private social network that connects you with people in neighboring communities based on your home address. It's quick to sign up for, and each post here will reach anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 people in your nearby neighborhoods. We know Captains who've used Nextdoor to recruit enough players over the course of a week to form a whole team, from just one post!

Here's how to find players:

  1. Sign up at Nextdoor.com
  2. Create a new post asking for interested soccer players to join your team
  3. Use a team photo or photo from your league's details page to help attract attention
  4. Make sure to link to your specific league (e.g. Saturday Coed Summer 2017), so people can find out more info first

Here's an example of an actual post used to help build a team:

2. SOPFC Clubhouse Facebook Group

Post player requests in SOPFC's "Clubhouse" Facebook group, a place for players, teams, and Captains to connect. You can post requests for new players, subs for games when you may be short players, etc. Anyone can read the posts on the Clubhouse, but you must request to join the group in order to create a new post. We approve everyone who requests to join, usually within a couple of hours or so.

Everyone in the group has actively expressed an interest in playing or joining an SOPFC team at some point, so it's a pretty receptive audience.

3. Atlanta Pick-Up Soccer Facebook Group

Post player requests in the Atlanta Pick-Up Soccer Facebook group, created by a friend of SOPFC to help people find pickup games in the Atlanta area. In addition to finding pickup games, people post requests for new players or subs for games here. You can probably post something similar on here and the SOPFC Clubhouse group.

4. Friends and Co-Workers

Ask friends and co-workers to play! Word of mouth is still one of the most reliable ways to recruit new players. Have your players mention to their co-workers that they're looking for another team player, or post on their Facebook to see if any of their friends might want to join. Most teams find at least 2-3 new players every season this way.

5. Pickup Games

RSVP for an SOPFC pickup game and invite players there to join your team! SOPFC offers daily pickup games through our Meetup group, and many of these players want to play in our league too. Although some players may register to play on their own as free agents, there are often players who would prefer to meet a Captain at the field and be invited directly to a team. Playing pickup with potential players also helps you find out which players would be a good fit for your team.

There are a lot of great players at pickup, so consider RSVPing on Meetup for an upcoming session and inviting some folks there to join your team - it's a very friendly crew of people.


Questions or Additional Help

Have any questions about forming or managing your team? Drop us a line anytime at info@sonsofpitchesfc.com and we'll be happy to help.

Feel free to also email us if you want to share any other tips for finding players as a Captain for this page, or have any feedback for us!

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