Website Management Platform for Youth Baseball League

I am involved with our local youth baseball league (four divisions - ages 7 - 15) and we need to replace the website platform that we use for league information, schedules, registration and news.

I was wondering if anyone has insight into what website management platforms may be the best fit for a youth sports league.

Thanks.
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Brian ClausenAsked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Anything but eteamz!  I have created my own for a soccer league.  There are some ready made options that look promising.  http://www.teamsnap.com and http://leagueathletics.com

What requirements do you want?

If you just need to update the website, check out a cms like http://www.squarespace.com/.  It is easy to use and maintain. There are others as well such as wix.com, wordpress.com.

If you do want the automated back end system where you can have players sign up online, track payments, assign to teams, leagues, email/text messaging, integrate with the website etc, then something like the links I provided.  Or maybe one of the parents has some skills and is willing to trade time for fees and in lieu of  life time volunteer work which is what I did.
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Thanks - we are looking for a site management system where we can manage player registration and handle online waivers, as well as show game results and team standings. Therefore, I have looked at some of the packages built specifically for league management.

We have been looking at http://www.bluesombrero.com and http://leaguetoolbox.com/

I am hoping I can find one that is relatively easy to use - the league uses Club Spaces now, which has terrible usability from a site management standpoint. We will avoid eTeamz as well, based on your recommendation and we will check out Team Snap and League Athletics
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
After quickly looking at these two (bluesombrero.com and leaguetoolbox.com) I think leaguetoolbox is going to be more promising.    I would do the demo of that and the two I give you.  Leaguetoolbox seems to offer a lot of options for the money.  First year will be $650 and every year after that is $450.

Leaguetoolbox lists a lot for the basic version of 1 to 10 teams.

 Customizable website
 Unlimited pages
 Document storage
 Upload photos
 Ad free
 Sponsor space
 Team pages
 Mobile website
 Social widgets
 Online store
 Schedule generator
 Custom reports
 Online registration
 Transaction reports
 Accounting tools
 Member database
 Balance reporting
 Form builder
 Recurring games
 Google® integration
 Attendance tracking
 Stat tracking
 League standings
 Team Registrations
 Email blasts
 Text messaging
 Automatic reminders
 Schedule notifications
 Team bulletins
 Bracket builder
 Facility manager
 Surveys
 Referee scheduling
 Online draft kit
 Multi-user security
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Now that these links are in my browser.... guess what my google and facebook ads are about...
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
You gotta love retargeting ads!

Thanks for looking at these sites - I will dig into League Toolbox and into the ones you recommended.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I would be interested to know which you went with.
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
cool - I will post an update once I make a vendor selection.
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Our current plan is to use Blue Sombrero, as the free component of this ended up being a major factor for our Board.

The Blue Sombrero platform is subsidized by Dick's Sporting Goods, so we will need to provide some marketing accommodations to Dick's, but it looks like the strongest set of site functionality for a non-paid platform. Our only expense should be for URL registration with GoDaddy and for credit card processing fees associated with online player registrations.

I will post the URL of the live site once we launch it.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Thanks for the update.    

It looks like they took the high side for credit card processing fees in order to provide an easy rate.  Typically rates hover in the 3% for card not present plus 20 to 30 cents per transaction.   Unless you are doing a half million a year in online sales, 3% vs 3.4% is not going to make much difference.  Watch if you use your own CC processing, there may be additional fees for using Authorize.net unless the provider already has that build in their costs.  This is where the 3.4% rate is not so bad.

Good luck.
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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Live Site: http://www.sloyouthbaseball.com

This uses the Blue Sombrero platform - worked out well.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Thanks!  Looks good.
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