Tools for 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 how to pay your team dues, manage your team, and find players. 
 
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Paying Your Team Dues

 

To register your team each season, browse our upcoming seasons and click "Team" to sign up as a Captain.
 
Here's how the Team registration process works:
 
1. The Captain's credit/debit card info is required to register a team for the league, but won't be charged right away. 
 
2. A minimum deposit of $150 must be paid by the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the scheduled start date, whichever comes first) to confirm a team's spot. This amount can be paid online by teammates, the Captain, or a combination. After registering, we encourage Captains to immediately begin inviting players to join their team and issuing them invoices for their share of team dues. After the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the scheduled start date, whichever comes first), any unpaid amount of the deposit will be automatically charged to the Captain's credit/debit card.
 
3. The full team balance must be paid by the Payment Deadline (typically the day before the second or third game). Again, this amount can be paid online by teammates, the Captain, or a combination. After the Payment Deadline, any unpaid amount of the full team balance will be automatically charged to the Captain's credit/debit card.
 
Payment Responsibility: Captains are 100% responsible for making sure their team's deposit and dues are paid in full. Captains can use our TeamPayer tool at any time up to the Payment Deadline to invite teammates and assign them their share of dues, paid directly toward the team balance. Note that the system will only process payments up to the amount of the team balance. So if 15 invoices for $60 are sent out on a $590 balance, the system will only process the first 9 people to pay at the full $60 price ($540 total), and the 10th person will only be charged $50 out of $60 ($590 total).
 
Teams with delinquent dues unable to be charged for any reason will incur a $50 fine per week, and may incur game forfeits. Teams dropping out of, or disqualified from a league will forfeit their deposit and dues.
 
Team Discount Policy: In order to retain any early registration discount, a team's dues must be paid in full by the Signup Deadline (or 6 days prior to the scheduled start date, whichever comes first), otherwise the team balance will increase to the regular price and a team will then have until the Payment Deadline to pay in full.
 
Refund Policy: All registration dues are non-refundable. A team's deposit and/or dues will be refunded only if SOPFC cancels a league entirely, or if a team is not offered a position in a league/division determined to be appropriate for the team.
 
Check Policy: You cannot pay by personal check. You may pay with a company check if it’s mailed to our office or delivered to an SOPFC staff member at the field (you must contact us to arrange this first - do no just show up unannounced at the field with a check). Printable invoices/receipts are available by logging in to your Player Page and clicking "View Invoice" if you need documentation to provide to your company, partner, or sponsor for reimbursement.
 

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 Player Page > Manage Team > Invite Players.
  2. Easily add or invite teammates to your roster via email, Facebook, a team invite link, or using previous season rosters.
  3. Captains can also remove players or revoke invites they may have already sent. 
 
Please note: Only Captains can invite and manage players.
 
Example of team roster view from Captain's Player Page (click for full view):
 
 
What are the best ways to keep track of my players?
  1. Log in to your Player Page > Manage Team > You will see your entire roster
  2. Message players directly from your Dashboard, or use your private Team Forum to communicate with teammates.
  3. Manage invites and invoices you may have issued to teammates using TeamPayer.
 
What are the best practices for collecting money from team players?
 
We recommend using the TeamPayer tool to invoice each of your teammates their share of team dues, payable directly to the league and lowering your team balance accordingly. Alternately, you can have your players pay you via Venmo or PayPal prior to the season start, or bring 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 can go to the "Profile" tab of their Player page to opt-in to receive automatic game reminders via email the day of (or Friday before) each game including the date, time, location, and links to RSVP for that game. This is another reason it's important to add all players to your roster every season! Captains and team players can view all the RSVPs of their teammates.
 
Additional player reminder methods:
  1. Use GroupMe to communicate with all teammates in a group
  2. Use the "Messages" tab on your Player page (this sends an email to every teammate selected)
  3. Use the private "Team Forum" section of your team page
  4. Send group emails to all teammates from your personal email
  5. 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 Winter 2018), 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? Read our FAQ for more information, or 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!