Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 with 1 comment

Boost Your Payment Collection with InstaTeam

Like discussed in Money Kicks ( ), collecting payments happens to be the toughest task of coaching. We at InstaTeam, understand a coach’s challenges and have built our app around making team management simpler.

The app-based payment system makes accepting payments and keeping track really simple. However, bringing people to pay remains a challenge. Here are a few ways you can get people to clear their dues without actually offending them.

Send reminder messages

While everybody sends ‘gentle reminders’ for dues, you can actually send helpful messages that provide easy links to making online payments or send push notifications that help parents directly to the payments page.

Incentivize timely payment

Offer early bird discounts, offers or even discount coupons from a sports store. You can partner up with a local sports store, who wouldn’t mind extra sales. On the flip side, you can impose fine on who pay up late.

Provide easy payment options

Sometimes parents can have genuine problems like a money crunch that the family might be going through. In that case you can offer the facility to pay up in parts, like an installment scheme. On the InstaTeam app you can customize the payment option to make it as per the number of installments. This way the installments will be recorded and there won’t be any confusion also.

Develop a healthy relationship with parents

When parents have a bonding with you, they are more likely to relate to your situation. More so, if they are not able to pay, they’ll at least inform you and maybe even discuss their situation with you. having a frank chat helps. A mutual empathy develops. And who knows, the discussion might lead to way out.  Do not hesitate to ask for fee payment if its long overdue. There has been a professional association and you’ve kept your side of the deal by coaching the child well, so you shouldn’t have the slightest of hesitations.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Published Saturday, July 27, 2019 with 6 comments

Communication It Is

Good communication practice and a fitting communicationtool that enables it, are like two sides of the same coin. You can’t do well with only one of them. so, if you are looking at motivating your team, engaging parents and improving team bonding, communication is your answer.

Here are some ways you can use InstaTeam to improve communication in your team.

1.      Meet the parents – Meetings with parents boosts trust and brings in a healthy, collaborative environment. Schedule these meetings on weekends making it easier for working parents to attend. You can schedule the meeting as an event on the InstaTeam app. Encourage parents to mark attendance on the app.

2.      Friendly matches with parents – Not just meetings, you can organize friendly matches with parents. Positive parent involvement helps kids gain better from their sporting experience. As per a study conducted by McCarthy, Jones and Clark-Carter (2008) states that positive parental involvement is one of the most reported reason for kids enjoying their youth sporting experience. In another study conducted by Mills, Butt, Maynard and Harwood (2012), according to coaches believed parents play the most important role in a child’s sports experience. They even suggested parental support boosts the child’s chances to progress to a professional level.

3.      Instant messages – If you do not have any important information to send, send a motivational message from the InstaTeam app. Sending text messages keeps team members in the loop, and is a pleasant way to connect. But again, do not make it too frequent, the trick will lose its magic.

4.       Keep communication positive and receptive. At all cost. Do not allow personal comments on kids or parent banter to take place in the common forum. These things can turn pretty ugly.

5.      Send surveys – Confused about something? A great way to get-off the confusion is to ask. Send a survey through the InstaTeam app. Surveys also keep members positively engaged.

6.      Participate and encourage team participation in the team’s social media accounts. You can manage all social media accounts through the single InstaTeam dashboard, which shall make your life a lot easier.

7.      Take communication seriously – Take small things like ‘marking attendance on the InstaTeam app’ or ‘signing up for items’ on the app, very seriously. If team members and parents start taking communication for granted, the team is bound to fall apart. If they are not used to using the app, then even important communication will go unnoticed. Ensure players and parents read messages on the app and are frequent to it.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Published Tuesday, July 09, 2019 with 33 comments

Team Registrations – App, Zap, Zoom

All prepared for the start of a new season? New registrations, and the whole ritual, paperwork and strenuous effort shouldn’t bog you down. InstaTeam makes life easier for the coach, admin, even players and their parents, by minimizing manual work, facilitating wider reach and bringing the whole team’s management at the tip of your hands, literally.

It’s easier than it sounds. Follow these simple steps to register your team, add new members and manage registrations.

Creating a new team

1.     Open InstaTeam app.

2.     Tap on top-right corner ‘Add Teams’

3.     Fill in the relevant details. Tap on ‘Create Team’.
4.     A new page appears. Just put-in some more details about the team, and you are good to go.

Within fraction of a minute, your team is created.

Adding new members

Now that your team is created, you need to add new members to the team.

1.     Tap on the team name in which you want to add new members.

2.     Tap on the top-right side “+” sign.

3.     Tap on ‘Add Player’.

4.     Select the team in which you want to add players, and tap ‘Next’.

5.     Fill in the relevant details.

You can also add additional parameters if that calls for it. For instance you can add home address or blood group or some other information. You will have to add that parameter only once and it will appear for the whole team.

Now that you have created a team and added players, managing the team on our sports team management app is super easy. You can easily manage rosters and scheduling. And with all that time you’ve saved using InstaTeam, we’d say, “go play!”.

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