Lots of exciting updates coming this week

We have rebuilt the way that you message your team.  Now all of our emails and SMS messages are queued which will make your experience must faster.  The lastest updates to our API are about complete so that leagues and teams can display their schedule on their website.  We are working hard on our mobile solution which will be coming out very soon.  Lots of work is going on to make Ateamo more useful for players and captains.  Please stay tuned.  Keep the feedback coming.  This is your site…and it’s free!

Summer registration enhancements

We have rolled out some enhancements that will make it easier to invite or add players to your team.

 

Free Transfer Registrations

The Austin Men’s Soccer Association has a free transfer rule in place for the summer.  If a player is already registered with another team for the 2012/13 season and you want to add them to your roster, you will see the following when you attempt to register them:

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Add a player

Often times teams will merge in the summer.  To facilitate this we have created the ability for captains to add players to other teams that they are a captain of.  For example, if you are a captain of Team A and want to add them to another team, Team B (for which you are also a captain), you can bypass the invitation process and add them to your team.  To do this click on their photo or name from Team A’s page.  You will see the popup below:

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Click on ‘Add Player to your team’ and you will then see the form to add them to another one of your teams.  You can also register them at the same time.  If they are eligible for a free summer transfer then they will not be charged a fee.

 

Invite a player

You can also search for players that may not already be on one of your teams.  However, you will not be able to add them but will instead invite them and they will then need to accept the invitation as before.  This allows you to invite them without knowing their email.  You start this process the same way.  You can search for a player by name using the new search form that is the top of each page.

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you will see a list of players matching your search:

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Click on the player name to view their profile

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Click on the button at the top right ‘Add player to your team’ to see the same form as outlined above which will add them to your team.

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Once you submit the form they will be invited and registered.

 

 

 

We hope these enhancements help you populate your roster for the summer.  If anything is not clear, please let us know!

 

 

Player Management Updates

We have heard tons of feedback that the updates we made a few months ago were not ideal and made the management of players a bit confusing.  We have taken this feedback and today launched the latest update of our team player management page.  In this release we have moved the player registrations to a column in the players table.  We have also added functionality that allows you to change the status of players, give players captains access or register new players with just one click.  The updates are outlined below:

Jersey Number

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The first column shows the jersey number that is entered for the player. This number will be displayed on the team roster when printed.  To edit the number, click on the edit-icon icon to edit the player data.

 

Captain Status

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The second column in the list is shows whether the players has captains privileges.  You can grant these privileges by clicking on the grey checkmark or revoke them by clicking on the green icon.

 

Player Registration

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The third column shows the player registration status.  You can register the player by clicking on the grey checkmark icon.  You can hover over each icon to see what they mean.  We show the status for ‘incomplete’ (the player needs to complete the form), ‘unpaid’ (the registration payment has not been made, ‘pending’ (the league needs to activate the registration, and ‘active’ (the player registration is complete and the player should show up on your roster).

 

Player Status

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This column allows you to change the status of the player.  An inactive player will not see any updates from your team or see any events such as games or practices.  This player status does not effect the registration status for a player.  You can toggle the status by clicking on the icon.  If you see a invitation icon invite-iconthis means that the invitation has been sent to the player.

 

Edit Player

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Finally, the last column has the edit player icon.  This allows you to edit the players information (photo, name, dob, gender and jersey number) so that their information is correct.  We will be making enhancements to this in the very near future.  Your players can select to not allow captains to edit this information if they like by updating their profile account settings.

 

 

 

Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback about these updates.  We hope that you find them useful and that they make the day to day job as a captain easier.

 

Team Registration and Player Management Changes

We have made some changes to the way that Captains manage their team roster and register their players with leagues or tournaments.  Before each team would have two rosters, their players roster and their registered player roster.  This made it difficult to manage a teams network of players because there were two places to view them.  With our latest release of the team roster manager these two lists have been combined into one.

The Players section now has a filter panel which allows you to view players filtered by a variety of options, labels or tags.

Managing Active and Inactive Players

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We have introduced an enhanced grouping system that allows you to view various types of members all from one display.  You can view only active players by checking the box next to active in the filter panel (this is the default display).  If you uncheck the box you will see all of your players both active and inactive.  Inactive players will not see team events, receive team communication or be able to RSVP for games or practices.  Setting a player as inactive is useful for when players are taking a season off, get injured or are not going to be playing for any other reason but yet you do not want to completely remove them from your team.

Managing Captains

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To view all of your team captains we have included a ‘Captains’ group.  Checking or unchecking the box for this group will show you your team captains.  If you want to make one of your teammates a captain drag and drop them into the Captain group.  If you want to remove them click the ‘x’ in the folder next to their name.

Managing Player Registrations

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If you have a player that is not currently registered you can register them by dragging them to the related player registration.  Once you do you will see a confirmation popup.  The player will be registered and will then be able to pay their registration fee when they login to Ateamo.  We have more updates to the process coming in the next few days.

Smart Groups (coming soon)

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We will be adding smart groups very soon so that you can create custom groups on the fly to organize your players.  For example, if you have a group of players that are not very reliable you can create a group for these players and target event reminders or messages to this specific group.  We are excited about this functionality and hope that you find it useful.  We’ll have more about this new features in the next few months.

Managing the groups

You will see all of the groups which each player belongs to next to their name.  If you want to remove the player from a group you click the ‘x’ in the folder for that particular group.

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We have been working hard at making team management easier and hope that this new player roster management tool will help make your job as a captain easier.  Please shoot us some feedback or leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

 

 

Make a payment

When a player owes money to a team, league or group, they will see a large notification when they login to Ateamo.

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Clicking on ‘View your balances’ to access the list of balances with each team or league.

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Select the fees that you are paying by clicking on the checkbox next to the item.  Once you are done, click the ‘Continue’ button to confirm the checkout and then make your payment though PayPal.

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Once your payment has been made it will be recorded in Ateamo and your captain or league will be notified.

Please note.  If you are a captain of a team you will see ALL of the outstanding balances with a league with you login.  This gives you the flexibility to make the payment on their behalf.

 

Invite players to join your team

Managing your team’s roster is now much easier.  There is no limit on the number of players you can have on your team.

To access your team’s roster, go to your team’s page and click on the ‘Manage Team’ button.

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Initially you will see only your active players.  If you want to view all of your players, click on the checkbox next to ‘Active’ under the group filters.  This allows you to toggle the view for your roster.  To add a new player click on the ‘+” button at the top right.

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To add a new player you need to enter their first name, last name and email address.  This will add them to your roster and send them an invitation to join your team.  Each player must use a unique email address.  If your team is registered with a league or tournament you can automatically register them by clicking the checkbox next to the name of the registration.

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Once you have added your players they will show up in your roster as a pending player.   The email that is sent to the player has a link to join your team.  Once they have completed this process they will be activated on your roster.  The registration for the player will be activated once the fee has been paid and the league activates the player.

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In our next post we’ll show you how to manage your players status on your team.

 

Edit your team’s colors and name

We added a new tab to the Team Manager today which allows you to edit your team’s colors (badge) and team name.  We’ll be adding additional information here in the next few days.

 

To update your team’s name, go to your team’s profile page on Ateamo and click on the ‘Manage Team’ button.  You must be a captain or administrator to manage the team.

 

 

Once you are in the manager, click on the ‘Edit Team’ tab.  You can update your team’s colors by clicking on the badge.  You can also update your team’s name by changing the name in the space provided.