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Hockey Club Gains Functionality, Decreases Costs With SportsEngine

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John Neuman is a web designer that is passionate about standing out from the crowd. After signing on as registrar and website lead for Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association (OOAA), a hockey program with 180 athletes in Alberta, Canada, Neuman realized their website looked just like every other hockey organization in Canada—and that wasn’t going to fly.

 

John Neuman

"For years we were paying hundreds of dollars for a mobile app when SportsEngine mobile does everything that app did for free—it works great and everyone loves it.”

Name: John Neuman

Organization: Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association

Position: Registrar/Website

SportsEngine Tools Utilized: SitebuilderRegistrationTourney

John Neuman is a web designer that is passionate about standing out from the crowd. After signing on as registrar and website lead for Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association (OOAA), a hockey program with 180 athletes in Alberta, Canada, Neuman realized their website looked just like every other hockey organization in Canada—and that wasn’t going to fly.

What he was up against

The Okotoks Oilers (OOAA) were paying too much money every season for sports software that did too little. With limited website customization options, complicated registration forms, and slow customer service response times, Neuman knew a change needed to be made.

What SportsEngine did to help

Neuman selected SportsEngine to reinvent the association’s online presence, host online registrations, organize tournaments, and engage with fans.

What the impact was

The Okotoks Oilers (OOAA) are now saving money every year and getting more tools and functionality than they’ve ever had.

“We’re saving almost a thousand dollars a year now that we’re with SportsEngine,” says Neuman. “Plus I have much more control over the website than I ever had with our previous provider.”

“A lot of the hockey associations in our area use the same provider for their websites and they all look the same,” says Neuman. “With SportsEngine, you have multiple website templates to choose from and can even add custom code to truly make your website one of a kind, which I love.”

Neuman also loves that he can make changes to the association’s website on his own in real-time. In the past, he’d have to go through an IT department and request changes, which could take days.

“When we switched over to SportsEngine and released the new website, we got tons of great feedback,” says Neuman. “But it wasn’t just the website that people loved, it was also the online registration system and mobile app.”

“As registrar, I’m in charge of hosting registration every season, and SportsEngine has made that entire process easy for me,” says Neuman. “I now only need one form to register all of our hockey divisions—as opposed to multiple separate forms—and parents can fill out the form and pay online, all from their phones.”

“The tools you get from SportsEngine are really top-notch, and that includes their mobile app,” says Neuman. “For years we were paying hundreds of dollars for a mobile app when SportsEngine mobile does everything that app did for free—it works great and everyone loves it.”

“Now, families and fans that can’t travel with our teams to games all over Alberta can follow along on the app for live scores of every game,” says Neuman. “And nearly all of our coaches use the app to connect with athletes and families.”

“Coaches especially love the RSVP feature and the ability to post schedules, stats, and send team messages,” says Neuman. “Why pay extra for an app when you have SportsEngine?”


"I’ve just been really happy with SportsEngine,” says Neuman. “Their products are great and their customer support is excellent—someone is always there for me when I need them.”

 

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