How much work is required to move my sports group to OpenSports?

If you’re looking the best alternative to platforms like Meetup, Sportsvite, Whatsapp and Facebook, read on!

We have helped groups of all sizes through their transition from platforms like Meetup and Sportsvite, to OpenSports. We have learned that organizers care very deeply about their members, and as such, do not want to keep telling their members to sign up for different platforms without good reason. This means they are pretty methodical about their approach. For large groups (over 2,000 members) this often means that moving their group members over takes a few weeks. For smaller groups, it may take one week to complete the transition.

Now that you have created a group (PSSST: Make sure your group has a logo and banner photo! It’ll look much prettier this way, and I guarantee more people will join it!), there are three more steps to complete your transition:

  1. Post your first event
  2. Invite members to your group
  3. Continue to post your OpenSports events on platforms you were formerly using for a few weeks

The focus of the rest of this help guide will be on #3.

As organizers create events, they will usually post on multiple platforms for a few weeks, as they start to give a clear indication that the group is moving over fully to OpenSports to send invites and collect RSVP’s (and payment).

If you have a group on Meetup, I would recommend you create an event and in the event description, share the link to your OpenSports event. Open up zero spots (if thats not possible, just open up one spot). Write something like “We are moving our group to OpenSports. Starting today, you must join through the OpenSports link to play!”

If you have a group on Facebook, be sure to let them know that you are going to be using OpenSports to post events and send invites, with a post like the one below:

Continue to make announcements about your group before your first event! Share links to your OpenSports group on all of your social media channels, in group chats, and via email, to give a clear indication that you will be posting events on OpenSports!

Tip: In your group settings, select the “Users who join group events automatically become group members” setting. This way, anytime someone joins a game, they are also automatically added to your group:

Note this is just a screen shot from my own soccer group in Toronto

Remember: We built this platform to be inclusive for both web and app lovers! Players do not need to download the app to join your group and get event invites and notifications!

We want to support you as best as we can!

We provide all the tools needed to launch, maintain and grow your Group! OpenSports Organizers get exclusive one-on-one support from our team! Just let us know how we can help by emailing alicia@opensports.net

Thanks! Alicia from OpenSports