Case Study

How SSSAD changed software providers for their organization, as well as their 16 member schools, from Goalline to TeamLinkt
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Overview

SSSAD (Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate) is the administrator for high school athletics in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. There are 16 member schools that compete in SSSAD’s league, which includes competition in multiple sports such as football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, track & field, curling, badminton and more! SSSAD was looking to make a change in software providers for the 2021-2022 Season and ultimately chose TeamLinkt to power their online registration, website, scheduling, communication and more. They were successfully able to transition from their previous software, goalline, and enjoy some added benefit of using TeamLinkt.

Transitioning to TeamLinkt

Website

The SSSAD team worked alongside TeamLinkt as they moved their website from Goalline to TeamLinkt. This included TeamLinkt building a customized website for them, transferring over all existing content from the old website, and transferring the domain to their new website. In the end, SSSAD received a fully customized website, training on how to operate the new website, as well as ongoing tech support. Moving a website from provider to provider is a big task, but TeamLinkt does the heavy lifting to help make this a smooth process.

Registration

With SSSAD being the governing body of 16 different schools that play within their organization, getting all players registered can be a big task. Through TeamLinkt’s software, they were able to create a standardized registration template that could be used across all sports and all schools. This ensured the user experience was easy, and allowed parents to simply select their child’s school, pick a sport, and easily get them registered for the season.

Benefits of Switching Software

TeamLinkt Team Management App

All parents, players and coaches now have access to the TeamLinkt team management app.

Benefits for Players & Parents

The TeamLinkt app allows users to quickly view their roster and schedule, set attendance for all practices and games, and receive updates automatically from the app when a schedule change is made. In addition, players and parents can use the app’s team chat to communicate, as well as receive announcements from SSSAD, their school’s athletic director, and their coach. The app also helps create a better experience for players and parents by allowing them to share photos, vote in polls, share documents, receive event reminders, live video stream games and post live game updates.

Benefits for Coaches

As a coach using the TeamLinkt app, you are able to identify which of your players are coming to each event through the attendance tracking system in the app. In addition, coaches can easily communicate with all of their players right in the app. Coaches can also message the coach of the other team they are playing in the event some communication is needed prior to the game. After the game is complete, coaches can also submit their scores to the league (SSSAD) right from the app! When their team’s schedule is changed, coaches are notified. Coaches can even set their gameday lineup through the app and share it with the team if they choose!

Benefits for the League (SSSAD)

As a league, SSSAD benefits by being able to create a standardized registration form and sharing it with their 16 schools. This provides SSSAD with a database of all players registered for their league. They are also able to provide each team with the TeamLinkt app. When SSSAD makes a schedule change, this automatically notifies the teams affected, as well as updates the website & team app. With the click of a button, they are also able to send out messages to all of their teams and members across all sports, or tailor the message down to a specific audience.

Cost Savings

By switching to TeamLinkt, SSSAD is able to eliminate all monthly and yearly software costs. This money can now be allocated to coach development, facility upgrades, equipment, or however they see fit. SSSAD is also able to provide the TeamLinkt team management app provided to all of their teams free of charge. The TeamLinkt app is 100% free to use for coaches, players and parents (if you are asking how and why this is possible, click here).

Results (After The Fall Season)

App Users

Dollars Saved

Games Scheduled

Conclusion

By making a change from Goalline to TeamLinkt, SSSAD was able to refresh and modernize their online presence with a new website, reduce administration time by using TeamLinkt’s administration tools, and provide each team in their organization with the free TeamLinkt team management app. By upgrading their software, SSSAD also in turn was able to save on fees paid previously to their old software provider. Teams also were provided with the TeamLinkt free team management app, so any coaches previously paying for other apps no longer need to. Overall, by moving from goalline to TeamLinkt, SSSAD was able to save time, save money, and reduce admin time.

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