Alternatives to Meetup include OpenSports: The Meetup for Sports Groups

If you run a sports /recreation group on meetup, here’s why you need to move to OpenSports

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“So..I’m fed up with meetup. I’ve found another platform that solely focuses on pickup sports, is simpler, spams you less, and costs nothing” — Dan, Philadelphia Volleyball, OpenSports Organizer

Why make the switch from Meetup to OpenSports?

We get asked a lot: “Why would we choose you guys and not Meetup?” The truth is that for a lot of groups, as they expand and get bigger, they get frustrated with Meetup. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Meetup doesn’t support waivers
  • Meetup doesn’t support simple sports specific features like the ability to open up multiple types of spots (i.e., goalie vs regular player), and set-up teams.
  • OpenSports has a much more sophisticated RSVP, payment, discount, and check-in on site system
  • Meetup Glitches and what ends up happening is players pay to play, they show up, and the game is overbooked and uneven. In the words of one of the frustrated Directors of a big charity pickup soccer group in NYC that made the switch to OpenSports : “Thats the biggest thing we need Meetup to do — is just help us manage RSVP’s — and it’s glitching.”
  • OpenSports allows you to create and offer memberships (i.e., a 10-game pass) for your players, and it is automatically managed
  • It is very unlikely that organizer feedback will influence product decisions at Meetup. We at OpenSports build out platform with our organizers. We promise to work closely with you.
  • OpenSports has lower transaction fees

What types of organizations are using OpenSports as an alternative to MeetUp?

Throughout North America, the UK, Columbia, France, Australia, and New Zealand, we have hundreds of Sport and Social Clubs and pickup/drop in sports groups. Some have thousands of members, some have fifteen. Common sports that are organized through the platform include: soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, badminton, kickball, cornhole, pickleball, hockey, cycling, running, and many more!

Here are 3 big groups that have moved from Meetup to OpenSports:

1. Chicago Fire Recreational Soccer

2. Philadelphia Volleyball

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3. Sons of Pitches FC

💚🙏Testimonials: An Outpour of Love

“So glad we switched!”

“Great team and execution!”

“Changed our whole sports club operations”

⏩How to facilitate the Transition from Meetup to OpenSports

To create a group on OpenSports, just click Create a Group on web. Here’s our helpful three step guide with specific examples from how other groups made the move.

⚽️🏐🏀Built by sports organizers

This web and app platform completely transforms the pickup sports Management, Registration, and Communication process, while allowing you to build an engaged, happy, and active sports community.

Here are some of the best cases for using OpenSports Groups:

  • You want an easy, electronic tool to send invites, get a head count and collect RSVP’s, collect payment, collect electronic waivers, and have an automatic waitlist to control your attendees list for you
  • You want to bring together your regulars with new players, to welcome new faces to your community
  • You want to open Custom Teams/Custom Spots/Custom Positions — Some organizers set aside a certain amount of gender specific or position specific spots (i.e., 1 goalie, 5 defence, 1 forward), which is very easy.
  • You want to create memberships and discounts

🤔If you’re hesitating, we understand…

As the organizer, the stress falls on you to move your group of players onto another platform, and you may be sad to no longer have a community of 1000+ players in your current meetup group — even if many of those members are inactive. It is okay to tell your current community that you are trying something different. OpenSports will transform the way you organize games and connect with players.

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