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When is “Free” not Free?

When is “Free” not Free?

The answer to that question, particularly when it comes to online services, is always!

There are myriad “free” online sports registration services offered, but you can be certain that if you are not paying for their services, then your information – as well as the data on your team participants and their parents – is either being mined or sold.

Data brokering is a multi-billion dollar industry, and many registration service providers have decided that there is actually more money to be made in selling the personal information of their participants than in selling their services. This is tantamount to selling out your league – and your leagues’ parents – without their knowledge. There are even some online registration companies whose services are actually provided by big-box retailers who collect your data. These retail companies can not only utilize the information they’ve collected for marketing purposes, but they could also potentially use that information to solicit your players for their own leagues or camps.

Selling your league’s data is not the only time that “free” is not free. In order to completely and comprehensively manage your league, registration fees have to be collected online, and there is always a merchant service fee attached whenever funds are collected by any means other than check or cash. So in order to provide the option of online payments, you generally have to “upgrade” to a paid service. If you want to add reporting, that would be an additional “paid option.” This goes on and on until your upgrades and options are costing far more than any paid registration service would.

As you try to find the best online registration, team formation, administration and reporting solution for your sport league or recreation organization, keep in mind that “free” is never really free.

myEZreg offers leagues a “no cost” solution. We do not charge for set up, support or updates. We do not charge for registrations made by check or cash, rather we pay for our services by adding a nominal transaction fee to a fixed merchant processing fee.

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Why Youth Sports

Youth Sports teach children the basic foundations needed to be successful in today’s competitive world.  That may seem to be an overstatement, however if you look at any level of youth sports you will find basic principles for success present. Teamwork, Leadership, Commitment, Dedication are all qualities, developed in the sports environment, needed for success.

Today, our children are bombarded with pop culture values that most of us would probably deem negative (popularity, fame, self-centeredness, conceitedness, materialism).   Youth sports is among the few places where they can learn positive core values consisting of teamwork, devotion, leadership and competition. And they do so in a healthy safe environment.

Teamwork, learning to understand that the sum of the parts are many times more important than the individual. Though you may feel this is only true of team sports like football or soccer, the reality is teamwork is evident in all sports. Even in sports like running, or wrestling, the purpose of teamwork is evident.  It is the teammate that drives us to be better, that challenges and that pushes his teammate to go beyond. As a collegiate wrestler, I was a mediocre athlete (good, not great) with a few highlights and a few low lights that described my college wrestling days. A few years back a teammate of mine was elected into the school’s “Hall of Fame.” In a phone conversation, I congratulated him for the recognition and he thanked me, but in an unexpected way.  He reminded me that the season he went to the Division I Wrestling Championship, the first from our college, he remembered often practicing against me. He thanked me that I was there to practice with him, long after my season had ended.  We were teammates and his accomplishments were celebrated by the entire team.

Devotion, dedication, and commitment all carry the same underlying meaning. Youth sport seasons can run over a long time. My son’s high school football team is playing in the third round of their state football tournament, a season that began 10 months ago in the weight rooms and went every day since that first day, with only a handful of days off.  To be successful in life one must be dedicated to what they want to achieve. It would be very difficult to find a successful person that has not endured struggles to achieve success. Even the overnight success when examined carefully is found to have toiled on their business for years before success hit.  Dedication means that you make sacrifices in order to achieve the end goal. The athlete will have to make difficult choices sometimes; choosing to sleep when others stay up, making choices against alcohol and drugs, staying dedicated to nutritional choices. Dedication to achieving a goal provides a guideline, when others are choosing to make poor life decisions, dedication will provide the line to follow.

Leadership, though it is very easy to point to the example of the team captain, leading scorer or state record holder, leadership can also be found in a less recognized areas. The player who stays after practice to run ten extra “gassers”, the player gets up early so he can pick up a teammate before practice, or the player that encourages his team mate to keep pushing harder even when they are not on the field. There are many ways to lead in life and learning these principals and being exposed to leaders can create a path of making good choices.

One of the most important lessons of youth sports is learning to compete. For some the idea of competition is corrosive and places too much emphasis on winning.  As adults, many seem to think that our children are immune to this and many youth sports leagues today wish to govern an everybody wins society. However, we are not all created equal and that is not a bad thing.  The reality is we all compete, we compete every day. I am not a fan of the “participant trophy”, it is important that children learn to compete. This is not to say, winning is everything, rather winning and losing must be learned. In life we compete; for a job, a raise, a sale, a promotion. We compete, it is a part of life and losing happens far more often than winning so it is just as important to learn how to brush the dirt off, pick yourself up and hold your head high.

Children need to build these basic skills and develop confidence to become good successful citizens.  The benefits of life-long activities are numerous, yet 70% of kids are dropping out of organized sports by age 13!   We need to do more to reverse these alarming, and dangerous trends. Keep our youth sports programs going, these young athletes are our future.

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The Benefits of Youth Sports

There have been countless stories on the positive benefits of youth sports, and that is a good thing.  Parents need to be reminded from time to time why they are spending their time and hard earned money on sports for their children.

Rather than writing a few paragraphs about building self-esteem or the resulting health benefits of participating in youth sports, I thought perhaps a series of fun facts, as an example, did you know that over 35 million kids play organized sports each year.

 

Here are a few EZ facts from myEZreg:

 

  • 95% of Fortune 500 Executives participated in high school athletics
  • Kids who play sports are more likely to perform well in school, have higher grades on national test and graduate high school.
  • Participating in sports teaches Healthy Habits, Self-Discipline, Social Skills, Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Listening.
  • Kids who do not play sports are more likely to Break the Law, Join a Gang, Abuse Alcohol or Drugs, Skip Class, Drop out of School, Become Pregnant and have Discipline Problems in School. A common theme in of welfare recipients, most did not participate in youth sports.
  • Children participating in sports are more likely to go to college, become and remain employed, many children who participated in youth sports become business managers and leaders.
  • Oh yeah, participating in Sports Increases Confidence, Self-Esteem and Provides Positive Social Effects, hey it’s true, I had to add it!

One last fact… You and your child will both have a great time and build memories that will last a lifetime!

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Indian Head Soccer Association

Dione Conley and his great team at Indian Head Soccer Assocation have partnered with myEZreg as their provider for an easy to use no cost Online Registration solution.  As a Director and Founder of Indian Head Soccer Association, “we were delighted to find myEZreg!  Their personal service and individual attention were key to my decision.  Also, I was not having to deal with some “big box retailer” taking our family list… the choice was easy… myEZreg, is our Online Registration solution and should be yours too.”

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myEZreg is Reshaping the Market

It has been a very busy March and April for the Team at myEZreg as we continue to reshape the market and build on our success and serving our clients.  Over the last couple of months we have added several new clients including; Miracle League of Southlake, Miracle League of Las Vegas, Bandera Jr Bulldogs, The League of Miracle, Stone Oak Athletics has also opened up two new Leagues with myEZreg, and the list continues.   We are excited to continue to serve our client partners!

As our tag line says, “making your registration easier!”, we are working to make the registration process easier for our clients and their participants.

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Is the Big Box Stealing YOUR Business

“If the house is on fire, forget the china, silver, and wedding album — grab the Rolodex.”

— Harvey Mackay, founder of Mackay Envelope and author of How to Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive (1990)

Harvey had it right, your value is the customer you own, but if the big box is holding your data do you own it.  “Content” has long been called “King”, now we consider Content to be Data, but the saying still holds true, it is the means by which we empower our business to make good choice.  Today the Big Box is pushing to gain your Content/Data and when they have it is it truley your anymore.

At myEZreg, your data is your data!  Come see how myEZreg is keeping your data safe and not selling out your participants or stealing your cleints.

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Jasper County Recreation and Parks says “Yes” to myEZreg

Working with Wes Chester and the great folks of Jasper County has been great!  As an organization that has used paper based registration we are excited to be serving Jasper County Recreation and Parks “it was a simple, no cost and ease of use… why would anyone go anywhere else, myEZreg makes our registration easier for us and the familes of Jasper!”   Robert Marinich Founder of myEZreg said, we are happy to be serving the Jasper Recreation and Parks, they have an outstanding organization and we are happy to be serving as their Online Registration solution.

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myEZreg welcomes Stone Oak Athletics

Stone Oak Athletic makes a move…  in an effort to reduce cost and increase operational efficiency, SOA selects myEZreg… “with better reporting, customized registration and the easiest drag and drop team formation in industry, it was an easy decision to go with myEZreg !”   Robert Marinich Founder of myEZreg said, we are excited to be serve Stone Oak Athletics, as one of the best youth sports organization in the state of Texas, we are happy to be serving as their exclusive Online Registration solution.

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myEZreg welcomes Fern Creek Optimist!

Fern Creek Optimist choose myEZreg… “it was a simple choice, no cost, and ease of use… why would anyone go anywhere else, myEZreg and their great team made our registration easier, just like they said!”   Robert Marinich Founder of myEZreg said, we are happy to be serving the Fern Creek Optimist, they have an outstanding organization and we are happy to be partnering as their exclusive Online Registration solution.

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