When you are trudging out of the house hours before the sun rises on Saturday morning, you want to make sure your game is actually happening.
Maybe you didn’t realize that half your defenders are on vacation, and the keeper’s out of with a bad case of the chicken pox. Or the field was changed last minute but no one told you. It’s happened to everyone before, but with RosterBot, you will be aware before leaving the house.
RosterBot is an mobile app and web-program which tells your teammates know when and where the next game is, assigning positions, who’s bringing equipment, along with being a great team messaging tool.
In short – RosterBot can do everything your team needs!
RosterBot is a coaches and managers dream tool, which can become as essential to your team as balls, boots and a keeper because it’s totally customizable and works for all teams of all ages and levels.
How does it work? Let’s find out!
Create your Team
Signing up for RosterBot is 100% free and there are no future fees associated with the service.
All you need is an email address and the email addresses of your teammates.
Input your Schedule
Because RosterBot’s most important feature is it’s ability to remind you and your teammates of when you are playing next, you will need to input your team’s schedule. Click the ‘Create Event’ button and input the required information, as seen below:
**TIME SAVER** If your league has a schedule published online, you can import your whole schedule to RosterBot. Just click the ‘Import Events’ button.
Create your Positions
Depending on the level of your team, positional requirements may not be necessary, but if you do use them, it’s a great tool for letting your players know where they will be slotting into the lineup before arriving at the field.
However, not everyone on the team can – or wants to – play in the net, so you will want to make sure you’ve got at least one keeper coming to each game. RosterBot can actually do this for you – automatically.
If one, or both of your regular keepers can’t make it, RosterBot will begin asking your ‘backup keepers’ if they can fill that spot. Pretty cool, eh?
With RosterBot, you can keep track of exactly which positions are being filled for each game.
Every player on your team can register with two positions (ex. Striker and Midfield). When they RSVP for a game, this player will fill the required striker position. Or if your team already has enough Striker, they will be registered as a midfielder for this game.
These positions are all completely customizable to meet the requirements of your team.
Let’s go over an example below with a screenshot from RosterBot:
For this team, I have created the most basic positions for a soccer team: Keeper, Striker, Midfielder & Defender.
Each position has a minimum and maximum amount of players who can fill these positions to ensure you can play your next game. In this case, your team must have exactly 1 keeper – so we input our minimum as 1, and our maximum as 1. This means that only 1 players on your team can register as the goalkeeper for any game.
For strikers, you will need 2 players to register as strikers but no more than 3. If someone is left out as a striker, they have the opportunity to register for the game at one of the remaining positions.
With 4 midfielders as a minimum, you will have a standard midfield lineup, and with the maximum set for 6 players, you get two subs.
We’ve included this same setup for the defenders: 4 players minimum and 6 maximum.
This will setup your team to ensure you not only have at least a starting 11, but also have 5 substitutes (at the correct positions), to field a full squad.
As the manager of the team, you will be notified by RosterBot in advance of the game of which positions are filled up, or which ones you will need to find some spare players for.
Create your Spares
If you’re using RosterBot when your team is short on players, you’re not left to scramble, calling your friends or scouring Facebook for people to fill in for your team.
Just like professional teams making the call to the reserve squad, when they are in a jam, you can do the same thing with ‘Spares’.
You can create ‘Spares’ on RosterBot, which is a secondary list of people who will be invited by RosterBot when it looks like your team is going to be short players for your game.
When you add new players, they can sign-up as a Spare and will only be invited to play when your team’s maximum number of player hasn’t been reached yet.
Using ‘Spares’ is a great way to ensure you are never stuck without enough players to play you game.
Chat with your team
Keep up-to-date with your team with RosterBot’s Chirp feature, which is a real-time chat room.
Every player on your team will be able to follow the conversation making it the perfect way to coordinate car-pools, post-game dinners or discussing game plans.