Recently, I was talking with a new potential customer who was in the weeds reviewing a bunch of evaluation systems for his large scale youth soccer company. He seemed frustrated and pretty much sick of dealing with finding the right evaluation system.
In an attempt to vet me out, he first asked: “What do you think separates Player Evals from all the other evaluation systems in this very competitive space?”
I had to be honest with him, so I told him that I don’t really know anything about our competitors or any other evaluation systems.
So, I called up one of our clients, Trilogy Lacrosse, to ask them. Trilogy had gone through the same process as this new client and they would be able to give me the exact perspective I needed. Their feedback was invaluable.
Why Choose Player Evals for Online Evaluations
1. Easiest to Implement
When building Player Evals it was imperative that we did not disrupt the current business process our clients already had in place, we pride ourselves on being an easy button. Running sports organization is complex as is, so we provide a few ways to input data into the system. Our clients can manually add coaches and players into the system, upload multiple players into the system via CSV, and we have done custom solutions where players are automatically added via direct connection to a companies payment platform.
2. Competitive Pricing
Our pricing is fair and simple, we don’t want you thinking about a complex pricing scheme. Your job is to make kids better at your respective sport, not constantly evaluate the cost effectiveness of an evaluation system.
Most of our clients opt for some sort of custom aspect to be added to their instance of Player Evals. In these cases, we provide a clear cost on the development work and also finance these costs for our customers.
3. Not part of something else that is expensive
This was one that we didn’t expect. We really appreciate that Trilogy Lacrosse took the time to explain this to us. During their online evaluation tool investigation, Trilogy found a few systems that seemed great and affordable, but were part of a bigger and more expensive software suite that they did not need or want. This is a huge deal breaker for many companies. You are looking for an evaluation system, not interested in replacing your whole credit card processing software!
4. Ability to add custom aspects
We are developers, you will talk with a developer when you first inquire to us about Player Evals. We believe in allowing the customer and developer to interact so you don’t have some random project manager trying to relay your needs to a developer. Our goal is to have Player Evals work seamlessly with your company.
One of our customers has a completely custom import process, they are using Thriva (now CCM) to manage their camp lists and collect payments. We have worked closely with Active Network to automatically import players after they purchase a camp or clinic.
Another client wanted to import combine data along with their camper lists. So, we implemented an easy to manage system for them to import combine stats (i.e. 40 yd dash time). They simply include the results in their CVS that they use to import player names and emails.
5. Most organized system (and we were the most organized developers)
Yet, another surprise to us. The guys at Trilogy said that our interface was the simplest and most organized of all that they demoed. This is very important when you take into account that some staff filling out evaluations will be jr. counselors who want to go spend the money they just earned working the camp instead of filling out evaluations! We make sure to simplify the interface for users who only have access to filling out the evaluations. Only administrators see the administrative tools.
Trilogy also buttered us up a bit, they said that Scott and I were the most organized people that they dealt with when evaluating a system. One of the things we 100% understand is how busy you are. You being the person making a decision on an evaluation system. From experience, I know how many responsibilities are on your plate, so we make sure to respect that during the whole process. We really strive to be an easy button for you both delivering you a premium evaluation system and willingness to push meetings when your plate is too full.
6. Ability to review evaluations before they go out
Using paper evaluations and most of our competitors’ software does not give you a chance to review evaluations before they are sent to a player’s parent. This was an extremely important aspect for Trilogy. They said that they quality checking all of their evaluations before they are sent and make minor changes to about 80% of them!