Thursday, February 25, 2010
I have received a couple of emails over the past week or two asking questions about this or that in regards to "online registration". One thing that became clear pretty fast, was that not everyone uses the term "online registration" the same way and that not everyone truly understands how the term is applied to the various products used within CYSA.
At is most basic, "online registration" means any membership registration processed via a website. But in reality there are actually two possible meanings within CYSA: ClubReg and LeagueOne (both solutions are provided by the Active network, just to through another name at you!).
The product that all registrars use is LeagueOne. LeagueOne is the workhorse of the registration system employed by CYSA. LeagueOne provides the player/adult registration, team building and reporting functions vital to the running of our clubs and leagues. CYSA provides LeagueOne to all leagues and clubs within CYSA to facilitate their registrations.
Optionally, clubs and leagues can elect to employ another Active product, ClubReg. ClubReg's main focus is on allowing the parents of our players to register the players for the upcoming season at their leisure. Clubs like Ballistic use ClubReg as a complete replacement for the "cattle call" registration that has been employed for many years. Others, like the Redding league, use ClubReg as a supplement to the "cattle call".
Unlike LeagueOne however, there is a cost for using ClubReg. That cost varies but basically each registration paid with a credit card is charged a percentage of the total transaction and then a flat processing fee is added to that. Each club or league can elect to absorb the fee, increase registration rates to "hide" the fee or pass the fee through to the registrant as an "online registration fee" as a separate line item. These fees are negotiated between Active and the club or league on an individual basis, although being part of CYSA affords our clubs and leagues a lower starting point than others receive.
I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion out there. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below or drop me an email.