PlayBout is a scheduling and attendance service for anyone participating in team sports. It's made for teams with reoccurring events; teams that just need to know who and how many will show up for practice this week, or the social gatherig next week.
It doesn't matter if your team is physical or virtual, PlayBout takes away the pain associated with organizing team events.
We developed this service based on our own experiences and needs as a floorball team. We were tired of slow systems that served us with ads - we wanted something cleaner, more efficient and easier to use.
If you participate in or organize any kind of regular team activity, and you spend too much time answering emails, sharing calendars and organizing every single practice game or tournament - then PlayBout is made for you and your team!
You will save time organizing the events, maintaning the team schedule and game results. Your team will be able to see who contributes the most to each game and who could need some motivation.
Based on years of experience, our site has been modified and improved to become what it is today: an efficient and easy to use service to register teammate attendance.
Starting from scratch, you should be able to complete the necessary steps in less than 5 minutes:
And that's it! When you join, you'll get a year service for free. Simple. After that the team owner pays a yearly fee equal to three movie tickets. We think that is very reasonable.
The most annoying aspect of most services and solutions used by teams all over the place, is the time required to set everything up. Scheduling a single event takes too long, and some services don't support repeating events at all. PlayBout supports any kind of event, and it's easy for the players to add the events to their own calendar.
The second most annoying part of most other services, is that they are littered with ads and social features you don't really need. PlayBout however, only has what is needed.
Initial release of this service was developed out of need in 2009, and has since then undergone many improvements. This latest version is soon ready for everyone to use, and we are really proud of it. It has taken quite a long time to get here.
We hate ads. This is also why you won't find any on this site.
We don't do anything with your data or for that matter any data saved on our server. In fact, PlayBout is not linked to any other site or service in the world - not even Facebook.
This service is made for you and your teammates. We use it ourselves, and have no plans to stop using it. All we want is a hassle free and efficient event scheduling service for our team activities, without advertisements and annoying data sharing.
If there is anything you don't like, let us know - and we'll consider changing it. We'll do anything we believe will improve the service for you and for us.
If you're happy with the service, you and your team will likely want to keep using it after the first year. From that point on there is a yearly subscription fee to be paid by the team owner (teammates use the service for free).
The price is about the same as for a single tennis shoe, which we think is more than reasonable.
When you start paying for PlayBout you unlock tournament support. Of course, you can start to pay before the trail ends if you need the tournament mode sooner.
Creating your player profile takes no more than a minute, just type in a player nickname and enter your email. After verifying your email you're ready to create your team.
Your nickname has to be unique. We know; it's not ideal - but many users will search for a player by the nickname only, and we didn't feel comfortable showing the associated email, which would be the only way to differentiate two identical nicknames. So, we opted for unique nicknames.
Creating a team doesn't take any longer than creating your profile; choose a name, a team activity and the maximum number of players allowed to join (can be limitless).
PlayBout is made to handle any kind of event, like practice games and matches during the season, and those social events at the end of the season. Configuring a repetative event requires just a couple of additional taps. It really is efficient and simple to use.
Inviting a player is done using a player nickname or an email. The invited players receive a friendly email encouraging them to join your team.
To help you manage your team, you can appoint players as administrators. This is easiest done when inviting the player to the team, just tick the promote-player checkbox before sending the invite.
Team administrators will be able to manage the team calendar and invite additional players to the team. They can not however, appoint other administrators or change team details.
Now that everything is set up, players can register their attendance from the main list. Administrators can also cancel events from there. Tapping an event will show all the attendance details for the event. From this detailed event view Administrators can send email reminders to players who still haven't registered their attendance.