Using SquadSignup for more than just action shooting events

SquadSignup recently added a new client who needed to manage their Meet & Eat events for club members.  With a club of 1400 people and a monthly dinner event that had room for just 100 they needed something more efficient than the manual e-mail chain that was crushing their event chairman.  SquadSignup was able to help out, presented a registration form and e-mail templates customized to reflect their Meet & Eat event without any shooting references.  Another client mixes their own training classes in to their match registration system too.

SquadSignup can help with any event where you have high-demand and need an automated wait listing registration system to handle your workflow of accepting participants.

The tough little Nook Simple Touch

nook_nstWorking with some local area clubs, we’ve found the Nook Simple Touch tablets to be pretty robust tools.  The batteries do not like the cold but have endured all sorts of other abuse.  Rained on, left in a stage bucket, dropped in the mud, man-handled by technology adverse volunteers and they’ve taken it in stride.  The Nook Simple Touch Glows have been pretty robust and very nice for night matches.  Nicks in the screen show when illuminated.  To date, we’ve not lost any of the 16 we managed locally.  Just clean the screens occasionally, wipe off any water/rain to keep the touch sensors working, and keep them warm.  Left them in the truck overnight before a February match and all the batteries were “dead” on account of the cold.   Turned on the heat and spread them across the seat warmer and they were good to go again 30 minutes later.

Recent additions to

Based on requests from other clubs, we’ve been working on simplifying SquadSignup to work without any dependencies on WordPress or your own database. We can now offer a hosted registration solution where all that’s required on your website is a static submission form.

We also heard a request for allowing participants to self-squad. Included in the registration confirmation emails now is a PIN number and URL where shooters can see the squad assignments and then pick a different squad if they choose.

Configuration of SquadSignup was also streamlined. Our email template system and match templates are fully customizable to say what you need to say and accurately reflect your match rules and scoring in Practiscore.

What is is a new service to simplify the process between announcing a match and sending the first round downrange.

    • It handles shooters online signup/registration embedded into your existing website.
    • Invoicing through PayPal or manually mark entries as paid.
    • Squad assignment, division assignment, competitor attributes like Mil/Leo, Lady, Junior.
    • Allows the shooter to write a note at signup, and lets the match director take private notes too.
    • Stage design, number of stages, points per stage are configurable.
    • Exports directly into PractiScore via their PSC / backup file format.