An automated online payment and notification system designed to collect fees for sports for young people has announced improvements so that money is paid and children can play.
Ground Work Payments System
Fieldwork began operations last year to fill the gap in unpaid fees associated with youth sports organizations and teams.
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The new features have been designed to further automate the process and partially offset the 50% decline in check payments since 2000 that harms youth sports, according to company research.
"The space is one of the last places to still use checks," said Bill Lennon, co-founder and CEO of Groundwork in a company. "At the same time, leagues and teams continue to limp with manual systems and (at best) spreadsheets – all highly manual and time-consuming."
Tested last summer
The new payments management system was tested last summer as being the only one in youth sports specifically designed to automate payments to families and teams. The solution had more than 500 teams and 5,000 players were using it in December. Recent upgrades were in response to these early successes.
These new additions include an option to allow users to put a link on their website or send invitations to use the basic system. This is part of a streamlined effort designed to reduce phone calls and emails when payments are due or late.
Generates custom reports
Upgrades also allow users to generate custom reports and better understand the collection process. The Team Assistants option allows managers and treasurers involved in the team to have partial access to finances to manage payments.
There are real-time reports and the ability to create personalized payment plans for players and / or teams, as well as rewards discounts.
The basic work has a free or basic option, a payment as and for 30 cents a transaction and special prices for non-profit organizations.
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