"Rostered Off" for Subs
In managing three adult soccer teams, I've come to realize that it is crucial to have a pool of people who are going to be willing to sub in at a moment's notice when a player drops out for a particular game. I've been using the "roster on/off" feature, which has been really great saving a lot of time. However, I've noticed two issues with it that can use improvement: 1. When I send a message to the team (say a motivational message before a game), the players who are "rostered off", have also been getting it causing confusion about their attendance. Adding options about which group of players to send the message to will avoid that. 2. When I find a new person who is willing to join the sub pool for a particular team (say mid season, at a time when I've already posted all games), I invite this player to the team via the "Players pencil button". When this person accepts the invitation, he or she is placed on the roster for each remaining game - and - marked as "no show" for past games (the latter being less of a problem). I then have to go into each future game and roster them off because I don't know yet for which game they'll be subbing. When I do so, they get an email that they didn't expect, thinking that I'm inviting them to a game. Most people aren't familiar with the term "Rostered off" or what it exactly means in Teamstuff. But the worst part about this is me spending time to mark them as rostered off. Rosters are very fluid, they change all the time. I recommend to introduce some kind of SUB functionality, giving the manager an option during the invitation to invite a person as a full time player or as sub. If that's not possible, at least make the default result of an invitation acceptance "rostered off" vs the opposite.
Yes, please add functionality for subs/reserve players!! I co-manage a pick-up league and we just started using Teamstuff. We play twice a week and therefore have 2 teams. One team has 18 regular roster members and a pool of 30+ subs/reserve players who can only play when one of the regular 18 can't play. We "open" the games up on a first come, first served basis the day before each weekly game. In addition to not having to roster all 30+ of them on/off every week, I'd like to be able to send reminders and messages to each group of players separately to avoid confusion.
Tobias Morris commented
I agree with a lot of this. The easy solution is to set a maximum number of players. When that number has confirmed, every subsequent confirmation is rostered. ANyone who doesnt confirm they can play is not put in the rosterered off category. That way the rostered off becomes the subs for a game.
I call them subs, but I'm noticing some other users calling them alternate players, guest players, etc. Either way works for me.