OK, so many of you have probably seen me tweet about Roster Bot, so much so that you probably wonder how much they pay me. For the record, they have not paid me at all to do this, I just genuinely love their product (though they have given me a hat and a shirt which are pretty awesome, I won’t lie). They haven’t asked me to write this in any way (so if it gets taken down, assume they sued me).
Since I tweet about it so much, I thought I would tell you all just WHY I love it, so you can have an actual understanding of why I pimp them out so much, rather than just seeing me tweet their name every other week. While this might feel like some weird infomercial, I assure you I am gaining nothing from this, it’s just nice to support a product I really enjoy.
For a quick background on what it is, Roster Bot is a free team management tool that allows you to set up and run your rec sports teams super easy.
Reasons why Roster Bot rules:
1) PEOPLE ARE LAZY
If you run a sports team of any kind, you know just how lazy people are. Perhaps the worst thing in the world for any team captain was collecting payments from everyone, mostly because people are surprisingly nimble at avoiding payment for as long as possible. Can’t play defense to save their life, but when it comes to payments, man can they move fast. It became an artful game of “Oh I forgot my cheque!” to “I had to pay my car insurance” to “a masked man robbed me at gunpoint and swore he would kill me if I revealed his identity.”
What made this all go away was the creation of e-transfers. Why did this work you ask? Because it required as little effort as possible from one of the universes most laziest of people, that of the rec hockey league player. Going to a bank, taking out money, putting it in an envelope, and handing off said money? That’s a lot of work. Clicking a few buttons online to pay? That’s the sweet spot for effort.
Nestled in right behind collecting payments, trying to figure out who is going to show up to the next game is probably the second worst thing to deal with when running a team. So that is the first reason Roster Bot rules, because it takes the same philosophy behind e-payments, and applies that to running your team. It makes running your team shockingly easy. Running your team goes from feeling like Patrice Bergeron playing defense (exhausting), to Alex Ovechkin floating harmlessly in his own zone, watching someone shoot the puck 8 times before finally putting in the rebound on the ninth shot.
“I was JUST about to stop him, I swear.”
I cannot stress how easy it is for people to confirm whether or not they will be showing up for a game on Roster Bot. The person who runs the team simply enters the team schedule into Roster Bot, and then players will get an e-mail at a set time before the game is to be played. The team members now just have to click “Yes” or “No” and that’s it. They’ve now announced their intentions. They have now completed the one thing they have to do to let you know if they’re going to play.
You don’t have to phone them. You don’t have to e-mail them personally. Roster Bot automatically e-mails people when events or games are coming up and asks them if they will be attending. No longer will you have to listen for 10 minutes as someone gives you a laundry list of reasons why they might or might not make the game on Saturday.
It’s glorious. There are even options in Roster Bot to set up a set of “spares” on your team, so if the regulars don’t fill up enough spots on your team for a game, it will e-mail the spares and ask them if they can make the game. Again, this is amazing and takes out the awkward exchanges where you have to beg a spare to play for you when you both know he was the second choice. Roster Bot takes the awkward bullet for you! Nobody can get mad at Roster Bot.
2) IT’S FREE
You might be shocked I didn’t lead with that, but that’s because I truly wanted to underscore how lazy people are. But yes, being free is probably the biggest selling point. You don’t have to pay for the service, just sign up, and you’re good to go. They even have an ap for your phone now. Sweet sweet ap.
3) IT’S VERSATILE
You don’t just have to use it for games. You can use it for team BBQ’s, work events, or any other event that requires you to know the attendance.
4) IT IS AN UNFEELING MACHINE
As I alluded to earlier, Roster Bot is perfect for being the unfeeling, unflinching entity that has to inform people they can’t make the game. Every team has a guy who is notorious for not deciding if he’s going to make the game until the last minute. Well, Roster Bot will lock down your roster whenever you want, leaving that guy out in the cold. If he gets mad, he can’t scream at you, it wasn’t your fault, it was that naughty Roster Bots fault! You are merely a victim of the machine! Tell them this is how Skynet started and then hang up on them, happily going to your game with a full roster of confirmed people.
While this might seem like a joke, I assure you, it is not. Running a team can be a delicate balance of stroking egos, and trying not to murder people for not ****ing telling you if they will show up to a game. Roster Bot will walk in like a Terminator and take out anybody who does not follow the team rules.
“I’ll let him know he can’t play tonight.”
5) THEY HAVE AN OFFICE DOG
Seriously, they do. And he’s awesome.
6) THEY ARE EXTREMELY APPROACHABLE
They truly seem like they want to make the best team management ap in the world. They are always open to ideas on how to improve it, and are constantly talking to people who use their product to see if there are ways they can better it. An example of this is the beer duty, or “refreshment duty” many teams employ. There was no function in Roster Bot for this initially, but they listened to the people, and are now adding that functionality. If you want something added to Roster Bot, odds are they will listen and try and see if it’s possible. (Assuming your request is reasonable. “Can you add the ability to make me score top corner more often” will not be looked at.)
7) THEY ARE GOING TO BE ON DRAGON’S DEN
OK, I can’t excuse those awful jerseys (camo jerseys never work, come on Roster Bot, you’re better than that) but if you want to see them on TV, watch October 22nd.
8) BRET HEDICAN
Former NHL’r Bret Hedican is a co-founder of Roster Bot!
The last two reasons are not really a reason to use Roster Bot, I just thought they were interesting tid bits.
So to sum up, Roster Bot is free, Roster Bot is super easy to use, and Roster Bot has questionable taste in hockey jerseys. Honestly, joking aside, if you run a team, try using Roster Bot and you’ll discover pretty quickly how much it helps you to manage your roster. The Roster Bot team is a group of genuinely nice people that I want to see succeed, and that is why I always talk about their product.