Who Uses This Software?

Youth sports clubs and leagues for any sport in the United States. We help volunteers, administrators, and organizers save time running their organization and thousands in registration costs.


Average Ratings

33 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $0.01
  • Pricing Details
    Our software is 100% FREE for life. No contracts.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Blue Sombrero
  • www.bluesombrero.com/
  • Founded 2002
  • United States

About Blue Sombrero

The leading provider of 100% FREE online registration, sports websites and league management tools for youth sports organizations. Backed by DICK'S SPORTING GOODS, our all-in-one product covers online registration, websites, scheduling, communication, reporting, and more - all under one roof.


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Blue Sombrero Features

  • Background Screening
  • Donation Management
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Facility Management
  • Game Results Tracking
  • Online Registration
  • Scheduling
  • Team Assignments
  • Volunteer Management

Blue Sombrero Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Great product and great support!

Feb 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Ease of use. The various functional areas compliment each other well. For example, creating custom emails for different user groups is robust and easy.

Cons: Some automated tasks are too rigid and can't be modified or customized. For example, the email sent to a newly registered user will display the web address but not in the form of the custom registered address (www..org) but instead the (www.bluesombrero.com/). This can be confusing to members even though it terminates at the same place.

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My experiences working with Blue Sombrero web application and support has been very positive.

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Many of the options and offerings. Like the flexibility of the web site options. Easy to learn and customize.

Cons: Wish upload size limit was increased from 1MB to at least 2 MB. Having a few more theme options would be great as well.

Overall: Huge cost savings and ability to quickly move from our old outdated website to BlueSombrero.com's more up-to-date offering.

It has been an excellent experience.

Feb 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: FLexibility. The ability to be a complete one-stop shop for my league. I used to do all of the administrative functions by myself, and this will save me a lot of time. I wish I had this software last year.

Its great! Don't put it off.

Feb 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: On-line registration, scheduling, team building. My advice is give yourself at least a month to get your website set up before launching on line registration. Run test registrations and figure out any problems. The support they provide is fantastic. Helped me every single time to get my issue ironed out.

Cons: I don't like new things and I delayed getting started. Even thought a couple times about abandoning it altogether. I can run a league, but I am not a computer programmer. Well, you don't need to be, they have it all put together so nicely, it's simple!

Great experience, start-to-finish

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use. Cost. Availability of the app. Web page editing features. Support team is fantastic.

Cons: Could use a bit more flexibility in the registration customization process, especially for ordering uniforms and such.

This was the best decision that our Little League made. It was so easy!

Feb 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to set up, easy to make changes, easy to maintain and links directly with the Little League Data Center

Cons: Would love to access admin functions through the app. Setting up the payments could have been easier as far as who paid the CC fees.

Blue Sombrero has streamlined our player registration and made getting parent and player information

Feb 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to make and track player payments and uniform fees. Easy to read reports for almost everything.

Cons: The 2 step registration for patents can be confusing- 1st creating an account with Blue Sombrero and then the team registration has been difficult for some.

Great features Excellent customer support.

Feb 06, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Uploads data to LL Data Center automatically. Customer support is excellent. They are helpful and knowledgable about every question I have had.

Cons: Some things are difficult to figure out how to do or find, but the customer support more than makes up for it.

very easy to use

Feb 05, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: very straighforward great good nice easy wonderful superb excellent amazing cool hip .... i don't know why you have a minimum here. simply, the software is easy to use, and works.

Overall: good benefits

Excellent website compared to others we have used

Feb 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ease of use and support you get from representatives. When I have a question I don't wait long before receiving an answer.
I've had representatives call or email back within the hour to assist with any issues. Great Support system.

Cons: There are a lot of notifications that come up on the bottom right of screen that could be shorted a bit maybe. They are helpful though.

Amazing Experience all around!!!

Feb 02, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Setup of software and the ease of use. The support has been amazing, but have only had to use it a couple of times. Just made things easier getting ahold of support to get a quick answer. Absolutely love the reporting features of this software too

Cons: 505 Errors every once and awhile.
Cannot edit a comment after you have processed a payment.
Refreshing after each entry.

Overall: Website, Reporting, Tracking, Messaging, and many more features.
The website feature is user very friendly.
The reporting is also very user friendly and I love creating new reports.
Being able to track payments, players, users, Coaches, Volunteers is priceless.

I have used Blue Sombrero as part of two different youth sports organizations and am very pleased.

Feb 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use out of the, but customizable if you want to get a little more advanced. Can start "basic" and build it out as you get more comfortable.

The online documentation on how to setup different things is excellent (different payment options, plans, discounts, etc...)

Reports give a lot of data.

Online payment saves a ton of time and all the registration data is online. No more paper forms to deal with! We went completely online.

Cons: A few reports could be a little more intuitive, but generally speaking everything you want is there. May just have to dig into some of the advanced options to add fields to them.

Overall: Saved time and it helped automate our player data.

helpful staff, easy set up, great value

Feb 01, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: wonderful support! kind employees. quick response times. user friendly. cost effective. clean looking interface

Cons: no instragram integration. slightly canned feel of front page. a bit of a learning curve but that is to be expected.

Nice having the website and registration integrated into the same framework.

Feb 01, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Nice having the website and registration integrated into the same framework.

Cons: Repeatedlly asked to integrate league/player age (not birthday) into the system to facilitate the players into appropriate divisions and help with draft and team selection. My requests and input have been repeatedly ignored.

Overall: Tightly integrated presentation to the parents.

Great support

Jan 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Linked with LL international
Easy to create registration pages
No cost is very beneficial
Once I have used all features I can know better

Cons: I can't use on my work network

Top notch! Easy to use with the most responsive and informative support team out there!

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The flexibility and all inclusive nature of the software makes it easy for non-profit programs as ourselves to spend more time on servicing the community and less time and money on developing a customized solution. The support staff was incredibly responsive and every response included a thorough response with answers and links to further investigate. Overall I would recommend to everyone and already have to various youth programs in our area.

Cons: There has been little that we have not liked about the software. The only thing may be the ability to choose what tabs appear when opening up the site. Or the ability to take pieces of different templates and bring them together in another format.

Best product for the overall package

Jan 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Theme templates, registration programs, price of course, lots of effort in support and assistance through chat email and webinar

Cons: Wish elements in a theme could be edited or changed, would be great to add a page element to an existing theme or to alter the order of elements on the home page of the website

Overall: Saved the association money and got a great looking website

I enjoyed the fact that Support was just a few key strokes away.

Jan 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I find the software actually very easy to use. However I must admit that at first I was looking for tools I was familiar with our old website and Registration setup. Once I got past that I was able to actually answer some of my own questions.

Cons: I wish there was a way, within the app, to store art-photos so I don't have to create a third party to hold them.

Overall: Easy of use!

The experience has been fantastic.

Jan 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is very easy to use and can get you up and running quickly. It has features that can put up what you want and easily edit

Cons: The simple template is a little restrictive and the larger template has a few too many features. I'm sure this can be worked around if I explored more.

Not user friendly

Oct 05, 2017
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Free! It is free.
That's the only good thing!

Cons: Not easy to navigate. When registering to volunteer it gives you multiple duplicate registrations for the same individual.

Overall: I am forced to use this software. Not user friendly. Cumbersome.

Blue sombrero is counter-intuitive, hard to use, very inconvenient

Aug 19, 2017
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its free. You can manage your registration and payment through the site, but so does everyone else. Nothing else stands out about this software vs anything else.

Cons: You cannot login from the www.bluesombrero.com home page...why not?
Once you find a login screen (literally have to google it or search your email), there is not one login screen for all users - you literally have to find the EXACT URL for each team or organization you want to login to...seriously?
Not only that, but you can't login and see all of the different teams your kids play on. Each team is a completely different URL to login! This is so inconvenient and bad design, its crazy.

You cannot use the same username across the different logins/teams. So now I have to have 3 different usernames for 3 different teams...all using the same application (blue sombrero?). Isn't this is what SaaS applications were supposed to solve?

The mobile app does NOT integrate to your iPhone calendar...very inconvenient!

And feels like they are always trying to sell you on "the next program". These sites are meant for parents to help manage their kids sports - stop selling me anything! I will pay you not to sell me anything.

My complaints here are very reasonable because almost all other sports applications have these features. Sites like TeamSnap are built to make your life easy. Blue Sombrero makes your life much harder. Every parent dreads if they get a team invite from blue sombrero. I do not recommend it.

Overall: painful experience

Best decision made for our little league orginization

May 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, comprehensive and free league management software. Vendor is constantly adding new content and features. Offers a lot of flexibility for entry level website administrators as well as advanced webmasters. The technical support is the best I've experienced in 20 years of service. Email or phone and you will get your issue resolved in a fast, professional (and sometimes quirky) manner.
The software has allowed our baseball/softball league to easily manage hundreds of registrations year after year, including all the pains that come with a youth sports program. We can add, remove, refund and move registrations around with ease. Team building and scheduling is a breeze. Best of all, the system automatically updated parents when changes are made thru their team portals, email or text.
I would highly recommend this product.

Cons: It wasn't around 5-6 years earlier. Cant image all the time and aggravation that could've been avoided! ;)

Overall: Dont know where to start, its a long list...
Free customizable website
Online player registration system
Volunteer registration system
Order management
Team creation and management
Easy to use game/practice scheduling system
Customizable reports for league, players, finances and more
League wide or custom targeted emails and texting
Free online apparel store with custom graphics
And tons more...

Clunky and Cumbersome

Jan 16, 2017
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Kids information was already input from my league

Cons: No live scoring. Difficult to see schedule past 3 games. Not good at all when managing multiple teams.

Overall: Difficult to manage as a parent and manager with multiple teams and multiple of my own kids participating. Schedule is difficult to navigate once input. Can't seem to figure out live scoring if it does exist. I contacted them via email 8 hours ago and haven't heard back. This is not even close to as user friendly as other software programs that I have used to manage teams.

Recommendations to other buyers: I emailed support this morning and didn't hear back.

Easy to set up and very functional

Oct 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: So far we have set up our camps that will open for registration in January so we haven't experienced any feedback from our clients, but we love the ease of setting up the registration procedure and website. Everything is very professional looking.

Simple. Integrated. All In One.

Oct 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Blue Sombrero has assisted us in creating our own website that fulfills all of our organizational needs. From simply listing information about our club and it's events, to being able to register and pay for programs conveniently online. Blue Sombrero also provides us with a dedicated, knowledgeable customer support representative that addresses all of our issues quickly and efficiently. The fact that you're only dealing with one support staff ensures you're not having to re-explain things over and over and over to multiple reps, and that your issue does not get misrepresented in ticket notes. Definitely one of the best services I've ever had the pleasure of working with.

Software is fairly easy to set up quickly and make it look professional at the start.

Oct 23, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: When we set up our website, we got a lot of positive comments early on from new users that it looked good - allowing for pictures, etc. The menus help to get registrations up quickly by walking you through the steps. Once you understand the structure of programs and divisions it is much easier. We use it for a non-soccer, non-team oriented site so some things are a little to structured in that format for us but we were able to find a solution.
The HTML editor often gives us the most trouble. Trying to send out an email that looks nice seems to take longer than it should. Usually I have to call support to figure out how to tweak something. Support is great, prompt and 99% of the time knows the answer or gets the answer quickly. Would recommend it!

Awesome Software and Company! Works great with our giving our organization exactly what we need!

Oct 22, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Customer service ROCKS! Your questions are answered usually within the same day. Easy to use and multiple themes to choose from! This is a great tool for any organization to use, not just for Hockey or Figure Skating!

Easily Run Organized Sports!

Oct 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This software has a special place in my heart! I've used it for a long time and recently it has been the easiest part about getting my brand new youth sports organization up and running. I'm not tech saavy but easily able to navigate all the tools, and if ever I'm confused I just call or email their awesome support team. I like knowing parents will have a good experience signing up online and throughout the season they can easily locate schedules and other important information.
Other Pros: Professional looking websites, user friendly design, team pages, scheduling, reporting, and communications.

New website for our youth basketball league

Oct 01, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: the software and website are great for start-ups, and for those without a tech background; only negative is that you cannot arrange by grades, only by ages; this makes the calculations cumbersome

The customer support is OUTSTANDING !!

Vendor Response

by Blue Sombrero on October 01, 2015

Thanks Tony!

I found the software to be very user friendly.

Sep 29, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The customer service was outstanding.
Our Association has a specific format and the team has us up and running!!!
The ticket was worked on continuously
until the job was complete. This included two follow up communications have it was finished.

Going with Blue Sombrero was a great decision!

Sep 28, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We wanted to create a website for our youth basketball league. I am not going to lie, we were set to use a different site that we had to pay for, but things happened and we chose to look elsewhere. That is where Blue Sombrero comes in. Blue Sombrero came highly recommended by two people who use it for their local youth sports leagues. I thought, this is free, how great could it really be? Well, it has worked out perfectly so far. I had to setup our league website in a short amount of time so we could have it up and running for registration. It was pretty easy to navigate, and customer service was always willing to help me out. And speaking of customer service, I cannot tell you how impressed I am with them. They are excellent. They are always HAPPY to talk to you and always willing to help. It is really refreshing to call a customer service number and you can just tell they are smiling at the other end of the call. I highly recommend Blue Sombrero to anyone looking to create a site for a sports league. User friendly and amazing customer service.

Vendor Response

by Blue Sombrero on September 29, 2015

Thanks!

Thank you Blue Sombrero

Sep 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Top knotch software for free can't get any better than that.

Vendor Response

by Blue Sombrero on September 28, 2015

Thanks Don!

Easy & streamlined!

Sep 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros: Blue Sombrero is very user friendly & has been an easy transition for our parents. The cons: it's not easy to pro the a quick list if team players.

Vendor Response

by Blue Sombrero on September 28, 2015

Thanks Sue Ann!