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

14 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 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!

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
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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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
Likelihood to Recommend: 2.0/10 Not
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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!