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Genius Reflection: How I Became a Crazy Sports Mom

Posted by: Kate White on 4/24/15 01:37 PM EST
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Today our fun-loving support specialist and testing genius, Kirsten, reflects on the beauty and chaos of being a busy sports mom of three. She shares: 

"I grew up playing sports. My mother was an Olympic athlete and my brother, sister and I tried hard (although unsuccessfully) to follow in her footsteps. When my sports career ended, I looked forward to the day I could watch my children live out their dreams on the field or in the pool. 

Yes, I was the crazy mom (AKA “psycho” mom as my husband calls me) that may have exaggerated their oldest child’s age so they could start baseball a year early. Why should he wait – I was ready to get started. I may have also signed him up for travel all-star t-ball. I know t-ball can get a little boring – but what an honor to be chosen.

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By the time all 3 of my children were filling their spare time with travel hockey, baseball, swim team and softball, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to survive this sports mom role. One evening, when I passed my husband as he was coming home from work and I was leaving to carpool, he yelled out, “What’s for dinner?  Is it Cheetos again tonight?” It was then I realized I had achieved a new level of Crazy Sports Mom. 

As my children have gotten a little older, they’ve focused in on the sports they love. I have tried to find some organization and peace in my life. It is hard to come by, but I realize that although my life is crazy and I can spend up to 4 hours a day carpooling between activities, this is something to be cherished. They are growing up so fast. As Trace Adkins says in his song, “You’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back.  You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.”

Whether you are just getting started on the sports mom journey, or you are well into the wild ride, SignUpGenius is here to help you navigate. Check out our Sports Resources!


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Volunteers – We Appreciate YOU!

Posted by: Kate White on 4/13/15 10:19 AM EST
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We can’t stress it enough – SignUpGenius loves volunteers! And let us tell you, one of the most incredible things about working at SignUpGenius is that we get to chat with difference-makers Every.Single.Day. Difference-makers like you. This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week, so let us take a moment to say: 

  • Thank you for feeding and clothing the needy in your community.
  • Thank you for hauling those snacks to your favorite little league game.
  • Thank you for your commitment to years of PTA events and activities.
  • Thank you for helping friends and family that are struggling.
  • Thank you for caring for the Earth and tending to the world’s furry friends.
  • Thank you for donating sweat and tears to make the latest fundraiser a success.
  • Thank you for making an IMPACT in the world!

The world is truly a better place because of volunteers like, well, YOU. We are thankful for the many volunteers we can be of service to, and honored that you have chosen our sign up service to meet your group organizing needs.

Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:32 PM EST
Hi Westside PTO,
When you are sending out invites or emails from our site, each email is actually sent individually to the user. This helps protect privacy and ensures that users will not be able to see any recipient email addresses.
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:48 PM EST
We are always interested in case studies from our users. If you have recently used SignUpGenius to manage your event, and would like to submit a picture and brief write up, please contact our support team by clicking the "Help" tab from the home page and we can give you more information about how to go about this. Thanks!
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What's YOUR Super Power?

Posted by: Kate White on 4/1/15 12:13 PM EST


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a GENIUS! Super hero mom, Amy, is unstoppable when she adds SignUpGenius Pro to her organizational arsenal. SignUpGenius Pro will always save the day!

With SignUpGenius Pro you can schedule emails, pull detailed volunteer hours reports, use our tabbing tool to display groups of sign ups on one page, and more! Through April 15, we’re adding a powerful deal to the mix. Try your first month at 50% off!


Posted by Yasmin Remigio on Wed Apr 8, 2015 6:12 PM EST
this site is very cool and i hope more people join it so awsome
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Score BIG This Season!

Posted by: Kate White on 3/25/15 01:48 PM EST
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soccer seasonIt’s time to buy some cleats in the next size up, order the new team jersey, eagle eye the practice schedule, and give yourself a refresher on the latest in team snack ideas. Spring sports season is upon us! 

As the spring calendar gets packed full of sports-related activities, remember how SignUpGenius will save you time, EVERY time. Create a couple sign ups to manage team snacks, coordinate carpools, organize team fees, and hey, if you’re really on your A-game, you can schedule ahead for the team party and coach’s gift. You’ll be crowned MVP before the season begins!

Helpful tips for Team Parents:

  • Collect money for merchandise, registration fees, or coach’s gift with SignUpGenius Payments!
  • Share team snack ideas with your crew so everyone is on the same page with healthy snacks that will fuel your players.
  • Save your team email list in SignUpGenius so you can quickly communicate changes to your group or send thank you emails.
  • SignUpGenius Pro can help your league manage team registrations, collect money, and display several sign ups all at once for ease in volunteer and participant sign up. Low cost and flexible monthly payment plan options are always available, but check out our current promotion here!

Need more? Find everything on our Sports Resource Page. Now enough from us… GO TEAM!


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SPRING Into Better Organization

Posted by: Kate White on 3/17/15 01:50 PM EST
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Spring has sprung, and a more powerful way to organize is at your fingertips. Get a jump start on all of your event coordination this season with SignUpGenius Pro. Enjoy powerful tools like setting start and stop dates on sign ups, scheduling themed emails, adding attachments, and displaying groups of sign ups on one page with our new tabbing tool! 

How can you use SignUpGenius Pro this spring?

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! Show that bunny who’s boss by being the speediest planner around! 


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We Have a $5000 Winner!

Posted by: Kate White on 3/6/15 12:59 PM EST
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Thank you to EVERYONE who nominated a favorite school for a chance to win our $5000 School Library Makeover Giveaway sponsored by Brightly

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Please join us in congratulating our WINNING SCHOOL: 

St. Joseph’s Catholic School OST
n Mt. Hope, KS 

St. Joseph’s was nominated by school parent Debra Masterson, and the school will receive a check for $5000 to help fund new resources in the school’s library. “It was a long shot, but WOW, this will certainly help our little library grow for the benefit of our children,” says Masterson. She will also receive a $250 Visa gift card. 

After receiving the news of the reward, Principal Eva Harmon shared, “The gratitude of our faculty and staff for being the recipient of these funds given by the SignUpGenius and Brightly is beyond words.  The local parishioners who fund our small school here in the country will also be excited to know that there are generous people willing to give back and join with them in their efforts of providing quality education for our youth.” 

We’d like to thank our amazing sponsor, Brightly, for partnering with us and make this giveaway possible. As a new resource dedicated to inspire a lifelong reading in children, they are undoubtedly making an impact in the lives of young people. Find out how you can help your child with their fabulous resources HERE, and be sure to sign up on their mailing list to get news delivered directly to your email box!

Another recent contest has also claimed a winner: SignUpGenius rewarded Chris Dittemore a $250 Visa card in the Feel The Love PinToWin giveaway! Congrats to all of our recent winners.


Posted by Jenny Peloquin on Fri Mar 6, 2015 3:26 PM EST
Wow! That is so exciting! Thank you so much! We are very blessed!
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