Online Court Reservation System

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  1. catfish

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    Does anyone know of a good online court reservation system that a community center could use for their tennis courts? The center currently uses a system where members have to drive to the courts and sign up for courts. Does anyone know if there's something out there where members could log in and reserve courts online.
     
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  2. beernutz

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    If you want something for free, I have scheduled advising appointments with students for several years using an open source web application called phpScheduleIt which could easily be tailored for use as a tennis court reservation system. It is very customizable--check it out at http://www.php.brickhost.com/

    One consideration for using an Internet-based system is that you would probably need to have a computer with Internet access there at the community center so people could sign up for courts there and/or see which courts had been reserved.
     
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  4. catfish

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    Thanks. I'll look into your suggestions.
     
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  5. innoVAShaun

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    A lot of my local tennis facilities use www.tennisconnect.org not only to host their websites, but for calenders of events, and online court reservations.
     
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  6. Bash and Crash

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    our club uses Booking Plus software, good stuff, but may be expensive
     
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  7. TonLars

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    Yup, tennisconnect.org is what my tennis facility that I work at uses. Works great. If you also want to see kind of how our facility works and has organized the online booking and paying setup, check out our website at publicindoortennis.com
     
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  8. bobko

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    easy online tennis booking

    My club uses www.tennisbookings.com and it couldn't be easier to use. They have a demo on their website www.tennisbookings.com - click on 'See a demonstration video' and you'll see what I mean. The office staff have nothing but praise for this system. It has simplified and organized their job in the nearly 3 years they've been using it .CHECK IT OUT!
     
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  9. reistenniscenter

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    At Cornell University Reis Tennis Center we use an online scheduling and booking system. It's been a huge improvement for for the members service and revenue of our tennis facility.

    We knew we needing something to help us get organized and online cause we were working with mistake-prone and difficult-to-access paper notebooks. A search turned up a few systems and we went with www.tennisbookings.com after a bit of research. A big reason for us was that they didn't need any up-front money from us. Everyone else wanted a setup fee, and it was hard to get approval for that from an administration that knew nothing about the system's effectiveness (we can now show that court fees from increased bookings far exceed the system cost).

    The company was good at working with us to customize the system to our particular needs. For example, we have some issues related to students paying different court fees and other non-profit-related things that made our needs a bit different from a commercial club. We went live within about a month.

    We are very happy with how the system has worked out for us. Scheduling is now MUCH more organized -much better than the 3-ring binder and white-out. The system is very reliable and scheduling errors are gone. Our members now see and book most of their court-time online which increases usage and cuts down on phone tag with the front desk. Our varsity coaches love it too. They can setup practice time from the road. If a player is away with the coach at a tournament, decides he wants to work on serves or whatever the day they get back to Ithaca, the coach can just pull out a smartphone and block off the court time then and there.

    I'd recommend our's or a similar system to anyone.

    Marty Johnson, Reis Tennis Center
     
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  10. amarone

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    We use it. It works well and it is free.
     
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  12. zerowords

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    Self-managed tennis court reservations

    http://ReservationSchedule.appspot.com is a free and ad-free online app I have developed.

    ReservationSchedule will appeal mostly to self-managed Court venues (where people presently sign up themselves) like neighborhood courts or county/city courts (where there may be no reservation system at all presently).

    The app is hosted by Google, although I have no connection with Google. Only the person administering the venue/center/... , not the person making reservations, must have a Google account or register in any way. So the app closely resembles the traditional paper-and-pencil sign-up page.

    I have created an imaginary venue of tennis courts named "Brians". Once you get to the link just type that name into the text field, honoring the capitalization. You will not need to register at all. On the other hand if you like -- and of course, I hope you *do* like -- click the "Signin" link and create your own venue and experiment with it. Deleting anything is easy, including your venue.

    My application was tested by a friend whose neighborhood might transition from a completely paper-and-pencil reservation system to an online sytem. His club displays reservation pages for 3 days at all times, and each day before the courts open a volunteer removes "yesterday's" page, and adds a fresh page to complete the 3 day span. To replicate that policy/practice online, all reservations for "Today" must be done in person, but future days can be done online, and such a schedule works just fine on ReservationSchedule.appspot.com. Many other scheduling practices are supported, too. One of the courts at the imaginary venue behaves like my friend's courts.

    Presently, the only security the reservers have is very subtle and often would not be used; there is a time stamp on the reservation sheet that, if printed or saved somehow, would validate the time the reservation was made, and discourage others from erasing the reservation at a later time. So it is perfect for neighborhoods and homeowner associations.

    By the way, in the case where presently there is no reservation system, (like a county or city), the municipality might have to add signage at the court venue to inform the public. And where there are two or more courts side-by-side, I suppose they might want to leave one as is.

    I would greatly appreciate any comments and especially any promotion of ReservationSchedule.appspot.com.

    Brian in Atlanta
     
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