Why you should move from MeetUp to OpenSports

If you’re looking for an alternative to meetup to organize sports and recreation events, OpenSports is your full solution

Why make the switch from Meetup to OpenSports?

We get asked a lot: “Why would we choose you guys and not Meetup?” The truth is that for a lot of groups, as they expand and get bigger, they get frustrated with Meetup. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • On Meetup, there’s no automatic waitlist for pre-paid games
  • Meetup doesn’t support waivers
  • Meetup doesn’t support simple sports specific features like the ability to open up multiple types of spots (i.e., goalie vs regular player), and set-up teams.
  • OpenSports has a much more sophisticated RSVP, payment, discount, and check-in on site system
  • Meetup Glitches and what ends up happening is players pay to play, they show up, and the game is overbooked and uneven. In the words of one of the frustrated Directors of a big charity pickup soccer group in NYC that made the switch to OpenSports : “Thats the biggest thing we need Meetup to do — is just help us manage RSVP’s — and it’s glitching.”
  • OpenSports allows you to create and offer memberships (i.e., a 10-game pass) for your players, and it is automatically managed
  • It is very unlikely that organizer feedback will influence product decisions at Meetup. We at OpenSports build out platform with our organizers. We promise to work closely with you.
  • OpenSports has lower transaction fees

OpenSports really is the full package that organizers can rely on, covering the full gamut of features that pickup, drop-in, and open play sports organizers need. If you still have apprehensions about switching platforms, in the words of a very happy customer who made the switch, “the bandaid has to come off eventually”!

What types of organizations are using OpenSports as an alternative to MeetUp?

Throughout North America, the UK, Columbia, France, Australia, and New Zealand, we have hundreds of Sport and Social Clubs and pickup/drop in sports groups. Some have thousands of members, some have fifteen. Common sports that are organized through the platform include: soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, badminton, kickball, cornhole, pickleball, hockey, cycling, running, and many more!

Many of these groups have a few things in common. For one thing, they are existing sports and recreation groups that have a thriving community of regulars that come to their events. These are organizers who are so devoted to their groups that they will spend weeks testing and getting to know our web and app platform, before they joyfully and convert with a huge sigh of relief!

Here are the 3 big groups that have moved from Meetup to OpenSports:

1. Chicago Fire Recreational Soccer


2. Philadelphia Volleyball


Here’s one of the announcements Dan, the founder of Philadelphia Volleyball, made on Meetup, about switching platforms:

It is helpful to make the announcement about the move on your MeetUp group, as well.

3. Sons of Pitches FC


Check out SOPFC’s Pickup soccer page on their website to see how they embed OpenSports events onto their web page.

🌟How to facilitate the Transition from Meetup to OpenSports

To create a group on OpenSports, just click Create a Group on web. Then you’ll need to create events and invite your members to your new group! Read here on three easy steps to facilitate the transition!

Worried about losing your 4000 MU members?

“Out of 150 new people joining (through MeetUp) every season, we may see 60, of the 60 maybe 30 come out 3 times and maybe 10 come out 6 times and 4 become ‘regulars’ that attend 10 or more times a year.” — MU Organizer of a Paddle Group in Florida

Based on conversations we’ve had with MU Organizers, there is a distinction between retaining all members vs. retaining ACTIVE members. Most MU organizers have been able to migrate about 90% of their active users to OpenSports, because those are the people who want to continue participating in events no matter what. Most MU organizers don’t care about the inactive lurkers anyways. Just bring on the regulars!

As for the cost of being an organizer on OpenSports, as Jake indicated above, it is much more affordable than MeetUp. You can read the post here for a quick breakdown of the transaction fees when you collect money through the two platforms.

One last testimonial

As an organizer myself, I have experienced the same frustration with Meetup. I stopped using it and was searching for a long time to find an alternative (which ended up costing me a lot of members from my group). Then I found OpenSports. I actually reached out to them and eventually I got an internship with them so I could have my input into how they ran their site so that I didn’t have to go through what I did with Meetup.
OpenSports only takes 5% + $0.30 transaction fee (compared to Meetup’s 8% + $0.50), and helps build actual relationships within groups. I noticed with my Meetup (and others) that the group would have thousands of members, but talking to organizers, most of those members were inactive. Whereas with OpenSports, members of groups are way more active (smaller groups, higher activity), which creates a more personal feeling.
I know there are many different alternatives, but I think OpenSports is the best (from my perspective as an organizer). I hope you will check it out: https://opensports.net/
You will love it! Jake

That’s it for now! ✌️

I’d love to hear from you at alicia@opensports.net :)