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Getting Organized with Jooners for Winter Soccer Practices

Electronic Organization for Car Pools and Busy Moms

We were elated to make it through our first soccer season with a crazy amount of practices and games each week (14).  We wouldn’t have been able to do it on our own, but luckily car pools came together after a month for the two club soccer teams my girls joined. Still, there were challenges in setting up a car pool. Luckily a friend turned me on to Jooners, an online sign up sheet and organizational tool, to help busy moms.

Jooners serves as a consolidation tool automating tasks that would otherwise be cumbersome and confusing. The process is user-friendly and very simple. Basically with three simple steps you create a signup sheet and engage all other participants via email.

For our soccer club teams, the scheduling challenge was that the practices kept changing. We switched again and again from town to town, from one day to another day, and the times shifted as well. Now that the Fall season is over, life is easier. Still, the soccer continues with optional soccer skills sessions. They are held a few towns over — about a 30 minute drive each way  —  but include both boys and girls in a wide age range.

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This is good and bad. My girls are hesitant to practice with kids they don’t know and yet, we’ve paid for them as part of the club soccer fee. The exercise would also be great and it IS a nice way to keep in touch with teammates.

But how to organize a carpool of optional practices??!

My friend Nathalie introduced me to Jooners, a free electronic organization site for moms.  Her friend works for Jooners, was visiting her and we all ended up doing a yoga class together. It’s a great solution.

I’m using Jooners‘ online sign up sheets (Collect Information) to set up a tentative soccer carpool. Six moms in my neighborhood can indicate interest without obligation. This way, we all can check a few hours before the session and quickly email or phone anyone who might want to car pool that day. When sessions are optional, kids change their minds frequently, so it’s nice to have some flexibility.

Jooners was very easy to set up. I used the free version to create a sign up sheet listed the moms, their email address, their cell, and a box to fill in interest level by practice session. Because I was new to Jooners, it took me two tries to get the sign up sheet modified to work for our particular needs which are not a typical use scenario. I think this will work beautifully:

Column 1: Name

Column 2: Cell phone/Email

Column 3: Interest level

Column 4: Practice Session

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I sent them all this note:

Hi Bolts Moms,

Please sign up if you think your child might go to a session and you might want to car pool. You are not obligated to go but if someone else is thinking of going and wants to car pool, they can check in with you directly a few hours before the practice. 



Using the Jooners sign up sheet has some added bonuses:

  • It eliminates those annoying group emails that seem to go back and forth forever even when they no longer pertain to you.
  • I’m connecting moms who haven’t car pooled together yet. (I’m the common denominator with two kids in Bolts since I had to set up two separate car pools).
  • Group communication is simple; I can set it to automatically remind everyone at a set time interval. In my case, it’s one day prior to the practice.
I heard back from my first friend today. She is not going to two of the three practices due to scheduling conflicts and it will be easy to remember by referring to the sign up sheet. She loves the idea of an electronic organization tool to assist in the complicated car pool process. I do too!

This Saturday is the first optional skills session that one of my kids will attend. And I am thrilled that we are going and we’ll be in a car pool! How about you? Are car pools easy or challenging for you to set up this winter?

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I am a brand ambassador for Jooners and I can honestly say that electronic organizational tools are helping me stay on top of my life and I appreciate them all the more when they are free! My opinions and car pool challenges are my own.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I’m glad I don’t have your car pool challenges! Jooners sounds like a very useful tool!
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    • Hi MaryAnne,
      The car pooling issues seem to ebb and flow. We are not very motivated to make the optional practices so far which is great from a driving around perspective and winter soccer is more local but my car pooling moms were happy to use Jooners to coordinate our lack of optional practice attendance. It think it will work better when we know we have to be there but the car pool is a odd number of drivers which always gets tricky to track.
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  2. Carpools can be a great help or a total pain – this looks great! Thanks for the – as always – great info!
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  3. vanita

    this is wonderful. I have to see if this is available for new york city. we have a lot of parents driving from the bronx to manhattan and back because our teens attend afterschool programs in manhattan and who wants their teen on the train at 7pm?
    Just wonderfu info. thanks so much!
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  4. I must say that’s an absolutely fabulous program, especially for busy moms with things like soccer (and any other sport) teams, school programs, clubs, etc. Not only that, but I bet this program can be used a whole BUNCH of different ways!

    Whoever thought of this definitely had their thinking cap on! 🙂
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  5. Jeanette from Artchoo

    Oh, this is a great idea! I love that someone thought of it- it’s going to take off with all the sports parents especially.
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  6. What a fab idea! I love anything that eliminates group emails etc, AND keep all the information in one, easy-to-access place.

  7. Laura

    I LOVE this! Now if only I didn’t live in such a small town where people are afraid to use the internet for stuff like this ;). I’m hoping it catches on here too! Thanks for sharing.
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  8. While there’s not much chance of me car pooling, I can always find a use for something that has to do with organizing. Nice review – thanks for the tip.
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  9. Ann

    Such a great idea for kids in sports!!!
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