Upper Hand vs. DaySmart

Supercharge your sports program organization with Upper Hand. See how it compares to DaySmart Recreation down below.

How much functionality is too much?

Daysmart Recreation is tailored to multi-sport complexes that operate teams, leagues, and tournaments. But, these features can be overwhelming for businesses when it comes to efficiently managing your training programs.

There are five main facets to DaySmart’s platform:

  • Appointment Scheduling and Management: Organize and track client appointments
  • Point of Sale (POS) Systems: Process transactions and manage inventory
  • Concessions Management: Monitor and manage stock levels.
  • Marketing Tools and Analytics: Campaign creation, launch, and performance analysis
  • League Management: Run tournaments and leagues through the software

With DaySmart Recreation, you can get really deep into how you manage your business and clients. But honestly, most of this is overkill, and the added complexity compared to Upper Hand only makes it harder to use.

Most businesses are better served with a simple tool that’s designed to be smooth, intuitive, and easy to use for your team and clients alike.

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"The process to create a new event or class to display on the schedule feels very tedious. Lots of hoops to jump through to line up seasons, then levels, then the class. And you can't delete any of the levels after creating them either if you make an error. We also had a large issue with membership renewals where none of our customer's card information was stored correctly and the auto-renewal system completely failed us."
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Image of a user-friendly sports team management app interface showcasing features such as scheduling, player tracking, and communication tools, ideal for coaches and team managers seeking efficient organization and team coordination."

How does Upper Hand compare to DaySmart Recreation?

DaySmart Recreation, formerly Dash, provides a comprehensive set of functionalities, but it’s not always as straightforward to use as Upper Hand. This can potentially complicate the user experience and slow down your business operations.

On the other hand, Upper Hand prioritizes simplicity and ease of use, making it a more intuitive platform overall. The aim is to minimize the time you and your team spend managing the system, leaving you free to focus on what truly matters: providing excellent service to your clients.

Here's what our ideal customer looks like

Upper Hand is ideal for sports facilities of any size looking for a clean, intuitive tool for managing their business. It’s easy enough to use for any non-technical person to handle it quickly and it’s affordable enough that anyone can fit it into their monthly budget.

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How to Switch to Upper Hand from Daysmart

1. Create an Upper Hand account

Talk to a member of our team to get set up with an Upper Hand account.

2. Build out your events and programs

Build out your registration and schedule for your upcoming programs, teams, memberships, or other programs.

3. Communicate the change to your clients

Import your existing contacts or send an invite link for your clients to communicate the change and set up their Upper Hand profile.

Thinking about switching to Upper Hand? Here are some common questions.

Where do I learn more about Upper Hand?

If you’re interested in learning more about Upper Hand’s sports facility management software, there are several options available to you. Here, you’ll find information about the features and benefits of our software for sports facilities. Check out our interactive product tours to get a look under the hood. If you’d like to see our software in action, you can request a demo and a member of our team will be in touch.

How does pricing work?

Upper Hand is a great DaySmart Recreation alternative because of the transparent pricing and feature. With Upper Hand comes full access to all features – from scheduling & registration, to memberships, to resource management, a mobile app, and more. You can explore Upper Hand’s sports facility features here.

When should you use DaySmart?

If you’re searching for a robust and comprehensive recreation management platform and you’re ready to invest in it, DaySmart could be your go-to option. DaySmart brings to the table a wide spectrum of features, inclusive of marketing tools, automated communications, and in-depth analytics. It stands strong in the broader business management market and its extensive user base makes it an apt choice for larger businesses with multifaceted requirements.

On the other hand, if your business primarily operates around offering lessons, camps, clinics, rentals, or similar services, Upper Hand could be a more fitting counterpart to DaySmart. Upper Hand delivers a more economical and straightforward pricing plan along with a solution that’s easy to navigate and efficient. It is crafted to simplify the management of daily operations, thus making it a highly recommendable choice for businesses in the sports and fitness sector.

What kind of support does Upper Hand provide?

Upper Hand provides support not only to you and your team of staff, but to your clients as well. Check out our library of help articles, videos, and guided walkthroughs. Email and chat support is also available to answer specific concerns. Additionally, you will gain access to our Education Team, who can help you apply the software features to your business. At Upper Hand, we want to see you succeed, and we are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

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