By Mad Mike
Our Association is looking for some new ways to collect dues besides taking cash or checks. We are looking into trying to find ways to either take credit/debit cards or peer-to-peer apps like Venmo to pay dues. If any of you have any experience with what works well beyond taking cash and checks, please let me know what type of method(s) have worked well (including those that haven't worked so well). We want to find something that will work for the vast majority of officials, including those who are not technically savvy.
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Here is an unusual situation to umpiring but looking for input from the collective. For many years our summer baseball has been a pay at the plate situation. Many of the summer league teams are school affiliated. Because of some recent "events" involving non baseball booster clubs, these clubs are now facing more scrutiny, including wanting receipts for umpire payment.
I am thinking of ideas and ways to handle this new situation as I have previously just done assigning for the leagues for a nominal amount
1. Have league (ie Legion, AABC) make payments by invoicing league
2. Use Refpay or some similar mechanism and raise league costs to cover, in this case do you get money to cover umpires up front and draw down account
3. Print up business size cards to act as receipts that can be quickly given