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Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost anything?
Nope. Everything on our site is completely free.

How do I sign up?
1. Go to: https://findsportsnow.com/signup
2. Fill in all required information.
3. Click the "Sign Up" button.
4. An email will be sent to the email address you specified. Click the link that is within the email in order to verify your email address.
5. You can now login.

How do I login?
1. Go to: https://findsportsnow.com/login
2. Enter in your login email, which is the email address you signed up with.
3. Enter in your password.
4. Click the "Login" button.

How do I add listings?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Add Listing" link located in the "Listings Overview" table.
3. Fill in all required information.
4. Click the "Add Listing" button (located at the bottom of the page).

How do I change my account information?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Edit Account" link located in the "Account Overview" table.
3. Modify desired fields.
4. Click the "Update Account" button.
Basic Search
Finding activities, whether for sport or recreation, is extremely easy with FindSportsNow.

How do I browse the site for activities?
1. Go to http://findsportsnow.com/
2. Select a state.
3. Select a city. Note: Only cities with active listings are displayed.
4. Select an activity. Note: Only activities, within the selected city, with active listings are displayed.
5. Browse through available listings. If you want more information on a listing, click it's link.

How do I use the Quick Search?
1. Select a state from the first dropdown box.
2. Select a city from the second dropdown box.
3. Select a category from the third dropdown box.

Notes:
- If your desired city is not listed it is because nobody has added listings to it yet.
- If your desired category is not listed it is because nobody has added related listings for that city.
- If either of the above occurs you might want to try a nearby city.
Advanced Search
If you have a specific search in mind, you can use the advanced search page to easily find the desired FindSportsNow pages.

How do I use the advanced search?
1. Click the "Search" link (located at the top-right of every page).
2. Enter the specific search criteria.
3. Click the corresponding "Search" button.
Glossary
You can browse our "Glossary" which contains hundreds of sports and recreational activities, featuring descriptions, pictures, pronunciations and more.

How do I use the glossary?
1. Go to: http://findsportsnow.com/glossary
2. Click on an item on the link bar. For example, click on "A" to see activities that start with the letter "A".
3. You can then browse through activities that are on FindSportsNow.
4. If an activity has a "Learn More" link, located at the end of the short description, you can click on it to learn more about that activity.
Learn
FindSportsNow "Learn" pages can help you learn about hundreds of sports and recreational activities by providing you with descriptions, pictures, pronunciations, goals, rules, history, equipment, safety, training, terminology, and more.

How can I learn about different sports and recreational activities?
1. Go to: http://findsportsnow.com/learn
2. Select an activity that interests you. Note: Contact support if your activity is not on the list and we will make sure to add it.
RSS Feeds
FindSportsNow is making it easier for you to be updated on sports and recreational activities in your area. Instead of having to come back to our site all the time, we provide feeds in order to keep you informed.

What is a feed?
An RSS feed is a listing of a website's content. It is updated whenever the site has new content available. Feed readers "subscribe" to RSS feeds, which means they download the feeds, check if it has been updated, and then present them to you in your feed reader. A feed might contain a list of story headlines, a list of excerpts from the stories, or a list containing each story from the website (our news feeds contain sports listings). All feeds will have a link back to its corresponding website, so if you see a headline, excerpt, or listing you like, you can click on the link for that piece of content and will be taken to the website to read it.

How do I subscribe to FindSportsNow feeds?
1. Go to: http://findsportsnow.com/content/feeds.php
2. Use the Feed Builder we have provided. As you make selections from the drop down menus, the available feeds will be displayed on the right side of the Feed Builder table. Determine which feed(s) you are interested in. Most modern web-browsers have a built in feed reader, so you can simply click the link provided. However, if you are using an older browser or prefer to use a specific feed reader, click the "Show URL" link. Copy the URL provided (shown below the "Show URL" link) and paste it into your feed reader.

Where can I find a list of all the FindSportsNow feeds?
We are pretty sure that you won't want us to generate a full list of all our available feeds. If we had, you would have to look through over 43 million feeds. That's exactly why we have developed the Feed Builder, to help you find the feeds that are most important to you.

What is a feed reader?
A feed reader (also known as an aggregator) is simply a tool that can be used to manage all of your subscribed feeds. Its main job is to let you know whenever any of your subscribed feeds have new information. A feed reader can either be a piece of software you download or it can be web-based tool.

Should I be using feeds?
In order to answer this question, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you repetitively go to the same web pages looking for updated information? For example, you might daily go to web sites for news, sports, blogs, etc. If this sounds like you, then you should definitely be using feeds. The entire purpose of feeds is to save you from the hassle of going to each of the web pages to check for updated information. Instead, you simply subscribe to the feed and your feed reader will let you know when new information becomes available. Then you can see a preview of the information (through your feed reader) and decide whether or not to click the feed link for further information.
Sign Up
How do I sign up?
1. Go to: https://findsportsnow.com/signup
2. Fill in all required information.
3. Click the "Sign Up" button.
4. An email will be sent to the email address you specified. Click the link that is within the email in order to verify your email address.
5. You can now login.

What is each input field on the Sign Up page for?
Email Address:
This is a required field. You must enter in a valid email address. This will be the email address that you will login with. When you click the "Sign Up" button an email will automatically be sent to this email address with a link for you to follow (in order to validate this email address).
New Password:
This is a required field. This is the password that you will need to enter whenever logging into FindSportsNow. You can only enter in alphanumeric characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9).
Account Name:
This is a required field. This is the name that will appear on all of your listings. It should clearly define you as an entity. For example, if you run a dance studio you might have "Jenna's Dance Studio".
Security Question:
This is a required field. Select a question that you can easily remember the answer for. We verify that you answer it correctly before allowing you to request a new password (if you forget it).
Security Answer:
This is a required field. Enter an answer to the security question you selected. Make sure you can easily remember this answer. We verify that you answer it correctly before allowing you to request a new password (if you forget it).
Terms of Use:
This is a required field. You just have to check that you have accepted our terms of use.
Login
How do I login?
1. Go to: https://findsportsnow.com/login
2. Enter in your login email, which is the email address you signed up with.
3. Enter in your password.
4. Click the "Login" button.

What is each input field on the Login page for?
Login Email:
This is a required field. You must enter in the email address you signed up with.
Password:
This is a required field. This is the current password that you have associated with your account. This password is only alphanumeric characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9).
Remember Me:
If "Remember Me?" is checked:
You will remain logged in until you manually logout. For example, if you login, shutdown your computer, turn on your computer, go back to FindSportsNow, you will still be logged in. This is a great feature so that you do not need to continuously keep logging in.
Note: You should not use this feature on a public computer.
If "Remember Me?" is not checked:
You will automatically be logged out whenever you close your browser.
Add Listings
How do I add a listing?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account (sign up if you do not have an account).
2. Click the "Add Listing" link that is shown on your My Account page.
3. Fill out the form. Make sure to enter information for all required fields.
4. Click the "Add Listing" button at the bottom right of the page.

What is each input field for?
State:
This is a required field. This is the state that you want to add the listing to.
City:
This is a required field. This is the city that you want to add the listing to.
Category:
This is a required field. This is the category that you want to add the listing to. In order to determine which category your sport is in, you should check our Glossary.
Sport:
This is a required field. This is the sport that you want to add the listing to. In order to determine which category your sport is in, you should check our Glossary.
Title:
This is a required field. This is the title of your listing. You should be as descriptive as possible.
Gender:
This is a required field. This is the allowed gender for the activity. It can be male, female, or co-ed (which is both male and female).
Signup Start Date:
This is the date that registration begins.
Signup End Date:
This is the date that registration ends.
Activity Start Date:
This is the date that the activity begins.
Activity End Date:
This is the date that the activity ends.
Individual Price:
This is a required field. There are 3 options you can select from:
Unknown:
Select Unknown if you do not know the price or if no price is applicable.
Free:
Select Free if the activity is free.
Exactly:
Select Exactly if there is an exact price for the activity. Then fill in the input field with the exact dollar amount (e.g., "45.00" without quotes).
Team Price:
This is a required field. There are 3 options you can select from:
Unknown:
Select Unknown if you do not know the price or if no price is applicable.
Free:
Select Free if the activity is free.
Exactly:
Select Exactly if there is an exact price for the activity. Then fill in the input field with the exact dollar amount (e.g., "45.00" without quotes).
Age:
This is a required field. There are 5 options you can select from:
Any Age:
Select Any Age if the activity has no restriction on age.
Exactly:
Select Exactly if there is a specific age that is allowed for the activity. Then fill in the input field with the exact age.
Under:
Select Under to specify that any age less than the specified age is allowed. Then fill in the input field with the greatest age allowed.
Over:
Select Under to specify that any age greater than the specified age is allowed. Then fill in the input field with the least age allowed.
Between:
Select Between if the age can be between two specific ages. Then fill in both input fields with the age amount (e.g., the first input field could be "10" and the second could be "15", both without quotes).
Details:
This is a required field. This is a detailed description which should fully define your event or activity. You should be as descriptive as possible.
Details:
This is a required field. This is a detailed description which should fully define your event or activity. You should be as descriptive as possible.
Location Name:
If there is a specific location that the activity takes place at, you should enter the name of it. For example, if it's at a park you might write "John Galt's Sports Park" without quotes.
Address Line 1:
If there is an address to the location, this is the first line of the address.
Address Line 2:
If there is an address to the location and you need more than one line, this is the second line of the address.
City:
If there is an address to the location, this is the city portion of the address.
State:
If there is an address to the location, this is the state portion of the address. This should be entered in as an abbreviation. For example, if the state is New York, you would enter NY.
Zip:
If there is an address to the location, this is the zip code portion of the address.
Contact Name:
If you want to supply additional contact information, add the name of the contact representative.
Phone:
If you want to supply additional contact information, this is place to enter a contact phone number.
Email:
If you want to supply additional contact information, this is place to enter an email address. This will be converted to an image to protect you from spam.
Website:
If you want to supply a supplemental website, this is place to enter in the website address. The website address must start with either "http://" or "https://".
Upload Photos:
This section is used to upload photos for your listing. Simply browse for the desired photo (which can be a png, jpg, or gif). Once you select the photo, it will automatically be uploaded. When the photo finishes uploading it will be displayed in the "Select Photos" section. If you have already uploaded the desired photo for another listing, you do not need to reupload it. You can just go to the "Select Photos" section.
Select Photos:
This section displays all the photos you have previously uploaded. This section will not appear if you have not uploaded any photos. You can check the photos that you want to appear on the listing. When you check them they will be displayed with a green background to help you determine which photos you have selected. Similarly, you can uncheck the photos you do not want shown. When you uncheck them they will be displayed with the default gray background to help you determine which photos are not selected. Click the star to set the photo as the primary listing cover. The listing cover image is the one shown when users are browsing through listings. When you click the star, that photo will be displayed with a gold background to help you determine which photo is the primary listing cover. Click the trash can if you want to permanently delete the photo from all your listings. When you click the trash can, it will permanently delete that photo from our system.
Make Listing:
This is a required field. There are 2 options you can select from:
Active:
Select Active if you want the listing to be visible to the public.
Inactive:
Select Inactive if you do not want the listing to be visible to the public. You should select this if you are not yet ready to display the listing to the public, but want to get it setup and ready to go. You will be the only person able to view it on your "My Account" page.
Manage Listings
How do I manage my listings?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Manage Listings" link located in the "Listings Overview" table.
3. Available Options:
A. Check a listing to make it active. Note: Active listings are visible to the public.
B. Uncheck a listing to make it inactive. Note: Inactive listings are not visible to the public.
C. Delete a listing permanently. Note: Deleted listings are not visible to the public and will no longer appear when you login.
D. Duplicate a listing. Note: You can reuse a previously added listing as a template for a new listing.
E. Edit a listing. Note: You can edit a previously added listing.
F. View active listings. Note: You can view an active listing.
F. Preview inactive listings. Note: You can preview an inactive listing.
Listing Diagnostics
The listing diagnostics page displays typical issues that we found with your listings. In order to bring more traffic to your listings and give FindSportsNow viewers a better experience, we recommend you fix any issues listed.

How do I view my diagnostics?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Diagnostics" link located in the "Listings Overview" table.

How do I interpret my diagnostics?
1. Title Issues:
Short titles - The listings shown should have a longer title.
Duplicate titles - None of your listings should have the same exact title.
ALL-CAPS titles - The listings shown should not have an ALL CAPITAL title.

2. Description Issues:
Short descriptions - The listings shown should have more information in their "Detailed Description" area.
ALL-CAPS descriptions - The listings shown should not have an ALL CAPITAL description.

3. Photo Issues:
No photos - Add at least 1 photo to the listings shown.
Listing Statistics
The listing statistics page gives you details on how your listings are doing on FindSportsNow.

How do I view my statistics?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Statistics" link located in the "Listings Overview" table.

How do I interpret my statistics?
1. Summary:
Reported Period - The month in which the statistics pertain to.
Total Hits - Number of page hits all of your listings had this month.
Active Listings - Number of active listings you currently have.
Inactive Listings - Number of inactive listings you currently have.

2. Hits and Rankings:
Monthly Hits: The number of times your listing was viewed so far this month.
Listing Rank: FindSportsNow's importance of this listing, where 1 is poor and 10 is great.
Edit Account
The edit account page allows you to change your account details and preferences.
Note: To change your password, you need to go to the "Change Password" page.

How do I get to the edit account page?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Edit Account" link located in the "Account Overview" table.

How do I interpret the edit account page?
1. Account Details:
Account Name - The title of your organization. Example: Jenna's Dance Studio
Contact Name - The point of contact's name. Example: Jenna Smith
Contact Email - The point of contact's email address. Note: This is different than your login email address.
Contact Number - The point of contact's phone number.
Website - Your organization's website.

2. Account Preferences:
Monthly Report - The first of every month, we send out a detailed monthly report, which contains a variety of useful information regarding your account.
Change Password
The change password page allows you to change your account's password.

How do I get to the change password page?
1. Login to your FindSportsNow account.
2. Click the "Change Password" link located in the "Account Overview" table.

How do I change my password?
1. Enter in your current password.
3. Enter in your new desired password.
3. Click the "Update Password" button.
Blog
FindSportsNow's blog has news, features, and how-to's. If you need entertainment or ideas and advice on living active and healthy, this is the place to go.

How do I get to the blog page?
1. Go to: http://findsportsnow.com/blog

How do I navigate through blog articles?
All articles are listed within the "Archived Articles" section. You can expand and collapse sections by clicking on a year or month. You can view a blog article by clicking on the article's title.