PRE Booking classes
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting fed up walking past body combat classes that are bursting at the seams then turning up at a half-empty dojo.
Putting all things aside about the relative levels of intensity etc, I'm convinced that my fee structure is in part to blame. At the moment my students pay monthly. This is a bargain for the regular ones but expensive for shift workers who genuinely can't train every session. With some members, I get the attitude of "I've paid, it's my choice if I train or not". That's fair enough in a way, but hardly helpful. Sometimes we're packed out, sometimes just a few, thus making session planning difficult.
I'm starting to wonder if a pre-booking system might cure this.
I'm guessing that if class space is limited there's a lot of incentive to confirm you will be attending rather than just deciding on the night. From a coaching perspective, if I knew who was coming on any particular night I could plan accordingly.
What I have in mind is simple. I'd circulate next months classes to each member on an A4 sheet, they tick the ones they will be attending and pay a discounted 'pre-booked' rate. Numbers will be set for each class and to encourage early booking once that number is reached the class is full.
Of course, members would still be able to turn up and pay on the night, but only if spaces were available and at a higher fee.
I'm wondering if anyone else here uses a similar system and if so how well you find it works?