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After reading the video analysis app reviews from other members (David Turner and Andy Edwards reviewed the Coach’s Eye app while Jon Woodward and Rachel Hooper reviewed HudlTechnique [formerly Ubersense]), I thought it would be helpful to post my review of an administration-based coaching app I use in my coaching called EasyCoach – a professional yet easy to use tool that eases administrative coaching tasks, saves time, and provides a better overview – as their website states!
So here is my review.
Sport: Hockey (but it would suit any)
System used: Apple (although it is available on Android)
Background: I have used the app for the last year. At the time, I was trying to find an app that might help with noting attendances, and this did that fairly easily (without the need to have a paper register in the rain!).
Uses: We have 15 academy sessions in the year, and I use it for those to note attendances. You simply upload the details of all your players, and each newly created session, you can quickly tap an attendance, a late attendance, a non-attendance or a non-attendance with notification.
The register function is what I mostly use the app for, and the collated data it compiles is exportable, which is useful functionality to have. It creates a breakdown of squad attendance or individual information on request and can also be used to keep all participant information on it (emergency contact details etc).
The big benefit of the using this app is that it does speed up arrival and registration so I can concentrate on other things. It’s very user-friendly. A simple tap of the screen on arrival, and it’s sorted!
Although tracking attendance is predominately what I use it for, the app does have other uses. As the website states:
EasyCoach enables coaches to manage teams, track attendance, message players and parents, and share teams with co-coaches and assistants. More detailed, EasyCoach allows you to register contact details for team player and parents, choose contacts from your phone’s contact list, and import and export team lists. It allows you to create team sessions and register attendance, easily view attendance statistics for teams and players on your phone, and using a PC you may also see trend charts. Furthermore, you can easily send text or email messages to player and parents, to the team or to selected team members, using the saved contact details. Finally, you can share your team with co-coaches and assistants, and let others share their teams with you.
Overall: It’s important to my data management so I would give the app 8 out of 10. I could live without it, but when it’s snowing in Leeds on a Monday evening in January, I don’t want to be ticking names off a list! For what I use it for, it’s ideal, quick and easy to use so I would recommend it to other coaches regardless of sport.
More information on the EasyCoach app can be found on their website.
Do you use EasyCoach? How do you find it? Are there any other administration apps you would recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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