[frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/tech-mom-time.jpg” link=”” target=”_self” width=”235″ height=”217″ alt=”Tech Mom Time logo” align=”right”]Welcome to the latest installment of Tech Mom Time, a post I do in conjunction with my latest segment on The Broadcast, a local talk show that airs on Dallas station KTXD. I have been privileged to be added to their rotating roster of guests who provide useful information for viewers. Below is the video of the segment that originally aired on May 23rd, along with extra notes on the topic profiled. If you have any tech questions you’d like addressed – whether for moms, dads, kids, grandparents – feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
In this installment, Tech Mom Melissa covers 3 sports management apps that can help coaches, team managers, team moms, players, parents and grandparents keep up with the comings and goings of an athletic team. Designed primarily for club sports and/or league sports, the apps can also be used for school sports.
- [frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/team-snap.png” link=”” target=”_self” width=”150″ height=”150″ alt=”Tech Mom Time: sports management apps for coaches, players, parents” align=”right”]TeamSnap – Rated for all ages. TeamSnap is one of the newest sports management apps on the market, designed for coaches to easily share information with parents and players as well as track stats and expenses. Free and paid options, depending on your team needs. PROS: There’s not much more this app could have, with scheduling, rosters, payments, messaging, photos, availability. Makes it easy for the coach or team manager to send messages to all members, rather than making 10 different phone calls. CONS: For small teams or recreational leagues, the choices might be a bit overwhelming and unnecessary. Although there is plenty that is free, you will see ads. And availability, which is possibly the best function of this app, is not on the free level. BOTTOM LINE: Since everyone gets 21 free days of the Ultra plan, it’s a good way to decide just what you really need. With the ability to also keep track of your team on the website, it’s pretty well got you covered. The app is free, and subscriptions run as high as $130. The app is available both for iOS and Android.
- [frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/sports-team-mgr.png” link=”” target=”_self” width=”150″ height=”150″ alt=”Tech Mom Time: sports management apps for coaches, players, parents” align=”right”]Sports Team Manager by D-Solutions – Rated for all ages. Manage and coach your team(s) with ease and simplify team emails and texts. Lite version as well as paid version. PROS: The ability to contact your team by email AND text is the standout of this app. You can also import member information and sync it to your calendar or your Excel spreadsheet. That way, all the important dates pop up for you, even if you don’t have the app open. You can also set a default message, then input the date and time as they change. CONS: This app really is just for the administrative side of coaching, without options for pictures, rosters or expenses. BOTTOM LINE: If all you need is something to keep up with player contact info and a calendar, this is perfect. The app is only available for the Android market, in both Lite and Full ($2.99) versions.
- [frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/teamingly.png” link=”” target=”_self” width=”150″ height=”150″ alt=”Tech Mom Time: sports management apps for coaches, players, parents” align=”right”]Teamingly – Rated for all ages. From youth and children’s teams, to adult rec and semi-pro, Teamingly has the features you need to manage your team. PROS: Teamingly was created to be free – no payments, no ads, and it is amazingly comprehensive. It works on all mobile devices, auto-syncs to calendars, and is private by default. Team administrators can see player details, but other players cannot. And since each player handles their own profile, privacy is key. There’s also a full demo you follow to set up your own team. CONS: It is email dependent, without a text option to send messages to your team members and parents. It also doesn’t have the notification option for availability. BOTTOM LINE: Teamingly is a very clean app, and at no charge, is a hard to beat bargain. It is available for Amazon Kindle, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and mobile web.
Thanks for joining us for Tech Mom Time! Feel free to share your experiences with these apps in the comments section below, or let us know about other apps that we should include in a review!