By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Coaches will have to find creative ways to communicate with state athletic association officials, parents and players during this period of quarantining and social distancing, and some of the biggest state athletic associations in the country are choosing to manage that communication through the sportsYou app.
A free communication app, sportsYou is created specifically for the needs of coaches. It gives coaches the ability to privately communicate, schedule and share media with their teams. With no character limits and the ability to send one-way messages, sportsYou is a highly versatile communication app for coaches.
Starting the week of March 23, the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) will require coaches to use the sportsYou app for certification and professional development opportunities.
“In order for coaches and teachers to keep getting funding, they have to provide curriculum, and our platform enables them to do this,” said sportsYou co-founder Brad Matthews. “They’re putting out a video curriculum with an ability to share daily exercises, sports performance courses, motivational speeches, game film, and information on strength training and nutrition.”
In the spring of 2018, the state’s governing body, the UIL Legislative Council, announced mandatory tackling certification for coaches. In cooperation with UIL, THSCA became the first state in the country to require all football coaches to successfully complete tackling certification. With 23,000 junior high and high school coaches needing certification by August 1, 2019, the THSCA and UIL approached Atavus to help implement a certification program.
That communication and training will now be completed through the sportsYou app. Both the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and the Indiana Football Coaches Association also committed to partnering with sportsYou for communication with coaches.
Coaches in Texas, Illinois and Indiana can share information from the state athletic associations on safety, nutrition, training techniques and instructional videos with their own players. Whether on your phone or computer, in minutes you can set up as many teams/groups as you want on sportsYou. You can create private teams or groups for the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen programs. You can also take it a step further to share specific information to only your defense, offense, special teams and so on.
While face-to-face coaching opportunities will be restricted for the unforeseeable future, the sportsYou app offers coaches the opportunity to reach and motivate their players virtually.
“What sportsYou has been able to accomplish during this time is getting the connection between coaches and coach associations,” said sportsYou sales associate Harrison Hefele. “This allows coaches to get updated information to athletes and parents on the same platform. A head coach can separate his team into separate distribution groups and share information in two clicks. It’s giving them an ability to manipulate content and send it to who they want.”
In addition to easy-to-use instant messaging, sportsYou allows coaches to display a calendar for their athletes for training purposes. No more questions and confusion on schedules as everyone knows the workout – and gets notifications on changes immediately through sportsYou.
Using sportsYou provides coaches with the unique ability to increase accountability. As an administrator of the team, you can see who has viewed your posts and who has not. These features help coaches emphasize the importance of responsibility.
What is SportsYou?
A free communication app, sportsYou is created specifically for the needs of coaches. It gives coaches the ability to privately communicate, schedule and share media with their team. With no character limits and the ability to send one-way messages, sportsYou is a highly versatile communication app for coaches.
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