by Chelsea Cipriani, Front Rush
With the world at our fingertips, there are many helpful apps that can make your life as a coach much easier. Everyone has their preference and a lot of apps perform a very similar task in a slightly different way. Below are a few situations you may run into as a coach, followed by an App that can help you remedy the situation.
Situation 1: “You have arrived at your destination on the left,” says the GPS attached to the dash in an english accent. “Everyone off the bus, we are here!” Just kidding, we are actually at an old abandoned water tower. Nothing against the use of a GPS, but sometimes they can be outdated and often lead you to the wrong destination. Every coach should have at least one Map tool on their smartphone. Check out our different Map suggestions below. (All Free)
Google Maps: “Real time navigation, traffic, transit, and nearby places.”
Experience the Google Maps difference
• Offline maps to search and navigate without an internet connection
• Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, shops, museums and more
• Indoor maps to quickly find your way inside big places like airports, malls and stadiums
• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Transit schedules and maps for over 15,000 cities
• Detailed business information on over 100 million places
Maps (Apple): “Maps take a whole new turn.”
Offering an all-new design and a host of innovative features, Maps makes finding and getting to your destination faster and easier than ever. With turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, proactive suggestions, and the ability to use third-party apps right inside Maps, there’s so much to explore.
Waze: “GPS Navigation, Maps & Social Traffic.”
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all.
Situation 2: “Your 2016 Conference Champions rush the field following the final buzzer.” Meanwhile, the assistant coach is capturing this on their smart phone. “I can’t wait to post this and send to all of our Alumni, Fans, and Students.” Wait… you can immediately post it to social media using one of the Apps below! (All Free)
These Apps will keep your following in the loop every step of the way. By posting on social media during your season, more and more fans will be talking about and following program!
Situation 3: “Coach, I know what you are saying, and I am trying… but I need to see it.” As coaches you hear this almost every time you have an individual skill instruction with a player. Seeing is believing and they need to see their skill on film right there in that moment. There are lots of video apps for this particular instance that can be extremely helpful in fine tuning technique. Check out the two Apps below.
SloPro – 1000fps Slow Motion Video: Shoot video at a high speed then play it back in sllloooooww motion. Just added–SUPER SLOW MOTION 1000FPS –it will blow your mind! (Free)
Live Video Delay: Monitor live video on an adjustable delay of up to 10 minutes. Get immediate feedback and make your practice sessions more productive. (Free version and $2.99 version)
Situation 4: “Attention travelers, Flight 456 has been delayed by 2 hours.” We have all had this happen. What was already a 2 hour layover has now been turned into a 4 hour layover and you have 25 young adults to entertain. Below are a few Apps that can be used as “Team Building” and “Entertainment” through those slightly boring times.
Heads Up: It’s the game The New York Times called a “Sensation,” and Cosmopolitan said “will be the best dollar you’ve spent.” Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres that she plays on her show, and you can play with your friends! (this App is $0.99)
Reverse Charades: It’s fast-paced, fiercely fun team competition that’s an absolute riot with families, work teams, school groups, party-goers or among a few close friends. But be warned…you’re in for big and dangerous doses of fun! (Free)
Situation 5: Somewhere along the line… the post game meal did not get ordered. Don’t Panic. Whether it is the day before in your hotel room or you are at the stadium showering, there are Apps that can help you!
Yelp: Top-ranked Yelp for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch has over 100 million reviews on businesses worldwide! Whether you are looking for a pizzeria that is open now or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play.
Other great Apps for food ordering are the Apps of the popular places your team likes to eat. For example: Panera, Chipotle, Domino’s, Jimmy Johns, Papa John’s, Grubhub, etc. Many of these popular restaurants have an App for ordering on the fly.
If you are a Front Rush user, check out our Front Rush and Coach Packet Apps. These Apps are your Recruiting Tool on the road, keeping you connected at all times!
Regardless of which Apps you prefer, there are many out there that can make the life of a coach much easier! You can always be prepared for any scenario by having a few of these Apps downloaded to your smart phone.
What Apps do you like the most? Are you currently using any that are not listed? We would love to hear from you!
App descriptions taken from www.itunes.com