Tools and apps for youth sports coaches

8/9/2013

With an abundance of new technology available to "make life easier," choosing the best tools to use can be overwhelming. We have searched and found some great apps, tools and websites especially for youth sports coaches. Many are even totally free. Thanks to Jodi from Advisors Marketing, whose session at last year’s Youth Sports Congress inspired this post.
 
Communication/Sharing
Team Roster and Schedule Management
TeamSnap Free plan and paid plans available to help you track players, game/event schedules and team payments, as well as email the entire team with one click.
 
Group Texting App
GroupMe  Free app that works on nearly every phone that lets you send group texts to your players’ parents.
 
Maps
aMap.to  Free service that lets you provide very specific location information to your players’ parents, down to which side of the field practice will be on.
 
Photo Sharing
Both of these are free photo sharing sites where you can upload practice and game pictures so your players’ parents can download copies.
Flickr
Shutterfly

Practice and Games
Practice Planning Apps
Easy Practice  Free app for soccer coaches; drills and games are broken down into age groups (u5 - 10+).

iPractice Builder  Premium app to interactively build and store basketball practice plans and drills.
 
Clipboard Apps
Coach's Clipboard Pro  App Store  Draw out and save plays for 20 sports just like an actual coach’s clipboard. Web-based version available. Free and paid options available. Google Play available for basketball only.

ChalkTalk  App Store  Paid app that turns your iPad into a coach's tablet for devising plays and communicating with your players.

CoachPad  App Store  Paid app that allows you to sketch out and display formations and tactics all using your iPad. Templates for basketball, baseball, football, soccer, rugby, volleyball, tennis, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse (men's and women's) and even a blank whiteboard for any purpose.
 
Game Scoring and Statistic App

Game Changer Free scorekeeping and stat software for teams. Premium options available.

iScore Score and produce statistics for baseball, softball, basketball, football and soccer. Paid app.

Safety
FirstAid App
First Aid by American Red Cross  App Store  Google Play  The American Red Cross has come out with a free First Aid app. This new app features simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. This app is easy to use for coaches responding to injuries during practices or games. This app should be integrated into any coach's emergency action plan.
 
Weather

MyRadar Weather Radar  App Store  Google Play  Track storms in your area. 

Pre-Season
Online Coach Training Program $20
National Youth Sports Coaches Association  Coaches complete a clinic which prepares them for their important role – everything from dealing with parents to specific sports drills to use at practice. After the initial clinic, coaches can access their Member Area all season long, which features a variety of tools and resources, including the Coach Rating System, Coaches Forum, a library of skills and drills, and more.
 
Post-Season
Certificate Maker
Customize, download and print awards for players with these websites.
Certificate Street Free and paid certificates.
Creative Certificates Free certificates.
 
Sign Up List App
ThingtoBring App  Throwing a team party and need to let parents know what to bring? Use this simple, free app.
 
Have you used any of the tools and apps listed here? Did we miss any? Share in the comments.

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