How do you keep in contact with your squad? Texts? Emails?
What about upcoming events and games? How do you make sure your team has access
to times, locations, and what bow or uniform to wear? Here are some great apps
and websites that have helped my team have the information they need at their
1. First Touch App.
This is a free app the whole team can download,
regardless of what kind of phone they have. This app has everything a coach
needs to get in touch with their team: a team calendar, alerts, group chats,
photo sharing, and news. In the past, I received countless text messages and
emails asking, “Where is the event again?” or “When do we meet?” Instead of
continuously having to search for the address or find the email with all the
information to copy and paste, I found my responses had changed to, “Please
view the team calendar on the app, thank you!”
My team is well aware of our new system, and it seems to be working
quite well! Parents can even stay well informed by using this app. It makes it
easy to send quick alerts to inform squad members of a cancelled practice or a
sudden location change. Unlike text messaging, no one is accidentally left out
of an alert.
Most teams now have a Facebook page that the coach has
created. If not, this is a great way to keep squad members and the community
informed. It is also a great tool to showcase pictures and videos of your team!
Parents will love to take part on their child’s sports page, and will enjoy
watching videos and looking at squad pictures. You can get a lot of support
from the school and fans, as well. We also use Facebook as a way to connect
with our community when we have a fundraising event or tryouts approaching.
Most people have Facebook today and are typically connected by phone– receiving
alerts and messages from pages they follow. Add the Pages App on your phone to access your page quickly and easily!
Twitter is popular
in the high school world. This is a great social media tool to use for quick
reminders for your team. Twitter is great, however tweets can only contain 140
characters. If you want to announce an event to the public or to your team,
Twitter is probably not your best route. I typically will use Twitter as an
advertisement to our website, for new members to learn about what we offer.
This is a website that allows coaches to make their
own site for their team. It is fully customizable, and such a great resource
for your cheerleaders and their parents. I have added everything my team needs
on this website, including cheer and chant lists, videos, photos, a team calendar,
parent info page, tryout information, and so much more! It is easy to use, and
fun to make the site fit your team’s needs. My team is required to use this site
as their main source of information. If they need to print something out, they
can click on ‘Handouts’ and get what they need. I have a parent’s page to make
sure they are also fully informed, and know where to find important
5. TeachAide App.
I use this app to take attendance for my squad.
Although it is not specifically designed for teams, I still find this app a
helpful tool. You can easily input your students through your contact list.
When we have practice, I add a date and mark those who are absent, tardy, or
present. By clicking reports, you can see their attendance up to that date. It
also has a feature that allows you to randomly pick athletes for whatever
purpose you need it for. Sometimes, I have to pick someone to run an errand,
and using this tool is AWESOME! There are no arguments! It can randomly select
groups as well, which is great! Again, no arguments!
Those are a few helpful apps I have found throughout my coaching experience
that have helped me to stay organized and keep team members, parents, and other
What are some handy tech tools you’ve
found to work for your team? Tell us in the comments!