Are you coaching and are you using an iPad? There some very interesting apps out there for you including one that I recently tested; Hoops Clipboard. You can find out more about this app at www.hoopsclipboard.com and at the end of this entry. As I was reviewing this app, I contacted a few coach friends of mine to see if they would be interested in using these apps and an iPad to help them coach. Each coach said that the iPad is a very intriguing device and they would be interested in using it but there wrere a few hesitations about using it during game time:
- The iPad device itself might be too delicate for the beating it might take like most coaches marker boards. The thought of a coach whipping their iPad down is not something that would go over well!
- In the heat of the moment, do coaches want to have to remember how the application works?
- The iPad is a tad bit too small in comparison of your typical marker board.
Regardless of these hesitations, there seems to be a lot of interest in genre of apps. I did a recent search in the iPad App store for "Coach" and I came up with over 150 matches.
Even if you are not using any of these apps, maybe you have some creative ways that are you using the device effectively. I know that some coaches have their plays exported as images, PowerPoints, or Keynotes. Coaches have begun to use these devices to call plays from. Others are using apps like iPlayBookBasketball. These are interesting uses, but can't we get more interesting? Some golf instructors and other creatie coaches are using apps like Swing at em to record players techniques.
Hoops Clipboard is very good for many reasons including one's ability to keep track of game stats, plays, shot charts, etc. The only real negative was my apparent confusion on how to manipulate the plays by putting in player numbers that are not currently in the game at that time. Regardless, there are some very interesting implications for having such a handy device. Here are the official aspects of Hoops Clipboard directly from the company:
Check out some of the awesome features offered in Hoops Clipboard:
* Combination whiteboard and statistic tracker
* Easily draw different plays with a finger
* Selection of new 3D player graphics
* Move players around the board just by dragging
* Plays can be named and saved, exported to email with photos
* Print player and team stats from email
* Line by line play back
* Play back frame rates option on whiteboard
* Full, detailed stats area
* Manage and track home and away rosters
* Track, email and print shots for home and away players
* Supports full and half court
* Supports NBA and NCAA court styles
* Customizable settings
* Notes tab with save options for later review