Technology in education is not limited to the classroom. Every school has an athletic program, and most of them have a wide variety of sports. And every athletic director and coach can benefit from technology in their profession! In this article we will look at two such tools, Coach’s Eye and GameChanger. One is a technology tool that any coach can use to record, analyze and use to help bring their athletes to the next level within their sport. The other is a tool that coaches can use to keep score in their games, compile statistics and keep fans and parents in the game every step of the way — even when they can’t be there!
Coach’s Eye is an app for your iPad or Android tablet that allows you to record active video footage of your student-athletes. Cool, right? Yea big deal… but that’s not all! Now that you have this video, you can mark it up! That’s right. You can take the video of your shortstop’s swing and draw on it to show where he is doing it right — or not-so-right. You can draw the arc of the golf swing to illustrate a tweak or change that need to be made, or how a runner’s stride is too short. You can show them right there — on the field — and then file it away. Record them again mid-season, and at the end of the season to illustrate the great strides they made throughout the season. The possibilities of such a tool in a dedicated coach’s hands are endless.
Add to that the ability to do side-by-side comparison and even import video from another camera to get another angle — and wow!
You can imagine that with this kind of analysis tool, you can help your young athletes learn, practice and develop the solid mechanics of their sport in ways that only the pros could do just ten years ago. And it all starts for free. Coach’s Eye uses the freemium model to get you to download and use their tool, and then buy add-ins that make using and sharing your edited videos even more effective.
If you coach any sport at the high school level, you owe it to yourself and your student-athletes to check out this wonderful tool for yourself!
When it comes to simplifying and simply doing it better — one of the big elephants in any locker room is scorekeeping. Youth sports – from middle school to American Legion – have become almost as heavily followed as college athletics in some areas, and the GameChanger app for iOS is the industry leader is keeping the score, and telling all the fans about it! This easy-to-use, super affordable app currently works for baseball, softball and basketball.
GameChanger is easy for you to get into. The App itself is free. This allows you to input your rosters, your opponents, location of game and then you keep score. It is that easy. Could it be easier? Yes — it could, and GameChanger is all over it. Because, not only does it allow you to do all the advanced statistical score keeping that every coach really wants and needs, but it takes advantage of the touch interface to do it! That’s right — you draw on the screen to tell it what happened! Did Bobby just hit a single to right field? Draw a line into right field, then draw a line that moves Bobby to first — that’s it! It records that on a 2-1 count, with 2 outs, Bobby hit a shallow single to right field. This allows you to project exactly what Bobby’s batting average is on 2-1 counts, and with 2 outs… and how often he hits the ball to right field! Did Bobby steal second on a 2-0 count? Chart that pitch, and drag Bobby to second — it will ask if it was a Passed Ball or Stolen Base and that’s it! Same stat keeping depth! And what’s more, anyone can do it! They don’t have to be a baseball expert to keep score!
Now you are saying, “WOW! This is too good to be true! Do you mean my managers can keep accurate score of my game for me — and it is free?!?” Yup. That’s it. But, wait, it gets better. Not only that, but if you are connected to the Internet while scoring the game (and many of us are these days — plus it does work on iPhone), it will update the score and at-bats in REAL TIME! Parents who can’t be at the game can follow it pitch by pitch, and at-bat by at-bat! And after the game, it generates a box score for everyone on your fan list to view!
Is this all free? Well, no… all of that is not free. The score keeping is. For the other features there are membership plans on GameChanger.Com that really bring it all together, but the cost is low and the good will you will generate for your athletic program is priceless!