Online team management

TeamSnap is an amazing tool for organizing a sports team, club, or other function where you have to coordinate groups of people. There’s a free version that’s got a lot of features, but even more are available on the deluxe version which is about $75 per year. We’ve been using it for about 4 years for different sports (soccer and baseball) for my two boys.

It enables me to manage my teams with ease, both remotely when we’re traveling through a smart phone, as well as using my desktop computer. It’s easier to use than competitor sites that I’ve seen and makes it very easy to coordinate your group of people. Even users that aren’t very computer savvy have been able to use this product very easily.

The free version let’s you manage your team and push the calendar to an iCal that can be accessed and automatically synchronized to a BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, a Mac, or a computer using the more recent version of Exchange. You can also e-mail your entire team very easily.

The deluxe version allows you to text message your entire team (with multiple text message numbers per player,) track statistics including creating your own customized stats, track availability for your players and coaching staff for a particular event or game, post photos for your team and optionally for their family that you can share, track payments, a place to upload files like player release forms or fund raising forms and they can be shared with people outside of the team which is great for special fund raising letters you have to bring for the team to get credit, and you can have a front page that displays more timely information.

The players can have a thumbnail next to their name which is nice as you’re learning about new players on your team. The maps correspond by default to Google Maps using a location address, but you can change them to be a specific link or to another mapping service. You can create repeating events for practices that are the same day.

The TeamSnap team now has a free iPhone/iPod Touch application too. They are wonderful about getting back to me regarding requests for modifications or if there are problems with the website, but it’s been very solid.

-- Greg Ostravich 01/13/11

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