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CoachMe Camp Day 7

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Game Day “Put it all together”


Game day is why we put in all the hard work and effort! So far this week, you have learned all about every aspect of the CoachMe Web Edition, now it’s time to bring the other team on the field...The CoachMe Mobile App.  When you have the combination of the two, you have truly gained the competitive edge and brought your team to the new generational era of football.


Today we take a look at the additional features the mobile app provides and how it collaborates with the web edition.  A majority of the features work exactly the same, however there are a few things that the mobile app can do currently that are not available in the web edition (soon to come in web).  Those features include, the passing feature (diagram and animate the path of the football), the chalk feature (telestration over the top of a play), and notes (ability to write notes on a specific play). As a CoachMe member, your account will include new features as they are released.  


The passing feature is a great way to show players the path of the football in a passing play.  To do this, start by drawing a passing play or recall one from your playbook. Then tap the football icon in the bottom toolbar.  To begin the sequence, tap the player you want to start with the football (typically the center), next tap the player or the route tip you want the ball to go to next.  This is described as the passing feature sequence, once you tap on the route tip of a player, you will only be able to tap on other route tips. As you tap through your sequence, you will see a black line and numbers that correspond with the order you have taped.  Once your sequence is set, simply tap the play button and watch as the football snaps, runs, and passing through the sequence.


To view a tutorial of the “Passing Feature” click here:


The new and improved chalk feature is great for quick instruction or to make coaching points to a player without modifying the play you have already saved.  To enable the chalk feature, tap the options button in the top left, then tap on Chalk.  You will see the original drawing toolbar is changed to the new chalk toolbar.  You can tap on the chalk and start drawing, or tap on the gears (setting for chalk) and select the color and width of your chalk.  Once you have drawn on the chalkboard, you can tap on the eraser to manually erase portions of the chalk drawing, or tap the undo button to erase the last line drawn. If you want to erase the entire telestration, tap on the trash can.  To exit the chalk feature, tap the close button in the toolbar and original drawing features toolbar will return.  


To view a tutorial of the “Chalk Feature and toolbar” click here:


Adding notes to a play is great for coaching points or philosophies you want to keep stored with a particular play.  To add notes, tap on options in the top left then tap on notes.  You will see a pop up window that allows you to write in notes.  Once you have entered your desired notes, tap the save button in the pop up window.  This will bring your PlayBooks up and ask you which play you want these notes attached to.  Now when you share that play with someone, they will be able to see the additional notes you have attached.  


To view a tutorial of the “notes feature” click here:


All right, bring it up...camp is over:) Great job this week, you have been given a lot of information and like any technique or philosophy it’s going to take a lot of practice to become perfect at it.  The CoachMe Support team is here to help along the way, keep an eye out for future online trainings, and blog posts on more cool tips and secrets on how to further your knowledge and ability in the CoachMe software. Good luck this season and please do let us know how you do and how CoachMe has helped you achieve the competitive edge!!!  


For more tutorials on the CoachMe Mobile App go to our YouTube channel “meapps studio”


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CoachMe Camp Day 6

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Thursday Practice “How today's generation of players learn the game off the field”


Today’s walkthrough practice is all about bridging the generational technological gap between players and coaches.  A walkthrough practice is all about refreshing the memory and making sure there isn’t any questions running through you players minds before you take the field under the lights.  To this point you have already done the heavy lifting of learning how to manage your LockerRoom, PlayBooks, and Documents.  Now lets take a look at a few features that will really help you connect with the current generation of players.


CoachMe Message is a great resource for you to use when connecting with players.  This can be used on an individual or group basis but allows for a private conversation between you and players.  Today players are dependant on their smartphone and/or tablet/computer, They would much rather text you than talk to you in person or on the phone.  This is why CoachMe Message is so important for you to open another line of communication with them so they can let you know what they are struggling with.  Every coach asks at the end of a drill or practice if there are any questions, very rarely a player will speak up.  But if they can ask the question with no one else knowing that they are asking for help, the odds are greatly increased that they will reach out for help.  Now not only can you help the player with the specific responsibilities of the play, but you can work together in your PlayBooks to make sure you are on the same page.  


To view a how to video/description of “CoachMe Message, Direct message” click here:


We have also included that ability for you as coaches to send CoachMe message as a text message as well so you can address the whole team immediately if you need to.  This can be very helpful in making sure players come to practices or meetings prepared with what you have asked them to bring.  


To view a how to video/description of “CoachMe Message, text message” click here:


With CoachMe Message now in your toolbelt, you have all the new technology that current players can relate to.  Post comments in the LockerRoom, send messages to players, show animation of plays, have them draw plays on their tablet.  These are all things that were not available a short time ago, but you have to keep up.  Trust us when we say, we understand the demands of being a football coach....let CoachMe help you bridge that generation gap and get you back to doing what you love, coaching football!!!


Tomorrow is game day, make sure you get some good carbohydrates tonight.  As many of coaches have always said “the hay is in the barn”. Tomorrow we face the mobile app, and look at what it brings to the field.  


CoachMe Camp Day 5

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Wednesday Practice “Team & Document Management with RTC, take back your time!”

 

Wednesday practices are usually your last chance to do some full speed drills and see your team perform in a live situations before the lights come on friday night.  You want to make sure you have given your team all the tools needed to be successful.  In order for you to be successful with CoachMe you will need to conquer the advantages of CoachMe Docs and how to use it effectively so you can spend less time doing the administration part of the job and more time coaching!  


To put it in the simplest of terms, CoachMe Docs is where you can create, upload, share and print all of your team documents while being able to work with other members of the organization in real time.  This means you can have multiple people working in the same document while you chat with them and see any changes they make.


To start make sure you have logged into your account, from the LockerRoom toolbar or the drop down menu in the top right corner you will need to select “Documents”.  This will take you to the documents page where once you have created and/or uploaded documents you will see them listed out.  On the right side of the page, you will see that there are some filters provided so once you have a lot of documents you can sort through them quickly and organize them to your liking.  CoachMe Docs has three platforms (word processor, spreadsheet, and presenter) that you can choose to start creating in.  To do so, simply click on “New Doc” and follow the prompts.  


To view a how to video/description on creating new documents click here:


If you are like most of us coaches, you probably already have several documents that you have compiled over the years.  No problem at all! Simply upload them into CoachMe Docs by clicking on the “Upload Doc” and choose the file from your device that you would like to upload. To view a how to video/description on uploading documents click here:


Creating and uploading documents is nothing new for most coaches, however in the past getting those documents to others has been done through emailing, flash drives, merging files, ect.  All things that don’t allow for you to make changes while the document is out of your hands.  Those days are gone with CoachMe Docs! you can simply share the desired documents and choose whether or not you want to give the person the ability to make changes.  To do this, simply click on the arrow located on the right side of the document name you wish to share, then follow the prompts to determine how you want to share it.  You can also edit the name of the document, delete it, or download it to the device you are on.  These are also located to the right of your documents name.  


To view a how to video/description on sharing documents click here:


Now that you have shared a new document or an old one that you uploaded it’s time to take advantage of “Real Time Collaboration”.  This means that the person you shared the document to can open the document and start adding to it while you are still working in that exact same document.  You will see that another user has the document open and another cursor will appear depending on where they are in the document.  At this point you can do a couple things.  First, you can simply watch what they are writing or continue to write as they watch.  Second, you can click on there name and a chat window will appear and you can converse with them about what you are working on.  Last, you can continue working on your section, while they work on another and the content from both of you will be added instantaneously.  


To view a how to video/description on Real Time Collaboration click here:


Now here are just a few examples of how CoachMe Docs can help you save time, be more productive, and streamline the quality of your work.  

  • Practice Plans:

    • Work with your other coaches on a practice plan for the next day from the comfort of your own home.  Imagine being able to share a template for your practice plan to all the coaches and having everyone fill out their section and give feedback on time needed for sections of practice.  This allows for you to print one practice plan that has everyones drills and time frame.  

  • Gear Check in/out:

    • Have one spreadsheet that all your coaches have editable rights to so when a player checks out an extra practice jersey it gets documented and you have an accurate account of all your gear at the end of the year.  This can save your program tons of money by holding the players accountable for the gear they took and used and didn’t turn back in.  

  • Weight room attendance:

    • Now every coach knows who’s in the weight room and can hold their specific position group players accountable for why they were not in attendance.  It doesn’t matter which coach is monitoring that day, because each coach has access and editing rights to the master spreadsheet

  • Scout cards:

    • Every coordinator wants specific plays to be run on scout team, now you can delegate the responsibility of drawing up all the plays.  Start a presenter file and name the plays you want and who you want to draw them.  Then you can print out the cards before practice or even load the slideshow onto your tablet so you can use it during practice

  • Goals:

    • If you enjoy having your players write out goals for the year, this is a great way to have them share the goals with you and you can have them set weekly goals and change them as the season progresses.  It is a way to keep the goals in front of them.


CoachMe Camp Day 4

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Tuesday Practice “Putting your personal signature on your offense/defense”


Now that you have installed your basic drills during monday's practice it’s time to put your personal touch on it.  Everyone runs similar drills during their practice, it’s up to you to emphasize certain techniques and coaching points.  This is where customizing your CoachMe plays sets you apart from the rest.  We have taken lots of suggestions from our mobile users over the last couple years and installed them to help you make the PlayBook you have always wanted!  


To start, make sure you are logged into your account.  Go into your PlayBooks and the last play you were working on should be displayed.  If you want to start with another play, click “New Play” or click on the play name in the top toolbar and select a previously drawn play to work with.  Now lets have some fun!


There are several options to add cosmetic changes to your play.  To start with you can right click on any player and select “Player Settings”.  This will prompt you with a window that gives you the choice to pick a color for the player and/or the players route.  This is great for showing hot routes, reads, or highlighting the ball carrier.  Another option available here is the “Label” box, this allows you to put a players name, or a number for a passing progression.  These are just a few examples of what we have used them for, we are simply trying to give you the tools to do as you see fit.  


To view a how to video/description on “Player Settings” click here:


For more options to customize the entire chalkboard, click on the “Play Setting” button located on the left side of the chalkboard.  This is where you can choose the animation speed and whether or not you want the routes to show or not during the animation.  You can also choose the background type you want to display.  We have included several options so you can use landmarks on the field for passing plays or yard markers for running plays.  


To view a how to video/description on “Play Settings” click here:


With your play finished, it’s time to become a master at the “PlayBook Manager”.  There are a couple ways to navigate, create, and duplicate plays.  We understand that a coaches PlayBook can grow quickly, so we have provided you with multiple ways to recall and produce your plays with ease.

The PlayBook drop down menu is the quickest way to jump from one play to the next.  If you simply click the play name in the top toolbar on the chalkboard, a drop down menu will appear with all your PlayBooks listed.  Hover your mouse over the top of the PlayBook, and the plays inside of that PlayBook will appear, click your desired play and it will recall it to the screen.


To view a how to video/description of “PlayBook drop down menu” click here:


Most coaches like to make minor adjustments to plays, this is no surprise! So if you are looking to change a route or two and give a play a new name, use the “Save Play As” feature. This is found in the top left of the chalkboard.  Once you click “Save Play As” a pop up window will ask you what PlayBook and what name you would like to save the play to.  Once you finish that, you can make the minor adjustments and the play will save in real time.  If you are looking to start a new play from scratch in the current PlayBook, click on “New Play”. This will clear your chalkboard and give the play a default name that you can change at a later point.  


To view a how to video/description of “Save Play As & New Play” click here:


The PlayBook Manager can be accessed by clicking on “View PlayBooks” located at the top of the chalkboard.  This will take you into the PlayBook manager where you can create, view, rename, delete, and share your PlayBooks. By hovering your mouse over the top of the PlayBook, certain icons will show up.  The first icon is an eyeball, this will take you into that play.  The second icon is the pencil, this will allow you to change the name of the play.  The 3rd icon is the trash can, this will delete the play.  The last icon is the arrow, this will prompt you with a screen to share the PlayBook to another member of your organization.  It will ask you to determine whether or not the recipient has editing rights or read only rights. If you have already shared this PlayBook then it will display that in the top of the window and give you the option to unshare it with the member.  


To view a how to video/description of “PlayBook Manager” click here:

That wraps up two full days of PlayBook knowledge! you now have the tools needed to start creating your masterpiece.  Come back to practice tomorrow to learn about CoachMe Docs and how CoachMe is your source for team/document management.  If you have been looking for ways to save time in your packed day as a football coach, don’t miss practice!


CoachMe Camp Day 3

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Monday Practice “Installing your core plays from day 1”

From the moment you step on the field you want to make sure everything you do is in preparation for game day success! Now that you have your CoachMe account all set up and looking sharp, it’s time to get to the X’s and O’s! Today’s practice is all about teaching you how to create a play from start to finish.  Just like when you first introduce a drill to your position group, we have included videos to demonstrate exactly what we're talking about.


To start make sure you log into your account, once you are in your LockerRoom you can go to your PlayBooks by selecting “PlayBooks” from the middle toolbar or from the dropdown menu in the top right corner.  Now you are ready to start drawing your play!


The first step to drawing a play is to set your formation.  You can do this by using the “Player Toolbar” which is located in the bottom right of the chalkboard.  Our recommendation is to always start with the offensive O-Line button located in the Offensive tab.  From there you can scroll through all the players and click on the ones you want to populate on the screen.  Once they are on the screen, simply drag them to your desired location.  


To view a how to video/description on “Player Toolbar” click here:


Now that your formation is set, it’s time to start drawing the correct assignments for the players.  We call these the “Drawing Tools” and you can find them in the bottom left of the chalkboard.  You should find every type of line you want to use including two different motion route styles (we understand everyone draws a little different).  To apply these routes to players, simply click the desired route then click and drag the cursor from the player to the desired stopping location.  To add a second step to the route, click on the end of the first route and drag to the second stopping location (not available on all routes).


To view a how to video/description on “Drawing Tools” click here:


If you are like us, it is hard to draw a play perfectly the first try! Don’t sweat it, we have included several ways to erase anything from a route, player, side of the ball, or the entire board!  These are what we call the “Delete Options” and you can find them by clicking on the trash can or by doing a right click on a specific player.  After years of drawing routes we know how some people will draw the same route multiple times before being satisfied with it, because of this we made an awesome short cut.  If you want to change the route you just drew, simple click and drag a new route from the same player and the old route will automatically disappear!!!


To view a how to video/description on “Delete Options” click here:


Congratulations! you now have a play on the chalkboard! Let’s make it come to life, do this by clicking the play button in the top right of the chalkboard.  You will also notice you can reload the play, or pause during the play if you want to make coaching points!


To view a how to video/description on “Animation” click here:


Now if you were wondering about how to save this great play you just drew up, we went ahead and saved it in real time for you! The play is always saving as you work through it.  You can always see the title of the PlayBook and Play in the top middle of the chalkboard.  If you just start drawing a play, it will be a default name that you can change in the PlayBook Manager (we will go into more detail on this tomorrow).  


To finish this great day of practice, we won’t line you up for sprints, instead we invite you to print your play by clicking on the print icon on the left of the chalkboard.  This will generate a window that will walk you through printing this great play you diagrammed today.


Go home, rest, and hydrate for tomorrow's practice.  We will be going over how to take this play you diagrammed and make it your custom masterpiece!!!


CoachMe Camp Day 2

Announcements Posted over 5 years ago

Coaches Meeting “preparation for week of practice”


Every good week of practice starts with a solid coaches meeting, plan for success and maximize every minute you have on the practice field.  In order to fully maximize the capabilities of CoachMe you must first understand and master CoachMe LockerRoom.  The LockerRoom is your operations center and everything is run through it! So lets start by making the LockerRoom your custom LockerRoom!


To customize your LockerRoom with your team colors, logos, and pictures go to your team settings under the drop down menu located next to your name in the top right corner of the page.  Once you enter the team settings page you will see plenty of options to fully customize the LockerRoom.


To view a how to video/description on team settings click here:


Once you have your LockerRoom looking the way you want it, it’s time to invite your coaches, players and staff.  We call this Roster Management, You can do this by simply clicking the “view roster” link located on the right side of the screen over the sideline which will have the avatars of the members of your team once they have accepted their invitation. Once you click “view roster” it will prompt you to designate what type of invitation it is and for the email address to the recipient.  You can enter multiple emails at once.


To view a how to video/description on Roster management click here:


With your LockerRoom looking good, team invited, it’s time to finish your setup.  Every member of your organization has their own locker, including you! So go back into the drop down menu in the top right, and select “Account Settings.” This will prompt you with plenty of options to customize what your personal locker looks like.  This is also where you can change your account information if needed.  


To view a how to video/description on account settings click here:



Congratulations! Your setup is complete and now it’s time to cover the capabilities of the LockerRoom.  In the simplest of terms, the LockerRoom is your teams closed social network allowing you to post and comment on the general wall, or on an individuals locker wall.  How you choose to use this powerful tool is completely up to you, our vision was to give you the opportunity to communicate with your team in the most popular platform (social networking) available today.  Some of the obvious use cases would be to notify your team of announcements, time changes, meeting locations, motivational sayings, and gathering of information.  We put together a short video of some examples of how you could use the LockerRoom.  Here is also a video on the specifics of how to post and comment.  


To view the how to video/description on the LockerRoom click here:

You are now a master of CoachMe LockerRoom! You are ready to hit the field for practice, check in tomorrow to learn about CoachMe PlayBooks and how to create a play from start to finish!