I can remember my basketball coach’s clipboard like I was staring at it right now. That rectangle with half circles on either side and random “x’s” and “o’s” made no sense to me, but he clutched it to his side throughout every single game, every single year. I may not know how to coach a team, but I know how important it is to have that piece of paper with team strategies on it is. With CoachNote, coaches can have multiple games planned out with multiple teams and even different sports, all in one convenient location.
To create a game plan, start by adding players. Tap one of the colored dots at the top of the screen and drag the dot to a location on the map. You can add as many or as few player markers as needed. They will be added numerically so you can assign numbers to specific players. To move the markers around on the map, just drag it around. You can set the app to show player movement when you move the marker, or deselect the movement icon if you want to reposition the marker without leaving a trail. You can change the colors of the player markers, or even add a type of ball or a cone to the field. You can also increase or decrease the size of the markers, depending on how much space you need.
In the pen menu, you can change the color of ink used, change the type of line that is drawn from dotted to solid. You can add an automatic “X” or dash at the end of the line.
To manage your teams, tap the t-shirt icon at the top of the screen. You can add a team name and then add a player’s name and team number to the list. You can also save specific formations to be called up at a later time.
Coaches can record and playback an entire strategy over and over again. To do this, tap the record button and move the player markers around on the screen. Be sure to narrate the action because the app records audio as well as what is taking place on the field. You can even animate a play using the play-by-play sequencer.
There are 53 different fields, including Rugby, Lacrosse, Bowling, High School Football, “American” Football, and more. If you don’t see the type of field you want to use, you can create your own in the custom slot. There is no game, no sport, and no strategy-based plan that can’t be laid out with CoachNote.
What I liked: My favorite part of this app is the recording feature. I like the idea that a coach can be sitting at home, creating plays for the next day’s scrimmage and not worry about forgetting what he or she came up with.
What I didn’t like: Currently, there is no way to share your strategies with other coaches. There will be a way to share notes in a future update, but I’d like to see the ability to share a strategy with someone else that also uses CoachNote. That could be an invaluable tool to teams with more than one coach.
To buy or not to buy: Are you a coach? Do you have an iPad? You need this app.
- Name: CoachNote
- Version Reviewed: 1.3.3
- Category: Sports
- Developer: EXLUNCH Co.
- Price: $1.99