Every coach knows that time is of the essence in the off-season. Between open gyms, individual workouts, weight training, video sessions, youth camps, coaching clinics and more, a coach’s calendar fills up fast. Being organized and efficient with one’s time is crucial for any coach. Lucky for them, there are great tools to help save time and energy.
Along with using FastDraw, we set out to find the best aids for helping basketball coaches to have a productive off-season. In the coming weeks, we will share our top picks for staying fresh so your team is ready to hit the ground running come fall.
“The best way to improve your team is to improve yourself.”
Off-Season Pick #1: Programax
Program Planning and Training App
Programax is a coaching app with a wide range of functionality to help coaches lead a better program. Programax is packed with features that help you engage, motivate, track and plan across your entire program.
Read on for more reasons to leverage Programax this off-season and follow up with Programax for a more in-depth view of the product.
Coaching Your Coaches
We know sharing information and collaborating across a coaching staff is critical for building consistency and momentum within a basketball program. We really appreciated the “Coaches’ Corner” tool that allows you to upload video, PDF or image files (including your FastDraw diagrams or FastScout reports!) directly to your account and to share those items across all coaches within the program.
Every good coaching staff has an off-season workout program in place, but the challenge is motivating the athletes to actually participate in the workouts. Programax makes it possible for you to compile a video library of drills and exercises that instruct athletes in the precise way you want the activities executed.
As a coach, you can populate your account with your favorite drills or upload videos already offered on YouTube.
“How engaged would your athletes be if you had them doing the same pre-game ball handling routine as Steph Curry?”
Athletes can then access their own Programax accounts, view and execute the workout for the day as instructed and record their performance. Results are posted in real time on program-wide leaderboards, permitting coaches and other athletes to see the results.
Messaging, Calendar, and Scheduling
Great coaches are great communicators and this shouldn’t be lost in the off-season. Programax has built-in calendars to keep you organized and helps you communicate with your program’s coaches, athletes, and even parents in seconds through their messaging app. You can create separate, color-coded schedules for different groups within their program and these schedules only appear only on the calendars of those they impact. For those coaches who use spreadsheets for logging team contact information, Programax app stores and organizes it all for you.
Summer camps and summer leagues can be particularly demanding of a coach’s time. This feature enables coaches to easily create an event, invite participants through the app and even collect registration fees. The tool’s real time roster of sign-ups and key information on those individuals is a huge timesaver for coaches as well.
For more information about Programax, visit their website or schedule a demo for your team.