Why Coach Tony Miller Loves Using the FastDraw iPad App

By Tony Miller

The FastDraw iPad app is fun, user friendly and convenient to diagram plays anytime, anywhere: the road, the court or the couch. It also comes included with every software package!

If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re already a regular FastDraw user. But for the thousands of coaches out there who use and love the Desktop version of the product, many of you may not be taking full advantage of FastDraw iPad app.

For me personally, the convenience and ease of being able to get out my iPad and quickly draw up a play or even diagram on-the-go makes the FastDraw iPad app a #nobrainer. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that during that season I often post a few diagrams of games I’m watching at night from the NBA, WNBA, NCAA and other leagues. I’m diagramming all of these from my FastDraw iPad app.

For me and I’m sure for other coaches, it can be more convenient to grab the iPad than a laptop. The ability to use your finger or an iPad-compatible pencil to trace diagrams is incredibly easy. It’s as close to a digital whiteboard as you can get, but with the added ability to save all your work.

At just $109.99 for FastDraw Essentials or $149.99 for FastDraw Premium, the fact that you get the tablet along with either package is pretty hard to beat. If you’re using the program right (on multiple devices), it pays for itself in no time. You can save $ by purchasing the Essentials or Premium bundle, FYI.

(Side note: the Premium package is actually an insane deal–you get 4 coach licenses for creating and sharing, plus 20 player licenses for viewing plays, drills and full playbooks. Tell me this wouldn’t be a valuable use of your budget this season.)

With that idea of time-saving and increased productivity in mind, here are three ways the FastDraw iPad app can enhance your coaching experience this season.


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FastDraw iPad App – Tony Miller’s Top 3 Benefits

1. Easily Grow Your Library

How many NBA and NCAA basketball games do you watch over the course of a year? If you grabbed your tablet and opened up the FastDraw iPad app while watching and diagrammed one play from each of those games, how many new plays would you end up with by the end of the season? How about if you diagrammed one play from just half of those games? Now understand, more isn’t always better, and not every play will fit your team. But think of the library you’d have at your fingertips in 2-3 years!


2. Share Your Ideas InstantlyiPad_Sync

Sometimes when I’m watching a game, I’ll see a play and think, “I wonder if Coach Uwarow would like that for our staff, or even team.” Because my iPad is close by, I have the ability to immediately draw up the play and send it to him via email or FastTrade. There have been times where I’m watching a game, I’ve sent him a play, and he’ll text me back with, “I saw that. Let’s try it.” By using the FastShare feature, I automatically have that play in my library of the Desktop version for any more adjustments, and ready to add to the next day’s practice plan. I can also FastTrade the play to others on our staff, or even to coaches in my network–just not in our conference! It’s a great way to keep in touch and build relationships in the coaching business.

Some even say FastTrade is the new way to network for modern coaches…and we all know networking is a major key to succeeding in this business.


3. Improve Your Clinic Experience

coach drawing on ipad

Fall is coaching clinic season. Whether you’re looking for suggestions for improving team culture, a drill for individual workouts, or a last second SLOB, most clinics provide enough information for a book’s worth of material. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you run out of space and – specifically – blank court diagram templates in the first 15 minutes of a presentation. You already know the solution to that problem – the FastDraw iPad app.

If you’re interested in adding this incredible tool to your coaching toolbox, go to fastmodelsports.com and don’t look back. If you’re taking advantage of using FastDraw on as many devices as possible, the small investment is more than worth the major benefits.


View: FastDraw iPad User Guide


Coach Miller’s Favorite Late Game Play

This is one of those plays you won’t think much about until you’re in some cold gym in January in one of those 50/50 games you really need to win. With 2.9 seconds left, you’ll remember this post. All I ask is when you win, send me the video! Click on the play for frame description and to download it to your FastDraw library.

Boston Celtics – X Dive SLOB

Celtics X Dive SLOB

See all of Tony Miller’s submitted plays and drills on his PlayBank page.

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Tony Miller

Men's Assistant Basketball Coach at Bob Jones University Bruins
Dr. Tony Miller is the men's assistant basketball coach at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. In addition, he serves as the director of BJU's sport management degree program.
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  1. Nayar Octavio Arroyo said:

    All tips, info and helping hand you guy’s provide for us is all good stuff…

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