by David Gracey
Many parents are well aware of the endless hours we spend on the sidelines watching our kids play some type of sporting event. Although there is no better use of one’s time than to spend it with our kids, the time spent watching these countless matches, games and meets can seem endless. Fortunately, technology can greatly help out the struggling parent.
Back in June I discovered the joys of MeetMobile, an app used to track your little swimmers during the interminable swim meet (see blog https://network1consulting.com/tuesday-tip-swim-meets-can-be-tolerable/). Now I have discovered an app called “SincSports” which is used for tournaments played in baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and basketball. It’s free, compatible with iOS and Android operating systems and there is no catch.
Since Concorde Fire (https://www.concordefire.com/) and Tophat Soccer (https://www.tophatsoccer.com/) clubs are the center of my life right now, I will share with you my experience using SincSports in the soccer world. Step one is to download and install the app. Do so by searching SincSports from iTunes. Once installed, you’ll need to select your sport from the main menu:
After selecting “soccer” from the menu, next I click on “Tournaments” to find the event my team is playing in. You can narrow the search by selecting a state and a date range. The results will show all the tournaments for this weekend. Pretty handy!
Once I’ve selected the correct tournament, I can do any of the following:
- Register for text alerts sent to my phone. This is awesome for weather updates, venue changes and match results for a particular group.
- Quickly get directions to a venue
- View real-time results which are posted within minutes of a match’s completion. This is great for determining all the mathematical possibilities for our team to make the finals.
So put on a hat, slap on some sunscreen and launch SincSports to know whether your team makes it to the finals. And just think, it’s a win-win: if they play in the finals, they have a shot at winning the tournament and if they don’t advance you’ll be home in time to have at least a little bit of weekend left.
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Our soccer team uses Shutterfly to manage rosters for games, calendars, etc. It’s pretty good for rec-league team and group management. Also free; they just want you to post photos.
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