Pre-season is closing in quickly for fall sports teams, and coaches are getting organized for the day their players arrive. And on those first few days back at school, student-athletes will be inundated with forms, handbooks, releases, playbooks and countless other documents.
Then at some point during the first week or so, coaches will ask about them and hear the player say, “I can’t find it.”
Coaches will also see one or more of their players running to the field at 7:45 for an 7:30 am practice and hear, “I thought it was at 8:00.” It’s also inevitable that a player will show up two hours early, the only one on the team who doesn’t know the correct time, and at some point, the time of a meeting or training session will change. Most get the message, but some don’t.
There will be times when a coach will contact a player or group or players by email or text with important information. The coach will see one of the players and ask, “Did you get my message?” The player will immediately start scrolling through their phone and the answer is obviously no.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple way to eliminate all those annoying organizational problems? Wouldn’t it be great if all important documents were stored in one place? Wouldn’t it be nice if coaches could send a message that went to one place and only team-related messages went to that place?
With DRIVN, all documents a player will need can be uploaded to the wiki (or document storage feature) along with videos, practice plans, and other important files.
The chat and calendar features eliminate any confusion with training and game schedules, schedule changes, travel itineraries, meetings, meals, and anything else the coach feels is important.
“DRIVN is such an upgrade from how I was communicating with my team before,” said Glenn DiSarcina, Varsity Baseball Coach, Groton School. “Now everything is in one place and my team is no longer searching for missed messages.”
John Marinelli uses DRIVN to organize his football program, which consists of varsity, JV, sophomore and freshman teams.
“When I first started out with DRIVN, it was mainly just a communication and calendar tool for us,” he said. “I had six coaches attached to my Facebook account just to contact kids. I was using Hudl to get a hold of kids. I was emailing, texting, calling, you name it. It was all over the place trying to keep track of which kids used email, which kids texted, which kids used Facebook. Contacting our kids was a very chaotic process.
“Now, the first place the players go when they have questions or need something, is to DRIVN. When a kid text messages me, I only respond through DRIVN. They know that’s the only way I’m going to communicate with them. If they need to send me something longer, they email me. That’s fine. But for everything else, DRIVN me.”
Ready to make your pre-season a much smoother process for your coaches and athletes? The first step in getting your team organized is to check out all the features DRIVN offers.