A tool for youth baseball coaches, to save you tons of time and keep you organized and informed. Also works great for softball, kickball, etc.
I've been coaching little league baseball for over 6 years. I've tried paper scorebooks, spreadsheets, and smartphone apps but nothing worked quite the way I wanted.
The season starts with practices. Pocket Baseball Coach provides an attendance keeper for practices. I don't know about you, but I reward players who show up for practices. Simply check off who is present, and now you have that information for later when you are planning your lineup.
In baseball, rain happens. You probably need to send out a quick notice to parents and players when an event gets canceled or delayed, when you're at the field away from your computer. You can store 2 emails and 2 mobile phone numbers for each player, and in seconds blast out a team email or text message. Parents appreciate that!
Planning the lineup for games is what I used to spend alot of time on. In little league, players will often play different positions throughout a game. A good coach will think this through carefully ahead of time, and lay out each position for each inning, including bench time. (Of course, changes may occur based on game situations, and being able to quickly change this on the fly is a great feature of this app.) How often did your lineup accidentally include two left fielders and no center fielder? Doh! Pocket Baseball Coach will clearly highlight positions in red when you mess up.
I also like to consider how often each player has played in the infield, in the outfield, sat on the bench, etc. when planning the lineup. You have all of this information at your fingertips now! When you're done, you can print a lineup sheet directly from your phone or email it to another coach.
For younger leagues, you may just want to randomize the fielding positions, and you can do that too.
I've long ago given up trying to decypher scorebooks when tracking batting averages etc., so I would always write my own notes on an index card, and plug that into a spreadsheet later. As a coach, you care about batting RESULTS. With a couple screen taps, you can quickly and easily record a batting result: single, strikeout, fielders choice, whatever. Very simple, anyone can do it with no training. Later, you can pull up all the important batting statistics.
It's very important to keep track of how many pitches each pitcher has thrown, and there is a pitch counter built in. It also tracks balls and strikes, walks and strikeouts, hits and outs, and runs.
Of course, a baseball coach usually coaches multiple teams over the years, and Baseball Pocket Coach supports as many teams as you want. You might play softball yourself and want to track your own batting stats but not the entire team, you can do that! Some parents might want to use Pocket Baseball Coach to track their own child's stats, and use the group email and texting features. Trust me, it's way easier to use than the "free" apps out there! (Nothing is free if it gives you a headache to try to use it : )
With Pocket Baseball Coach you can print or email a ton of reports directly from your iPhone or iPad. You can also broadcast your lineup to another device running this app over bluetooth! Geek out all the way and use an iPad in the dugout for your players to see, while you make changes on your iPhone.
You can also Import and Export player roster from TeamSnap.com (stats do not transfer), and post game updates to Twitter or Facebook from inside the app.
Game and practice dates include times
Print practice "notes" in schedule
Game view header lines up on iPhone X in landscape
Ratings and Reviews
So far so good. Can one coach share everything with another coach? We both tried several different things and nothing has worked. Please help
Developer Response ,
The short answer is "yes", but there are limits. Please send an email to email@example.com and we can discuss the options. We don't always see these reviews in a timely manner, and some questions require a lengthy answer.
App is a must have for youth coaches! So easy to keep track of who’s playing where. Just print and post! Also great for simple scorekeeping for younger kids!
Ok if all you want to do is have a line-up. Can’t share with other coaches or someone keeping stats. Stats options are nice if you could share for someone else to use while you are busy coaching. Not a fan right now, but with simple improvements the app could be awesome.
Developer Response ,
You didn't bother to wait for a response to the email you sent just yesterday, but yes, you CAN share with other coaches. Any report or lineup can be exported in a variety of ways. It is NOT a multiuser app that allows multiple people to take stats at the same time, but that would require steady internet and other users who paid for the app. The main strength of this app is saving hours of time making good lineups, then looking at the stats and performance in between games. For a few dollars you don't get a multiuser system with a shared cloud database.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.