Now built for iOS 7 and later with 64-bit support!
Hockey WhiteBoard is an application which allows you to display player and puck positioning as you would on a portable dry-erase hockey coach's white board. It is a universal application that works on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Simply drag the players and puck around with your fingertips as you explain to a player how to position themselves on the ice! You can utilize pinch/zoom/scroll/rotate gestures and controls to focus on any area of the ice you'd like (or leave it at a full-ice display). Teams can be represented by a wide variety of colors and you can have any number of players on each team on the ice at any time. The letter designation on each player can be left at the default "position" letters OR you can put a custom letter/number combination (as many as three characters on the iPad, two on other iOS devices) to represent a player's initials or their number. You also have the option of displaying a label (such as the player's name) underneath the circle. Player positions, labels and designations can be saved for future recall. You can also save team data separately for use with multiple white boards. Originally released for the iPhone in March of 2009, it is one of the original applications of its kind! It's been totally re-written to take advantage of the latest and greatest features in iOS and to implement some of the great suggestions/feature requests received from users over the years!
Visit http://www.sandcrater.com for more information and to access the Hockey WhiteBoard user manual, support pages and responses to user feedback.
Need to draw lines on the white board? Activate one of the three drawing pens to draw different colored lines on the white board. By default the pens are red, green and blue but you have the option of changing the color of any given pen. To erase lines, simply use the erase control in the icon palette. iPhone and iPod touch users can also give the device a good shake to clear the lines.
Want to show where a player came from when moved? Turn on the "trailing lines" feature and a narrow line will be drawn along the path that each player is moved. This illustrates where the player "came from" before that player reached their current position.
Configuring Hockey WhiteBoard is as easy as double tapping anywhere on the ice (for iPhone and iPod touch users) or simply using the on screen controls to the side of the ice surface (for iPad users). The controls area is where you set the number of players on the ice, team colors, the trailing lines function and is where you go to save the current whiteboard and load previously saved ones.
Hockey WhiteBoard supports some of the latest features in iOS such as iCloud! Team data and white board data can optionally be saved to iCloud allowing you to access them from any of your iOS devices. The same data can be easily edited from both an iPad and an iPhone/iPod touch with ease and without loss of precision. Other more recent iOS features such as support for retina displays, printing to AirPrint printers and utilizing screen mirroring through AirPlay are supported.
Hockey WhiteBoard allows you to use your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad as a tool to help teach players of any age. Younger players are drawn in to the high-tech solution and will not be as easily distracted when compared to using a traditional white/clip board. Not on the ice? Use Hockey WhiteBoard to set up a scenario and then ask your players to move the dots to the right position! It can be used as a teaching tool both on and off the bench.
Updated application for 64-bit platforms, updated User Interface for iOS 7 and later
Ratings and Reviews
Good not Great
Was looking for an app that would help me explain things on the fly to my teammates as well as an app to document some system stuff.
There are some things I like about this app:
-The ability to customize my labels is a nice feature that most of these apps do not have.
-The ease of navigation to the different segments of the ice is well designed and easy to use.
Some negatives would be:
- Line creation is pretty basic. Fine for making an on the fly diagram but insufficient for documenting any systems.
- Maybe I'm wrong but it seems like the "erase feature" clears the entire drawing instead of allowing me to erase individual segments as needed. This seems too odd to be true; I'll dig a little deeper and see if I'm doing something wrong. However; if it is indeed lacking this feature it would be something I would hope can be added later.
Bottom line is that this is a decent app that is missing some features that would separate it from the pack but ultimately is sufficient for "on the fly" drawings.
Best in class
Hockey WhiteBoard is the best app in its class. Each team can have a custom color and players can have custom identifications - such as initials or uniform number; don't underestimate the importance of that, especially with younger players ("OK kids, we're red and they're blue." "But, coach, we're black and they're white." ...).
Moving a player can provide a trailing line and you can draw directly on the board, independent of player movement.
On top of that, the app offers the option to change the number of skaters on the rink (extra attacker, penalty kill, etc.) and the view of the ring (full/half).
It is beautiful on the iPad and still very functional on the iPhone/iPod touch.
Finally, the creator was very responsive to email when I contacted him.
Needs more features
To be useful for coaching it needs animation and a list of set plays that should be pre loaded. Also needs to include a practice or drills mode for training, complete with preset defense, passing and shooting drills with full animation. A logical addition when then be to add a puck sound as the play or drill commits. Would also like to be able to substitute postion letter with a number so I can show my team their specific role while in the locker room or on the bench. Add these features and you will see more downloads.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.