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Huddle up: 10 best apps for coaches

Old-school whiteboards are being relegated to the bench as coaches turn to iPad apps to get their winning strategies across to teams.

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Pam Carroll

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Basketball Coach's Clipboard

iPads will more often be seen at the centre of team time-outs. (Credit: Pam Carroll/CNET)

Millions of Australians spend their weekends playing and coaching all kinds of team sports — that hasn't changed for ages, nor is it likely to. But what has changed so rapidly in the past year is the number of coaches abandoning their old whiteboards and coloured markers for iPads and the bucket load of apps that make their jobs much easier.

Here we round up the best coaching apps for the iPad to keep track of plays, rosters and all kinds of stats. We've focused on apps for basketball (disclosure: the author's son is currently playing on three basketball teams), but most developers adapt their offerings for multiple sports, so on each page, you'll find links to the same app tailored for rugby, soccer, netball, field hockey, tennis, water polo, or whatever.

We can't say we've tested each one and produced winning teams, but these apps are currently the most fully-featured available at fairly reasonable prices. Android users, there are quite a few coaching apps out there for you too, and we'll do a round-up specifically for you in coming months as more new Android tablets enter the Australian market.

AU$2.49

Just like an actual coach's clipboard, you can move your players around on the screen and draw lines using your finger. The display shows the player's name and you can now animate your plays, in both full and half-court display modes.

Also available:Netball Coach's Clipboard, Rugby Coach's Clipboard, Tennis Coach's Clipboard and Badminton Coach's Clipboard.


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Basketball Playmaker

AU$12.99

Basketball Playmaker provides offence and defence avatars that can be dragged around the screen (court) to simulate plays and formations. As plays are designed, the system stores movement, passes and shots, and the associated track lines. At playback time, "tracking lines" can be optionally turned on and off in "Play" and "Step" Mode.

Plays can be saved and played back at any time (during a time-out, a practice or a bench conversation). Snapshots of these plays can be made with a click of a button and the resulting "photo" can be emailed, printed (to Air Print devices) or filed as needed.


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