Improving technology is starting to become a focus for many teams, and coaches are constantly trying to gain the competitive edge and save time. But with so many choices out there, how do you decide?
Many organizations are looking to help, including us at HoopDirt.com. We partner with companies that we believe are improving the game, which hopefully helps ease the vetting process for you as a coach. Consider it our “seal of approval.”
One company we’ve been extremely impressed with this past season is Just Play. They’ve acquired teams in the WNBA, and every level of the NCAA from coast to coast. They’ve partnered with groups like Rising Coaches Elite, The Head Coaches Training Center, and even the NAIA. We had the chance to catch up with a few of Just Play’s partners and clients to hear what they have to say.
Chris Hollender of Rising Coaches Elite, which has become one of the most influential companies for young college basketball coaches, had this to say:
“As former athletes, these guys understand that a coach’s most precious resource is time. They’re young, passionate and driven. Just Play is one of the most innovative companies I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my 16 years of coaching.”
Kelly Wells, head coach of the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team, has used Just Play for one season. He’s a member of Rising Coaches Elite, and a client of the BDS Agency:
“With Just Play, I can get three times as much done and generate three times the important information for our team and coaches. Plus, we’re more prepared, and in a much timelier fashion. It frees my staff up for recruiting, player well-being, etc.”
Brian Stanchak, founder of The BDS Agency, which specializes in advising, marketing and representing college basketball coaches to assist them in maximizing and protecting all aspects of their careers, had this to say about Just Play:
“At the end of the day, I want to expose coaches to products I believe in and am confident will be a real game changer for them. That’s why Just Play is a perfect addition as our Official Sponsor for the Head Coaches Training Center.”
Marc Boerigter, former NAIA and NFL athlete, and current manager of sponsorships for the NAIA, saw a unique solution in Just Play. Just Play and the NAIA partnered to provide similar scouting report automation features to NAIA customers that Just Play currently provides at the Division 1 level:
“With the ability to speak to this generation of digital learners, Just Play created an incredible solution. . . and after seeing the first 10 minutes of the demo, I thought this is phenomenal.”
2016 was a tremendous year for Just Play, but co-founder Austin Barone believes there’s much more in store for 2017.
“In 2016, we surpassed huge milestones as a company,” he said. “However, we feel like we’re just getting started. We’re committed to more in 2017—more reports, more data and more time saved.”
If you’re interested in learning more, visit Just Play at the Men’s Final Four in Phoenix and Women’s Final Four in Dallas. Or learn more at www.justplaysolutions.com, and set up a demo today.