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5 Apple Watch Apps for Better Sports Business Management

Posted by Kevin MacCauley | Apr 14, 2015 3:27:31 PM

Use these 5 Apple Watch Apps to better manage your sports training business

Ok so I admit, the thought of spending a minimum $349, as an investment in the future of your sports academy or training facility, on an Apple Watch likely falls under the category excessive. Never the less, at
Upper Hand we are passionate about helping educate sports academy owners and leaders about all the ways they can automate to improve their current operations and sports business management through technology. Here’s a look at 5 apps for Apple Watch worth downloading to better manage the daily activities of your sports training business:


  1. Calendar
    Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.30.10 PM Naturally, the Calendar app and functionality wins as the most important of the first five apps to get familiar with. With the new Apple Watch Calendar functionality, you will be alerted with event reminders, details and updates of upcoming training events. You can avoid reaching into your pocket or through equipment bags to look at the phone while coaching, instead be quickly notified of how much time is left before the current drill rotation ends and the next training begins. And with Upper Hand, you can integrate your training calendar with Apple Watch by exporting any training event directly to your calendar to receive notifications.

  2. Messages & Mail
    Apple Watch Messages Any opportunity to gain quicker and easier access to communication with clients, is one I am always interested in. With the new messages and mail apps, get instantly notified when a parent lets you know they are running late by text or email, respond to clients with recorded voice messages and email yourself reminders following training events for follow-up when you are back in front of your desk.

  3. Timer & Stopwatch
    Timer & Stopwatch If you manage practice or training sessions with strict timing and adherance to an agenda, the new timer and stopwatch functionality on the Apple Watch will be like an assistant coach. Imagine telling Siri to set a 20-minute timer for the next drill or scrimmage session, then being reminded to move on to the next item on your agenda. And for those drills or evaluations that require a stopwatch, easily access the Stopwatch app without missing a beat.

  4. Dark Sky
    Dark Sky Apple Watch App Quick access to weather predictions in your specific location up to an hour in advance. For any coach training outdoors or in areas where severe weather is prone to threaten cancelling or moving events, using Dark Sky will help you make quicker game-time decisions on how to manage those tough-to-call reschedule situations related to weather.

  5. Twitter Nearly 100% of our customers use Twitter as a method for engaging with their clients, marketing their training events and to stay up-to-date on coaching methodologies, ideas and tips (you can follow me here.) Now with Twitter on Apple Watch, academy and club coaches can stay engaged more regularly with their following, quickly retweet their favorite content, and post tweets during training events as a way to encourage and motivate existing clients. And if you require your parent and athlete clients to follow you on Twitter, it’s an an easy way to distribute mass communication.
Whether you already have an Apple Watch or need a hit list of excuses to get with the next best thing, the above list will help improve sports business management for your academy or club right out-of-the-box.

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Topics: Sports Tech

Written by Kevin MacCauley

Kevin is the CEO at Upper Hand, a sports software company aiming to simplify front and back-end office tasks, by providing cutting-edge marketing and registration tools, and business intelligence, that enable unsurpassed performance for sports businesses across the nation.