Sports Software Built for Coaches by the Athletes Who Know Them Best
What I Learned from Sports
In our society today, some of us have become people who look to do as little as possible. Individuals do just enough to satisfy their wants or needs, just enough to make themselves and others happy, and just enough to reach their goals. There are certain avenues still encouraging and demanding people to reach higher and work a little harder. Pushing us to give it our best and not just what is required. One of these avenues is sports, and time spent in personal training encourages and demands this extra effort more than anything else.
One thing we love about sports is the team aspect: learning to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, working for a common goal and experiencing victories and defeat together. There is a reason educational institutions advertise their student to teacher ratio. Because it matters. 1-on-1 training will likely have a greater impact than small group training, which will likely have a greater impact than large group training. An athlete is likely to get more technical knowledge out of a 1-on-1 lesson than he would from being coached in a group of 120 teammates. Project STAR, conducted by the United State Office of Education & Improvement and the state of Tennessee, confirm and show strong evidence that student to teacher and coach to player ratios really matter.
I personally believe from my experience in athletics, that a team is the sum of all parts. A team’s capability is the sum of the work that each player is willing to put in as an individual. There has never been a great team that only went to mandatory workouts. The great teams do more. They sacrifice collectively and individually to get an edge on the competition.
Giving Coaches More Time on the Field
In my own athletic career there were countless coaches who had an immeasurable impact on me. Some of them coached me along with 100 others while some only coached me. It was always clear to me what coaches really loved about their jobs, and conversely, what they dreaded most. These people loved to be around their players. They loved to give their time and effort and make us better. They loved to talk about their field of expertise, especially former players who had listened and got results. What they did not like at all, was keeping paperwork up to date, scheduling workouts and dealing with things they felt had nothing to do with training better athletes. Coaches want to coach. They don’t want to fill out forms or balance a checkbook.
Now, I am so happy to be in a position where I can give back to these coaches who gave so much to me. I do this every day at Upper Hand by providing coaches tools that let them coach more and administer less. If a coach can talk more about technique than scheduling, they’ll develop a better player. If a coach can talk more about in-game improvements than a payment process, they’ll develop a better player. If coaches can spend more time training young athletes than they spend updating their files, they’ll be better coaches.
At Upper Hand we take pride in the fact that our sports software was developed by athletes to serve those coaches who served us during our athletic careers. Through the software built at Upper Hand, our mission is to reinvent how sports management does business, ultimately increasing athlete participation around the world. All of us at Upper Hand know what sports have done for us, and that’s why we are so proud to help people make that a reality for other young athletes.