Building a Youth Football Team Web Site
Ok, so I am a web geek, not only do I coach youth football, but I have been working in the Web / Internet industry since 1994. When I started coaching youth football again in 2006, I decided to develop a team web site and email communication strategy, since the Internet was entering more and more homes. I still use my original 2006 Team web site and email strategy today, but I am looking to upgrade.
I created my first team website with a HTML editor, MS Frontpage. The site is very simple. A HTML editor is almost as simple as using MS Word to develop and update your website. I also integrated a private Yahoo Group which acts as our email communication tool, calendar, picture gallery and private file area. What’s nice about the Yahoo Group is that it stores all email communication with the team in a Blog / Forum like feature, and you can email practice, game, snack reminders from the Calendar to the entire team. I have found that email is the key communication tool with my teams. Many parents just do not have time to visit a website, but email works great because it is proactive vs reactive. If you don’t need a fancy front end to your team site, a simple and FREE Yahoo Group will work just fine.
Last year, we started taking more video and pictures and the Yahoo Group picture gallery was getting full, so I opened a Pro Flikr account so I could post as much media content as we needed. You can tag the media public or private depending on what you need. The Flikr account has really worked out great.
As you can see, all of my web features are not really integrated into one site. I have integrated them by developing a HTML website. I would like to find one solution for a TEAM web site that intregates all my current features into one stand alone solution.
Web Features that I am looking for in a Team Web Site Builder
- eMail – Listserve type feature (Historical record)
- Calendar – eMail reminders
- Picture / Video – Upload & Storage
- Roster / Stats Features
- Customizable Page Templates
- Domain Name Use / Upgrade
- Public / Private Membership
- Fundraising Capabilities
- Private File Storage (Playbooks)
- Chat / Personal Messaging
- Blog / Forum / Bulletin Board
My youth football league went to an integrated league solution two years ago. It has a team feature set. So I decided to start my quest for a team website with them, League Athletics. Here’s a list of other team web site builders:
Over the next several months, I will review these sites and post my reviews. If you have a team builder site that you like, please reply to this post and I will add it to my list.
I did a quick initial review of the above sites today. I like the following after my initial look.
Read the post replies for my initial comments.
Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!
Not robust as others. Moving on.
Nope, mush better site builders out there.
This solution has potential but there are better.
So, I did an initial test of the sites above. I like the following
So late last night and today, I continued to demo TeamPages, TeamSnap, Teamopolis and TeamZoneSports. All four are worth considering, but I have narrowed my search down to TeamPages and TeamZoneSports based on my personal preferences.
If you like a Web 1.0 and text look Teamopolis would be a good choice. I like TeamSnap but I think they are about one year from having a solution that compares to my two finalists.
TeamPages and TeamZoneSports are very user friendly, have the Web 2.0 look and feel and have the email reminder features that I like.
Hey Steve, just stumbled across your site, this looks like a pretty comprehensive review!
It’s not really in the same group, but kind of in the same vein, have you checked out OnePlaybook.com? I’d love to hear what you think either on this blog or through email.
Talk to you soon!