A few years ago I reviewed many platforms for communicating and building a youth sports team website. You can find the articles here at http://coachparker.org/tag/team-website/. In the Fall of 2010 I stumbled on Shutterfly. I started using Shutterfly as our main team website and also use Facebook along with my smartphone’s email & text features to communicate with my youth football teams. The simplicity of Shutterfly and the ease to set up a team sport site keeps me from going elsewhere. What do I like about Shutterfly?
- It is FREE
- Easy to use Sports Team Templates / Colors
- Manageable and Multiple Site Layout Options
- Drag and Drop Layout Sections for unlimited Customization
- Picture & Video Sharing
- Calendar with eMail reminders
- Roster with Player info
- Parent Listing & Contact Info
- Snack Scheduling
- Player Availability Scheduling
- eMail Listserve / Message Board
- Scoreboard Feature
- Share YouTube Video to Set Up a Video Training Area
- Private or Public Access
- Weather, ScoreBoard, Volunteer Sign-up
- and much more……
I do wish Shutterfly included CMS texting set up along with the email reminders but everything else makes Shutterfly so easy to use. Because of the texting issue, I set up my smartphone to text the team by setting up a text group. I can text the entire team at once. I usually text my teams on Sunday nights to give them the week schedule and also text them the day of games or practice around noon if not earlier.
Since many parents are on Facebook everyday, I also set up a public team page on Facebook to communicate to the parents quickly. I will just repost much of the same material from texts or Shutterfly on FB as a good reminder. We may also pick a few pictures from our typical 300 to 500 game picture sets on Shutterfly to post on Facebook. You can also have FB post to a Twitter account if your parents and players like Twitter. Most of my parents prefer FB.
This Team communication system has worked well over the last 2 years for our teams, so I have not seriously reviewed other sites like I did back in 2009. And no I am not an affiliate of Shutterfly or being compensated by them at this time.
If you have a team building site that you really like, send me a link and I will take a look.