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When you think about it there are millions of people who each make sports great in their own way. Fans make up most of that population, but there are also players, trainers, reporters and announcers. Then there are the men and women who make up the foundation of our favorite franchises – coaches and management. These people work tirelessly to build the best franchise they possibly can, don’t get enough credit when they’re successful and get too much blame when they’re unsuccessful.
While it’s certainly on a much smaller scale, coaching and managing a local rec team is just as important and can be just as much of a burden.
Until now. Startup company RosterBot, created by a passionate rec hockey player and a Stanley Cup Champion, provides the tools to make the organization, monetization, and conversation around team and community events more efficient and pleasurable for people of all ages.
What is RosterBot?
RosterBot’s unique attribute is its automation. There are some other schedulers out there that still ask a lot of the Coach in preparing for every event. RosterBot’s goal is to let coaches actually coach and largely remove the day-to-day management from manager’s duties. They talk a bit about how they do this right here.
As that Stanley Cup Champion founder Bret Hedican puts it, “We’re focused on not just being a better communications tool. We’re focused on actually automating team management. Coaches can coach and players and can play better when they’re not wasting time coordinating activities.”
If you set RosterBot appropriately, and if your players fully buy into the RosterBot methodology, then you literally don’t need to do anything except get each event organized. That’s the goal; and this company is further along than anyone else in the industry.
RosterBot has become so attractive to hockey players as users, as investors, and as employees because hockey is very sensitive to structural weakness within the teams. It’s sensitive to missing players, and it requires obscure specialists like goalies. And players at every level are generally serious about competing. RosterBot helps them be more competitive in material ways. Additionally, what works for hockey trickles down to all kinds of other things: lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, even World of Warcraft. The popularity among hockey leagues will always keep them ahead of the curve as other sports and activities are drawn to RosterBot. And that popularity is just getting started:
More than half of the hundreds of teams at our local hockey megaplex (8 rinks!!) use RosterBot. We play against those teams often. You can literally tell the difference between a RosterBot team and a non-RosterBot team. With the RB teams, the bench is always full, the team’s never missing a goaltender, and they are quite organized and cohesive. In the old days teams would be scurrying from locker room to locker room asking guys if they wanted to play an extra game (because they were short players), or they’d be locked out of their rooms by the league for non-payment. This happens a lot less often now, and that benefits both teams. Nobody likes to drive to the rink and spend 20 minutes strapping on gear, only to discover that there’s not going to actually be a game. – RosterBot Founder Ian Andrew Bell
If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’re either a member of a rec league team or a coach of one. RosterBot is the key to becoming your team’s solid foundation that will build a culture of organization, winning and, most importantly, fun. Check it out today.