LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is pleased to announce that SportsBoard has joined our prestigious list of Corporate Friends and is now our Official Mobile Player Assessment Solution.
“We’re very excited to partner with SportsBoard and use its exceptional, one-of-a-kind solution,” NFCA Executive Director Lacy Lee Baker said. “Besides our own staff using SportsBoard at our camps to collect data, attending college coaches will now be able to use SportsBoard at NFCA recruiting events to capture their recruiting data electronically. The efficiencies SportsBoard will enable for all involved are tremendous.”
While the idea for SportsBoard originated 10 years ago, tablet computers back then just weren’t as easy to use. “The iPad was a game-changer in that regard,” according to CEO and founder Gregg Jacobs. “When I approached college coaches about the concept of SportsBoard three years ago, all of them told me that recruiting was the single largest paper-driven process that needed automation. So that’s where we started.”
College coaches can use SportsBoard at NFCA, PGF and Surf City events to view rosters and schedules for each tournament, quickly find the recruits they want to watch, and then take notes, capture video, rate skills, chart pitches and hitting, and record test results…all on their iPad or iPhone.
NFCA will deploy SportsBoard at its camps to streamline collection of test results into a database from which it can easily be published. “SportsBoard is going to facilitate data collection, analysis and trending capabilities for every athlete over a multi-year window,” Baker said. “We’ve never had an efficient way to achieve this using clipboards and Excel, and that’s what is most exciting for us.”
Jacobs added: “We believe that fastpitch softball is ripe to go digital; SportsBoard can be a key component to that change.”
“SportsBoard is going to take the NFCA to new heights, and we believe SportsBoard can really help coaches at all levels of our game,” she said. “We look forward to working with SportsBoard over the next three years.”