Warm Spring Weather Means It’s Youth Sports Season, and the New PodKeeper Website Is Transforming How Coaches and Parents Manage All the Team Details

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It’s time to play ball now that the frigid winter weather is behind us. Children’s sports leagues are starting, and this is the first spring season where coaches can use PodKeeper.com, the new online organizer for coaches and parents that is completely free.

With the rising temperatures, it is time to take off the winter coat, put on a T-shirt, and gear up for the start of another spring sports season for the kids. Youth sports coaches and parents everywhere are excited for the practices and games to start, but are not so thrilled with the rigors of managing the small-yet-important details. This season, this burden will finally be eased by using PodKeeper http://www.podkeeper.com, the new online organizer that helps them manage all the details with ease.

PodKeeper—an online destination for group leaders and families—is a free service that helps coaches and parents keep organized. This innovative website helps coaches manage the schedule of games and practices, upload a team roster, create a snack schedule, provide important updates to the players’ parents, and much more.

“Coaches hate it when parents show up late with their child to a game, or repeatedly ask which field the practice is on. However, one could argue that the coach is partly to blame because he didn’t provide the player’s parents with an easy-to-use communication tool,” says PodKeeper Co-Founder Steven Sacks. “Both email lists and league websites only provide the most basic information, but using PodKeeper allows for the constant flow of communication which parents find essential.”

The PodKeeper team understands the specific daily communication needs of coaches, and one of these needs is to reduce the burden of having to do everything for the team. With PodKeeper, parents can easily take control of any aspect of team management that the coach would rather not have to deal with, such as creating a list of who should bring the snack each week or organizing the end-of-season party.

"What coaches like best about PodKeeper is that it is incredibly easy to use," says Sacks, a youth soccer coach himself. “It’s easy to set up the schedule of games so that parents can save it to whichever online calendar they already use. PodKeeper also makes it easy to send out last-minute notifications that keep every mom and dad in the loop. For parents, the benefits of using PodKeeper become even greater the more they use it. Imagine how much easier it would be to keep yourself organized if you had all your important information at your fingertips. Having one Pod for your family and a Pod for each of your kids’ teams and groups does just that.”

To start getting organized today, coaches can simply go to PodKeeper from their computer, tablet or smart phone (iOS and Android platform phones including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) and create an online group called a “Pod” for their teams (http://www.podkeeper.com/sessions/new). PodKeeper helps dads and moms who are coaching sports teams this spring, such as little league baseball, softball, t-ball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, cheer, dance, gymnastics, track / cross-country, karate, flag football, swimming, golf and tennis. Parents who are not coaches but want their children’s teams to use PodKeeper, should create a Pod for the team, email the coach to explain the benefits of using PodKeeper.com and invite the coach and others.

About PodKeeper
PodKeeper is a free online organizer for parents where they create online groups called Pods to keep organized within their own family and with the parents of kids in shared group activities, such as a little league baseball team, a scout troop or a school class. PodKeeper has its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a graduate of the RevTech Labs startup accelerator program at Packard Place. PodKeeper is a woman-owned business and its management team is led by the husband-and-wife team of Steven Sacks and Nikki Sacks. A video explaining how PodKeeper.com works can be watched at http://www.podkeeper.com/video

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