Latest Instant Replay Football App Making Headway for Coaches, Players

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New instant replay football app, SkyCoach, available to high schools in 48 states, is allowing coaches and players a way to learn and make game changing decisions instantly. Louisiana State University - Shreveport professor, Keith Simpson, is the inventor of SkyCoach and also teaches a class on how to take an idea from concept to an actual product.

John Curtis High School in New Orleans using SkyCoach during the State Championship in 2014.

“During the game, SkyCoach gives us an edge in educating our players immediately,” said John Bachman, Sr., Head Coach of Calvary Baptist Academy football team. “It helps our players understand their mistakes as well as reinforces what they are doing..."

The upcoming high school football season brings with it fun, excitement, and anticipation, but it also brings along better learning techniques for teams through the latest football application.

The imagination of an LSU Shreveport instructor led to the invention of the iPhone app that is gaining popularity across all levels of football.

SkyCoach, the latest tool for coaching football, allows coaches and players to instantly view video and pictures of formations on the sidelines during games and at practices. The goal of SkyCoach is to transfer information between coaches and players as efficiently as possible.

“This application was created at Synapse with the assistance of former LSUS students who are currently Synapse employees and a current LSUS student who is a Synapse intern,” said Keith Simpson, CIO of Synapse Development and adjunct computer science instructor at LSU Shreveport. “I teach the capstone class at LSUS and the Synapse employees that went to LSUS took my class.”

While recording a play on SkyCoach, one can take a picture of the formation and tag the play with simple codes such as offense/defense and series. The videos, pictures and data can be reviewed almost instantly on any iPhone or iPad with the app. Coaches can easily find the plays they want to review based on the tags and angles.

Simpson came up with the idea while coaching his son’s football team. He wanted to develop an app that could assist coaches with educating players. He also wanted the information to be available immediately to make sure corrections could be made as soon as the play was over.

Simpson teaches computer science students to learn how to bring concepts just like SkyCoach to reality.

“For students who are not already working the industry, this whole process is as close to working within a technology firm as they can get,” Simpson said.

Other former and current LSUS students who worked on this product are Abdur Jabbar, Jeremiah Slack, John Macy, Stephen Merendino and Sammy Hamdan.

The SkyCoach app provides coaches and players the opportunity to review plays and plan for the next series.

“During the game, SkyCoach gives us an edge in educating our players immediately,” said John Bachman, Sr., Head Coach of Calvary Baptist Academy football team. “It helps our players understand their mistakes as well as reinforces what they are doing correctly. SkyCoach is an invaluable tool for coaches and players that showcases what really happened rather than depending on memory.”

Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can have access to this app, and it only requires one person to operate it.

“The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Football League (NFL), and Canadian Football League (CFL) are not allowed to use the app during games but they are allowed to use the app during practice,” Simpson said. “The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and below are allowed to use the app during games and practice. High schools in every state except for Texas and Massachusetts follow NFHS so high schools in 48 states can use the app during the game. We have high schools across the country that use the app during games.”

SkyCoach became available to everyone in the fall of 2014. To learn more about SkyCoach and how to use it, visit http://www.myskycoach.com.

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