I was chatting with a friend a while back, and she was trying to sync up her son’s sports team schedule on Shutterfly to her Google calendar. I did a bit of a double take and had to clarify that she actually meant Shutterfly, the place where you order photo books. Amazingly enough Shutterfly offers free sports team websites!
What is great about using Shutterfly is first, that it’s completely free. It’s not quite as mobile friendly as TeamSnap yet, but they do have an iPhone app. I was tasked with creating a website for our swim team as a place where the coach can post some announcements, exercises to do, or just encouragement and advice. It’s also a great place to go for general information. Phone numbers and email addresses of coaches, parents, etc are easily available on a central location. You can also put the team schedule (practices, games, other events) on the calendar within the site, and all the parents can subscribe to the calendar to add it to their own Google Calendar.
You can also set up an entire league in Shutterfly, with individual sites for each team in the league that is all tied together. This way you can contact other coaches, or see if your kid is up against one of their friends in an upcoming game (and maybe you can carpool).
The other fun thing is that all the parents can upload photos they take during the various games, so you have a broad view of the entire team. Maybe someone else got a great shot of your kid’s home run! At the end of the season, you can easily print books for the whole team, or just print one off for yourself of all the great photos from the games and practices that were uploaded throughout the season.
I was really blown away by this service provided by Shutterfly… makes me wonder what else they do that is so well hidden??
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