Austin mom Laura LeMond has two boys ages 14 and 16 who grew up playing flag football. She remembers having to ask a fellow parent, “Who’s that kid who just scored?” When they got older in middle school and high school, she would get a paper roster of the team to try to use to follow the game.
We previously featured LeMond as the founder of Mosaic weighted blankets. Now’s she’s created the app Name the Teammate.
The app allows an administrator to plug in the roster of kids and then give access to the parents on the team. The coach can post the schedule and link to Google maps to get to each field or court. Come game day, the coach can send out email notifications of player positions or record stats and share them. Parents can follow the game and see who just did what. The opposing team can also opt-in and see who the other team’s players are.
LeMond says, as a parent, she has “spent hours of sitting at different sporting events, and I just didn’t know who the kid who was scoring.” The app allows teams to decide what level of information they want to provide.
It does take parent or coach involvement, but LeMond believes many parents would be willing to do it. As any parent who has a kid in sports knows, “it takes a certain amount of dedication to drive the kids and get there. It’s completely self-organized.”
Now parents can have a more enriched experience following those games from the bleachers, sidelines or from elsewhere, if they can’t be there.
The app is free on iTunes and Google Play, but eventually there might be a premium version with additional features.