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MaxOne Signs Multi-year Partnership Agreement with Leading Provider of Sport Relationship Management Software, SportsEngine, Inc.

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MaxOne on September 31, 2020

MaxOne, the youth sports industry’s most powerful Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) for directors and coaches to deliver on-demand training, announced that it has partnered with the leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, SportsEngine, Inc., A NBC Sports group company. 

Offered to teams, leagues, and organizations, MaxOne’s best-in-class platform increases athlete engagement with custom-built training programs sent directly to their phones. Additionally, the app helps to increase team unity and motivation with program-wide leaderboards and maintains drill and workout histories to show benchmarks and measure improvements. 

Under the partnership agreement, SportsEngine will promote MaxOne’s Flagship training technology application to SportsEngine’s community of teams, leagues, organizations, coaches, and parents in the youth sports ecosystem. Together, SportsEngine and MaxOne will work to enrich and extend the youth sports experience, providing training technology for virtual programming, coaching, drills, and engagement.

As part of the launch of the partnership, SportsEngine users will be entitled to a free usage period between September and November 30, 2020. SportsEngine customers can learn more about this exclusive offer here.

“A partnership with SportsEngine aligns with MaxOne’s mission to deliver elite training to every athlete in every sport,” stated MaxOne CEO Jason Mejeur and former basketball coach. “Today’s athlete spends 6 hours per day on their phone and now the thousands of coaches in the SportsEngine community can easily support their athletes with customized coaching and programming to supplement in-person practice and play.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with MaxOne to provide virtual coaching tools to our community of coaches and athletes,” said Brett MacKinnon, Senior Vice President of Sales, SportsEngine, Inc. “Now, more than ever, access to quality coaching solutions is essential to providing a positive sports experience and part of our mission to get more kids involved in sports and to make the lives easier of parents, coaches and team administrators.” 

More than one million teams, leagues, and clubs use SportsEngine to run their tournaments, leagues, online registration, websites, and mobile apps. Through these applications, sports teams, clubs, leagues, and national governing bodies are able to drastically reduce the time they spend on administration and communication, allowing them to focus more time on developing their athletes and furthering the love of sport.

About SportsEngine, Inc.

Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of sports relationship management software serving millions of coaches, parents, athletes, clubs, leagues, governing bodies, and associations. SportsEngine helps sports organizations around the globe reduce the time they spend on administrative tasks, and enables them to focus more on developing their athletes, providing safe experiences, and furthering the love of sport. Leagues and governing bodies across the country use National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), a SportsEngine, Inc. subsidiary, to manage their background checks and safety programs. Learn more at: www.sportsengine.com/corp, facebook.com/sportsengine; or twitter.com/@sportsengine.

About MaxOne

MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP features cutting edge training tools, creating the most sophisticated and engaging on-demand digital training experience available.

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For additional information, visit maxone.ai

CoachUp Turning 15,000+ Private Coaches Virtual Through Partnership with MaxOne

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MaxOne on August, 31 2020

CoachUp and MaxOne

CoachUp, a web-based service that connects athletes with private coaches, has partnered with Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) provider MaxOne to launch the CoachUp 24-7 app. The new app features a white-labeled integration with MaxOne’s VCP, allowing CoachUp to provide significantly expanded virtual coaching capabilities and a streamlined business model to their user base of over 15,000 private coaches nationwide. Since its soft launch in July, the 5-star rated app is already being used by hundreds of coaches and significant growth is expected as fall sports programs begin.  

With support from prominent sports figures like Stephen Curry and industry giants like SportsEngine, TeamSnap, and UnderArmour, CoachUp has become the preferred service for athletes to find private coaches based on their location and criteria like price, training type, reviews, and sport category, including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer. 

By working with MaxOne, CoachUp is seeking to counteract disruptions to in-person training by offering significantly improved technology and industry-leading virtual training tools for coaches. “We’re thrilled to be working with a leading company like CoachUp that is changing the way coaching is done,” said MaxOne CEO Jason Mejuer. 

Through the CoachUp 24/7 app, coaches can set their pricing, invite athletes, build customized training programs, and provide feedback while monitoring progress and staying connected from anywhere. Mejeur described the enhanced subscription capabilities in the CoachUp 24/7 app as a “business-in-a-box solution for private coaches that gives them more control over the growth and management of their businesses.”

CoachUp COO, Alex Stone commented, “it would be far too costly and time-consuming for our coaches to build their own apps. Partnering with MaxOne gives us another offering for our coaching and training partners by equipping them with cutting edge tools to build their businesses and strengthen relationships with clients.”

This recent high-profile collaboration is the latest of 11 such partnerships so far in 2020 – a record year for MaxOne. When questioned on the increasing pace of integrations and partnerships, Mejeur said, “the feedback we’re getting is that companies choose us over competitors or building their own apps because of our leading technology and white labeling capabilities.”

Mejeur further emphasized that these relationships are successful because each company remains focused on its core competencies and key brand identity. “Technology should empower and enable these brands, not be a risky financial endeavor that distracts from the company’s mission and values.”

About CoachUp

CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private coaches. We believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports + life.

With thousands of coaches across the country, and hundreds of training sessions happening every day, we are the nation’s leading private coaching company. We are also a team of athletes and coaches, including our founders, Jordan Fliegel (basketball) and Arian Radmand (sailing). And we are dedicated to our mission: help kids change the trajectory of their lives through sports.

About MaxOne

MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, trainers, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect, and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP features cutting edge training tools and provides a single hub for all communication, scheduling, coaching, and collaboration. MaxOne is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, and they are proud to comprise a primarily remote team around the globe. 

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Grand Rapids, MI

For additional information, visit maxone.ai

KickID and MaxOne Partner on Launch of New KickID Academy

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MaxOne on August, 24 2020

KickID and MaxOne

KickID, maker of the leading digital performance evaluation tool for youth soccer players has partnered with Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) provider MaxOne on the recent launch of their KickID Academy. MaxOne’s industry-leading white-labeled capabilities have allowed KickID to provide comprehensive virtual training solutions in their fully remote Academy program with their own branded app. The KickID suite of products is fully available in Europe and is preparing for its launch in the US in the Fall of 2020. 

While KickID’s flagship app was built to help individual soccer players comprehensively rate their skill with a single score, the partnership with MaxOne extends their value beyond player performance assessment and benchmarking. “MaxOne’s white-labeled integration was a clear choice for adding the broadest possible virtual training capabilities to KickID Academy,” said Hischam Telib, CEO of KickID. Coaches and players can now connect remotely to build training, workout, and skill development regimens that target specific areas of improvement identified through the existing Kick ID assessment tool. “This partnership allows us to support the full spectrum of player development by accurately tracking progress over time,” said Telib. 

Jason Mejeur, CEO of MaxOne, noted that creating successful virtual sports programs goes beyond great training resources. “For us, it’s about fostering community, accountability, and growth for teams by making long-distance interactions as meaningful and impactful as possible. We’ve built in-app messaging, leaderboards, and other communication tools to help players and coaches stay connected from anywhere.” 

For MaxOne, partnership with KickID provides exposure to new markets internationally and specifically within the sport of soccer, which remains the most popular sport worldwide. KickID has grown quickly since it was founded in 2016, with over 100,000 players having used the data-based assessment tool. This growth is anticipated to continue as industry research shows significantly increased adoption of virtual coaching and training tools among youth sports program organizers. 

To Learn More about KickID please visit:  //kickid.com/

To learn more about a white-labeled VCP for your organization go to:  /custom-sports-coaching-and-training-apps/  

About KickID

KickID is a Berlin-based company that provides technology to help amateur soccer players evaluate and improve their skills with a single proprietary score. The KickID player rating system is unique in the sports technology market and aims to revolutionize how talent is graded, identified, and developed internationally. With a dynamic and innovative team consisting of sports scientists, coaches, and data analysts, KickID is dedicated to leaving it all out on the pitch, and on the field. 

About MaxOne

MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, trainers, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect, and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP features cutting edge training tools and provides a single hub for all communication, scheduling, coaching, and collaboration. MaxOne is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, and they are proud to comprise a primarily remote team around the globe.

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Grand Rapids, MI

For additional information, visit maxone.ai

The Art of Coaching Volleyball and MaxOne Partner to Launch Premier Mobile Training App for Coaches and Players

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MaxOne on August, 19 2020

The Art of Coaching Volleyball and MaxOne

The Art of Coaching Volleyball (AOC), a leading provider of volleyball coaching resources and instructional clinics, has partnered with MaxOne on a branded integration of the MaxOne Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) that is now available directly to volleyball coaches and players nationwide.  The AOC VB Team App effectively delivers their expert content through a robust platform featuring on-demand access to virtual tools for communication, scheduling and building customized training programs. 

AOC’s new relationship with MaxOne combines the strengths of two industry-leading organizations to produce the most comprehensive and technologically advanced coaching app in the sport of volleyball. “We can now offer content from top coaches and athletes on a platform that is optimized for communication and engagement,” said Mark Tilson, President of The Art of Coaching. “In turn, coaches can easily schedule practices and manage training programs while sending workouts, drills, and content directly to players – from anywhere.” 

According to MaxOne CEO Jason Mejeur, “from within the app, players can see drill history, receive direct coaching feedback, monitor leaderboard information and chat with other players, helping them connect and grow as a team while training remotely. The app gives athletes meaningful, tangible ways to apply coaching by allowing them to measure their performance and improvement on specific skill sets.” 

“We’ve seen AOC as a great partner for some time, and our recent collaboration was driven by the reality that while volleyball training was traditionally done as a team, individual athlete training is increasingly prevalent,” said Mejeur. “We see this integration as a smart, proactive response to changes affecting all youth sports programs.” 

The AOC VB app has been available since June, 2020, with subscribers growing by 200% each month. An uptick in new users is expected in the fall as club volleyball begins and organizers set budgets and programming schedules.  

To learn more about the Art of Coaching Team App go to:

//www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com/aocvb-team-app/

To learn more about a white-labeled VCP for your organization go to:  /custom-sports-coaching-and-training-apps/  

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About The Art of Coaching Volleyball

Founded in 2011 by coaches Terry Liskevych, Russ Rose and John Dunning, The Art of Coaching provides coaches with the tools they need to improve their players and teams. AOC offers comprehensive beginner-to-elite coaching education at annual clinics as well as extensive online instruction through coaching videos, certification courses, pre-made practice plans, worksheets and blog articles. For more information, visit www.theartofcoachingvolleyball.com and www.theartofcoachingsoftball.com.

About MaxOne

MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, trainers, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect, and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP features cutting edge training tools, and provides a single hub for all communication, scheduling, coaching and collaboration. MaxOne is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, and they are proud to comprise a primarily remote team around the globe. 

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Grand Rapids, MI

For additional information, visit maxone.ai

Upward Sports uses white labeled MaxOne to move toward virtual enhancements in sports ministry experiences

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MaxOne on July 31, 2020

Upward Sports and MaxOne

MaxOne and Upward Sports have partnered on a service offering that combines MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) and its best-in-class training solution with Upward’s extensive youth sports network. This collaboration will allow Upward partners to effectively administer virtual youth sports camps across the country this summer.

Under the new arrangement, Upward will white label MaxOne’s technology and make the platform available to their partners’ volunteer coaches and players. Upward Sports, a non-profit organization, partners with churches to provide the foundation for running youth sports experiences like leagues, clinics, and seasonal camps. “We admire and align with Upward’s mission to positively impact communities through youth sports,” said MaxOne CEO, Jason Mejeur.

Upward chose to partner with MaxOne over developing a technology platform themselves, which had been previously considered. “With MaxOne, we saw an opportunity to quickly move toward providing the best, safest option for virtual sports programming,” said Upward’s Director of Operations, Nathan Holm. “To successfully run our sports experiences, we needed a platform that could handle tens of thousands of players and be intuitive enough for coaches of all experience levels to use. MaxOne had that solution in place.”

Because the future impact of COVID-19 on youth sports remains uncertain, this partnership further prepares Upward and their partners to adapt as needed for future impacts and remain highly involved with their participants, which is central to the mission. “With a full suite of coaching, training, and communication tools in place, Upward can now focus on the continuity, quality, and community impact of virtual programming,” said Holm.

“This relationship demonstrates the versatility of our virtual coaching platform for a wide array of partners in the youth sports market,” said Mejeur. “White labeling our platform as a branded, customized part of their offering increases the value they provide to players. This helps build their brand awareness, credibility, and long-term loyalty.”

About MaxOne

MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, trainers, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect, and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP  features cutting edge training tools and provides a single hub for all communication, scheduling, coaching, and collaboration. Although MaxOne is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, they are proud to comprise a primarily remote team around the globe.

About Upward Sports

Based in South Carolina, Upward Sports is a non-profit organization helping local churches positively impact their communities through youth sports. Upward provides strategic consulting in creating a comprehensive sports solution that includes, training materials, logistic and ministry resources, apparel, and a suite of virtual tools. The organization’s network expands nationwide to more than 1,500 churches reaching over 300,000 children annually. Upward focuses on being a trusted partner, bringing “proven and innovative solutions to create transformational sports experiences.”

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Grand Rapids, MI

To learn more about a white-labeled VCP for your organization go to:  /custom-sports-coaching-and-training-apps/

How Virtual Coaching Platforms (‘VCP’) Help Youth Sports Adapt to COVID-19

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MaxOne on June 30, 2020

LeaugeApps, a leading provider of youth sports management software solutions, recently published a survey of over 300 youth sports organizers. This comprehensive study reveals how organizers are adapting to the effects of COVID-19 by using digital tools for training, practices, coaching and community building. However, lingering concerns about player health and program effectiveness persist for many organizers and parents. This article will examine the top issues facing youth sports organizers and show how, with the right technology, these issues can be overcome to build a thriving organization.

How is COVID-19 Affecting Youth Sports Programs?

To understand how COVID-19 has changed the marketing, operation and administration of youth sports programs, it’s critical to first assess the current environment. The LeagueApps study includes nation-wide data from a wide variety of sports programs. Also included in the report is polling data from parents with children that are actively involved in sports programs. Altogether, this data provides clear indicators for how sports programs should change their operations, and the primary concerns among parents and players about program continuation.  

Key findings of the report include the following:

  • COVID-19 has accelerated trends in youth sports that were growing in popularity before the pandemic.
    • These trends include the adoption of digital applications frequently used by businesses (e.g. Zoom, Google Hangout), social media and virtual coaching platforms. 
  • Responding quickly and appropriately will determine whether organizations successfully navigate the “new normal.” 
    • Effective responses must include plans for remaining financially viable, ensuring players stay engaged and assuring parents about player safety. 54% of parents are unsure that their children’s sports programs will survive the pandemic effects.

Youth Sports Organizers are Using Virtual Meeting Tools to Adapt

60% of organizers surveyed said that they plan to use downtime during COVID-19 to focus on rebuilding their systems, processes and technology infrastructure. For most respondents, “technology infrastructure” means deploying some kind of virtual training and coaching capabilities.

In fact, the usage of virtual meeting technology was prevalent among almost all survey respondents, regardless of the program sport. Despite rapid adoption, the effectiveness of these new tools and their attractiveness to players varies significantly depending on the application(s) chosen.

A substantial majority of organizers are using virtual meeting tools or social media as interim virtual coaching solutions:

  • 50% of respondents are using Zoom or a similar business-focused webinar and meeting tools.
  • 25% of respondents are using common social media applications like Instagram.

How Effective are Virtual Meeting Tools for Youth Sports Programs?

While these tools have served sports programs as a temporary workaround, they will ultimately not provide the comprehensive solutions required for effective virtual coaching.

1 | They are insufficient as standalone communication platforms:

  • Many users have reported experiencing significant emotional and physical drain after using programs like Zoom; this is commonly called “Zoom fatigue”. While it can offer simple real-time 2-way communication, Zoom’s potentially negative side-effects can be mitigated by combining it with a virtual coaching platform (discussed below).
  • Popular social media applications like Instagram and Facebook have many features that make them distracting while in use. These applications are specifically designed to keep users preoccupied with notifications, news feeds and advertisements.  

2 | They are not built for virtual sports coaching:

  • Business-focused meeting tools like Zoom don’t facilitate team building opportunities like leaderboards, progress tracking and much more.
  • Many online meeting tools also lack any communication capabilities outside of when the meeting is currently in session. Effective, multi-channel (i.e. text and email) messaging is a key component of any successful virtual coaching program. 
  • Social media applications and webinar programs are not designed for distance athletic training (e.g. building virtual workout programs, drills and exercise routines). 

3 | They don’t support sustainable program growth:

  • Social media programs and tools like Zoom do not facilitate additional revenue generation for sports programs.
  • Additionally, online meeting tools do not provide an opportunity for sports programs to truly build their brand through whitelabeling capabilities, etc.

Top COVID-19 Concerns for Youth Sports Organizers and Parents

According to the LeaugueApps survey respondents, the primary impacts of COVID-19 specifically on youth sports are: 

  • Cancellation or delay of Fall sports programs
  • Generating interest in reformatted programs
  • Social distancing requirements that restrict safely conducting in-person practices
  • Parental concerns about player health and program continuation

So, how can youth sports organizers effectively and meaningfully respond to the challenges posed by technology constraints, COVID-19 restrictions and genuine concerns about player safety and program continuation?

The Benefits of Virtual Coaching Platforms

The alternatives to online meeting tools and social media applications are modern virtual coaching platforms (VCPs) designed specifically to facilitate remote communication, athlete training and team building.

Comprehensive and customizable VCPs like MaxOne provide organisers the ability to assure players and parents that their program can offer safe, compliant, highly effective and engaging experiences. 

MaxOne’s VCP was built for the challenges facing youth sports programs by offering advantages like the following:

  • Fight fatigue by combining Zoom with customizable training programs that allow players to proceed at their own pace – taking breaks as necessary to retain their focus and concentration.
  • Create additional revenue streams to support long-term financial health of the organization.
  • Mitigate the risk of future organization impacts due to COVID recurrence.
  • Differentiate program offerings with the most powerful virtual training experience available: 
    • On-demand training
    • Progress tracking over time
    • Compete on live leaderboards
    • Customizable training programs for individual athletes
    • AI-powered performance assessments

With an industry-leading VCP, organizers and coaches can offer players and parents innovative technology solutions that supplement in-person training and coaching. Benefits of this technology extend beyond a temporary fix for sports programs, including: 

  1. Increased player engagement
  2. Helping students develop self-discipline with practice schedules
  3. Greater coaching effectiveness on specific workout programs/techniques

Get started with a Virtual Coaching Platform Today

Regardless of how COVID-19 continues to impact youth sports, new research clearly shows that forward thinking organizers are focused on becoming more flexible, ensuring operational continuity and providing the most value possible to players and parents.

Experience the power of MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform, and book a call today.

If you have questions please email info@gomaxone.com so a member from our team can assist you!

June 2020 Release Notes

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MaxOne on June 8, 2020

Over the past month, we have pushed several new and exciting product enhancements out the door. Today, we want to highlight a few significant updates that will drastically improve the customer experience. Plan on seeing many more updates and new features in the coming weeks.

What’s New?

Workout Builder Complete Redesign

The MaxOne workout builder has been significantly enhanced to improve user-friendliness and decrease the time it takes coaches to create workouts. 

This includes a seamless drag-and-drop editor that allows users to place the exercises they want directly into the workout. Use filters to organize exercises and drills by their prospective training library (skill, strength, education) and customize sets and reps just as you could in the previous version, but this time with a fresh new design leading to increased efficiency for our coaches to get their workouts created faster than ever.

Add Descriptions when Building a Workout

Users now have the ability to add descriptions that will only affect the specific exercise in a workout without changing the description of the drill in the general training library.

For example, if a coach wants their athletes to complete their first rep of bench press at half speed to serve as a warm-up they can now address this by adding a description. When editing the sets and reps of a drill, simply click ‘Edit Description’ to add information with your specific coaching points. This will allow you to provide special notes on drills that are specific to the current workout you’re building.

 

Workout “Program Builder” Complete Redesign

In addition to enhancing the individual MaxOne workout builder, we’ve also improved the program builder feature. We have kept the same drag-and-drop style to maintain user friendliness but have improved the workflow in creating a multi-week workout program. 

Now, when building a workout program, you will be dragging your workouts into specific days in a calendar format making it easier to visualize how you plan to assign this program to your athletes. You can then duplicate weeks to create large programs quicker than before.

Assign a Multi-Week Workout Program 

Inside the new program builder, coaches can now assign entire multi-week workout programs to their team in just a few clicks. 

In our previous design, coaches had to click each workout in a program in order to assign it to their team. Now, simply select the program, the start date and group of athletes to assign it to and the workout will auto populate the remaining days and weeks of the program. 

This will greatly decrease the time it takes to build and deliver full workout programs to your team as well as help you deliver specific programs to specific groups. 

Ready to try out some of these new features? Login now.

Otherwise, wait to hear from us next month with more improvements to the MaxOne platform! In the meantime, if you have questions please email info@gomaxone.com so a member from our support team can assist you!

COVID-19 Assistance for Your Team With MaxOne

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COVID-19 Assistance for your Team with MaxOne

COVID-19 has taken everybody by surprise. With schools closed across much of the United States, practice for spring sports have been cancelled and offseason regimens for all sports have been put on hold. This pandemic has left nearly 36 million youth athletes and their coaches stunned, and unsure of what to do and how to move forward.

While this may spell trouble for many programs, those coaches and teams who are using the MaxOne Team App for coaching, training, and team management can coach their entire team while students are social-distancing at home.

MaxOne’s Team App is being used by hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. to stay connected in a time of limited face-to-face interaction. To date, MaxOne has helped more than 20,000 coaches and 200,000 athletes improve performance ranging from 12-40%, by creating virtual on-demand training environments.

How to keep your athletes active during COVID-19

As classrooms and meetings are turning virtual, it’s still important for coaches to stay connected and keep their athletes moving forward. MaxOne has always been concerned with improving youth sports around the nation and times like this require an all hands on deck approach that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

During this time of uncertainty, MaxOne is here to help give coaches the tools necessary to keep their teams moving in a positive direction. MaxOne is being used by hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. to stay connected in a time of limited face-to-face interaction.

“We’ve spent the last year developing our athletes and working towards a goal. The last thing I would want to see is that progress and momentum lost. The ability to customize at-home workouts for our athletes while they are away from the weight room is extremely helpful,” says Riki Valdez, football coach at Sahuarita High School in Arizona.

In an effort to help athletes and coaches, we are providing our training and communication platform for free to any school or club through the end of May. Sign-up by clicking here.

Communicating with your team and their parents

In addition to MaxOne being a resource for keeping your team physically active, it’s also a great way for your whole program to stay connected. SMS, chat, and email are all available with MaxOne, allowing coaches to get updates and messages out to everyone with ease. 

“With the upcoming push towards limited face-to-face interaction, it’s important to our program to continue building a strong foundation for communication. Messaging and chat features paired with customizable content sharing gives our coaching staff confidence that we will continue to move our program forward in this new reality that we are facing,” continues Coach Valdez. 

It’s important that we get through this together, and take the necessary steps to weather the storm in its current state. Relationships still need to be built and the new reality of the “virtual locker room” shouldn’t change that. 

“With the current state of uncertainty, the MaxOne software is going to really help our coaching staff keep the relationship we have with our athletes going even if we aren’t able to be with them in person. Not to mention the ability it has to keep our parents in the loop as well so they can keep track of all the changes that are occurring.” says 

Keith Kilmer, football coach at Lowell High School in Indiana

Change is here, and whether you are ready for it or not, the MaxOne app is a great place to help you get started. 

Need more assistance? We are here to help.

Here at MaxOne, we are doing our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We’ve closed our headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the near future, but are operating at full capacity as a remote team. If you need assistance, our customers come first so you can count on MaxOne to be there for you. 

[In case you missed it]  Sign-up here to access your free MaxOne account through the end of May.

Want to learn more about MaxOne? Check out our website HERE

5 Reasons to Go No Huddle (That Make Sense)

By | Coaches Resources, Football

This article was written by Darrin Sheffer, Coach at Brentville District HS (VA), and founder of the Obsessed with Offense Blog. Coach Sheffer has recently transitioned into coaching defense and provides great insight for anyone that has coached on both sides of the ball…


5 Reasons to Go No Huddle (That Make Sense)

Anyone who has followed this blog, or me on Twitter (@darrinsheffer) you may know that I have been critical on the Spread No Huddle/Up Tempo trend that has been hitting HS football for quite some time now.  However, it is my personal philosophy to be a Lifetime Learner and also have the ability to adapt/evolve my position on certain topics.  So, without any further ado here are 5 reasons why every HS Football program should consider going No Huddle next season (at least 5 that make sense to me) in no particular order:
1. Everyone’s Doing It!
OK, OK I know I just made some Old School Coaches out there upset, but before you stop reading out of anger please let me explain myself.  Unfortunately for us the culture of the Transfer isn’t something that has stayed at the college level.  HS players are now transferring to new schools left and right.
So what can we do about it as coaches?  One thing you can do is to make your program appear more attractive to players outside of your school.  How can you do that?  If you go to a No Huddle offense it will appear to outsiders that you are more Modern/With It than the Old School programs.  The key word here is Appear, which leads me to the next reason…
2. You Don’t Have To Change Your Offense
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PSA: You don’t need to be a Spread/Up Tempo team to use No Huddle!  If you are a Triple Option team you don’t have to change anything about your X’s and O’s.  The only thing that changes is how you signal plays in.  Either it’s using boards, wristbands or signals the only thing you change about your offensive system is the fact that your players no longer huddle up to call the play.
3. Control of Tempo
When many people think No Huddle they also think Up Tempo or Hurry Up.  In reality that isn’t always the case.  I feel that it is easier in a No Huddle offense to control the tempo of the offense than in a traditional under center offense.  Many huddle offenses have to use two different systems of calling in plays when using their different tempos.  In a No Huddle offense you can have multiple tempos, but at the same time have the exact same signaling system which will make it easier on both the players and coaches.  Not to mention the fact that it will make practice time more efficient if you only need to practice one play call system.
4. Takes DC’s out of their comfort zone
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Defensive Coordinators don’t like to be rushed.  DC’s like to have time to figure out the down and distance, what does the opponent like to call in this situation, etc.  From a Defensive perspective facing a No Huddle attack makes you feel like you don’t have as much time to call the right defense, even if the No Huddle team isn’t going Up Tempo.  This can frustrate a DC into calling base/vanilla defenses or maybe go the opposite route and try to get too fancy, ether way you are taking them out of their comfort zone.
5. Can prevent Defense from Substituting
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The Power of Power O

By | Coaches Resources, Football

This article was written by Phil Vogt, author of The Speed-T Offense. It can originally be found on thecoachvogt.com. In this article, Coach Vogt breaks down the common play, Power O, explaining the effectiveness and variety in which it can be run…


The Power of Power O

Often referred to as “God’s Play”. It’s physical, it’s downhill, brings bodies to the point of attack and can be downright punishing.  The edge defenders must be physical and mentally strong or risk being exposed. The Play I am referring to, of course, is the Almighty Power O.  The Power O is aptly named, and it is also one of the most versatile plays in the offensive world. Power O Can be run from any formation and personnel group, tagged with reads and assignment exchanges, and dressed up with formations, motions, fakes and trades.  All this done without changing rules for the offensive line, what’s not to love about that? There is only one other scheme that can replicate that kind of versatility, the zone play. This article will focus the basic blocking rules for the Power O against different fronts, the different variations, and how to dress the play up.

BASIC RULES

I love to run plays as a series, blame it on growing up with a Wing-T coach as a father. I  pair the Power O with Widezone, because of this I want every player in the offense to make the first step of Power O look just like Widezone.  With that in mind, here are the general rules.

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QB-The QB will reverse out and sprint the ball back to the tailback. He will put the ball on the mid-line and keep his body clear for the back.  After the hand off the QB will carry out a 3-5 step burst opposite of the play for a boot fake. However, it is not just a fake, he is looking at the defensive edge player and checking him.  If that edge player is not checking the QB on boot, we will play action.

FB-The FB will take a path aiming at the inside leg of the tackle.  He is going to kick out the first man who shows on the tackles outside leg.  This rule accounts for any stunts and prevents the “I got my guy” quotes lol.  the FB will put his outside shoulder on the defensive players inside breast plate. We would love for him to destroy this player, but he really doesn’t have too.  Just getting a body on him quickly will suffice.

TB-The tailbacks first step will be as if he is running Widezone the opposite direction.  He will then go straight down the mid-line for the hand off.  The TB cannot come of the mid-line until his first step after the hand off.  He then takes a path to the C gap and is looking at the edge defender for a bounce or bang read.  He will bounce if the edge player spills and bang it in the C gap if he gets kicked.

PST & G-The play side offensive linemen will use the rule “gap to backer”.  They will step with their inside foot at any defender from their nose to the adjacent lineman’s nose.  The aim point for the gap defender is his near shoulder, placing the head in front to stop penetration. The blocker will try and wash the defender inside. If nobody is in his gap, his first step will be an inside step to clear any stunts into the gap and then he will go to the “BACKSIDE” linebacker and seal him off. This rule also applies to the tight end, with one caveat. If the C gap defender is shaded on the TE we will arc release him to the Sam or Safety. Here is an example:

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C-The center has to replace the pulling backside guard.  If there is an A gap defender he will gap block him with the same techniques as the play side linemen. If there is not a defender in his gap he will step flat down the line of scrimmage to wall off the 3tech, or 4i/4.  Penetration on the backside does not hurt this play, so he only needs to get his body on the defender to stop pursuit.

BSG-The backside guard is going to your puller.  I like an open pull because I want him to the point of attack as fast as possible. He will take a step that gains ground and opens his hips so he can run.  He is looking for the fullbacks block. If the fullback gets the kick, the guard will turn up and fit up on the play side linebacker. If the fullback gets spilled and pins the edge defender, the guard will bounce, then turn up and fit on the scraping play side linebacker.

BST and TE-The backside tackle and tight end have one have a rule called “pull check”.  On any defender shaded head up or inside they will step inside and then hinge to open hips and wall off the defender, again…backside penetration does not hurt the play, just get a body on him.  If the defender is in an outside shade, just base block him and wall him off.

DIFFERENT FRONTS & WHEN TO CALL POWER O

All of the base rules will never change, except for the TE’s. I will include here a quick description of when I like to call the play and what we do to a few different looks given by the defense.  I am a big Widezone guy, I also run a modified toss I call blast, as well as the bellyG.  All of these plays will eventually cause the defense to do one of two things, and often times both.

  • They will start overflowing with the play direction.
  • They will start slanting with the formation
    1. The thing about slanting is 9 times out of 10, you can dictate the slant by your formation. A film scout will tell you where they will go, as well as the first two series of the game. Then all you have to do is get them slanting the way you want.

Once the defense is slanting or flowing, preferably both, then it is time for Power O. Formation the defense in a manner that you know which way the slant is going. Call the Power O the opposite way of the slant/flow.  Power O is a gap scheme play, so your guys up front will just take them where they are going already! It makes for a very easy block, and you can wash them down across the formation most of the time, even with undersized lineman like I have. Here is an example vs a “Slant 50”

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You can see from the photo that the OL is just taking the DL for a ride.  The uncovered Guard will step down to check gap, then go wall off backside linebackers. The ghost 9tech on the play side will be an easy kick for the fullback because he has been checking the QB all night on boot fakes (if he hasn’t…why aren’t you calling the keeper??)

If you are unsure about what direction the defense is slanting, get in a balanced formation and use the count system, which I take about here (LINK).  Just count the numbers and go where you have more than them. Simple math. Here is an example formation you could use:

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Occasionally you will get a gift for an alignment by the defense.  A 3tech and a 9tech to the strength.  Why anyone would do this, I will never understand, but when it happens from time to time. You can run the Power O as is or steal what they gave you, with a “solid” call.  If the tackle sees that the guard is covered and nobody is in the C gap he will call “Solid”.  This tells the FB he is on insert instead of kick, and tells the TE that he just needs to turn out on the 9tech. here is an example:

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Here it is vs a bear front:

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Blocking a play side 7tech can present some problems if he is a war daddy. I play with 7’s all the time, I like to keep them in a state of uncertainty. We will arc the TE to the Sam on Widezone away, cut block him with the TE on Widezone away, double team him, down block him, and on Power O to him, arc the TE to the Sam and kick him with the FB.  The 7tech, 9 times out of 10 will step with that TE and widen up, making an easy kick for the full back, here is a second look at it:

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VARIATIONS

One of the beautiful things about the Power O, is the ability to run it a multitude of different ways, and not change anything.  One of the most common variations of the play is the Power Read. Made popular by Auburn when they had Cam Newton, they made a living on this one variation.  Instead of kicking the defensive end with the fullback, the QB is now going to read the play side End. Either a guy in motion or the tail back will ride across the QB while the QB shuffles and reads towards the play side.  If the End squeezes he will simply give it to the speed back, and he will carry the ball to the perimeter on a jet sweep look.  If the End chases the speed back, the QB will keep and run ball behind the offensive line, which is running the Power O.  its simple, effective, and places the defense in a big bind.  Here are a few ways to run the play:

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With the prevalence of RPOs (run pass options) in today’s offensive world, it was only a matter of time before it was tagged alongside the Power O.  One of the easiest RPOs to pair with the play, is a slant by the slot.  If the LB plays run, the QB will pull and throw the slant.  If the LB sits or drops, the QB will give.  Here is a look:

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One of my favorite variations is also my go too variation when we have been hurting the defensive with Zone Lead.  The play is tagged with a “Kick” call. This simply tells the Guard and the FB to switch responsibilities.  The Guard will now kick out the edge defender and the FB will jab opposite to let the Guard clear, and then become the fit player. Here is the example:

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DRESSING IT UP

Power O can also be “dressed up” several different ways.  This is a term sometimes called “window dressings” as well.  It refers to making the play look different, but it’s actually the same.  Same but Different is an excellent way to conflict the defense.  One of the easiest ways to dress up the Power O, is with jet motion.  You can run the Power O with the jet fake or against the jet fake, depending on what you are trying to do to the defense. If you are trying to widen the edge defender(s) then go with the motion. If you are trying to influence the Linebackers away from the play, then go against the motion.

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Shifting and jumping formations is very effective as well.  One of my favorites is to jump from unbalanced one way to unbalanced the other way.  The defense will be worried about lining up correctly and not stopping the play.  Here is a look at it:

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The TE will shift down to become the eligible tackle.  The Tackle, Z and X will all jump sides to set the unbalanced the opposite way. The key is to do it quickly and force the defense to scramble.  Eventually, they will just start sliding the front, allowing you to attack weak personnel at your desire.

Down on the goalline, you can dress it up out of a 3back, power-i look.  The 3back(z) will go outside to influence the edge defenders and become the alley blocker if the play happens to bounce.  Effective, and nothing changes for the rules of the play.

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CLOSING
the Power O is one of the most versatile and physical plays in football.  I firmly believe that every offense should run some facet of Power O, whether you are under center pro-i, wing-T or shot gun.  The fact that it can be run from all these different offenses clearly shows its merit.  It can give a physical component to any offense. It can be used as a counter to zone runs or it can be your staple play. The point is, the Power O has been here a long time, and I don’t see it ever leaving the game of football.  Feel free to comment below. Please subscribe via email on my website (TheCoachVogt.com) so you can get updated whenever I post a new article, and give me a follow on twitter at @thecoachvogt.

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