Saturday, February 25, 2012

Using the 'Copy Playbook' Feature

Hi all

Here is how I use the copy playbook feature to protect myself from my own mistakes:
1) The first playbook is the primary one - this is the one that keeps getting bigger and I only send links out for this one.
2) When I make a copy, I name it with the current date and hope I never need it.
3) I keep a Google Doc with all of my owner links, including the copies. You can use any document or even browser bookmarks, just keep it private.
4) If I really mess up the primary playbook, then I go to the Google Doc and follow the link to the latest copy. This would then become the primary and I would forget about the old primary. I would have to send out the coaches and players links.

Here is another way you can use the 'Copy Playbook' feature for quick collaboration:
1) Scout a team and capture their set plays in a playbook.
2) Make a copy or two. As always, keep track of the owner links in a safe and private manner.
3) For each copy, send the coaches link to a coach and ask them for their ideas. 
4) You can collaborate, as long as you follow one rule: Only one person updates at a time. I recommend that one person uses the coaches link while the other person uses the players link. 
5) The other person has to refresh their browser to see the latest changes.

Hope it helps
 - CT

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Safe Sharing

sharetheplay does not require a registration or login. Instead, the owner of the playbook shares unguessable links with different participants. There are three different links for each playbook:

1. The creator of a playbook gets the owners link that has full control over the playbook. The owner of a playbook should be careful to keep this link safe and private.

2. The owner can share the coaches link with anyone else who is allowed to edit the playbook. The only restriction is that coaches need to take turns editing the playbook to avoid writing over top of one another's changes.

3. The owner or a coach can share the players link with anyone who is allowed to view the playbook.

At the end of the season, the owner presses the 'Change the Links' button. The owners link will continue to work but the owner will need to redistribute the other links to the coaches and players. Anyone who follows an old link will get an error message.

Changing owners is fairly simple. When the new owner receives the old owners link, they:
1. Change the links in the old playbook.
2. Use the 'Copy Playbook' feature and keep the new owners link to themselves. 
3. Delete all of the plays in the old playbook.
4. Distribute the coaches and players links for the new playbook. 

After you save a playbook, just click on the ‘Share’ button to see more details and get started.

Hope it helps
- CT

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Feature - List of Plays is Sorted

Hi all

I added a new feature based on a request from a coach - the list of plays is now sorted alphabetically.

I have no idea why I didn't do this sooner... It really does help when you have several plays or several variations of a play. If you need a feature, please send me an email at

Hope it helps
 - CT

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sustainability of ShareThePlay

If you are considering spending your valuable time creating plays on ShareThePlay, you may have some questions, such as 'Will this site be around in 4 seasons? 6? How about 10?' and 'Will it still be free?'

We are quite confident that the answer is yes to both! Our costs are low for two reasons. We do all of the work ourselves. Second, is hosted on Google's App Engine, which allows sites to run on Google's infrastructure. A site with light traffic is almost free. As the site gets more traffic, the site's owners pay incremental costs. However, the thresholds are very generous and the incremental costs are very competitive. So, there is little or no cost until there is meaningful traffic and the site can be profitable if there is meaningful traffic.

There are two additional reasons to be confident. First, I use ShareThePlay when coaching my own daughter and we have a few years left! Second, ShareThePlay allows us to accumulate interesting professional experience with technologies that our day jobs just are not ready for. 

 - CT

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Welcome to the blog for is a web site that allows coaches to create plays and share those plays with their team. This blog is our way of communicating plays, news, tips, and other background information to users and potential users. It is also a way to get feedback from users. Please drop a comment and tell us how you use and what we can do to assist you as a coach.

Thanks and enjoy!
 - CT