Back in the day, basketball coaches used paper, pencil and a trusty clipboard. In present day T.C iPads are the new paper, pencil and clipboard. Coaches all over the nation are beginning to use iPads to assist them during the game with greater efficiency. Several versions of the iPad clipboard application have been developed for different sports as well. There are iPad clipboard applications for sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, ice hockey, and lacrosse. Apple has recently come out with the application simply named, ‘Basketball Coaches Clipboard’ created by J Plus Corporation Limited. It has become a growing phenomenon in the world of basketball and currently sells for just $1.99. The application allows for one to easily animate plays, record stats, navigate to different areas of the court, interchange players and save and load plays. The iPad is not only fun to use but also practical. It is compatible not only with iPads, but also iTouches and iPhones as well.
“It’s great, because it keeps our stats in case our score keeper gets it wrong”, said an anonymous player for T.C Williams’s basketball who seems to appreciate the use of the iPad on the court and it’s efficiency. Assistant Coach Cornel Jones has been one of many coaches to take a liking to the iPad. “It gives you up to date stats that we can access at any moment or anytime during the game”, said coach Jones. Coach Jones says that he prefers the iPad over old school clipboards. He believes that anytime you have something that can make your life easier and work more efficiently, you should use it. The iPad has proved to be a very convenient tool for Coach Jones. “It gives you more accurate readings and you can erase mistakes quickly while staying focused on the game”, said coach Jones. The iPad has attracted not only fans of basketball, but fans of the environment as well. T.C. Williams Junior and basketball fan, Marvin Ayala thinks that the iPads are a great idea. “It’s good because it eliminates the use of paper and therefore is more environmentally friendly,” said Marvin.
The iPad has been more than a great tool for basketball coaching for coach Jones. He uses it frequently throughout the day for simple tasks such as banking, keeping dates, reading online books and even fun games. Coach Jones has taken full advantage of the iPad as well as other technological advances, so much that he has been labeled the; “Technology Guru”, by head coach Julian King.