Custom Messaging Groups, Public Calendar, and Less Whitespace (Release Notes, March 8, 2019)

This week’s update improves calendars that are available on club team websites, a small UI change, and custom messaging groups.

Custom Messaging Groups

Special thanks to Sean, Anthony, and members of the Skyline High School wrestling team for working with me on messaging this past season.

As of today you can now create a custom messaging group within WrestlingIQ. You might use this to setup a group called ‘Parents – State Wrestling 2019’ and add only the parents you know will be present at the state tournament. That way you can message the group directly, without spamming the rest of your parents or wrestlers.

 

I’m working on other messaging improvements that aren’t quite ready yet. Stay tuned for text message notifications, the ability to make specific parents or wrestlers messaging admins, and some additional configuration options.

Public Calendar

Shout-out to Justin and Andy of Pin City Wrestling for these upgrades to the public calendar.

On a public calendar page (example), you can now click on an event to get a popover with more info such as event location, and notes. The note field may contain links, so this is a good way to direct your parents or prospective parents to something like tournament registration via your WrestlingIQ powered website.

The public calendar now displays a little bit better on mobile. By default mobile phones will load up the list view, as it displays the best. But if you click month, you should now be able to at least read the events for each day on all devices. It’s not super pretty yet, but it is now at least functional.

Less Whitespace

I released a fairly major UI overhaul a few months ago which introduced a lot more whitespace into the UI. With this update I’ve reduced the whitespace within lists to make it easier to see more information without having to scroll aggressively. I think this makes it cleaner, without making it too dense, but please shoot me an email if you have feedback on this (for better or worse).

Release Notes Feb 28, 2019

A few small changes today.

If you had parent profiles enabled on your WrestlingIQ account, you may have noticed that using the search page for them was sometimes showing parents twice. This issue is now fixed.

The search page now also returns coaches, and might be useful if parents need to contact a specific coach outside of WrestlingIQ.

Finally, I’ve updated and polished the club specific sales page for WrestlingIQ. Thank you for the testimonial Andy, much appreciated.

Automatic Emails and Calendar Hyperlinks (Release Notes, February 22, 2019)

After spending the winter months making WrestlingIQ useful for club teams, it’s time to add some polish. Special thanks to Justin and Andy for all their time and support.

Automatic Emails Upon Parent Registration

When you create, or edit, a paid session you now have the option to add a ‘Welcome Email’. If you enter text into this section, parents will automatically get this emailed to them after they have registered their kid for a specific session with your wrestling club.

auto email demo

 

Hyperlinks In Calendar Events

The other small update today is the ability to add hyperlinks and styling to the notes section of an event.

What’s Next?

You should expect more emails like this from me. I haven’t done a good job of this so far, but I expect to send an email to everyone who wants it every time I release new features within WrestlingIQ.  So, you should see a few more of these emails, but what are the next features I plan to build?

My focus for the spring and summer is going to be….

  1. Ensure all club team using WrestlingIQ are successful.
  2. Upgrades to the messaging portion of WrestlingIQ (special thanks to Sean and Anthony for helping with this).
  3. Native apps
  4. Calendar export to popular systems such as Google Calendar, Outlook, etc

Time will tell how quickly these things get built, but I’ll be here every week working towards making those a reality. Stay tuned!

Theater Mode in the WrestlingIQ video player

WrestlingIQ now supports ‘theater’ mode. The intent is to expand the video player size so you can see it easily, and still allow you to take notes.

Turns out full screen is great for viewing, but not ideal if you want to give feedback to your wrestlers at the same time.

If you are a WrestlingIQ user this is available now. Click the button just to the left of the full screen button to enter theater mode.

Special thanks to Coach Gaither and Coach Gullikson of Skyline High School for the suggestion.

The player in the new, expanded theater mode

 

The normal player size

WrestlingIQ now has the ability to send event invites

One new feature that I haven’t talked much about is the ability to send invites for your events in the team calendar. This works a lot like event invites on other systems like Google or Outlook. You drop into the event, add who you want to invite, and WrestlingIQ automatically emails them asking if they can attend.

Here’s a video of it in action, please excuse the rough cut nature of the video – I really like making these clips, but they are a long ways from polished!

Wrestling Practice Plan Builder Updated – Reusable Drills and Notifications

A while back I showed the initial version of the practice plan builder within WrestlingIQ.

Two key features missing from that initial version was the ability to save/reuse common practice sections and to automatically notify the coaching staff that a new plan is ready for them to review. I recently finished up those features and they are now available to anyone using WrestlingIQ. Here’s a quick demo: