One thing that I have grown accustomed to doing over the past few years, while sitting on the couch sidelines watching games, is to write down plays on my iPad using an App called Paper.  I like to think it keeps the “basketball mind” fresh while I’m away from the game.  With this App, you can create playbooks, scouting reports, keep track of clinic notes, organize team policies, and any other aspect of your program that you want to digitalize and mobilize.  Here’s how:

***This was demo was done using an iPad 3***

1. Download the App Paper in the Apple App Store. It’s free: Link

2. Open Paper and read through their tutorial, “Making Paper”.

3. When you have a good grasp on how to use the app, start adding and creating different playbooks by changing the “Journal Settings”.

4. Once a playbook is made, you can open the playbook and start drawing your plays, diagrams, and adding notes.  I recommend using a stylus when drawing. Disclaimer: my stylus penmanship is a work in progress.

5. You can also create Scouting Reports for each team on your schedule. It is an easy and convenient way to keep track of your notes and take them on the go.

6. Practice Designs can be made as well.

7. Another benefit of this App is that it allows you to keep your notes from coaching clinics in one collection.  How many coaches can easily pull up their notes from a coaches’ clinic three years ago?  This obviously helps with organization but more importantly helps with speeding up data retrieval.

Sample Notes

8.  I’m a big NBA guy so when I see a play that I like, I write it down in my NBA folder.  You can essentially do with this with any team that you follow or a coach that you admire.

The benefits of digitalizing your basketball information are profound.  With your newly digitalized playbook, all of your plays are now mobile and can be retrieved on-demand. Additionally, the Paper App features functions like emailing your collection(s), color coding, and “send to App” where you can send your content to other Apps for further functionality.  The sharing functions allow for you to share your content with players and other coaches in an easy, hassle-free manner.

I hope this quick blog helped and that you find value in organizing your plays, practices, scouting reports, and other basketball-related information into a mobilized and digitalized form.  The benefits of doing so will hopefully give you an edge this upcoming season!  Good luck this season and be sure to visit this blog for more basketball technology ideas.