March 30, 2015
Every year around this time my friends and I get our crew together and kick off our basketball league which, since we live in San Diego, fortunately runs through October. However, we’re not the only ones out there throwing it down and enjoying the warmer weather months.
Chief among the people crowding the parks, courts, and fields this time of year are the youth sports leagues. In fact, estimates actually indicate that more than half of US children between ages 6 and 17 years old play sports.
As a lifelong hockey player and former youth athlete himself, Ian Andrew Bell saw a huge need for technology to help with team sports management. That is, he experienced firsthand the headache involved in managing his current hockey team on a daily basis for things like who owes money for renting out the rink and equipment.
Being of a sound entrepreneurial mind, Bell decided he should team up with a fellow problem-solver and start his own business with RosterBot, an app designed to assist in the organization of team sports and group activities. He chose none other than Bret Hedican, a Stanley Cup-winning, 17-year NHL veteran.
Their efforts building RosterBot were well received: the platform is currently used by thousands of teams in more than 60 countries, and there are more than 350 different types of sports and activities ranging from hockey, soccer, and baseball all the way to poker night, paintball, and online video games. The use cases have provided Bell and Hedican with copious amounts of data which they recently put into an infographic surrounding youth sports in the US and Canada.
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