While Techne is focused on your players’ self-training when they’re not with you, you’re key in motivating them.
Here are some ‘best practices’ to drive engagement:
Communication. Your initial communication about the resource is vital. Do your players/families know that they’re getting access to the app? Do they understand what it is and how you expect them to use it? This is something exciting that you’re offering as added value for your players and they should be pumped about it!
We recommend a general group expectation that every player has downloaded the app and has an active app account and is logging a minimum of 15 minutes in the app each week.
You may need to follow up about this several times during the year. Here’s a Training Reminder you can send out.
Coaches’ buy-in. We’ve found that having the coaches on board is the single most important factor to players using Techne because they’re the ones interacting with the players on a weekly basis. If they talk about the app, reference the Leaderboards, and engage with the players about it, their team(s) will use it significantly more. Players should know that their coach is seeing the extra work they’re putting in.
Make sure all coaches have access to the Group Manager Portal and the training app itself. For app access, coaches can simply add themselves to the group, like their players, so they can see what the players see.
Here’s a Managers Guide explaining what coaches need to know. Let us know if you’d like to schedule a call for us to speak to your coaches and them to ask questions.
A simple and effective weekly practice is for coaches to spend a few minutes at training acknowledging players who have completed their 15 minutes in the app during the week prior.
Another idea is to include a few of the Time Trial or Weekly Session drills in training or have players demonstrate their favorite drills from the app.
Celebrate your players. Use Techne as a chance to acknowledge those players who are devoting time to their individual training. At the end of the day, publicly celebrating those players who are working hard on their own is the single best thing you can do to encourage others to work on their own, too.
Opt in to receive our Weekly and Monthly Leaderboard email updates (in the Leaderboards tab in our Group Manager Portal). You’ll get the list right to your inbox so you can post it on social media, share it with the group, and give your players a shout-out at training.
Post your Weekly Leaderboard on social media and tag us so we can share. Let us know if you’d like us to create you a template graphic.
Embed an ongoing Weekly Leaderboard on your website. Let us know if you need help with this.
Reward players for their training. Some groups purchase our training socks so that they can reward players who reach each level of the Training Sock System in the app.
We’re happy to get these to you at bulk rates: $5/pair for over 10 pairs.
You can also come up with other fun training competitions. We’re happy to work with you on ideas and provide prizes.
Be patient. With all groups, adoption of something new can take time. You’ll likely have an initial group that latches on quickly. Aim at slowly adding to this group over time. It’s unreasonable to expect all players to immediately start training a ton on their own. It IS reasonable to expect all players to at least download the app and activate their account. We’ll work with you to get more and more players logging time on a weekly basis.