PLAYBuilder | A Conversation With Ringette Canada

PLAYBuilder helps our organization save costs and time in printing and shipping out hard copies of resources. It is very quick and easy now to edit these resources online, whereas before we would have to reprint and redistribute these resources and dispose of all the old material.

– Kelsey McIntosh, Technical Director of Ringette Canada

From humble beginnings in 2018, PLAYBuilder looked to fundamentally shift the manner in which sport and physical literacy leaders create, share, and mobilize their sport programming deliverables. For our partner, Ringette Canada, PLAYBuilder provided the solution to their programming needs, allowing the organization to effectively store their content across one succinct platform. In this blog entry, we will go over a few of the highlights from our Q&A with the technical director of Ringette Canada, Kelsey McIntosh, who has been using PLAYBuilder to provide quality sport deliverables to their community.

Ringette’s initial search which led them to PLAYBuilder stemmed from the significant costs the organization was incurring to print and distribute their drill manuals. This coupled with the negative environmental impact of such resource intensive practices failed to align with the organization’s vision. Further, with a number of Ringette’s coaches now searching for online resources to supplement their training, access to expertly curated content became a necessity. With Ringette’s entire catalogue of content now digitized and stored in one place, coaches can seamlessly grab the materials they need while Ringette can readily edit their content to keep it current.

“PLAYBuilder not only allowed us to bring our drill manual online, but it also gave us one platform to upload and organize content from multiple programs including our Gym Ringette and Children’s Ringette programs.”

– Kelsey McIntosh, Technical Director of Ringette Canada

With PLAYBuilder, coaches have the choice between using Ringette’s pre-built lesson plans, or pulling specific drills and creating entirely novel lesson plans to address the specific needs of their respective players. Coaches can also access PLAYBuilder anywhere, with seamless optimization for both desktop and mobile, coaches can now grab lesson plans on the fly. Further, with content based on the Long-Term Participant Development framework, coaches have the confidence that they’re providing optimal training for their athletes.

As you can gather, its no surprise Kelsey of Ringette recommends PLAYBuilder to other sport organizations who are looking for a digital solution to their sport programming needs: “We would definitely recommend PLAYBuilder to other sport organizations. It does require some time to build up your content, but long-term it can be a very valuable coaching resource.” You can read our conversation with Kelsey in full below.

So what’s stopping you? Join PLAYBuilder today and see for yourself how it can fundamentally shift the manner in which your organization realizes its full potential.

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Customized dashboards

Sport for Life can create your own unique dashboard, that is tailored to your organization’s branding guidelines. It is extremely important that we help create an authentic and original platform for your organization. When you are onboarded as a partner, this is done at no extra cost. Below is an example of the dashboard for Kidsports, an organization headquartered in Los Gavilanes, Mexico.

To see more amazing customized dashboards of our partners, watch the short video below.

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Reporting with PLAYBuilder

Pull the data you need. Accessing the reporting analytics you require has never been easier. Admin users can stay updated on their users with just a few clicks. Find out the awesome data points you can pull:

  • User access: Figure out who exactly is using the platform, who has signed up under your account, and much more
  • Content creation: Figure out what is being created and the exact amount through toggling total lesson plans created, total content created
  • Content interaction: Want to find out who the MVPs of your organization are? Filter by most active users.
  • Search: Determine what are the ways your users are navigating the content, such as total categories searched, total sources searched, and search terms used

Watch this 1 minute video for a more in-depth look at all the great reporting features, administrators can access:

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Feature flags: Streamline your dashboard

We have received some great feedback from our partners regarding the PLAYBuilder dashboard. That is why we have made updates to the feature flags to streamline your users experience. As an administrator, you can enable or disable certain PLAYBuilder features across your organization and sub-sites. Choose exactly what sub-site you want certain features to be flagged.

  • Playlists: Choose whether you want playlists enabled for your users
  • Content ownership: The master switch on whether your users can create content or not
  • Minimal dashboard: Enable this option to keep your site dashboard as simple as possible
  • Item tile category: Choose what appears on tiles of your dashboard. Specifically toggle certain categories such as duration under item tile indicators

Whether you want to increase the features visible for your users, or simplify your dashboard it is a quick and straightforward process. Watch this 4 minute video below, to see how it works:

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PLAYBuilder Partner Spotlight: Club

New York Road Runners

Since its inception in 2018, PLAYBuilder has been fundamentally shifting the manner in which sport and physical literacy organizations create, promote, and deliver their sport programming. Curious how PLAYBuilder can be an effective tool to your organization? Hear from our long time partner, New York Road Runners (NYRR), who have been using PLAYBuilder to provide quality sport deliverables to their community over the past year.

Stephanie Herrick, Manager of the Youth Program Development at NYRR, emphasized PLAYBuilder’s ability to create and share activities with other coachers, specifically newer ones, as truly valuable. NYRR supports approximately 600,000 runners, spanning across a variety of life stages & abilities. The organization supports its members through a variety of races, community open runs, walks, training sessions, & more. From its inception in 1958, NYRR has grown from a local running club to one of the world’s premier community running organizations, focused on inspiring members through running. Currently, NYRR now uses PLAYBuilder to scale their program to be in over 400 schools while 1,100 instructors access quality content.

“PLAYBuilder has become the go-to place to find activities, videos, and lesson plans that suit the needs of their participants, or to build their own.”

– Stephanie Herrick, Manager of Youth Program Development, NYRR

As one of our first and most prolific partners, the NYRR partnership with PLAYBuilder stems back to 2018; the year in which we launched PLAYBuilder. NYRR was looking for a versatile cloud-based platform to build and store customizable lessons that included the functionality to search for activities based on criteria parameters including time, space, equipment constraints, and teaching objectives. With PLAYBuilder, coaches can provide programming that is expertly curated and developmentally appropriate. With a scalable coaching platform, PLAYBuilder has become an effective modern solution to support the NYRR’s programming.

“[PLAYBuilder] provides a go-to place for New York Road Runners Staff to access activity ideas for training, program support, events, and communication.”

– Stephanie Herrick, Manager of Youth Program Development, NYRR

You can hear more from Stephanie and New York Road Runners regarding PLAYBuilder by watching our interview below:

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PLAYBuilder Partner Spotlight: Club

Le Masque de Fer

Since its inception in 2018, PLAYBuilder has been fundamentally shifting the manner in which sport and physical literacy organizations create, promote, and deliver their sport programming. Curious how PLAYBuilder can be an effective tool to your organization? Hear from our partner, Le Masque de Fer who have been using PLAYBuilder to provide quality sport deliverables to their community over the past year.

Olivier Tyteca, head coach at Le Masque de Fer, emphasized PLAYBuilder’s ability to create and share activities with other coachers, specifically newer ones, as truly valuable. Le Masque de Fer serves Gatineau city of western Quebec, Canada, promoting fencing to instill its members the principles of good conduct and respect for others inherent in the sport of fencing. Headed by three-time Olympian Michel Dessureault, Le Masque de Fer aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of fencers. Since 2001, the organization has lead several athletes to silver and gold medal finishes across a number of tournaments and events.

“I was actually looking for a way to share session plans, activities appropriate to their age groups to help them [coaches] in their teaching.”

Olivier Tyteca, Head Coach, Le Masque de Fer

The partnership between Le Masque de Fer and PLAYBuilder stems back early 2020. Le Masque de Fer’s desire to provide their coaches with a scalable and developmentally appropriate coaching platform led them to seek an effective modern solution to their programming: PLAYBuilder.

“PLAYBuilder also allowed for us to create session activities for other coaches and the different environments in which they work, such as schools.”

Olivier Tyteca, Head Coach, Le Masque de Fer

You can hear more from Olivier and Le Masque de Fer regarding PLAYBuilder by watching our interview below:

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PLAYBuilder Partner Spotlight: School

Good Spirit School Division

Since its inception in 2018, PLAYBuilder has been fundamentally shifting the manner in which sport and physical literacy organizations create, promote, and deliver their sport programming. Curious how PLAYBuilder can be an effective tool to your organization? Hear from our partner, Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) who have been using PLAYBuilder to provide quality sport deliverables to their community over the past year.

Amanda Kornaga, Principal of Good Spirit School Division, emphasized PLAYBuilder’s ability to create and share activities with other teachers as truly valuable. Good Spirit School Division serves the East-Central region of Saskatchewan, providing education opportunities for students from Pre-Kindergarten up to Grade 12. GSSD serves approximately 6,000 students, across 27 schools and 17 communities. Their mission is to foster a respectful learning environment, one where students can achieve success and foster a sense of well-being within the many public schools throughout their region. Fundamentally, GSSD aims to ensure “Students Come First”, no matter what.

“With [PLAYBuilder] you know it’s quality, you know it’s tied to outcomes, and it’s safe…vetted which is wonderful.”

Amanda Kornaga, Principal of Good Spirit School Division

Good Spirit School Division’s partnership with PLAYBuilder stems back to 2020 in the midst of COVID-19 lockdown. GSSD’s mission, to promote and support active healthy lifestyles across the primary and secondary educational system, led them to seek an effective modern solution to their programming: PLAYBuilder.

“[PLAYBuilder] has helped us save a lot of time…Streamlining some resources.”

Amanda Kornaga, Principal of Good Spirit School Division

You can hear more from Amanda and Good Spirit School Division regarding PLAYBuilder by watching our interview below:

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PLAYBuilder Partner Spotlight: School

Saskatchewan Physical Education Association

Since its inception in 2018, PLAYBuilder has been fundamentally shifting the manner in which sport and physical literacy organizations create, promote, and deliver their sport programming. Curious how PLAYBuilder can be an effective tool to your organization? Hear from our partner, Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) who have been using PLAYBuilder to provide quality sport deliverables to their community over the past year.

The Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) is a provincial not-for-profit organization who’s partnership with PLAYBuilder stems back to 2020. SPEA’s mission, to promote and support active healthy lifestyles through the development of physical education, recreation and sport at all levels of the educational system, lead them to seek an effective modern solution to their programming: PLAYBuilder. Reg, executive director at SPEA, emphasized the integration of physical literacy concepts within PLAYBuilder’s activities, as it “promotes lifelong physical activity and learning”.

“[PLAYBuilder] covers all the areas that you could ever think of in terms of being a physical educator and a coach.”

– Reg Leidl, Executive Director, SPEA

While the impacts of COVID-19 are felt across all systems, the education and sports sectors have faced a unique challenge in the delivery of programming to their audiences. Programmers required access to a digital solution where they could access, create, and store quality sport programming that could be delivered remotely. With over 600 activities already preloaded and the capacity to create entirely new content, SPEA saw the potential in PLAYBuilder to adequately address the needs of their community.

“When they [teachers] see PLAYBuilder in action, they realize they have something tangible they can use and it boosts their confidence.”

– Reg Leidl, Executive Director, SPEA

You can read more about Reg’s thoughts regarding PLAYBuilder here, or alternatively, watch our interview with Reg below:

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Access PLAYBuilder from your iPhone or iPad

You can easily access your quality programming from your mobile Apple device. It is just as intuitive to run your programming as it on your computer. In just a few simple steps, you can have an icon on your mobile device:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on Apple’s iOS, and go to https://playbuilderapp.com/
  2. Tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward
  3. Click add to home screen
  4. Customize the desired name of the shortcut and tap the add button

Watch this quick video for a step by step guide below.

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Creating Your Own Content on PLAYBuilder

While PLAYBuilder contains over 700 activities, 200 lesson plans, we recognize these may not directly address the needs of your organization. So, included within your subscription to PLAYBuilder is the option to create your own content tailored specifically to your organization’s physical literacy outcomes, age range, and sport. Before we get started, we recommend partners familiarize themselves with what collections, lesson plans, and activities are.

PLAYBuilder’s utilization of a highly intuitive content creation platform maximizes efficiency and reduces both frustration and anxiety. To begin creating your own content, we recommend watching this video to get a sneak peak on how this works:

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