My older sister is the ultimate soccer mom. Van. Kids. Sports. Her two oldest kids play every sport except bowling and track.
From soccer to baseball to basketball to swimming to tennis she’s always on the go, always dropping off and picking up. As a Mac mother how does she manage the constant demands and schedule changes? Thanks to her wonderful younger sister, it’s a breeze on her Mac.
Splendid City To The Rescue
iCal is a great little utility but it can’t handle the demands of practice, tournaments, games, and events for multiple family members and their teammates. For that, you need some extra firepower. I recommended that she try a specialized Mac app.
Most sports activities are managed by volunteers.
Volunteers, whether Mac or Windows PC users, need scheduling and management tools that are easy to use, effective, inexpensive, and bi-partisan (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Enter Splendid City, the Mac, Windows, and Linux utility that’s so good even a soccer mom can use it.
If you’ve ever, ever been in charge of scheduling team sports or activities, you know what a pain it can be. Not only do you have to put up with the details of schedules, you have to put up with kids’ parents. Splendid City gives schedulers and planners a way to sweat the details and avoid the social confrontations.
I Love Wizards
Wizards show up on Windows PC apps more than on Mac apps. Maybe it’s because Mac apps are usually easier to figure out. Whatever. Splendid City has a splendid wizard which lets you set up a whole season of activity, a tournament, a league, practice schedules, and any combination of dates and times.
The nitty gritty details are handled by the wizard. You fill in the blanks. The wizard spits out the details. Schedules can be generated automatically, and updated easily when one parent threatens bodily harm.
Leagues can be set up and managed, including team standings, special tie-breaker formulas, and even team rosters. Splendid City has built-in conflict checking and resolution parameters.
Even better, the app helps cut down personal conflicts by publishing all the details.
“Hey, the computer did it, so don’t argue with the coach or score keeper.”
Email and contact management is built in to Splendid City so maintaining contact with members and players is easy. The whole shebang can be uploaded to an official web site so everyone has access to the details.
Splendid City makes the complex management of teams, schedules, and events much easier to tolerate; almost, but not quite, fun. After all, anything involving kids and their parents is a recipe for confrontation.
Me? I’m just glad my kids can walk and mostly talk. I’m hoping senility sets in before I have to buy the official soccer mom badge.