CAMERON PARK, Calif. –
MaxPreps, the leader in high school sports and a CBS Sports Digital site, launched a brand new mobile app today, Teams by MaxPreps
. Designed specifically for high school coaches, the Teams app improves the high school sports experience by connecting staff, parents and student-athletes in a private community. Available for both iOS and Android, this free app is the newest addition to a suite of services that MaxPreps provides to high school sports communities throughout the country.
A key feature of the Teams app is individual privacy protection. With a focus on inter-team communications, the Teams app will ensure secure in-app communication without the need to share any personal contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses. Earning high praise from administrators, the Teams app provides an extra layer of protection to all users.
Another special communication feature will prevent users from getting overwhelmed with messages. Specific topics can be managed in unique conversations, so arranging a carpool for the upcoming tournament doesn't get mixed in with sharing position-specific practice times or ordering t-shirts. All communication will automatically include read receipts, giving the coach or team communicator the peace of mind that their message has been seen and received.
Beyond the team communication benefits, the Teams app reduces the stress on coaches by allowing them to manage permissions within their team community. App users can now be given specific access to update sports information and/or manage team communication. For example, coaches can allow a parent to manage communication without editing player stats.
"MaxPreps thrives due to the commitment of high school coaches to share their team's sports information," MaxPreps founder and president Andy Beal said. "We owe it to coaches to provide them with the tools they need to make them more efficient and give them more time to do what they really love – coach their teams."Teams by MaxPreps includes the following features:
• 100 percent free
• Privacy protection with no personal phone or email sharing
• Direct and group messaging, including read receipts
• App notifications for team updates
• Permission-based access
• Calendar syncing to mobile phones
• Roster and schedule management
• Score and stat entry tools
Coaches that already use MP Coach, MaxPreps' existing coach-only mobile app, will be upgraded the next time they update their app. New coaches can download the Teams app from iTunes and Google Play stores.
For more information about the Teams app, please visit: MaxPreps.com/TeamsAbout MaxPrepsMaxPreps is America's source for high school sports, dedicated to covering every team, every game and every player. MaxPreps partners with nearly 200,000 coaches throughout America. Founded in August 2002, MaxPreps.com is headquartered in Cameron Park, California and is a unit of CBS Interactive. For more information about MaxPreps.com and for the latest high school sports news, scores, and expert analysis, please visit www.maxpreps.com. For more information about CBS Interactive, visit www.cbsinteractive.com.For more information, contact: