We love kids, we love sport, we love families. But we must admit, even we didn’t quite appreciate just how many different types of families there are. And I don’t mean ‘good’ families vs ‘bad’ ( lucky we’re all perfect right? ); I just mean the amazing variety of roles and responsibilities within families. Super mums, super dads, super step parents and grand parents and everything in between.
So a little while ago, we put on our super nerd thinking hat ( it’s a thing, go with me – kinda like Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat, but without the magic. Or the castle. Or the…crikey I’m off topic. ), and decided that no matter how your family worked – we needed to support it. Some families it’s Mum in charge. Sometimes it’s Dad. Sometimes it’s a 50/50 equal split. And sometimes the kids are older, and they want their own space; and are responsible for their own schedule. You know – except for when they forget; and then that was your responsibility. So our super nerd hat told us ; “Teamstuff must support the way each family works, and not make life harder for them.”
And so we did. You always obey talking hats. OK, so in the real world, what on earth does that mean? It means we’re 100% fine with any, and all of the following scenarios;
- One parent doing all the heavy lifting. Might just share login details with the other parent, this is the basic model we’ve always had.
- Two ‘together’ parents, each with their own login, sharing the same kids. So now, both parents can have full access to the same child ( like in the real world ) – each with their own login, email preferences, access to calendars etc.
- Two ‘separated’ parents, each with their own login. They share access to their kids details, but NO access to each others. Some separations are harder than others, we preserve privacy in these ones.
- OK, how about a parent sharing access to their kids schedule with their spouse?And a grandparent too? Yep, we can do that; a child schedule can be shared with as many adults as you need to.
- What about sharing the schedule with your teenager? Maybe they want their own login, but you want to have access too to their game and training schedule. Yep – nailed that too. Again , parent + kid get their own login, so they get their own account preferences.
- Family Schedule Page. A web based schedule you can share with close families and friends. This doesn’t give full access or a login – just the knowledge of who is playing where and when. Perfect for grandparents!
- How about transferring a kid from you to another parent? Yep. Got that handled too – just in case the ‘wrong’ parent gets invited to a team. No dramas.
- Team manager invites Mum, but it’s Dad whose account you’re using for teamstuff. No worries – when you receive the invitation, Mum can redirect the invite to Dad. All sorted.
So we think we’ve got all the family configurations covered. It’s totally flexible – and it should work the way your family works. Now before someone asks, a valid family option is not Blackberry. That’s just a technology choice, and it’s not one that many people are still making. Sorry Blackberry users.
OK, how do you do it?
It’s pretty simple – you just share a kid’s profile from teamstuff with your loved ones/grand parents/ via their email address. It is seriously too easy.
So let’s say that I Coach, have a wife and a child. I know, it seems unlikely with my current ramblings about talking hats, but again – in teamstuff land this might look like the following;
So if I want to share ‘Little Coach’ with my wife, then it’s as easy as;
On the web, login and find the profile of the child you want to share. Expand it, then click on the icons on the right ( trying to represent parents ). This is the shared access area – showing you who is sharing this schedule. Remember – it’s child by child – so the above example is showing who has access to my child “Little Coach” ; and it’s just me.
Click on the ‘share’ icon on the left – its circled in red. The one under that is ‘transfer. The transfer option, as it suggests allows you to move a child’s schedule from one adult to another. But in this case we both want the schedule, so it’s the top icon we press – the sharing.
Enter the email account of the person you want to share with. Can be a current teamstuff user or not; no problem. They will get an email to accept the child’s schedule; and we’ll take them through the sign up or login process.
And that’s it. Whether you’re sharing with another parent, grand parent or sharing the schedule to your child themselves – that’s how easy it is. If you know their email, then you can share.
And at the end of it – this is what it looks like.
Note that both I and ‘wife of coach’ have exactly the same access rights to the child’s schedule. We can both accept or decline a game. Or change the child’s name, or team number. We both get emails, and game reminders. And duties.
So with this recent change, we’re pretty sure we have families covered. No matter how you get your family stuff arranged, we’re here for you.
Lastly – next time you’re talking to the extended family about who’s playing where…take a look at the Family Schedule Page in your account settings. This awesome and super handy feature allows you to publish a schedule directly to the web. Up to date all the time ; which child, where and when. Makes the life of supportive grandparents ( and don’t we thank our lucky stars for supportive family ) so much easier.
Lastly – once again – our aim is to remove the admin burden from overworked coaches and team managers. So it’s the parents themselves that set this up, not the coach, not the team manager. Invite people in using one and only one email address; and let your parents do the rest for themselves. I know. Sweet!