New in Version 8.0: Team Messaging and Push Notifications

Version 8.0 of the GameChanger Baseball & Softball app includes a new, highly requested tool to help teams operate more efficiently off-the-field, too. We call it Team Messaging.

Coaches, Team Managers, Parents, & Players can now send and receive messages directly from the GameChanger app. For free. Game cancelled? Practice moved indoors? Need help organizing rides home after practice? Team Messaging makes it easier for the entire team to stay on the same page. 

Or you can just use Team Messaging to share photos and videos from the game!

Here are few additional Team Messaging feature designed to help your team.

Custom Group Messaging

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Not all messages need to be sent to the whole Team Community. Sometimes you may need to message all the players, other times you may only want to message the pitchers. Or create a custom Group Message for your carpool group, rather than the entire team.

We’ve made Team Messaging as flexible as possible to accommodate the wide variety of communication needs between coaches, parents, and players.

Message Read Receipts

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There has been a schedule change. The team bus is now departing at 3:30pm instead of 3:45, so you send a Group Message to your players. It’s now 3:25 and you haven’t heard from several players. Read Receipts allow you see who has viewed the message and who hasn’t, so you’ll know if you need to move to a Plan B before it’s too late.

Send pictures & video

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Not all communication needs to be around logistics. Perhaps the most requested feature is the ability to share photos and video on GameChanger. Team Messaging makes it easy for parents and fans to share photos and videos from the game with the rest of the team.

Push Notifications Now Live

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Team Messaging and Game Alerts are a great way to keep your team community members up to date. Previously, fans were only able to receive alerts via email or SMS. Following a double-header, this either resulted in a cluttered email inbox or a never-ending stream of SMS messages.

We wanted to give you a better option heading into the 2017 season.

Push notifications give your team community members a more customizable and user friendly way to receive Team Messages and Game Alerts.

With Push Notifications, you can:

  • Customize your notifications with different alert styles to make sure you never miss a thing. `
  • Receive alerts on non 3G enabled devices, like an iPad or an iPod Touch.
  • Click directly from a team alert to the corresponding play, team announcement, or schedule update in the app

How to turn on Push Notifications

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If you’ve opened the app recently, this prompt may look familiar. If not, it will appear the next time you open the app. Be sure to tap “Turn On” to be able receive push notification from the GameChanger app.

For detailed instructions on how to change your device’s push notification styles and settings, click here.

CUSTOMIZABLE DELIVERY SETTINGS

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Some alerts are more urgent than others. Because of this, we made it easy for you to customize your delivery settings by Alert Type. Here’s how:

  1. Tap “Your Account” from the left sidebar
  2. Tap “Alert Delivery”
  3. Select each Alert Type to choose between Email or Push as your preferred delivery method.

If you prefer SMS to Push, you can always turn SMS alerts back on from your Alert Delivery settings in the GameChanger website.  Click here to learn how.

Currently Team Messaging and Push Notifications are only available on the iOS app. But Team Messaging and Scorekeeping will be coming to Android this spring. To sign up for early access to the GameChanger Android app, click here.

If you have any questions or feedback, let us know! Either comment below or email us at help@gc.com

-The GameChanger Team

  • Jack Nash

    I don’t see an option to enable these features within the Android mobile application. Am I missing something?

    • Hi Jack – Thanks for writing in. Currently Android users can only receive and reply to messages. Unfortunately, they are unable to create their own conversations, yet. Only iOS users can “start” a conversation at the moment. Within the next couple of weeks we will release a version that supports starting a message from Android devices.

      We’re working hard to get the android app to 100% feature parity. We’re making a lot of progress, so stay tuned for future updates.

    • David Kennedy

      Hi Jack–messaging is now available for Android! Make sure to install the latest version from the Google Play store. We are still working on push notifications for Android, but keep an eye out.

      Email us at help@gc.com if you have any questions.

  • Bill Strieber

    Is there a function that would allow for the players / or parents to RSVP for a practice?

    • HI Bill – Currently, there is not an RSVP feature, but we hope to add it soon. In the meantime, I recommend using the Team Messaging feature in the app. Admittedly, it’s not ideal, but at least you can start collecting all the replies from your team’s parents and players in one place.

      We appreciate the feature request. Keep ’em coming! We hope to bring you the RSVP feature in update down the road. Thanks for your patience!

      Best of luck the rest of the season.

      • David K

        Giving feedback as a coach, this missing feature should get your top priority in my opinion. I like the app & website, but a user friendly way for players to confirm, and coaches to track, their availability or lack thereof for practices and games is a noticeable loss compared to other team management options like Blue Sombrero and TeamSnap.

  • Justin Cole

    Can team messaging be done through the website at all? Or, is it only done within the app?

    • Hi Justin – Team Messaging is only available via our apps, either iOS or Android. Please let us know if there’s something you aren’t able to do via one of the apps? Thanks!

  • Jason

    Hello GC team! I love push notifications, but have found that I regularly miss updates if I have push notifications from multiple apps at the same time. Is it possible to put a number of alerts since last time the GC app has been opened on the GC icon? Like the unread email or voicemail notification numbers used by many other apps?

  • Tom Wisnasky

    I’m an avid GC user….ipad and when the battery cranks down, i’m an android mobile fan. What are the plans to be able to open a session (game) on iOS device, exit the session and open on Android?

    • Pete Spiewak

      Hey Tom! This is in our pipeline. I can’t give a precise estimate on when it will be ready, but we will be working on it in the coming months. Stay tuned!

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