If you are a pickleball junkie you may periodically search the app stores for the latest pickleball app. If you are a pickleball tournament junkie, make sure you download this one.
Pickleball Tournament App
I first learned about Pickleball TNT (Tournament Networking and Tracking) when I saw a post on Facebook. Having seen the success of the Pickleball 2 Play app I decided to take a look and then contacted one of the developers, Mila Sayre-Santos, for more information. I asked how she came to develop an app:
I have a friend who searches for Pickleball tournaments everyday. I was frustrated because I was missing tournaments and it took too long to find the information I wanted. I’m a school bus driver and wondered one day, “who has the time to search for Pickleball tournaments everyday?” I hate technology and want to throw the computer out the window every time I get on it. Plus, there were a lot of small tournaments that I missed because they were not on the larger Pickleball websites. I know computers can do a lot of amazing things and figured it should be able to notify me if there is a new Pickleball event. I decided to google “app developers”. I hoodwinked Holly Rea and Michell Cook into helping me with my plan. Both Holly and Michell are a valuable asset to the team. Each of us has our own skill set to help make the app better. It has been a long, complicated, uphill, curvy road. With the help of Holly and Michell, we made our combined ideas a reality. I never thought I would see it completed. We are still working on fixing little kinks. None of us really understood the complexity of making an app. All three of us are still learning.
Since I knew other apps pulled data from existing web databases, I asked if they pulled data from pickleballtournaments.com:
We do not pull data from the Pickleballtournaments.com website. The events in our app are entered by the coaches, users and tournament directors themselves. We get Pickleball events a multitude of ways. The three of us are on different email lists. We’ve been asked by a few directors to post their events. Sometimes, we see an event on Facebook and post it. Ideally, we want directors to be able to post their own events. They know their event information better than we do. One reason we created the app was to help director’s advertise their events, fill brackets sooner and make their event more diversified. We tend to play the same people over and over. With notifying more players outside of their immediate area you can pull people from different areas within and outside of the state.
While I spent most of my career in computer sales, I spent about 2 years as a Product Manager. I know for a fact that the programming manager cringed every time he saw me walk into his office as I offered an endless supply of feature enhancements. I asked the first question everyone asks, when will an Android version be available?
The Android version is almost done. This project that was supposed to take 2 months has taken about 8. I can’t put an exact date, but hopefully in the next month.