The basketball season has started on the hardwood. While the Falcons are flying high on the court, a new technology allows fans to keep up on the action.
Notre Dame College basketball is using an application called “Team App” to offer all the information about the team and their season in one place and provide fan an interactive option for following the Falcons.
“During the games, contests will get people involved,” said Men’s basketball Assistant Coach Tim Baab. “The app will become more powerful with the more wins we get.”
The popularity of the tech is already growing. The team has started the season winning its first three games. A tough test awaits on Saturday when West Liberty comes to Notre Dame. The women Falcons tip off at 2 p.m.; the men begin at 4 p.m.
Students who sign up for the app by Dec. 1 will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win two tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game.
The front page for men’s squad NDC Basketball app has a team photograph and links that lead to news articles, the team’s schedule and more.
“I originally heard the idea of an app from (Notre Dame women’s soccer coach) Mike Shiels,” said “They have an app to communicate with their team.”
Baab said it took many hours and hard work to put everything in place and have the app ready to go for the opening game of the season. To get it done, he turned to Chuck Frate and Kam Holzendorf and let them take the reigns.
“The process started this fall,” Baab said. “Both Kam and Chuck have put in a lot of effort.”
For Frate, a senior at Notre Dame, it was a perfect opportunity to get real work experience and help the basketball team in the process. He is in charge of getting quotes from coaches and players and writing a pregame and postgame story for each contest. He also works on the team’s newly formed Twitter page.
“As a communication major, I knew I could help spread the word around campus by marketing the Team App,” Frate said. “I can use my writing skills to promote the team.”
Along with the stories Frate pens, the app has a link to a video of postgame interviews with players and coaches from each win and loss. The stories feature multiple quotes from players and statistics from the game.
Holzendorf, also a senior at Notre Dame, created the app page and the design. He is in charge of the event and chat pages.
Early in the season, he has used the app and social media to ask fans questions about the team in an attempt to interact with the students and others.
“The app was an idea from the coaches and an internship opportunity,” Holzendorf said. “I am working on the operations part of the app.”
Both Frate and Holzendorf are working to market the app on campus and to fans in the community. Signs have been posted all over Notre Dame directing Falcon enthusiasts to where they can learn about their hoops team.
Anyone can join the app by finding “Team App” in the app store on their smartphone. From there, the user can sign up and join NDC Basketball’s page. Fans also can follow the men’s basketball Twitter page @NDCMensBball.