How To Categorize Your Plays and Playbook

Written on April 23, 2009 at 8:26 am by Brian Manning

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After we talked about how to organize your playbook earlier this week, we focused mostly on creating and editing your categories.  We specifically talked about it from the point of view of a coach using our football software, but the same would apply if you use basketball playbook software or any other package of our software for coaches.

Our Cover 3 play has not been categorized: notice how there is no "Delete Category" button.

Our Base Cover 3 play has not been categorized: notice how there is no “Delete Category” button.

Now that you’ve created your categories, how do you use them?  How do they help your team?  You can use categories for documents, videos or plays, but we’re going to talk about how to use categories to organize your playbook.

Our first play selected, “Base Cover 3″ is not in a category.  When we create a new play, it is not in a category and has to be put into one.  You can also tell that it is not in a category because in the Manage Categories box on the right, there is an “Add Category” button, but no “Delete Category” button.

We’re going to take that play and just above the “Add Category” button, we’re going to select “Defense” and then press the button.

We've added Base Cover 3 to the "Defense" category.  Notice how the "Delete Category" button is visible now.

We’ve added Base Cover 3 to the “Defense” category. Notice how the “Delete Category” button is visible now.

Notice that there is now a “Delete Category” button.  This lets us remove something from a category if we want.

Below the Manage Categories box, there is another box: Browse by Categories.  This area is the heart and soul of categories and is very important as you add more and more plays to your online playbook software.

Right now we have ten plays for simplicity, but when you have one hundred plays or more in your playbook, categories are crucial.

We’re going to select “Defense” in the Browse by Categories area, and then press the “Get Plays in Categories” button.

There are all of the plays under "Defense" and only the plays under "Defense."

There are all of the plays under “Defense” and only the plays under “Defense.”

Now there are only two plays showing.  These are the plays that are under the category “Defense” and only the plays that are under that category.  This way, if your player is only looking for certain kinds of plays, he can quickly and easily find them.

To go back to the full, list, all we have to do is press the “All Plays” button, and all of the plays will show again.

What we can also do is select multiple categories at once.  This is where the true strength of OnePlaybook’s categories lie.

We’re going to search for both “Offense” and “Run Plays” by selecting both of those categories in the Browse by Categories area.  This will give us only plays that are filed under both categories.

Looking under "Offense" and "Run Plays" gives us one play that's categorized under both.

Looking under “Offense” and “Run Plays” gives us one play that’s categorized under both.

Our play Red Right Sweep Right is the only play that shows up because it is the only play filed under both “Offense” and “Run Plays.”

Going back to our football software example.  Say you’re offensive tackle logs into your OnePlaybook account.  He can go to your Plays tab and see all of your plays, but a lot of those don’t matter to him.

What he can do is look for all of your “Offense” plays or “Run Plays.”  Or he can look for “3rd and Long,” “Shotgun,” “Four Wide Receiver,” “Slide Protection” plays.  Now he gets a list of one or more plays that fit those criteria and quickly finds what he is looking for.

Categories are a very powerful feature that any coach can benefit immensely from.

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