More Teams Turning To TeamBuildr For Training During Shutdown
Shutdowns across the country have dramatically boosted TeamBuildr’s business selling online strength and conditioning software. TeamBuildr has partnered with pro and college teams since it was founded in ‘14, but more organizations than ever before are showing interest in the platform. TeamBuildr co-Founder & CEO Hewitt Tomlin said it is “undoubtedly the busiest we've ever been.” TeamBuildr can see 250 free 14-day trial sign-ups any given month, but the last 30 days have brought over 1,000. TeamBuildr has extended the length of all of them to April 30. Tomlin said, “People have purchased it out of necessity anyway, and then I expect after April, we should see an even bigger bump.” TeamBuildr is hiring more staff, with the new business being welcomed. “People who used to never talk to us are now reaching out,” Tomlin said, pointing to Ohio State football, which signed on this month. Despite their vast resources, the Buckeyes still felt they needed help communicating once their normal routine was broken up, Tomlin said. Annual contracts with Teambuilder can cost between $500-2,000. Tomlin said most are one-year deals, with the goal of striking long-term contracts after the initial 12 months. TeamBuildr’s business breakdown is about 25% pro teams/college athletic departments, 25% training facilities and 50% high schools.
STAYING IN TOUCH: Teams like the MLB Cardinals, which have been using TeamBuildr’s app to connect trainers and players for seven years, have easily pivoted to making sure players stay in shape remotely. Cardinals Strength & Conditioning coach Lance Thomason said, “We just started putting stuff together, started brainstorming what we’re going to do. … We had the experience using TeamBuildr in the offseason so it was just kind of like a reset.” For baseball teams, TeamBuildr helps get the entire organization, from the majors throughout the minors, on the same page. The Rangers are entering their third year using TeamBuildr, and Strength & Conditioning coach Jose Vazquez said, “Everyone knows in baseball that the hardest thing to do is to communicate with the players, whether it's remotely or face-to-face. This is another way to communicate with the players, keep track of what they're doing (and) have a frame of reference.”