If you ever find yourself in an endless maze of ‘reply all’ emails, as you slowly start to regret taking on the organizer’s role for your friends’ weekly game of b-ball, well, Huddlers is here to help.
Currently iPhone-only, Huddlers is a scheduling app for recreational athletes, and it’s striving to take the pain out of organizing just about any sport you care to imagine.
How it works
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When you first launch the app, you’ll choose your weapon (sport) of choice – there are twenty to choose from, and you can select up to five.
Then, you search for existing friends in the app, on Facebook or your address book. You can even connect with existing members you don’t know, if they happen to live in your locale.
You can then set up a new game, defining the location, date/time and who you’d like to invite to participate. The recipients indicate directly through the app whether they’re ‘in’ or ‘out’, with all invitees able to see the current opt-in rate.
You can also get directions from where you are to the location of the game, sync all matches to your calendar, and see upcoming games which are saved for posterity in the ‘past’ tab.
We’re told that future updates will reel in photo and video-sharing and, interestingly, fitness tracking through an integration with the Nike Fuel API and Jawbone Up AP. This could reveal vital stats to determine once and for all who does the most running on the badminton court.
However, one particularly interesting update that’s coming is the ability to collect and exchange money for sports directly through the app – so no more fiddling around for spare change, or sending that fifth follow-up email asking everyone to cough up.
It’s worth noting that there are other similar apps out there – there’s Teamer for starters which follows a subscription-based model, but it’s more aimed at individual sports teams rather than individual recreational athletes who may play lots of different activities with different people. There’s also Jogabo, which is a soccer-specific social network to help you find people to play with in your area.
Huddlers launched initially in Canada last month, having been in development in Toronto for more than a year. It’s now available to download globally, and if you like the sound of Huddlers but don’t have an iPhone, well, an Android version is also currently in the works.
Meanwhile, check out the official promo video below.
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