iCal calendars are great, because they allow you to share your training schedule with your players, their parents and a lot more.
In this article you will learn:
- What is an iCal Calendar?
- How to add a iCal Calendar into your Calendar App
- The differences between the different Calendar Feeds
- How to create a specific Calendar feed for your team
What is an iCal Calendar?
iCal Calendars are public calendars, which can be added to most calendar apps. The general term is "subscribe to a calendar". In Sportlyzer we use public calendars to help share training schedules with your club members.
Here are some examples:
- Share it with the parents
Parents can subscribe to the training schedule of their children. It doesn't matter how many children you have. Just add and subscribe to each and one of them (you can even share the calendar with your grandparents).
- Share it with the athletes and players
Teenagers which smartphones can subscribe to their calendars on their own and give the coach a notice of when they cannot come to the next workout.
- Use it for your coaching
You can add all your workouts, events, competitions to your private calendar.
- Use it to share your competition calendar with the public
Create a public calendar so others can subscribe to all competitions and never miss a game of your Team.
How to add a iCal Calendar into your Calendar App
If you have your iCal Calendar link you only have to open your favorite Calendar App and subscribe to that link. Subscribing to a calendar ensures, that your app will keep your training schedule automatically synced.
Here are some links that you can click on, which show you how to subscribe to an iCal Calendar in the most popular Calendar Apps:
NB! The sync cycle depends on your calendar app, which may vary from a couple of hours up or sometimes longer. After an event in Sportlyzer is changed you still have to wait till your calendar app syncs with Sportlyzer to see the change yourself.
The differences between the different Calendars
Currently there are 3 different types of Calendars that you can subscribe to. Each of them has its own purpose. Pick one that suits your needs best.
- Public Club/Team Calendar
If you want to share the Calendar with a lot of people you should use this calendar. You can choose which training groups or types of events to include in that Calendar.
- Personal training schedule
Each member of your club has his or her own training schedule. Subscribing to that schedule will not only give them up-to-date information, but also allow them to mark their availability for these events. Each event includes a link to the availability page for that specific member. The best part – the members don’t even have to register to use this.
- Coaching schedule
Just like each member has his or her training schedule, each coach has his/her coaching schedule. Subscribe to this calendar if you want to add all workouts and events to your personal calendar. We also add a link to the mobile and web app for easy access so you can go and edit some information in the app if you need to.
How to create a specific Calendar for your Team
In order to get the link for a specific Calendar you need to go to the “Calendar” page and click on “Share”, which is located right next to the “Add” button.
First select the type of calendar you need, then copy the link, open your Calendar App and subscribe to it.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help with integration. We know this will make your life easier!