Following and Connecting with Teams and Athletes

As an athlete, parent, or fan of a team, you'll get the best experience from AthleticAPP if you follow or connect with your team(s). If you're a fan of a particular athlete, you can follow that individual as well.

Connecting with Your Team

Connecting with your team is at the core of all AthleticAPP functions, and we recommend that all athletes and parents connect with their team. You must connect with your team in order to communicate with your teammates and coaches using the Conversations feature of the AthleticAPP. See Conversations in AthleticAPP for further details. Additionally, you must connect with your team in order to view team-only posts from your teammates, parents, or coaches. Finally, connecting with your team allows athletes to compete in virtual events as a member of their team, rather than unattached.

So what is it?

Connecting with your team is simply a process of connecting your athletic.net account with your spot on your team's roster. For example, it allows verification that the Athletic.net account owned by a John Smith is actually the same Johnny Smith who's on Central High School's roster. This is accomplished by the team's coach communicating a unique code to the athlete through an external means of communication that the coach is already using to communicate with the athlete. In our example above, the coach may already have Johnny's email address or phone number, or could simply share the team code with Johnny on a piece of paper at practice. Team parents can also connect with the team using the team code.

If you have a coach account on Athletic.net, you are already connected to your team via the app by default. Instructions for connecting team members to your team can be found at Connecting Athletes to Your Team Using the App.

How do I connect?

Connecting to your team involves both obtaining the team's code from a coach, and then entering the code into AthleticAPP. As an athlete or parent, you can simply request the team's code from your coach using whatever method of communication you desire. Alternatively, you can request access from within the app itself by following the team. Once you follow your team, your coaches will be alerted that you've requested the team code. To follow the team, see Following Your Favorite Teams and Athletes, below.

Once you've obtained your team's code, enter it into AthleticAPP. You can enter the code before you log in by tapping Have a code? from the login screen.

Alternatively, you can enter the code once you're logged in to the app. Tap your picture or initials at the top right of the screen to bring up the main menu. (If you don't see your initials or picture, tap the icon first.) From the main menu, tap Enter Team Code.

Following Your Favorite Teams and Athletes

If you're a fan of a particular athlete or team, you can follow them using AthleticAPP. Following a team or an athlete means you can see public posts by teams or athletes. These can include results, PRs, photos, or whatever else the athlete or team chooses to share. Additionally, in order for someone to start a one-on-one conversation with you using AthleticAPP, you must follow them first—unless you're both connected to the same team.

Whether you're following a team or an athlete, finding them works in the same manner. Tap the Search () icon at the bottom of the screen, and type the name of the team or athlete you're looking for.

Once you've found the team or athlete you're looking for, tap on the name to be taken to the profile or team page. If you're searching for a team, you'll need to select which sport you're looking for (Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, or Cross Country). Once you arrive on the team or athlete's profile page, tap Follow.

If you're following an athlete, tapping the Follow is all you need to do. If you're following a team, there will be one more step. Select your role with the team and choose which sports you'd like to be a part of.

The following roles are available:

  • Follower: If you're a follower, you can view public posts from the team and its members, and these posts will appear in the your personal feed. You will be unable to see team-only posts or communicate with coaches, parents or athletes unless a particular individual follows you.
  • Athlete: If you're an athlete, you'll be able to create private and group conversations with teammates, coaches, and parents. You'll also be able to create team-only posts, and enter virtual meets as a member of your team.
  • Parent: Parent team privileges are the same as Athlete privileges as described above, without the ability to register for virtual meets.
  • Coach: If you select coach, a message will be sent to current team coaches or Athletic.net administrative staff indicating you've requested access to the team. You'll receive further information via email.
If you select Athlete or Parent, you'll be added to the list of people requesting access to the team for coaching staff to approve or deny. The team's coaching staff will need to send you a team code to enter in the app before you can take advantage of the features listed above.


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