＜Management of practice＞
The Meiji University Rugby Club manages practice with only 7 coaches, coaches, and medical staff and 7 student staff, even though almost all of the 90 players practice on the field during the limited 90-minute weekday morning practice time when everyone can participate, depending on the time.
The student staff members work together to organize the practice location and players, and by using Buddycom, they can communicate immediately even if they are at different ends of the field, which leads to the creation of an environment to become the best university in Japan where coaches can immediately instruct players. This has led to the creation of an environment in which managers and coaches can immediately provide guidance to their players.
Although two medical staff members are present during practice, only one is available to deal with players who are practicing because some players are in rehabilitation. With only one medical staff member on duty, it was difficult to monitor all the players practicing, and there were times when we would inevitably miss something and not be able to get to them immediately if something happened.
By having the medical staff and student staff work together via Buddycom, we are able to keep an eye on every corner of the field and communicate the current status of the players in real time, allowing us to respond more quickly to any injuries.
Meiji University conducts morning practices, which are short and limited in time (6:30~8:00). In the course of running these practices, Buddycom is used like an intercom to designate where the players will be watered and where the next practice will be held, which allows the practices to run smoothly.
Previously, when an injury occurred during a rugby team practice, a student staff member had to call the medical staff at a distance in a loud voice. We also had a staff meeting before morning practice began, but because Buddycom allows us to talk to each other wherever we are, we no longer have to assemble, which gives us more time and makes for a productive 90 minutes each day.
In addition to the smooth audio quality, Buddycom also allows us to save the conversation as text on the smartphone app screen, so we can check it again in case we missed something.
In addition, we use an earpiece type of Bluetooth microphone with function button (MKI-P3) as a peripheral device, which is very easy to use for staff members who are constantly moving during practice because the cord does not get caught or the earphones do not fall out of their ears.
The previous earphone microphone for the intercom application was a bit heavy, and when I put it in my ear, I had to float it a bit to avoid ear pain.
The Meiji University Rugby Club is training to become the best in Japan, and at the same time, we not only practice on a daily basis, but also hold events sponsored by the rugby club that contribute to the local community.
During events, we are so busy setting up stalls and directing customers that it is difficult to make phone calls, so we would like to use Buddycom as a communication tool among our staff in the future.
KamitoriMeiji University Rugby Club, Director
KobayashiMeiji University Rugby Club, Lead and Student Coach
NishikawaMeiji University Rugby Club, Trainer