With poor service at events, how do you sync the data between the multiple scouters/drive coach reliably?
Cell service does make things easy. We have an USB LTE modem that we prefer to use, but at some events service is spotty. Excel and Sheets can both run offline, so data entry will work just fine. When you don’t have internet, getting the match strategy sheets to the drive team requires creativity. We’ve found two pretty reliable methods for getting the information to the people who need it…
First is using sneakernet. You could keep a portable printer in the stands. You already want power for a laptop, powering a printer is no harder. The coach can stop by the stands to pick up the printed sheet for the upcoming match, or you can have a runner take the printed sheet to them.
The second uses MMS. The data entry person can run a match report, take a picture of the screen, and send it to the drive coach. We’ve found MMS messages to be reliable even when there is poor cellular data service.