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iPhone App Pinpoints NCAA Venues

Jan. 23, 2011, 9 p.m. (ET)

It’s your first appointment to officiate at the University of XYZ. You go to the university website, put the address into Google maps, note drive time, printout the directions and head off with time to spare. Maybe you put the address into your GPS and dutifully follow the turn-by-turn directions as you drive to the big game. 

Just as predicted, you arrive at the gates to the University of XYZ right on time.

You ask a few students where the field is and have trouble finding any whom seem to even know what field hockey is let alone where the university's games are held. 

Finally, you find a security guard who gives you great directions to the field but it’s located on the North Campus, which is "over the river and through the woods" and a 30 to 40 minute drive. You look at your watch and see that the game is scheduled to start is in less than an hour just as the security guard innocently says, “Good luck finding parking when you get there.”

This doesn’t only happen the first time you’ve officiated a game at the University of XYZ, it can happen when an institution builds a new competition site in a different location on a campus you officiated at just last season. 

Although not quite the same issue on relatively small college campuses, not being able to easily find the competition site can still create unnecessary stress. It's like showing up for a game and thinking you forgot to bring your whistle -- until you check the pocket of your "other" fleece.

It’s the 21st Century; shouldn’t there be an easy way for an umpire to find a competition site on a college campus?

Enter rVenues and its iPhone app with the most complete and comprehensive directory of NCAA Division 1 sport venues in a series of easy-to-use sport specific mobile apps – including one for field hockey (priced at less than $5.00USD at press time).

In addition to the app for field hockey, rVenues has released Division I apps for Baseball, Softball and Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Soccer, and Tennis. The company lists as "coming soon" Men's and Women's Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, and Rowing.
rVenues was founded by devoted parents of a Division 1 athlete and a die-hard college sports fan who have experienced the anxiety of losing their way to an away game on an unfamiliar campus looking for the playing field or building. The apps should prove to helpful not only to umpires but also to fans of the visiting teams, coaches from other colleges who are on a scouting assignment, and team bus drivers! 
Though the company could not provide a firm release date for DII and DIII venues, they did say that DII and DIII field hockey programs are in the pipeline for approval from Apple. Also, releases for Android-based phones should happen before the end of March.

The field hockey app for the iPhone is available from Apple's iTunes.
To learn more about rVenures visit their website by clicking here.
This article is provided for informational purposes only. The provision of this information does not in any way suggest an endorsement or recommendation by USA Field Hockey. The opinions expressed in this article are not those of USA Field Hockey.