Gorou T founder and ceo mike rolih grew tired of watching coaches stop practice to signal in plays from the sideline while
players stood idly waiting for their next rep. He
decided to do something about it.
He created a wearable technology that gives
coaches an opportunity to communicate with
players in real time – without hand signals or
bullhorns. In 2016, GoRout provides coaches an
avenue to share their playbook, video replay,
coaching tips and more with players during
practice with the simple click of a button.
A coach simply programs his playbook and any
other useful coaching tips to GoRout Steel, and
then calls up plays during practice on a tablet.
Players then receive the live feed on a weather-protected wrist sleeve. The information provided
by the coach can be customized by position
so that each player is receiving coaching tips
pertinent to his role on the team.
“We learned right away that we had to be
diverse in what the coaches would want to do,”
Rolih said. “We had to design with a philosophy
that we don’t care what the coaches do inside
their system. It has to be adaptable to whatever
they want to do in terms of scheme.”
Coaches can import their playbook from
HUDL, use video or scan sketches plays. GoRout
is debuting FLIX this year, a product that will
allow coaches to film practice and then share the
video immediately with players as they discuss
“Teams can run a rep and instantly capture
those reps from any unlimited angle,” Rolih said.
“A coach can decide to review that rep for instant
on-field teaching without losing time.”
Making the most of practice time is the core
mission of GoRout, and Rolih’s research has
shown his company has been successful in
achieving it. Rolih had two teams demo his
product in 2014 before releasing it to the mass
market in 2015. In order to test for the way in
which GoRout made teams more efficient, Rolih
asked teams that were accustomed to using
GoRout to take a day off – going back to the
previous hand-signal methods.
GoRout is the only system that combines on-field wearable technology and real-time playmaking software that helps football teams
THE COACH’S NEW CONNECTION TO THE PLAYER
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