How did you come up with the idea of SportChirp?
In a time where consumers wouldn’t invest $1,000 in a TV without reading reports about the product, it just makes sense for there to be a site dedicated to reviewing companies for job seekers.
That’s how SportChirp came to be. Founder and CEO Chase Hawkins was researching potential employers a few years ago when a thought struck him: The world of athletics needs something similar to a Glassdoor model.
Validating your decisions is a default. The No. 1 driving factor behind the review system is that everyone has a bad experience with one thing or another. They try to avoid further dissatisfaction by making educated decisions. Why doesn’t a similar model exist in the world of sports?
What is your target market?
While we offer a platform for athletes, parents and coaches involved at any level of play to take advantage of our site, we believe our true target market is athletes in middle and high school. SportChirp is unique in that it offers parents and their athletes a bevy of information about the teams, coaches and organizations they may deal with in the future. If your ultimate goal is landing a college scholarship, then you can use SportChirp to navigate your way to that level by finding the right teams, organizations and coaches who will help you reach that goal.
Our goal is to provide you up-front content about these places and people in order for you and/or your athlete to develop the skills you need to succeed. We don’t want you to jump into something without learning about it. We want you to make a sound decision about your athletic career.
Are the reviews anonymous?
Yes, reviews are 100 percent anonymous. You do not have to publish your name to leave a review.
Is this a social site?
As much as career development sites are social, we are too. SportChirp isn’t just a place for you to read and write reviews. It’s a place for you to connect with teams, coaches and organizations — and other athletes just like you! We want to build a community where users can recommend teams, athletes, coaches and organizations to each other. We want to foster an environment where people in similar points in their career can join forces and work together.
Is the site free?
To make things plain and simple, yes, 100 percent free!
How can I help?
The No. 1 thing you can do is leave a review. Whether you sign up with SportChirp or not, reviews drive the functionality of our site. We want to know what you think about whatever teams, coaches and organizations you’ve worked with so that people looking to work with them can get an idea of what they’re getting into. Be 100 percent honest and constructive while you’re at it. Your opinion will matter to readers.
If you do sign up, you can use this site to network. Connect with people you think might be interested in our site and bring them here! The likelihood is they’ll love it just as much as you do.
And spread the word in other ways, too. Share our blogs and other social media postings. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and recommend our profiles to people in your personal network.
How will SportChirp be different than what’s out there today?
We know what it’s like to be on the other side of the negotiation table. Teams, coaches and organizations who are recruiting you have all the information about you as an athlete thanks to some sites where you can showcase your talents. But on the flip side, as the athlete (and as a parent), you don’t have any information about the teams, coaches and organizations you might deal with — and that’s why we’re making a difference.
We’re flipping the world of athletics on its head by providing you content that will enable you to make the best decision for your athletic career. By leaving reviews, users provide an athlete’s, parent’s or coach’s perspective on a particular team. You’ll get a first-person account of what it’s like to be involved with those entities. That information will help you decide whether or not to pursue an opportunity there.
Is SportChirp across all levels?
We’re not just talking about the high school to college transition here. We want everyone at any athletic level to be involved. If you’re a parent looking for a team for your 5-year-old, you’ll find reviews about youth leagues in your area. If you’re an adult looking for a group of people to bike or run with every Saturday, you’ll find groups for whatever hobby you enjoy in your spare time. If you’re trying to break into higher ranks, you’ll find opportunities for you to pursue as well.