Mohammed Harris is the co-founder and CEO/COO of the CourtVision App. He is a molecular geneticist who earned three degrees from Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, and UMDNJ. He originally worked for a private genetics company called CymoGenDx, which was successfully acquired by a larger biotech company. From there he left the company to focus exclusively on the CourtVision App LLC. Harris explained that, “Long days and nights working on this venture were draining, but very rewarding because basketball is my true passion.”
CourtVision is an App that allows users to find, check-in, and schedule pick-up basketball games in advance.
We are uniting the basketball community in one dominant technological platform. It’s one of the largest databases for basketball courts, with more than 42,000 courts in the United States alone. This is very resourceful for people looking for courts to play pick-up. It’s also a social network that’s exclusively tailored for basketball players of all ages and athletic abilities. You can meet new players, make new friends, and search for more competition. There is a ranking system for players that will be integrated soon. Eventually, it will serve as a recruiting platform for high school, college, and professional athletes as well,
Harris also pointed out, “It’s free, always and forever!”
How safe is this app?
CourtVision is geared towards both adults and children, but to be used in different ways.
Adults, while exercising appropriate caution, can use the app to find and schedule pick-up games at local parks or facilities (gyms, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.).
CourtVision has taken risk and safety into account and there is a safety feature built in to the App. Users are not able to log into the App without having Facebook or Google credentials. “This is intentional because Facebook and Google have strict log-in criteria and requires that all IP addresses/credentials are tracked and saved. CourtVision does the same to ensure user-identity and security,” said Harris. Once being accepted through Facebook or Google Credentials, participants are able to provide additional information if they choose to: age, height, weight, and competitive level. Users should still proceed with the same caution they would while using any social media site.
Children, on the other hand, can use the system to find organized and supervised games at facilities, such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls’ Club. Additionally, parents are able to track that their children are where they say they are through this system. “The GPS that logs children into the gym/park they are spending time at is always in real-time, so users cannot cheat the system. If you are away from a facility for more than 1-2 minutes, you will automatically be checked out,” explained Harris.
Harris went on to explain, “The YMCA liked this feature because the directors can now monitor kids’ locations from a computer screen as well. We have partnered with YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs throughout New Jersey to integrate CourtVision Leagues into their branches. CourtVision bridges our player network to these facilities and aids in the entire organization of basketball leagues. We also take it one step further – these leagues integrate fitness trackers for players so that they can compete on more than one level. Now, all activity level is recorded as you play league games! This is how we are advancing the league structure of basketball with technology.”
- Proprietary geofencing and geolocation algorithms are used to accurately pinpoint users specifically at basketball courts.
- The creators are in the process of integrating fitness trackers (example: Nike+ Fuelband, Misfit Flash, Apple Watch, etc) so that all basketball fitness activity is logged into the CourtVision app.
- Mealprep for basketball players is loaded with information, such as how to eat clean and healthy with easy and cheap meals.
- Training for players, which includes workouts specifically for basketball players
- Motivational videos
- “Ballers of the World” project, which includes stories of various pick-up players all of the world of different races, religions, etc.
- Contests: Participants have the opportunity to enter contests and win great prizes (example: basketball sneakers, training equipment, clothing).
The “10,000 Hours” Challenge
For people unfamiliar with this term, Malcolm Gladwell shared in his book, Outliers, that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. In other words, it would take basketball players 10,000 hours to mastery the art of basketball. Harris built this concept into the app. “When players check-in to basketball courts their days/hours/minutes are all captured. They can accurately track how much time they spend at the basketball courts and other various detailed statistics. There is a global leaderboard for people to compete against each other in terms of how much time they are spending working on their games,” said Harris. In other words, compete against the world by showing how much time you spend at the courts.
CourtVision also donates back to communities and charities. They have donated basketballs to the YMCAs in New Jersey. They give scholarships to athletes who exemplify “Basketball, Fitness, and Academics.” For every 100 downloads of CourtVision, $1 is donated towards the CourtVision Cancer Foundation, to aid in cancer research for diagnostic medicine. You can read more about what CourtVision does for the community on CV Cares.