main challenge of the Sportscoach website prototype was to provide
on-line sports coaching for a mainly younger audience. The site
also had to include a forum, listings of local sports related information
and clubs from around the country, information for teachers and
schools, shopping facilities, and other content, and this would
all have to be incorporated into a package that would appeal to
It was decided to base the site on the Macromedia Flash technology,
but using QuickTime and HTML when appropriate to do so. Flash allowed
us to create the animated coaching techniques integral to the site.
Users can choose to play the animations in real-time, or step through
with captions and detailed photographs that highlight important
points of the particular skill being taught.
The window was a fixed size of 800x480, split into three horizontal
frames. The content for the first two frames was created in Flash
and would remain constant throughout the site. The top frame contains
the Sportscoach logo and space for the main sponsor advertising.
The second frame contains a row of buttons that provide the user
with 'one click' access to the main areas of the site at all times.
The third and largest frame holds the sites 'content' which can
be Flash, QuickTime or HTML depending on the page.