Concentration Grid is a web/mobile device app implementation of a mental skills training exercise for students, athletes, coaches, sports performance/psychology staff, trainers, teachers, parents, etc. Use concentration grids a/k/a mental focus grids with student-athletes as a tool for assessment, development, practice/exercise of attention skills … and for competitive challenge and fun. Generate grids in varying sizes of between 3 and 14 columns/rows – small grids test speed/dexterity … larger grids exercise focus/attention skills. Convenient gameplay/replay. History tracking (time/performance data). Share feature is integrated with social media. Post and track best gridtimes at the leaderboard. Make self-development a daily habit. #concentrationgrid #challengeyourself concentrationgrid.com – concentrationgrid.net – tryconcentrationgrid.com
We began our enterprise several years ago with a very simple goal: To create a convenient way for students, athletes, coaches and others to use the mental focus grid exercise.
We coded our own implementation of the grid exercise based on the “on paper” grid game concept and our ideas. (This is a “family business” – dad and daughters … dad did the initial coding/gameplay engine while daughters designed logo and color selection and look/feel and some other features.)
We chose the name CONCENTRATION GRID for our implementation of the grid game and registered the domain name www.concentrationgrid.com in 2014.
In our implementation of the grid exercise, we decided to present grids in sizes from 3 columns/rows to 14 columns/rows – a total of 68 possible different grid sizes.
We came up with the idea of a “GRID ID” – a text string that would capture data from gameplay for users/players. The data in the GRID ID text string includes a count of the game (ID), the configuration and total size of the grid (columns, rows and grid units), the time to complete the grid (elapsed time), the numbers that were selected fastest and slowest, and the date/time of gameplay.
We used our initial version of the grid game with beta testers – including using as a school science fair project.
Then with some programming help from experts, we made a public introduction of our CONCENTRATION GRID game – first with free web gameplay and then as an app for mobile devices (Apple/iOS and Android).
Three years later we thank all of you who have supported us to this point. Our goal was and is to provide a quality experience for you with our CONCENTRATION GRID app/game.
Over the years, with thousands and thousands of games played, we have watched “grid masters” achieve times that astound … we have learned a lot. (We learned of our unfortunate mistake of not also reserving our domain name with an “s” on the end because someone took that “+s” domain and put up a site like ours – call us biased, but we think our implementation of mental focus grids is better).
We have modified and tinkered with the CONCENTRATION GRID game to make it more useful/user friendly and fun/entertaining. We made some changes to menus and added some functions … but we have held to our fundamental original choices – such as the “sheet of paper” look and feel for gameplay, not to include (distracting) ads, not to put a timer on the gameplay screen, etc.
We think the grid game is best presented with a simple-looking gameplay screen that looks like a sheet of paper (old school) … mental focus grids should be all about focus focus focus.
We integrated our app/game with social media – so that players could share their times with others (new school). Users/players can share their experience (and show off their best gridtimes) on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. – and can post their grid/gridtime to a leaderboard. (There is one leaderboard for each of the 68 different grid sizes.)
We noted benchmark gridtimes based on observations from gameplay … we invite feedback on the benchmark gridtimes.
And we added some undisclosed (“easter egg”) features (that we will disclose later). Can you figure out how to get a “hint” during gameplay?
We charge 99 cents for the CONCENTRATION GRID app (available for Apple/iOS devices, at Google Play/Amazon for Android devices and soon on the Microsoft app store) – which we think is a good value … web gameplay is free at www.tryconcentrationgrid.com
We have set up the possibility for sponsorship – interested sponsors can contact us … but no ads.
At the start of the venture, our vision was to implement a “community” site – with leaderboards and other information for users/players. The community site is in operation at www.concentrationgrid.net … users can post their grid/gridtimes to the leaderboard (immediately after gameplay or from the web later) and evaluate their progress in comparison with others (referencing benchmark gridtimes).
Our next planned effort is to add a competition/contest function at the community site – to help coaches, schools, teams and others run competitions/contests using the CONCENTRATION GRID exercise/game. That work is in development.