Tip of the Week: Tie-Patterns to Streamline League Scheduling

Demosphere understands that in the world of league scheduling, it is crucial to have robust and user-friendly tools to handle a variety of complex scenarios. We have created a proprietary tool we call a “tie pattern” to refer to the blueprint of how games for a specific division will be scheduled by the system. The tie pattern will determine the layout of scheduled games within a division across the game dates that have been entered into the system.

Demosphere has been building a robust library of tie patterns for many years to provide our clients with a great deal of pre-designed patterns. These can be easily assigned to a division to meet the scheduling needs for most events.

Tie-Patterns:

Each tie pattern has been carefully constructed to ensure a well balanced schedule with respect to team match ups, start times, home vs. away games and location for each team in the division across the entire season/event.

If you are taking advantage of Demosphere’s league scheduling tools, you can easily access the tie patterns that have been setup within your account. First, navigate to the Scheduling Administration element and click on the tie patterns link under the Setup section:

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Clone Library:

Furthermore, if you are in need of a unique tie pattern that is not listed, you can access the robust library by clicking on the “Clone Library”. Here is where you can find hundreds of tie patterns that have been previously setup to handle all kinds of league scheduling scenarios:

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The Clone Library houses the most requested tie patterns across all Demosphere clients. To find what you’re looking for, first enter the number of teams and/or games in the division to narrow the results. There is a brief description of each tie pattern to help you choose the best one for the division.

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If for any reason you don’t find what you’re looking for, please email support@demosphere.com. We can help you locate the best tie pattern and/or create a new one for you if needed!

Demosphere Tip of the Week: Scorekeeping and Team Advancement

Looking for the best workflow to handle scorekeeping and advance your teams to the next round of a tournament/event? Follow these easy steps below:

  1. Scorekeeping: First enter all scores for the first round of games using one of these options:
    1. Use the PhoneItIn mobile option (yourdomain/phoneitin), or call-in option, using the game # and season PIN. Generally, this is the best workflow for team admins reporting scores from the field.

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    2. Click “Edit all blank scores link” from the Scheduling Admin element to edit all scores at once. This is the typical workflow for Site Admins looking to update scores for all games:

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    3. Edit all scores for an entire division at once – this is a good option for either Site Admins or Division Managers:

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  2. Scorekeeping and Team Advancement: 

    Use the steps below to enter scores and advance teams to subsequent rounds:

    1. Click on Elements and choose Scheduling Administration
    2. Select your season
    3. Under the Audit Reports section, click on the Scorekeeping and Team Advance link:

      Team Advance
    4. Choose your age group.  The divisions in that age will load at the bottom of the screen.  You will see division names and a list of all game dates.  Each cell under the game date shows the number of games on that date (any value in parentheses lists the number of games missing scores).
    5. To enter scores for any game, click on the number for the game date in question, and the games on that date will load, with an option to enter scores:

      Team Advance
    6. To advance teams to the next round of play, click the blue plus sign next to the name of the placeholder in the schedule.

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      1. The system will make its best guess to pre-select the team for you from the dropdown.
      2. If the system cannot make a determination (ex. In the case of a “wildcard” placeholder) then you can select the appropriate team from full list of teams.
      3. If the system chooses the wrong team, then you can modify it by selecting the right team from the dropdown.
      4. Lastly, if any of the prior rounds have scores missing, the system will warn you and prompt you to enter all prior scores before advancing teams to the next round.
      5. Once you are satisfied with the selected teams press the Save button.
    7. Notes:
      1. Even if you have chosen a team and saved it, you can always use the blue plus sign again to replace it with a different choice for that placeholder as needed.
      2. The team advance feature does not automatically choose the team and update the information publicly until you verify that the prior scores have been entered properly. Similarly, you should confirm all tie-breakers have been taken into account (especially ones the system may not know about such as coin flip, PK’s etc). However, once you review and approve the teams, the schedule will be updated automatically on your public website upon saving the screen above.

Finally, if you need additional support, please contact the Demosphere Support Team:

Chat: accessed from your Admin dashboard
Email: support@demosphere.com
Phone: (800) 949-9440, Option 2

Discounts to Create? Demosphere Can Help!

Looking to provide registration discounts for your members? Demosphere can help! With Demosphere’s flexible online registration system, there are several options.

One option is to set up a discount code within the season settings. You can then communicate this code to members to enter during registration.  Another option is to create a unique discount for a specific player or family.  This option will automatically apply the discount during registration. 

The steps below outline how this process works:
  1. From the main dashboard, navigate to the RosterPro > Household Management tab. Search for the name of the household in question.  Click on the name of the household in the “Household Name” column to go the the Household’s profile:1
  2. While on the “Household Information & Members” tab, scroll down and click on the green “Add New Discount” button2
  3. Enter in the following items in the dialog screen:
    • Title – the name of the discount (this will appear on the registration receipt)
    • Amount – this will be the amount the household will receive off of their registration
    • Associated To (optional) – the member of the household to whom the discount should apply (if no member is chosen, the discount can be applied to any family member)
    • Remark (optional) – notes or details you’d like to document (this will appear on the registration receipt)
    • Season – choose the relevant season.  Please note, you must associate the discount with a particular season for it to apply.
    • Send email checkbox – check this box if you’d like to email a notification to the admin(s) of the household.3
  1. When the household registers for the selected season, the discount will be automatically applied to the registration.  The household will see it listed in step 2.7 and 5.1:

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Demosphere’s goal to create the most robust, customizable and user-friendly registration system for youth sports organizations. Contact us today to learn more: sales@demosphere.com!

WebWriter® Content Management System Improvements

With this week’s production release, Demosphere has made several usability enhancements to the WebWriter content management system for managing Demosphere youth sports websites. We’ve based these updates on feedback from our users:

Image and file management just got easier with the ability to delete multiple files at one time in the File Manager view. To use this feature, click in the checkboxes located next to each file name you want to remove and click the red Delete Checked Files button:

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Remove any unused calendar event tags in the WebWriter Events Calendar view by clicking on the red trash icon, located next to each Event Tag Filter located to the left of the full calendar view. Deleting an Event Tag will remove all associated events from the calendar and from all displays on the public website:

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Demosphere relies heavily on the feedback of our members to help ensure our products and services best meet the needs of our clients. Please be sure to provide any feedback/suggestions to us at support@blog.demosphere.com.

RosterPro® Online Player Registration System Improvements

With this week’s production release, Demosphere has made several usability improvements to the RosterPro online player registration system based on feedback from our users:

1. The display order of seasonal groupings in public registration will match the display order of the season structure that Admins setup for that season

2. When posting the donation only link/URL to your public website, it will direct users immediately to Step 4.1 of the public registration process, allowing members and sponsors to quickly and easily make donations to your organization Custom registration data fields

3. When adding/editing Custom Data fields to collect custom data from your membership, admins can now control both the display text, as well as the column header text for viewing the data in both Registration Management and Report Builder

 

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4. For any custom registration fee that is setup for a particular season, you can quickly view which groupings have been associated with that fee by clicking the orange grouping button under Fees and Discounts

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5. After creating any custom filters and/or configurations on a report using Report Builder, the settings will be saved so that you do not have to re-filter or reconfigure the report after the initial save, allowing admins to access their information as quickly as possible

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6. After a player has accepted an invitation for an “Invite Only” Season, Grouping, or Team; the Club Administrator has the ability to delete the invitation for the player so the invitation can be used for another player or resent to the same player for a different Season, Grouping, or Team

 

Demosphere relies heavily on the feedback of our members to help ensure our products and services best meet the needs of our clients. Please be sure to provide any feedback/suggestions to us at support@blog.demosphere.com.