Category Archives: Scoring

Best practices

Best practices

If you use just the basic scoring program without live scoring:

  • Do you know that the program has the ability to generate test scores for every level as well as to queue them for display? This feature is important especially when you are training volunteers to set up for finals (i.e. Comp A and B, Ontario’s qualifier 1 & 2 or Special O events where scores get carried over from qualifier to the main event).
  • At least one person within the scoring team needs to understand the reports (not just how to produce it but the meaning and significance of the scores). I usually call this the sanity check. Computers are great in speeding up things but when it make mistakes, it make BIG mistakes. I remember a few years back, when we first ran the program in Quebec at Elite Canada, a gross configuration/interpretation error at the program (i.e. 16,10 was interpreted as 16,100).
  • I saw some scorers still hiding unused columns one at a time, you can tailor to the view you like by using “View” options under “Special” tab. The options and button is highlighted in blue in the diagram on the right.
  • Do let the system randomize, assign athlete ID and create the rotation instead of manually trying to do your own. It is a huge time saver.
  • Do create a PDF of your athlete list and send it out for validation. It is easier for coaches to spot problems than just one person. Adding athletes during an event is a headache and creates a lot more work.

Live scoring gives you flexibility on where scores can be displayed (as long as there is internet connection) For example, one display facing the judges, another facing the audiences and then one display in the training hall.

If you use Live Scoring:

  • When we started, we only targeted score2u.com as an optional feature. As the internet technology matures, people start to expect it to be available as well as official without errors. It is very important to keep the scores current on the webserver. Use the AA results to do an audit at the end of the day.
  • Do wait for the score to show up on the browser before closing the local display window. This will make sure that ALL scores get to the webserver instead of trying to trouble shoot and scramble later.
  • If you are using live scoring, make sure you have a good stable internet connection. Sharing totally-open WIFI with the public (and potentially live streaming of video of the event) does not work well.
  • Live score display is getting more popular and with more eyes, problems get spotted almost right away, from spelling, level, missing athlete to calculation errors. Live score is an option you can purchase or top of your basic scoring license.
  • Do use the message feature of score2u.com. (As highlighted in green in the picture on the right)
  • If you correct a score, all you have to do is to re-queue AND re-display that specific score.
  • If you change anything about an athlete, do remember to “refresh the athlete list” on the webserver.
  • It is okay to test and train but do remember to update to cleanup afterwards. You also have the option to hide an event from the public as well.

Pacific Rim – number of computers

Pacific Rim – number of computers


At 2014 Pacific Rim with “live scores”, each of the computers play a different role:

  1. Secretarial / control computer – this is usually placed at the head judge table and is the place for the initial score entry. Judges chits are collected and collated by panel and judge number, gaps are checked. The calculated total gets written on the top-right corner of the top sheet of the stapled stack.
  2. Main computer– this is the main computer where scores are double checked, finalized and displayed. This table caught errors like data entry, misinterpreted scores because of handwriting, missing deductions, penalty versus final scores and more. It is essential to have this dual entry process on major competitions.
  3. Main display At Pacific Rim, we used only one computer to drive 2 large monitors – one aimed towards the judges and the other towards the audiences. They used an audio-video matrix switch that allows “splitting/switching” signals to multiple TV/screens. Furthermore, they use hdmi-ethernet extender to get the signals go from one end of the carpet to another. If you do not have such extenders and switches, you have to pair each display with its own display driving laptop.
  4. Music – this is the computer where all the competition music are stored on the hard drive and played. Furthermore, this was used to play the national anthems and march out during one of the award ceremonies.
    Not all computers are equal, it should be fine as long as you do not use a bottom of the line net-book or tablet. It has to have Microsoft Office.
  5. Warm up area for score inquiries and display – for coaches, there is a limited time window to file a protest. If the coaches cannot see the scores at the warm up gym, it makes it almost impossible to keep within the window. Where there is live scores, people can check scores via their smart phones. At international competitions, it is not reasonable to assume coaches to have internet access.
  6. Video review – this was never used at Pacific Rim but it was configured and ready to be used. Know how your video’s are captured and make sure you have the right connections / card reader to facilitate this. At Pacific Rim, videos are captured and tagged by ViaSport Productions and so this computer requires internet access.
  7. Backup – it is always a good idea to have a backup computer. Actually we did need to replace one of the computers at the event.

Only the main computer, the main display computer and the display inside the warmup area requires internet access. Video review also requires internet access in this instance. USB stick is used for shuttling files if and when needed for all the other computers.