When live-score (http://www.score2u.com) was first made available, it was done for the Montreal World Cup around 2010. Since then, it has been used in GCG major events from Regionals up to nationals. It even reached as far as Estonia for Miss Valentine in the last couple of years.
Live score module is an optional extension of the standard scoring. So there is very little extra to learn except for learning the configuration and test of the internet hookup on location required to interface with the remote host. A stable internet connection is mandatory to have a stress free event.
Yes, there is an extra cost of $50 to use this optional extension beyond your standard scoring license. This per event cost is needed to cover for support, configuration, hosting, bandwidth and data storage. To ensure that we don’t hit any performance snags, I will only allow one to two events maximum per weekend. GCG events take priority and then whoever book first.
Aside from getting scores fed live to parents and fans, there are the following benefits:
- you can position a display monitor/TV whereever there is internet connection and not limited by cable length from the scoring computer. In some events in the US, I see that scores are re-entered into a powerpoint for display purpose and that means more risk of errors and more volunteers required.
- you raise the profile of your event and you can also link to your event / club page from the scoring panel
- coaches / parents / officials can access the scores anytime anywhere and not miss anything
- more information is available realtime, for example, to-the-minute ranking
Some lessor known features of live-score:
- It has a message component that allows you to say something like “Group routines will start 11AM PST” so that you can communicate to audiences local or remote.
- If you are familiar with html, this message can point to a logo for the event with a welcome message before the event starts
- If you have an event site (for example, at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championship, we used a horizontal iframe to ’embed’ the real time results of the event. With this feature, you can include standard headers and sponsors to results.
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After judges submit their scores, if the gap between panel judges exceed an acceptable gap, the panel meet to adjust or agree to have video review during the break. From a gymnast ranking perspective, the ‘final’ score is what is used for ranking. However, from a judges evaluation perspective, the judge should be evaluated using the originally entered score.
The program supports BOTH athlete ranking and judges evaluation by capturing BOTH scores. The most important step is to make sure the athlete is ranked properly. So the final-modified score is entered into the regular apparatus worksheet as normal. For the judge that has there has an ‘original submitted but discarded’ score, click Ctrl-Shift-O while the cursor is at the judge’s entry and the system will prompt you to enter the judge’s Original Score – this score will used ONLY for judges evaluation and will not be displayed anywhere.
Posting live score requires an internet connection. The connections available at the competition halls are restricted at best. At Western Regional Championship at SFU, it just happened that it is in an internet dead spot and the connection is not reliable. So the options are very limited, tether through a smart phone using someone’s data plan or use a 3G stick.
During the last Boxing day, I bought a 3G router (3G internet stick separate). With this router, one 3G stick can possibly drive the updates as well as the display.
At Elite Canada, some asked what is “competition A and B” and how does it affect national team ranking.
Competition A and B was introduced in 2011. Competition A is the normal AA competition. Competition B is similar to the old apparatus finals. However, not only does the top 8 of each apparatus gets to perform the specific apparatus they were ranked top 8, competition B includes the top 12 of the AA who will perform all 4 apparatus. The total scores from competition A and B gets added together for team ranking purposes. This is introduced so that an accidental error on day 1 will not kick you off the team – the top 12 athletes have to be consistently strong both days to be ranked to the top 10.
The competition rank at Elite Canada does not necessary translate to the national team ranking because approved medical exemptions must be included. Everything needs to be validated before being released.
Competition A and B are applicable for Elite Canada and Canadian Individual Championship ONLY.