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.
The program now supports club ranking for Aeon Cup (2 seniors and 1 junior) and top province (top 2 for each of seniors, juniors and novices) using results from BOTH competition A and B.
Since not everyone competes in competition B, these special team ranking reports have to be run from the competition A workbook. The program will import results directly from the competition B workbook. User guide will be enhanced.
At major GCG events, two laptops are usually used to enter scores. This is not a technical requirement but more a process requirement for control/audit purpose and as a ‘hot’ backup.
When we use live-score, we have another copy of scores stored online in a remote database server. When everything works perfectly, all scores should match. However, we had situations where there are discrepancies because of typos, missed updates after video reviews, intermittent internet connection problems, forgot to display the final score, etc.
In the past, as part of ‘best practices’, ranking reports are printed from each of the computer and manually matched before awards – it works but is labour intensive and stressful. Now, with this new feature, with the click of a button, the program will audit the main computer’s scores for any given level against the online database and/or a copy of the control workbook.