Monthly Archives: March 2015

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 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 (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.