The current state of software tools in NJ HS fencing Nov 4, 2018 4:34:40 GMT
Post by jeduffey on Nov 4, 2018 4:34:40 GMT
_NJschoolsports for NJ.com, NJSIAA reporting
_Arbiter for referee scheduling
_Fencing Time HS for CBA tournaments and some dual meets
_Shutterfly Sharesites for roster, team calendar, future availability, and picture albums
_YouTube for videos
_Whatever you use for attendance
_Various spreadsheets for individual fencer stats
_And the NJSIAA website is stuck in the early 1990s; every rule set is posted as a link to a separate downloadable PDF, when it should be directly on the website with the PDF as an extra option. Nothing is natively
_more software and processes for every other task you try to handle
Arbiter is only really useful for the referees
Shutterfly is only somewhat useful, but not for attendance or good stats
Everything else is a total loss
In the larger national fencing community, USA Fencing is rapidly deteriorating askFRED and has eliminated 14meters through monopoly tactics with an inferior program.
This is ridiculous. The repitition alone is a waste of time and everyone of them is an extra opportunity to get it wrong, ie: typographical error.
If fencers are supposed to be some of the smartest athletes around, then we should be the group that leads NJ HS sports into a new way of getting all of this done in one package: more efficient, more effective, more complete, more automatic, quicker, less hassles, more data - live - less hassle
The top contenders are:
Wordpress + Sportspress Pro by ThemeBoy $200/year
Dick's Team Sports HQ by Blue Sombrero $free with ads
Feel free to add the ones you find and research
All of them accept payments, with some level of charge for the process, so you can take donations, rental fees, etc.
Most offer an option to sell team spirit wear.
Some offer background checks.
If we can get the main contenders researched quickly enough we could potentially pilot test this for the NJAC teams, including the Morris County Tournament. The end of year All Conference numbers would pretty much write themselves, as would the NJAC Champ teams, etc.