Improved Game Day Management

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During the 2013 season the USAFL is implementing a League Management System (LMS) to allow for more comprehensive data recording, including match and player information. The overall goal is to provide an online management solution for clubs to record their game data and make data collection more streamlined. The USAFL LMS replaces the player spreadsheet and is the only method by which players will be able to earn eligibility points to compete at the National Tournament.

“It’s 2013 and the USAFL is really looking to leave paper-based systems behind and improve our data capture and management methods” said USAFL President Andy Vanica.

All clubs are required to record player participation at both intersquad and intrasquad matches including metro games. Teams will be required to submit an online roster for all matches and this must be finalized within one week of the match being played.

Players must be registered and paid to receive National tournament eligibility points this year. If a player is not registered/paid within one week of the conclusion of any given game, they are not eligible to receive eligibility points for that game. We understand that often players will not be registered if they are playing their first game for a club, which is why there is a 1 week grace period.

The Southern California League will be testing the system starting this weekend to help iron out any kinks.

“We are excited to be part of the inaugural testing of the new system,” said San Diego Lions President and USAFL VP West, Brandon Blankenship. “This is definitely a step in the right direction for the USAFL. The LMS promises not only to improve record keeping from the league’s point of view, but also offers the potential to reduce administrative efforts required from each club by offering online tools to track player attendance and manage game sheets.  Kathryn Hogg has been hard at work developing a comprehensive system, and while the initial capabilities of the system will be limited to tracking player game attendance and match scores, we’ll be rolling out incremental updates to make game day management easier for all USAFL clubs,” he finished.

A web conference will be held in the near future for all club administrators to attend and learn more about using the system.  Any questions may be directed to USAFL Member-at-Large, Kathryn Hogg.

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