The principle item of information for any game that you schedule is the sport that will be played. This article will first cover the most basic steps to create your sports – such as the level of competition, and the various officiating positions that you will need to assign for the sport – and then cover additional features about building sports.
To navigate to your Sports page, click on the Assigning tab, and then click on the Sports/Levels sub-tab. To begin creating your sport, click on the icon in the upper-left corner of your list of sports. This will direct you to the “Add Sports” page. The page is divided into three sections: Sport Details, Position Names in Sport, and Eligibility Period. For this part of the article, we will focus on the first two.
- Name: This will be the title of the sport that you are creating, as it will be displayed on your schedule. Generally, it is recommended to use the generic name of your sport, such as “High School Basketball,” or “Pony League Baseball,” but you can use any name that you might need for your group’s purposes.
- Generic Sport: Use the drop-down menu to select the generic name for your sport from the list provided. If your sport is not listed, you may select “Other” from the bottom of the list.
- Subsite Term: The subsite is the actual field of competition where the game is played. For example, if your generic sport is baseball, your subsite term might be “Diamond.” If you generic sport is Wrestling, your subsite term might be “Gym. ”
- Generic Levels: These help separate the specific levels of competition that your organization officiates for. The “Scholastic” level also synchronizes your sport with ArbiterGame users, so that your games correspond with the schedules of individual schools. You may select as many generic levels as apply to your sport. The types of generic levels are:
- Youth Recreation: Private or community club sports programs for youth under 18 years-old.
- Intramural: Recreational sports programs that are played within a specific organization, school, or business.
- Scholastic: School-based competitive sports programs which compete against other schools, with teams in any grade from kindergarten to 12th
- Collegiate: Competitive sports programs that compete at the college level, such as NCAA or NAIA-affiliated colleges and junior colleges.
- Professional: Commercial sports programs in which players compete as paid members of a sports team.
- Adult Recreation: Private or community club sports programs for adults.
Position Names in Sport
Part of building a sport is listing the kinds of officials that enforce the rules of the sport. For example, baseball has umpires, and soccer has referees, and basketball has both umpires and referees.
- Click on the icon to create position names for your sport.
- For the purpose of basic account creation, you only need to enter the name of the position, and then click the icon to save the information. For your sport, you do not need to create multiple position names with same name. You only need one position name that is “Referee” or “Line Judge.”
- Once you have created the position names you can add those positions to the levels, which you will create later. Use the and buttons to reorder the positions.
At this point, you have entered the minimum information necessary to move on with creating your account. Go ahead and click the Save button to return to your list of Sports.
These are additional settings that you can turn on for increased interaction in your sport.
- Affiliation: Many ArbiterSports user groups are affiliated with national and international governing bodies of sports. If the sport you are adding is affiliated with any such organization, you can select the appropriate organization from the drop-down menu. If you affiliation is not listed please feel free to contact ArbiterSports and request that it be added to the list.
- Share: This is a unique permission setting for the sport that will allow your officials to receive assignmnents for multiple sports on the same day. For example, you may have an official who referees a soccer game in the morning, and then referees a basketball game later that same afternoon.
- Change Level: This is another unique permission that applies to your contacts. Checking this box will allow you contacts to change the game level when adding or editing their own games. This can be useful when schools or club organizers have to resolve scheduling conflicts after an initial schedule has been created.
Position Names in Sport
When creating your position names, you can check boxes for certain rules that apply to the position:
- In Rotation: Allows you to rotate the position among the assigned officials on a game. This is useful for linked games, such as double-headers, where you may wish for officials to swap positions between games.
- Skip Count: This setting will tell the system to not count assignments for this position when assigning games. This is useful when you only care about equal distribution of assignments for one specific position, but not others in the same sport. For example, you may wish to equally distribute home plate assignments, but you don’t care about equal assignments for base assignments, so you should check the Skip Count box for the Base position name.
- Evaluator: Marks the position as an evaluator role. This can allow for additional rules regarding visibility, evaluations, and payroll.
- Visible to Official: Only active for evaluator positions. Allows the position and the assigned evaluator to be visible to other officials assigned to the game.
- Visible to Contact: Allows the position and the assigned evaluator to it to be visible to contacts who are attached to the game.
After you have saved your sport, you can come back and edit any of the information by clicking on the icon. You can then edit any information in your sport as needed. For position names, there is a separate icon that you can click on to access and edit the information.
After those entities have been deleted, navigate to the Assigning > Sports/Levels sub-tab. Once on the Sports page, deleted the sport by clicking on the red .
An alternative solution to deleting a sport is by renaming it to "Do Not Use" by clicking on the icon.
If the necessary entities have been deleted but the sport still will not delete, please contact our Support Department and request for us to remove any flag deleted Levels, Teams, and Games connected to that sport.