I am definitely intrigued to have the integrated brackets, but I am quite lost on how administrators can track/manage the total number of teams and the score/team rankings once the tournament begins. On a side note, I was thrilled to see that we could modify the scoring, as we have been using Fibonacci with Yahoo for the last few years.
- How do admins link students to register? (We traditionally use links and qr codes that send students directly to registration.) After testing team creation, all I can see is "View Bracket" which leads to an empty bracket and settings, which leads to scoring scoring totals.
- How do admins see which students have registered? (Especially for participation statistics.)
- How do admins delete students that have registered? (We are not permitted to allow athletes to participate.)
- How do admins modify team names? (Inappropriate names are always an issue.)
- How do admins and students access the scores/rankings once the tournament begins?
Not trying to be a pain, but I would really like to finalize our March Madness marketing...
A touchy subject every year. We try to walk a fine line, but lately we have been forced to deny team names much more often. Students are always looking to find a way to sneak in a less than savory name, some are just more subtle than others. I really like the guidelines you have, and with your permission I would like to adopt the list with a few modifications for our needs.
Currently we try to be a little lenient if the team name is clever and corresponds to the sport at hand. There will always be judgment calls, but we try to allow some leeway to encourage creativity. Obviously the pitfall with showing any flexibility is some students will take it as a challenge to push your limits with each submission.
The following are names that were permitted, but certainly pushed the limits. They were relevant to the corresponding sport, so we chose to allow them:
"Sets on the Beach" Volleyball
"Crazy Pitches" Wiffleball
"Turn your head & Coughlin" Flag
"The Master Batters" 16" Softball
Other occurrences we simply modify the team name to fit our guidelines:
"Pull my Ditka" changed to " Ditka"
"Cunning Stunts" changed to "Stunts"
We strictly use the free agent list through IMLeagues. Unfortunately many times we have to step in to help place them on teams. Traditionally we will send an email out the day before registration ends, asking teams to consider adding one or two of the available free agents. Other times I will call or message captains that are more open to the idea of adding free agents. Sometimes teams need a little coaxing, so we will offer small incentives like a full season of early games.
While creating free agent teams can occasionally be successful, we find that teams created strictly from the free agent pool are usually problematic. Dramatically more forfeits and lackluster attendance. All too often they are "just excited to play" until they realize the team is outmatched in skill, and that they lack leadership to keep people showing up.
My suggestion is to encourage free agents to create a team, invite 1 or 2 friends and then try to fill their remaining roster with other free agents. This way the team has a specific leader and an identity.