Support for MSTW Schedules & Scoreboards

Support for the MSTW Schedules & Scoreboards plugin is being phased out. The plugin will continue to be maintained on the wordpress.org plugin site in support of legacy users, all new users should go with the MSTW League Manager plugin, which is very actively maintained. Legacy users of Schedules & Scoreboards should also consider migration to League Manager for improved features and support.

It is still available on the WordPress.org site, and the documentation will be available on this site. So it can still be used, and it will work with future versions of WordPress for some time. If there are bugs, I will look into them. However, the plugin will not be enhanced in any way.

While the name might sound like overkill for small, simple sites, it really isn’t. While League Manager provides more features and advanced features for larger, regional sites, it can also be used just like Schedules & Scoreboards for simpler sites without the need for advanced features. So there is really no need to use MSTW Schedules & Scoreboards or continue to support it (at the expense of the other MSTW plugins).

LM: Head-to-Head as Tiebreaker

Head-to-head results can not be selected as a tie-breaker in the Standings Settings, and they probably never will be because three and four way head-to-head tiebreakers become pretty gnarly pretty quickly. However, this video discusses some ways to create head-to-head tiebreakers.

MSTW League Manager & Add-ons 2.10

Version 2.10 of MSTW League Manager and League Manager Add-ons has been released.

What’s New

The primary new functionality is improved handling of Overtime Games when Standings are being auto-calculated using MTW League Manager Add-ons. In fact, until this version, there was no way to indicate that a game ended in overtime so the auto-fill of standings could process it correctly.

Several new videos are available on League Manager, including how to handle overtime games with and without the MSTW League Manager plugin. Visit shoalsummitsolutions.com to view them.

Other than that, you can read about the minor changes in the Change Logs in the readme files or on the website – MSTW League Manager Change Log or MSTW League Manager Add-ons Change Log.

New Video Tutorials

Installing MSTW League Manager Add-ons

MSTW Premium Plugins are now easier to update because recent versions of the plugins are always available on the shoalsummitsolutions.com website under Store -> My Plugins. This video shows how to get the premium plugins without digging out the link in your purchase confirmation e-mail.

Overtime Game Management with League Manager

Prior to Version 2.10, the only way to accurately display standings tables was to manually update a league’s records. This video shows a few tricks that may come in handy.

Overtime Game Management with League Manager Add-ons

Prior to Version 2.10, there was no way to indicate that a game was an overtime game, so the Auto-fill standings feature in MSTW League Manager Add-ons could accurately compute points in standings. Now you can specify overtime games, but there are still some subtleties. Should overtime wins be shown simply as wins? Or should they be shown in as overtime wins? What about overtime loses? This video shows how to deal with some of these issues.

League Manager Admin Roles

MSTW Admin Roles for team, school, and league admins were introduced in League Manager Add-ons version 2.9, and improved in version 2.10. This video shows how these roles are set up so the site maintenance responsibilities can be distributed across trusted users.

Head-to-Head Results as a Tiebreaker

Head-to-head results can not be selected as a tie-breaker in the Standings Settings, because three and four way head-to-head tiebreakers become pretty gnarly pretty quickly. However, this video discusses some ways to create head-to-head tiebreakers.

Venue Groups

Venue groups have been round for a long time. This video shows how they provide the potential for better organization and display of venues.

LM: Venue Groups

Coming soon! See the bottom of the League Manager shortcodes man page for more info….

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LM: Installing MSTW League Manager Add-ons

The installation process for the premium plugins is a bit different than for the free plugins on WordPress.org. This tutorial shows how to acquire the latest version of the plugin and install it as a .zip file. https://youtu.be/x3w8AgjOij0…

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MSTW League Manager 2.9 Released

MSTW League Manager and MSTW League Manager Add-ons plugins have been released. The biggest new features are new League Manger administrator roles, which allow distribution of the admin workload, and enhanced management of overtime games.

New Admin Roles

The three new admin roles – team, school, and league admins – allow WordPress site administrators to distribute site maintenance duties, specifically the maintenance of games and schedules, across a controlled user base. Check out this video to learn more about this new capability.

Enhanced Support for Overtime Games

In previous versions of the MSTW League Manager plugin, overtime games and their impact on league standings could be managed adequately using team records, that is, NOT using the standing auto-fill capability in MSTW League Manager Add-ons. Enhancements to LM Add-ons allow overtime games to be included in the points calculations for league standings. Check out these videos to learn more about managing overtime games. Without the Add-ons. With the Add-ons (and auto-fill standings.)

How to access the new versions

The versions of MSTW League Manager and MSTW League Manager Add-ons on your site should always match. MSTW League Manager may be updated from your admin dashboard. If you have purchased the MSTW LM Add-ons plugin, you may download version 2.9 from the shoalsummitsolutions.com website. Go the the Store on the top menu, and select “My Downloads” to download new version.

League Manager Admin Roles (2.9+)

League Manager Add-ons introduced Team, School (or organization), and League Administrator roles in version 2.9. Users are assigned these roles by the site administrator. These roles allow members of a website community to manage specific sets of games, thereby distributing the site administrator’s management burden. See the screenshots below from the Add New User (or Edit User) screen.

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  • Team administrators (think coaches) can manage the games involving the one team assigned by the site administrator.
  • School administrators (think athletic directors) can manage the games involving any team in the school (or organization) assigned by the site administrator. So the site’s structure must have teams assigned to specific schools.
  • League administrators (think league commissioners) can manage games in the league assigned to them by the site administrator.

A tutorial on this functionality is available to Gold Support members and MSTW League Manager Add-ons members.

These administrator roles have access to a restricted WP admin dashboard as shown in the screenshots below for a coach.

Team Administrator (Coach) WordPress Admin Dashboard
Team Administrator (Coach) Limited Menu

By default, all LM admin roles have access to all venues and all meets. This may be controlled by the settings screen shown below. This screen is found on the admin dashboard under the sites Settings -> MSTW Settings. This the main WordPress Settings, NOT the MSTW League Manager Settings.

LM: Overtime Games w/ LM Addons

The MSTW League Manager Addons plugin offers the option to “Auto-fill Standings”. With this setting, standings are automatically calculated, but until version 2.9 there was no way to include overtime games in these calculations. This tutorial which shows how to set a game as an overtime game, and how the points are calculated for a league’s standings. https://youtu.be/hBPvHkuaU5E The first…

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LM: OT Games w/o LM Addons

Without the MSTW League Manager Addons plugin, that is, without “Auto-fill Standings” set, properly displaying overtime games’ impact on league’s standings is straightforward, because most of the calculations are manual. This tutorial shows how to enter team records and how they are displayed. https://youtu.be/ZDeE4pi-ieg The second part of this tutorial is available here….

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