Creating Schedules with Team Logos … the right way

Schedules & Scoreboards supports the display of team logos in schedule sliders, schedule tables, scoreboards, and countdown timers. However, some groundwork is required to take advantage of this capability (nothing is free). I will probably create some videos on all this, but in the meantime here’s a step-by-step version of the how’s and why’s. Note: Besides providing increased functionality and simplifying data entry, this is the direction the MSTW Framework is heading. The Game Schedules and Game Venues legacy data structures will not be supported indefinitely. So if you plan to continue using the MSTW Framework and Plugins, you really should consider migrating to it as soon as it is convenient. No rush but … caveat emptor.

1. Create a venue for each team. This allows the plugin to display game venues as well as map and venue links in the formats you set on the Settings screens. The effort you expend in creating this database comes back to you when building schedules, regardless of whether you choose to display a Venues table. Keep reading and this will hopefully make more sense.

2. Enter the teams that will appear on your schedule(s), including the home team for the schedule. There is a Teams option in the Schedules & Scoreboards admin menu.

Note the last field in the top section of the screen, “Team Home Venue”. It is populated from the venues DB you entered in step 1. (So that’s why you want to do step 1 first. You can certainly go back and add the venues after the teams, it will just add some extra steps.)

You might wonder why you should include a home team for each schedule. While it doesn’t appear on the schedule directly (you don’t play yourself), the home team’s location will be used for every HOME GAME on the schedule. We also create a “single game view”, which includes the home team’s name and logo. So be sure to enter the home team’s location in the Venues DB, and enter the home team in the Teams DB.

3. Go to the Schedules option in the Schedules & Scoreboards menu. Enter a new or existing schedule ID (this is a slug and will be converted to that format), and select a team for that schedule from the pulldown menu of the teams in the Teams DB. This is the home team for the schedule. (See why you need to enter the home team in the Teams DB?)

4. Go to the Games Menu option and enter the game data. You can read more about that on the Add/Edit Games page, but note that you now only need to enter the Schedule ID, the game date and time, the opponent, and whether or not it is a home game, which are dropdown menus and check boxes. Having done the ground work, the actual game entry becomes quick and easy.