Usage

The following graphic gives an overview of how Wotscore works. Note for all competitions only step 5 is necessary for a player. For challenge based competitions like a leap-frog ladder then steps 1, 3 & 5 are necessary.

Competition steps

Challenge Ladders

A ladder allows an arbritrary number of players who usually play regularly together to enter their results in a scoring table called a ladder.

The ladder can last indefinitely and as players win they move up the table. The admin can rerank the players and change the results at any time. At Wotscore there are only 3 steps to establishing and playing a game with a fellow ladder player. These are challenging a player, accepting a challenge, and entering results.

Please read the following which gives a brief tour of some of the features of the ladder. Then try the demo.

There are also some demo movies specifically for admins on our facebook page.

 


1. Challenge a Player Sports Ladder Challenge Button

In the screenshot below of a squash ladder with 4 players, Mary Green has signed in and entered the ladder and is able to challenge the 3 players above her (by clicking the green C for challenge round button). Note on the right you can see she has also previously cancelled a squash challenge with Bob, and she can see other active challenges in the ladder.

Some ladders are set up with the auto challenge on. This means if you dont challenge anyone within a given time (usually a few weeks), wotscore may create a challenge for you.

Squash Ladder Challenge

Once you have a challenge or fixture, its not always easy to find a time you are both free to play a match. You can suggest up to 3 slots when you are free and see if your opponent accepts one. This will synchonise both your free times, and any matches currently booked for the competition by other players.

Suggest a match date and time

2. Accept a Challenge Sports Ladder Accept Button

In the next screenshot Bob has signed in to the ladder. He can now see Mary has challenged him. He must accept the challenge by clicking the A round button within the expiry time (the expiry time is a property of the ladder set by the admin, usually a few days). If he does not accept the challenge, he will risk forfeiting the game and losing the challenge thereby dropping down the squash ladder. (Please note, it is actually the results of the challenge that must be entered from before the expiry time. So it is usually up to the defender of the challenge to ensure the results are entered and the challenge is not forfeited. The challenge and acceptance are just notifications of intent to arrange a match.)

The expiry duration is set by the ladder admin on the Edit ladder page. Wotscore will handle the expiry automatically warning the players a few days beforehand via email of the approaching expiry and then causing the defender to lose the game if it is not played and the results recorded within the expiry period.

If your opponent has suggested some match dates, you will have the option to select a date, or choose to ignore the dates. You have the option to book a date and change it if needbe at any time.

Squash Ladder Accept Challenge

 

If you or your opponent are unable to play for whatever reason, either of you can cancel the challenge using the cancel button in the top right of the challenge. Obviously this should be used in the spirit of the competition.


3. Record Results Sports League and Ladder Record Result Button

Once a challenge is accepted, it is up to the players to arrange a squash match together and enter their results. Clicking on a name will reveal the players contact details as shown in the case of Mary below. Here Bob is logged in and has accepted Marys challenge. He can enter the results of his game by clicking the R button and either move up or down the ladder dependent on whether he won or lost the game. The list of matches will be shown in the events timeline.

Note a similar process takes place for leagues. Leagues deal with fixtures instead of challenges. Fixtures are automatically created once a season begins. The players can then record a result at any time.

Sports League and Ladder Record Result Button A black R button is for entering results without a challenge, and only for players below you on the table.

Squash Ladder Record Result

 

 

 

League Fixtures

A league is a ranking structure that allows for players to compete against each other on a set schedule, usually called a "season" or "round". A league is typically split into divisions of 4 to 12 players where every player plays every other player in their division before the league season ends. For every played match a player is rewarded League Points depending on the results and how the administrator has configured the league settings.

 


1. Start League

In a new league the administrator invites the players and splits the league into divisions using drag and drop. The admin will have to use his best assessment to place players of similar level in the same division. The admin can move the players when the league is registering (i.e. before the season starts). The admin can also setup up the type of points used for the sport and award bonus points to encourage players to play their games.

 

Once you have a challenge or fixture, its not always easy to find a time you are both free to play a match. You can suggest up to 3 slots when you are free and see if your opponent accepts one. This will synchonise both your free times, and any matches currently booked for the competition by other players.

Suggest a match date and time

2. Record Results Sports League and Ladder Record Result Button

Once the league is started every league player sees fixtures they are supposed to play before the season ends. Fixtures show contact details of your opponents. For every match a player is awarded points as the admin has configured them.

Following every match either of the players involved enters the result. Here, the team TownShire FC have entered their first result, a 4:3 win against TallHill Athletic. The match earned them 3 League Points for the win.

Squash League Record Result for Fixtures

 

 


3. Season Ends

When a league season reaches the end day or the administrator closes the season early, unplayed fixtures are expired and entering results is no longer possible. In the next season, the best players in every division (except 1st) with the highest league points automatically move to a higher division to replace the players with the lowest number of points. It is the admin who configures the size of the promotion and relegation zone.

 

 

 

Features & Pricing

Wotscore is software incorporated into a website that supports competitions, players and teams, and reservations. Competitions are created by inviting all players to join the site allowing them to actively participate by entering results and booking matches. The administrator can configure the competitions and enter results on behalf of players also.

Wotscore supports two types of competitions, ladders and leagues. For example, a tennis ladder is a competition that is always running and is good fun from a social aspect. It has a simpler challenge based mechanism rather than league based promotion and relegation. With a ladder, a player takes the position of the loser after the match is played if they win the match.

Once the admin has configured a competition, be it a ladder or league, it is ready to go. Players can arrange matches and enter scores, and Wotscore does most of the competition management. It checks for expiry dates of matches, create challenges for inactive players, or performs promotion and relegation automatically to keep the competition moving. Wotscore even has the option of giving players extra bumps up the ranks if they play a lot of games, thereby encouraging participation.

The admins get full control over the ladder:

Tennis Ladder

Make it a date

Either player or the admin can enter a date and time for the match by clicking the date field. This will check whether the court is free, send an email the day before the booking. It will even link to your google calendar and send the match details to your android phone.

Edit a Score

Dont worry about messing up a score. The admin can edit any score. Wotscore will automatically rerank the entire ladder throughout its entire history if needbe. Still not happy? Then drag and drop the players into position.

Messaging

Stay in contact on and off the site. You can send someone an email, or you can send them a secure private message. You can create up to three date suggestions for your game through the Wotscore calendar. You can message and email everyone on the ladder.


FREE PLAN

$0.00 / Month

  • Limited Features*
  • Maximum 20 players per competition

* See feature table below. Full features if you are in trial period for one month after joining.

LITE PLAN

$4.99 / Month

  • Full features
  • Maximum 25 players per competition

FULL PLAN

$6.99 / Month

  • Full features
  • Maximum unlimited players per competition

For Everyone

PaidFree
More than 20 players
Challenge based ladders
Singles, doubles & teams
Automatic fixture generation
Automatic league promotion and relegation
Automatic match forfeit

Contact & Messaging

Email notifications and reminders
Private messages sent to players
Message board for group comments
Post to facebook competition wall
Smartphone alerts and popups via Google calendar integration
Weekly Bulletin
SlackBot

Reservations

Create an availability calendar
Suggest or place a booking for a game

Statistics

Charts of full competition/round history
Statistics of busy players and contests

For Administrators

PaidFree
Remove players from ladder or league
Send group messages to all players in competition
Edit players rankings using drag and drop
Move players between league divisions
Transfer ownership of ladder or league to another player
Edit previous scores with recalibration of ladder
Add a second admin capable of entering scores
Set players to standby
Create challenges and record results between any players
Charge a competition entry fee
Apply penalty

Reservations

Automatic scheduling of matches
Edit court/pitch names