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Here we are going to set up a brand new league and walk through what league organisers need to do to get themselves up and running. You will need to be logged on as a club, district or county.
In the Leagues area, you will see a Create New League button which presents you with a screen like the following.
The League Title is split into two parts: the name of the league and the date. This makes it easier to group similar leagues together on the results pages.
The No. of divisions is the total number of divisions in your league, not necessarily the highest numbered division.
No. of teams promoted and No. of teams relegated is just the default setting. If it differs from division to division you can change this in the individual division settings. This is only used to highlight certain rows in the results pages, so don't worry too much if you have a more complicated scenario.
Press Create and your league will be set up. Note that you cannot delete a league but if you make a mistake or you just wish to test out the system and get rid of it afterwards then you can contact us and we'll remove it for you.
You will now see your new league in the list of leagues, along with links to all four of the divisions that have been created. In addition, there are two icons. The edit icon lets you rename the league if you made a mistake, or change some other settings. The copy icon lets you copy your league forward to a new year. You won't want to do this until the end of the season, though.
Pressing on the Edit League icon in the list of leagues takes you to a settings page as follows:
Here you can rename the league if you made a mistake, or change some other settings.
Show match line-ups in public results means that information about who played in each match will be available in the public results pages. The team roster can also be found by clicking on the team's name. We think this is a fun feature as it's a lot more interesting for people who didn't play to find out who won or lost a particular match, so we recommend that league organisers switch this on.
Prevent registration of players in more than one team per division and in entire league are options which kick in when a player gets added to a team, disallowing it if they are already part of another team in that division or in the whole league. Note that this only works during registration - it won't check affiliations retrospectively.
Leagues are broken up into divisions and most of the work gets done at the division level. Even if your league only has one group of teams, it is still a one-division league and must be set up as such. To get to the division, just click on the link in the list of leagues. That brings you to a page like this:
Here you will see some navigation and action buttons at the top, and information about the new division below. To edit the division settings you can click on the edit icon to the left of the division title. The web page icon next to it takes you to the public results page for this division. The edit page looks like this:
Division Title is the name of this division, not including the word Division. For example, if you're splitting your third tier into Division 3 North and Division 3 South then you can enter 3 North in the 3rd highest division and 3 South in the fourth highest division.
Division Level is used for the masterpoint calculation. In the previous example, the fourth highest division (Division 3 South) will default to being level 4, but it will need to changed to level 3. If you're not sure what to do here then you can contact our masterpoints department for assistance.
No. of teams promoted and No. of teams relegated were described above and can be amended here if the overall league setting isn't correct for this division.
Masterpoint Level tells us which masterpoint scale to use.
No. of players per team is the number of players who play in a particular match - not the number of players on the entire squad. For example, a teams-of-four league may allow squads of six people but you should still enter 4 in this field. This affects both masterpoints and payment at the end of the season.
No. of boards per match also affects the masterpoints calculation at the end of the season.
To create a new team, click on the Add New Team button.
Simply fill out the team name and the team suffix. The latter is used to distinguish teams from the same club or county. For example, if the team was Aylesbury C then Aylesbury would be the name and C would be the suffix. Add the rest of your teams and your division will look a bit like this.
The edit icon will let you amend the team name if you made a mistake. An additional setting here is the ability to add a VP adjustment to the team, which is useful if you need to fine them for some reason. The other icons by the team title allow you to delete, promote or relegate this team. The latter two are more useful for next season, when you've copied the league and need to juggle the teams about between divisions, but if you create a team in the wrong division you can move them about with the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons.