Best Practices

Update: Digital Weight Management

Last fall we added to digital weight management to Takedown Scoring and Stats. Developed in partnership with Befour, a leading wrestling scale manufacturer, this new feature enabled paperless weight capture — either manually or via Befour’s bluetooth scale — and a variety of reports and graphs for tracking athlete weight.

During this past high school season (2018-2019), more than 150 schools used this feature to record 17,000+ weigh-ins. Of these weigh-ins, 75% were recorded wirelessly using Befour’s bluetooth scale.

Top five states for digital weight management:

  1. Virginia

  2. Ohio

  3. Wisconsin

  4. California

  5. Pennsylvania

And the top ten programs:

  1. Chantilly, Virginia

  2. Frederick High School, Maryland

  3. Saginaw Heritage, Michigan

  4. Middletown, New York

  5. Chilton High School, Wisconsin

  6. Garden City High School, Kansas

  7. Kirtland High School, Ohio

  8. Palo Alto High School, California

  9. Sulphur, Oklahoma

  10. Revere High School, Ohio

This is an exciting and encouraging start for this new-to-wrestling capability. We will continue working with our partner, Befour, to enhance this feature and promote its adoption throughout the wrestling community.

See here for original announcement:
https://www.levelchanger.com/blog/2018/10/2/new-release-paperless-weight-management

NCAA Division I Weight Management — Princeton Article
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2019/03/necessary-difficult-fair-an-investigation-of-wrestling-and-weight-at-princeton



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Takedown Event Checklist -- Updated Jan 2019

Here's what needs to be done and when with Takedown to have a stress-free and productive event.



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In Season Tips #3 -- Data Security

Data Security

Over the last eight days we've confirmed three reports of scored matches mysteriously disappearing from Takedown. Although this is a small percentage of users, losing any data is frustrating and a potentially serious issue. We are actively investigating this issue and will report back when we uncover the cause. In parallel, we're working on an automated back-up feature that would provide a measure of resilience in a situation where a user hasn't performed a data backup. Also, we continue adding remote diagnostic aids into Takedown so that we have a more detailed and complete timeline of user activity which is often important when tracking down bugs.

In the meantime, we strongly suggest you do the following to insure reasonable data recovery in an emergency:

  • In Takedown, go to Help>>Send us your Database. Include your own email address alongside "support@levelchanger.com" so that we have a copy and you do, too. For now, you should "send us your database" as often as you wish -- after every event, for example, or even mid-way through a long tournament with lots of matches. In an emergency, we can restore your data in Takedown from the files (there are three of them) that taken together constitute your Takedown database.

  • Similar to "Send us your Database", use "Share Season" to back up an individual Season. Email these to yourself or store them in the cloud. You can import these files directly into Takedown. As we recommend in our FAQ, data backup is an important part of Takedown's workflow.

More here on season import/export: https://levelchanger.desk.com/customer/en/portal/topics/1110874-data-sharing/articles

Here’s the FAQ.

  • Turn on Takedown LIVE for all of your matches. This automatically generates an electronic scorebook that's view-able in the Takedown LIVE app on your iPad or iPhone if, in an emergency, you need to restore matches.

  • For every event, email your Scorebook Report to yourself. Again, this is another record from which matches can be restored in an emergency.

  • If you encounter any mysterious disappearance of matches in your Takedown installation, please let us know at support@levelchanger.com.

Archive: In-Season Tips

Link: https://mailchi.mp/levelchanger/inseasontip2

Archive: Pre-Season Checklists

Should be complete by now. If not, here:

Link: https://mailchi.mp/levelchanger/preseasonprep7



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Don't Burn Out

Don't Burn Out

Burnout is an occupational hazard for coaches in any sport.  Achieving balancing is key to a long and healthy coaching career.



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Tips for Streaming Live Sports

Tips for Streaming Live Sports

Live streaming is easy and a great way to build and engage your fans base.  Experts suggest...



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Shot Counter and Success Rate

Want to know how successful you are on your feet? It's easier than you think with this new feature.



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11 Ways to Improve your Wrestling Team's Twitter Presence

11 Ways to Improve your Wrestling Team's Twitter Presence

You can easily improve your team's Twitter profile.  All you need to do is...



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New Score Keeper? Get them trained before your first competition.

Don't ask your score keeper to use Takedown Scoring and Stats without a bit of training. Here's what we recommend.



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Off Season Ideas

The high school season is over and we hope your team enjoyed every success on and off the mat.  Hopefully, you had a chance to use Takedown for scoring matches and are now basking in the warm glow of a robust statistical view of your team and individual wrestlers.  The off season is a chance to tune up and get ready for next year.  Here are some suggestions for getting even more out of Takedown next season:

  • Gather up your paper score books (before they're forever relegated to your bottom desk drawer) and enter whatever matches you didn't score last season.  In fact, you don't need to do it -- get a wrestler, manager, parent volunteer or one of your children to do it!  The more data Takedown has, the more useful its statistical reports.  With the new features we're adding, having more data will be even more beneficial.  We're coaches, too, and have scored about 1,100 matches over two seasons.  The trends and tendencies become obvious at this level.   Time to transcribe a 14 match dual meet from paper to Takedown?  10 minutes give or take.
  • Get comfortable with advanced features.  Trying to learn these features during the heat of competition can be daunting.  No pressure now -- take your time.  For example:  create a dummy dual meet on the NWCA website and learn how to have Takedown upload your weigh in data.  Get comfortable with that feature -- it'll save you precious late night time next season.  Another example:  create a Twitter account and use Takedown's Twitter feature to post live scoring results to your Twitter timeline.  Your fans will be wowed!  Finally, if you'd like to save $600, get familiar with Takedown's scoreboard feature which converts a standard flat panel computer monitor into a table-top scoreboard for about $40.  Another wow! feature that coaches, wrestlers and officials will really appreciate.
  • Recruit a colleague to use Takedown.  The more users in your area, the better.  You can learn from each other and share rosters.  Are there any users in your area?  See our user map and the list of every event scored by Takedown last season in each state.
  • If you had a genie, what feature would you wish for in Takedown?  Visit our user forum and chime in.  Most of what we add is user-driven.  We read and consider every request.  Or, simply email your request to ideas@levelchanger.com .

These are just a few ideas for getting more value from Takedown next season.  You'll find more throughout this blog.

 

Have fun and stay in touch.

Takedown Team

 

 



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Best Practices: Independence Mustang Wrestling Team, Independence, Iowa

The Independence Mustangs are doing a great job reaching their fans with Takedown-Tweeted live results posted to both the Twitter timeline

and to their Facebook page:

Very nice!

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California Wrestling Official Makes History

On December 12, 2013, Mike Harr became the first referee ever to digitally sign a wrestling

scorebook as the official record of a dual meet. This signature meets the requirements of the NFHS Wrestling Rulebook.

Here's the historic act:

World's First Digitally Signed Scorebook

Congrats to Mike on achieving a wrestling first!



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Five Ways Takedown Can Engage and Build Your Fan Base

Few scholastic wrestling programs have enough engaged and committed fans.  We have a lot of technique and passion, but not enough people in the bleachers.  Recently, we're hearing more about marketing wrestling and various groups are training coaches to do just that.  Still, many coaches don't do much marketing -- it's hard work and seemingly tangential to getting the next win.  Yet, absent a large, engaged fan base wrestling will not thrive.  Marketing our sport is essential to its future.  Here are five ways Takedown can help.

#1: Throw Your Paper Scorebook in the Trash

If you aren't using Takedown Scoring and Stats (or something similar) you are doing your program and wrestling a disservice.  Paper scorebooks are not fan accessible. They gather dust in a desk drawer or file cabinet and are useless from a marketing perspective.  

It's even worse:  scoring by pencil and paper consumes more time than electronic scoring.   Spending more time, deriving fewer benefits doesn't sound like a winning combination.  Ditch your paper scorebook today and don't look back.  You won't regret the decision.

#2: Email Stats to your Fans and Media

Fans love stats!  Feed team/athlete stats to your fans.  With Takedown, emailing statistical reports is simple.  Go to the Reports view, select any of the nine reports,

tap the sharing button in the upper right hand corner and enter recipients' email addresses.  Easy.  Also, remember than your athletes and their parents are your biggest fans -- feed them.  Finally, don't forget the media -- local newspapers and national wrestling press are hungry for content.  Get the email addresses of your local media and send them a Box Score after every competition.  With respect to national wrestling press,  Wrestling USA will post your results to its website.  Send your Box Score to lanny@wrestlingusa.com.

#3: Connect via Social Networking

Post your stats to program-affiliated Twitter and Facebook accounts.  These accounts are free and easily obtained.  In Takedown's Report view, create the report of interest and use the iPad's ability to turn your screen into a photo.  Use the iPad's build in Photo app to share any of these screen shots directly to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Sharing live results on Twitter is simple, too.  If you already have Twitter configured on your iPad, then go into Takedown's Settings view and turn Twitter on.

That's it!  Your live match results with automatically post to your team's Twitter timeline.  When you want to stop, turn Twitter off in Takedown's Settings.  Getting your team's live results out to a potentially large audience couldn't be easier!   And, for those of you with advanced social networking skills, take advantage of Twitter's cross-posting capability to post your live results automagically to your team's Facebook account.  Again, another free capability that expands your audience with no incremental effort.

#4:  Fundraising: small contributions, big revenue

In today’s economic environment, many scholastic wrestling programs struggle with funding.  Fundraising is hard work and often the effort expended is large

relative to funds raised.  And, to the point here, many fundraisers don't create fans.

Ideally, we'd prefer fundraisers with these characteristics:

  • Low cost/high reward
  • Continuous, rather than single event
  • Expands the fan base

Fortunately, Takedown can help you implement a fund raising program with these characteristics. Learn more here.

#5:  Get Parents to Keep Score

Scoring a wrestling match with a tablet or laptop can be fun.  Takedown does not allow scoring sequences that would be prohibited by rule, thus reducing errors (and scorer anxiety!) in a way not possible with pencil and paper.  In addition, Takedown's Match Scoring interface displays a very clean and readable scoring grid.  Lastly, when the time comes for a wrestler to move on to the next level, creating and emailing career statistics is trivially simple, a few taps in the Report view, and inexpensive(*).  Try doing that with a paper scorebook.  Scorekeeping parents are more than that -- they are engaged and enthusiastic fans who will happily show or email their child's stats to anyone who will listen!

(*) For a 300 match high school wrestler, Takedown can be used to score every match for less than the cost of a mid-grade manual scorebook, about $16 total.

These are just a few ways that electronic scoring in general and Takedown in particular can help you build a fan base.  We need more bottoms in seats for our sport to prosper. What's keeping you from starting today?



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