If you have computers with internet and printers available at the actual play location, the following can be done:
- Player Check-In: Upon arrival each day, players check-in. Benefits:
- Verification of player identity and birthdate
- Collection of outstanding payments and waiver
- Players are given tournament check-in items
- Optionally told the court to report to if they are playing in a first round match.
- Reports of players who did or did not check-in
- Event Desk:
Event and match result entry
- With Check-In desk, whether all players have checked-in.
- Printing of match score sheets. The default score sheet format is with boxes
rather than the USAPA format, but format files for the USAPA score sheets are
provided and you can customize your score sheets if desired.
- Recording of match scores and winners
- Court Desk: Court management
- With Event desk, maintains current court assignments
- With the Event and Court Desks, this provides tournament information, including:
- Current Court Assignments
- Match Results
- Upcoming matches
- The displays are displayed using a PC connected to one or more monitors or TVs with the correct connections for the PC (VGA, HDMI, Video).
Multiple displays may be used with the same or different information.
What equipment is required for a tournament?
- All PCs require web access. The system does not run standalone. Only the computer with the scoresheet printer is required to run Windows.
- A minimum of one PC with a printer for each venue event desk. This computer is required to be a Windows PC since it will run software to print the scoresheets. This is the only software installed. All other computers and operations only require a web browser.
The printer prints all scoresheets for the tournament desk regardless of the computer used for entering the results.
For a simple tournament with 4-6 courts, this computer and printer may be all that is required to enter results and print new scoresheets.
This computer may be used for check-in prior to any match results, but the user could switch between windows to handle results and check-ins.
Check-ins are not required to run the brackets. A player not checking-in will hold up match play.
- Optional: Additional PCs may be used for check-in so that it is independent of the computer entering results.
After check-in's are completed, this may be used to enter results in addition to the first computer. The results will print on the same printer as the primary PC.
For large tournaments with 16-20 courts, it may be adviseable to have 2 check-in computers to handle the busy first check-ins of the tournament.
- Optional: A PC for court assignments (Court Desk).
- Optional: A minimum of one PC for each set of displays (a set of displays is one or more monitors displaying the same information via a signal splitter).
- Optional equipment:
- Barcode scanner for event desk and court desk computers.
- Large format printer for 11x17 tabloid size paper for larger charts.
- Battery backup in case of power failuer.
- Wireless hot-spot for sharing wireless connection.