In this section we will learn how to create competitions for our federation in the LEVERADE platform.
First, we will indicate the differences between match and event competitions.
Match competitions: One on ones between teams or players where the final result adds up the points for a classification or allows a team to advance in a qualifying round. For example: football, basketball, volleyball.
Event competitions: Competitions in which individuals compete against each other and are ordered based on their results, which can be a score, a time or a mark. For example: swimming or athletics.
To start managing match competitions, we must go to “Manage”>”Competitions”. In this window, we will create and consult the match competitions registered in the team. To register a new competition, click “Create Competition”:
We need to give the competition a name, indicate the city in which it will take place, choose the discipline, the category, the season and the registration forms (for participants).
In general, when we access a competition, we will be taken to the “Teams” section, which is where we can see the teams in the competition as well as register new teams. But in order to proceed in a more logical way, we will access the Competition management.
The first thing we find in the competition management is the status of the competition, which can be Setting up, In progress, Finished and Cancelled.
● Setting up: Only the admin will have access to the competition and can edit it and add teams or calendars.
● Finished: Anyone can have access both via the internal network and publicly, but only the admin can make changes.
● Cancelled: Only the admin will have access to the competition. Also, it will not be deleted to avoid losing any previous work that can be used in the future.
● In progress: The competition is ongoing and anyone can visit it publicly. The clubs can also register teams and players and the referees can carry out their tasks.
Next, in competition settings, we can edit everything except the discipline, which is important to understand because when selecting a discipline we can configure all the statistics, types of penalties, rules, etc. So if we make a mistake with the discipline, we have to delete the whole competition and start again.
As we can see, we can change the name, venue, season, category, sex and delegation. It’s also here that we can set up the matches, which means setting the scoring criteria and the match rules which are set up in the first session.
We can also set up the elements that will be shown publicly in the competition information such as game days, descriptions, notices, prizes or bonuses as well as add files such as the competition rules.
Now, let’s move on to “Options”, an important tab because it contains the “Generate new season” button, which allows us to duplicate the competition if we need to make two very similar competitions or recreate a competition for the next season.
By clicking this button, we can copy all the teams and their admins, the classification (if we have divided the teams into different groups, and a qualifying round, for example) as well as set up the competition and the registration to be the same.
The second section in this setup is the costs of arbitration, which we will look at later in the referees section.
Next, we will find the “Administrators” button. To register them, it’s the same as in any other LEVERADE site: we add the name and an email so that the person receives a mail with the password. Only this person can manage the competition.
Finally, this is the button to delete the competition, which as you can see is not a simple thing to do because if we delete it there is no way to get it back. To do this, the person must click on the red “Delete competition” button in the “Delete competition section”, introduce a randomly generated code and accept.
After setting up the competition, we move onto the registration setup. For this, we first need to select the participant forms that will be allowed in the competition.
Next, if we want the clubs to be the ones to register their players and teams in the competition, we mark the checkbox and if we only want it to be enabled for specific dates, we can set these dates.
Furthermore, if we wish to create a competition in which anyone, in or out of the team, can register themselves and their team, we can activate the public registration form, which can even be set up so that these outside teams are put in a separate group just for them.
Finally, it’s also in this tab where we set the team registration price and the maximum and minimum number of players that can be in a team.
Finally, in the match competitions we will find the penalties section, where we can manually or automatically set both financial and match penalties that the player cannot dispute.
To set up automatic penalties, we need to click on “Configuration”>”Create automatic penalty”. We need to give it a name, a description of what is going to be penalised (if necessary) when the penalised incident occurred (for example red card). Next we need to establish the quantity of this incident, for example, if 5 yellow cards make for an automatic penalty in the competition we need to set it up like this:
Finally, we must select the article of the team’s rules in which this penalty is based, the status of the penalty (Provisional or Confirmed) and establish the financial and match value of the penalty.