Stand-Alone Free Sports Software

The stand-alone programs all run independently. Most programs are applicable to most sports, and some have a variety of other applications. Three programs are somewhat unique. MATCHUP is used to find suitable partners. SCHEDULE is used for reservations and scheduling applications. EZDB is an easy-to-use versatile database/mailing program.

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*** STAND-ALONE SOFTWARE ***

Brief Descriptions of Stand-Alone Software

*** MATCHUP ***

MATCHUP has many applications, but it was designed primarily to match people as suitable partners, with respect to skill levels and times available. Most clubs provide this service, but it usually is dependent on the resident pro. MATCHUP simplifies the process so others can use the computer to match a player with a suitable available partner. MATCHUP also produces reports enabling the players themselves to find partners.

MATCHUP simplifies matching people for sports and other activities. MATCHUP lists all people for requested activities, skill levels, and times available. The results are shown real-time on the screen and/or in printed reports. A variety of reports show general information about people and who is available for each activity, with their skill levels and times available.

MATCHUP can be used for finding players/partners for racquet sports, golf, individual sports, team sports, card games, chess, board games, etc. MATCHUP also can be used for selecting referees, teachers/tutors, temporary workers, students, volunteers, genealogy researchers, etc., etc. MATCHUP is useful for most sports and a wide variety of other activities. See if MATCHUP can be used for your particular need; download the free instructions.

*** SCHEDULE ***

SCHEDULE is software for reserving (scheduling) facilities, e.g., courts, fields, rooms, etc.  The software also can be used to schedule people, e.g., referees, teachers, consultants, etc. You even can use the software to schedule items, e.g., cars, tools, etc.

Each facility (person, item, etc.) can be scheduled for a specific date and time period. The software will ensure there are no conflicting reservations. You can enter money paid and owed. Six note fields can be used to meet your needs. The data can be sorted 11 different ways, and viewed on the screen or in printed reports. The software is versatile, easy to use, and should be quite helpful.

SCHEDULE and MATCHUP are implicitly referenced for development of a patent (United States Patent 6978246, Issued on 12/20/05 ) for electronic scheduling and matchups:      http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6978246.html

*** EZDB ***

EZDB probably is the least expensive (FREE), most flexible, easy-to-use database and mailing list program. You quickly create a database structure and can start entering data immediately. All functions are easily selected from menus. Available functions include: entering/editing/viewing data, sorting, searching, reports, labels, back-up, repair, view/print structure, file management, import/export ASCII files, and DOS commands.
EZDB has the features most useful to you:
1. Quick easy database setup. Three types of database structures, from completely computer designed (1 minute) to completely user designed (3 minutes). Special application database structures can be used for a quick start.
2. Easy to enter, edit, and view data.
3. Fast easy sorting of data. Almost any variety of sorting is available.
4. Extensive search (filter) capability. Search for range of data in one field. Search for desired data in any number of fields, with any of five matching accuracies (20% to 100%).  The search includes 'NOT' capability. You can search for records or fields that contain specified data, with different degrees of matching accuracy. You also can search for records or fields that do not contain specified data. The search includes 'OR' capability, whereby any one of five criteria will satisfy the requirement. You can do a search on a search, so there is almost an infinite variety of search filters you can create. With very little effort, you should be able to find any desired information in your database. 
5. Two computer designed report formats. One contains all data as shown on the data entry screen. The other is a condensed format with any fields that you select in the sequence you choose. Save and re-use any report format.
6. Labels in 16 different formats, with 2 to 5 lines.
7. The data viewed, reports, and labels can be the results of a search and in any desired sequence.
8. Create ASCII (text) files to export data to other computer programs and to other EZDB databases. The files can contain any or all database fields, in any order.
9. Read ASCII files to import data to your database from other computer programs and other EZDB databases. The files can contain the data in any order and can have fields to be excluded.
10. A variety of useful utilities: back-up, remove deleted records, view/print database structure, change database field names, file management, DOS commands, repair database files.
11. EZDB can store player data for easiest entry into TENNIS 1>2>3. You can transfer your club player data to EZDB  using an ASCII (text) file,  for easy access by T123.
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*** Stand-Alone Program Descriptions ***


The stand-alone programs do not require TENNIS 1>2>3 or any other programs. Each program runs separately and can be ordered individually. The stand-alone programs are for all sports.

*** 1. LEAGUE: Easily makes complete schedules for your leagues and round robin tournaments. The team pairings and time assignments are entirely random, so an absolutely unbiased schedule is produced. No other league program has this feature. The schedules show full team names and have room for telephone numbers or other information.

LEAGUE will schedule an unlimited number of teams, with each team playing every other team as many times as you choose. The schedules can include date and time for each game (automatically scheduled), day of the week, home and away, and space for site (court/field) information. LEAGUE automatically produces forms for league scores and for league standings with won/lost records; the data are entered manually. Court/field usage reports are produced, with number of courts/fields used and number available for every game time.

LEAGUE was reviewed on page 94 of the March 1989 issue of JOPERD (Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance). The following excerpts are from the review:

"LEAGUE is a software program which may be helpful for physical education, recreation and intramural professionals involved in scheduling tournament play. ... The screen layout is neat in appearance... Changing information is easy... ...there are few problems. The computer does random scheduling for each round so there are no biased results. ...the program assimilates all data and quickly organizes the results. ... The software does what it says it will do very quickly."

*** 2. LEAGUE2: League scheduling (same capabilities as LEAGUE, but more versatile), plus league statistics and management. Enter the match/game results and LEAGUE2 automatically determines league standings and statistics. LEAGUE2 stores names, addresses, phones, and match/game results (including scores). LEAGUE2 produces a variety of reports and labels. LEAGUE2 is easy to use, and works  well. 

*** 3. WIN2: Makes a single or double elimination schedule for up to 64 teams. Complete draw sheets are produced for the winners' bracket and for the losers' bracket. All game times through the finals are automatically scheduled for both brackets and shown on the draw sheets.

WIN2 makes three types of draws: balanced pairings, maximum seeding advantage, or direct placement. Seeded teams and/or nonseeded teams can be placed randomly or nonrandomly. Crossing of brackets is used to prevent pairing the same teams in the losers' bracket who met previously in the winners' bracket. WIN2 is the only available double elimination scheduler with all of these features. WIN2 is easy to use and very fast.

*** 4. MIXER: Round robin doubles mixers where up to 32 players change partners and opponents to play with and against all other players. MIXER randomly assigns players and match times, so an absolutely unbiased schedule is produced. Enter the match results and MIXER automatically determines player won/lost records and standings. MIXER stores names, addresses, phones, and match/game results (including scores). MIXER produces a variety of reports and labels. MIXER mostly will produce absolutely perfect rotations, or so close that it can be considered near perfect.

Correctly scheduling rotating-partners leagues is extremely difficult. Each player should play with every other player once, and against every other player twice, but should not play against any player twice before playing against every other player once. It required several years before MIXER could produce these results. We do not know of any other software that works as well.

NOTE: MIXER was not designed for mixed doubles. That also is a difficult problem. We have spent some time on the mixed doubles problem, but decided it was not worth the effort. If you have solved some rotations for mixed doubles (even if for some multiples of four), please let us know. We may be able to use your solutions for a MIXER2 mixed doubles program.

*** 5. LADR: Challenge ladder management. Automatically updates player ladder positions when match results are entered. LADR calculates and stores monthly and yearly ladder participation points and won/lost statistics, which can be used for awards and trophies. LADR also stores the date of the last match, present and previous ladder positions, player names and addresses (including 2 phones), and the results of all matches/games played (including scores).

Player ladder positions are shown on the screen and in 8 report formats. Reports are available for player addresses and phones, player participation points and won/lost statistics, dates of last matches played (to find inactive players). Reports of the match/game results can be made for any one player, for all players, or between any two players. Mailing labels can be produced. LADR simplifies managing challenge ladders, stimulates player interest, and increases participation. Every club should be using LADR, especially when free.

*** 6. RANK: For ranking tennis and racquetball singles players and doubles teams. Ranking committees can select their desired ranking criteria from a large variety of RANK options and easily design their own ranking systems. RANK will calculate the rank points each player gets for each match, or the you can calculate and enter the rank points. RANK processes all the match results and automatically determines new rankings when requested.

RANK software includes the best features used for ranking by professional and amateur sports associations, plus the option to use scores. RANK was developed for sports clubs and regional sports associations to simplify ranking players, stimulate player interest, and to increase participation. RANK calculates each player's monthly and yearly rank points, participation points, won/lost statistics, and momentum indicators (whether a player is moving up or down). RANK also stores the date of the last match, present and previous rank, player names and addresses (including 2 phones) and the results of all matches/games played.

RANK will meet the needs of most sports clubs and organizations. Plus, RANK is more versatile and free.

*** 7. RANK2: RANK2 ranks individual doubles players, who may play with different doubles partners. RANK2's features are similar to those of RANK.

*** 8. RATE: For rating tennis and racquetball singles players and doubles teams. (RATE also can rate individual doubles players, who may play with different doubles partners.) Rating committees can select their desired rating criteria from a large variety of RATE options and easily design their own rating systems. RATE will calculate the rate points each player gets for each match, or the you can calculate and enter the rate points. RATE also ranks players. RATE is one of only a few programs that rate players, and the least expensive.

RATE quickly and accurately rates all players using the results of competition and two or more reference (bench-mark) player ratings. The reference ratings can be changed any time to improve the rating accuracy. RATE was developed for sports clubs and regional sports associations to simplify rating players, stimulate player interest, and to increase participation. RATE calculates each player's monthly and yearly rate points, won/lost statistics, and momentum indicators (whether a player is moving up or down). RATE also stores the date of the last match, present and previous rank, player names and addresses (including 2 phones) and the results of all matches/games played (including scores).
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