To evaluate the benefits that the use of a web based records system such as LeagueBowls.com, it is necessary to look back at the methods that were previously used.
In running a bowls league all the members require on a weekly basis:
- The scores of the teams in their division.
- An updated Divisional Table.
- Where they are in both the team’s, division and League averages.
- News about the League and its meetings and competitions.
- A easily accessible and understood fixture list.
Over the years, various methods have been developed to try and meet this requirement, but all suffer from the fact that information was handled by different means and methods and was therefore difficult to disseminate in an integrated manner. For example, results were usually handled by spreadsheets, with news, fixtures handled by a word processor package. All relied on somebody with the right application packages, who was dedicated to receive this information and disseminating this by hard copy. As a result this information was, due the work involved only sent out about once a month.
The LeagueBowls.com website has changed all that. It has meant that for a small annual cost all of the above criteria have been easily met. The majority of members, either have, or have access to, the internet. They can get from the website, all the information they need and it is right up to date. It means that before they play a match they have a full understanding of where they stand in the division and the league, plus the state of their competitors.
There is a general agreement amongst teams and players, from the leagues who use the LeagueBowls.com website that this is the best system to use and I have not detected, even the slightest inclination to revert back to the old ways of doing things
Hon Treasurer and Records Secretary
Lichfield Over 50s Bowls League