TT Leagues ready to go from strength to strength

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Paul Stimpson

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More than 35,000 matches across 150 leagues were recorded on the TT Leagues platform during the 2019/20 season – and further improvements to both the website and app are planned before next season.

The statistics for this season, which was brought to a premature end by the coronavirus crisis, show a total of 16,568 players are competing in leagues which use the TT Leagues platform.

The total number of matches approved through TT Leagues was 35,314, comprising 342,283 individual sets.

The Table Tennis England customer support team, as well as being on hand to respond to individual queries, has created a series of online help guides and videos, plus FAQ sheets, to help administrators and other users to navigate the platform.

These include a recent article on how to deal with the totally unexpected situation in which league competitions have been suspended. The guide identifies six options for bringing the season to a close and explains how these options can be implemented in TT Leagues. It is available by clicking here.

In our recent membership satisfaction survey, carried out in April, those using TT Leagues gave it an average rating of 8/10. This compares with an average mark of 6/10 at the beginning of the season.

TT Leagues was launched last July, allowing league administrators to carry out a variety of functions including set up fixture lists and tables, enter results and send email messages to league and club members, captains or individual players. The app allowed results to be submitted direct from venues via mobile devices.

The sole purpose of TT Leagues is to provide a league management system that meets the needs of leagues. It links seamlessly to the Table Tennis England membership platform, TT Memberships, meaning it can be developed to cover other competitions such as County Championships and Inter-League competitions.

Neil Hurford, Chairman and National Councillor for Oxfordshire and one of a panel of league administrators who worked with our partners Rocca Creative to create TT Leagues, piloted its use for County Championships in the Over-60s section.

He said: “This pilot demonstrates the flexibility of TT Leagues and how it can be used for a wide range of formats. It has shown how we can make results from county championships matches available much more quickly and provide a lot more information, including detailed team and player statistics.”

Click here to view the County Championships Over-60s page

Table Tennis England owns and has a long-term commitment to the system, meaning it will continue to have the investment necessary to make sure it evolves to meet the needs of Leagues, as well as extensive customer support.

Throughout its first season, feedback from league administrators helped us to roll out updates and to plan improvements for the 2020/21 season, as detailed below. We will continue to keep administrators and other TT Leagues users up to date as we roll out new features, and will continue to provide how-to guides as necessary.

Planned updates between May and the end of August 2020:

  • Enhanced app with facility for submission and approval and access to a wide range of information about fixtures and results
  • Improved admin dashboard with much improved data on members, teams and results statistics
  • Action tracking for unscheduled/postponed matches
  • Improved display for multi-competitions on public website
  • Archiving of previous seasons’ competitions on public websites
  • Identification of reserves on results-entry card
  • Admins to be able to change the order of divisions in admin and public websites
  • Increased range of options for displaying of player averages
  • Reserves rules to be included in divisional overrides
  • Data exports for league, clubs, teams and divisions
  • Improved reserve management with colour coding to show when limits are being breached
  • Add same “skip weeks” to all divisions
  • Auto-generation of club secretary contact details
  • Player of Match Award section on public website
  • Messaging updates – Create new message from previous message; preview email recipients; allow messages to be saved as draft

The above enhancements build on key improvements introduced during 2019/20 season:

  • Detailed team & Player statistics
  • Player of the Match feature
  • Direct entry of results via browser with submission & approval
  • Automatic production of team captain contact details
  • Display of venue details on public website
  • Granular permission management to enable results processing by results secretaries.
  • Creation of user-definable groups for use in emails and contact information.
  • Providing secure content
  • Options for ordering of divisional tables
  • Latest results carousel on homepage
  • Match reports and comments
  • Fixture filtering on public website
  • Archiving on Admin system
  • County websites

* When you pay your Table Tennis England membership fee, you are helping to fund initiatives including the TT Leagues platform, which help to enhance the experience of our members and safeguard the future of the sport.

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