Key Features

Cross Country Scoreboard Offers the Following Unique Features

         Synchronized Timing and Scoring Orchestration

         Projected Team Scoring

         Automated and Streaming Online Scoreboard

         Other Features

Synchronized Timing and Scoring Orchestration

Two WIFI connected laptops (where one is the timer and the other records race bib numbers) work concurrently to provide timing and placement data to each other in real-time. No more having to wait until after the race is complete to copy and merge timing and bib data and to correct discrepancies. With xcscoreboard, this is all done in naturally, in real-time, during the race. No more having to scramble to assemble results while racers and fans sit by anticipating the results. With or without a timing system, using the orchestration feature offers a good tool to correct and/or confirm bib placement order.

Projected Team Scoring

In cross country, a team's final, official, score cannot be determined until all runners have completed the race. Thus the history of waiting until the end until scores are published. But in this digital age, there is no reason we cannot provide a predictive score that can project team scores and placements.


Other scoring apps may provide a "during race" projected team score, but only for teams whose first five runners have finished. Cross Country Scoreboard, however, projects a team's score as soon as the first runner from a team has crossed. The xcscoreboard app does this by adding the individual score of team finishers with the best possible scores that could be achieved by the remaining runners on the team.

For example, let's say we have 4 teams, Augusta High, Central High, Cherokee High, and Midvale where 5 runners make up a full team. Furthermore, Midvale doesn't have enough registered runners to make up a full team. Here is the order in which the finishers place:

Place

Team

Points

1

Augusta High

1

2

Central High

2

3

Augusta High

3

4

Midvale

-

5

Cherokee High

4

6

Cherokee High

5

7

Augusta High

6

8

Central High

7


Following is the projected scoring that can be streamed to the online scoreboard (if enabled) after each finisher. All projected constituent scores are in RED. A team's "Projected Score" is the sum of each of the "Finisher Positions":

 

         Scoreboard after 1st Finisher (from Augusta High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

15

1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

         Scoreboard after 2nd Finisher (from Central High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

19

1

1, 3, 4, 5, 6

2

Central High

20

1

2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

         Scoreboard after 3rd Finisher (from August High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

19

2

1, 3, 4, 5, 6

2

Central High

24

1

2, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

         Scoreboard after 4th Finisher (from Midvale not a full team):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

19

2

1, 3, 4, 5, 6

2

Central High

24

1

2, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

         Scoreboard after 5th Finisher (from Cherokee High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

22

2

1, 3, 5, 6, 7

2

Central High

28

1

2, 5, 6, 7, 8

3

Cherokee High

30

1

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

         Scoreboard after 6th Finisher (from Cherokee High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

25

2

1, 3, 6, 7, 8

2

Cherokee High

30

2

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3

Central High

32

1

2, 6, 7, 8, 9

 

         Scoreboard after 7th Finisher (from Augusta High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

25

3

1, 3, 6, 7, 8

2

Cherokee High

33

2

4, 5, 7, 8, 9

3

Central High

36

1

2, 7, 8, 9, 10

 

         Scoreboard after 8th Finisher (from Central High):

Place

Team Name

Projected Score

Finishers

Finisher Positions

1

Augusta High

27

3

1, 3, 6, 8, 9

2

Central High

36

2

2, 7, 8, 9, 10

3

Cherokee High

36

2

4, 5, 8, 9, 10

 

After the race is marked as complete, the scoreboard is calculated one last time using official scoring -- any red, projected, finishers are removed from the results.

Automated Streaming Scoreboard

For a small in-app purchase, you can provide an on-line scoreboard to all of your fans (internet access at race site is required). Simply direct your fans and spectators to point their browsers to xcscoreboard.com where your event will be listed. Once activated (purchased) simply connect to your scoreboard (click of a button). All team and individual results will be automatically streamed in real-time to your scoreboard allowing race fans to enjoy and watch results stream by in real-time as your race is scored via the orchestrated laptops.

Note that one of the fundamental principles of xcscoreboard is to keep network traffic as low as possible. Even though internet is essentially available everywhere with mobile networks, connectivity can be unreliable and data costs can add up. The xcscoreboard app was built so that it can stream results even in low bandwidth internet connections. Since bandwidth is kept low, even a large race can be scored and streamed using only a few megabytes of your data cap.

Personal note:
Currently I score my races using a T-Mobile hotspot that I purchased at a big box store for $20. For each race, I activate it for that day only with a 500 MB data cap costing only $5. If you have a hotspot capable mobile phone, you could just use that device (make sure always keep your phone near the scoring table during the race).

Other Features

         Configurable scoring for customizing team size requirements and tie-breaker rules.

         Ability to run multiple group races simultaneously on the same timer.
e.g., to save time you may want to run JV boys/girls together -- xcscoreboard will score groups separately even if raced together.

         Multiple timers (assigned to different races) can be open and operating simultaneously and asynchronously.
This allows you to start the next race before the previous race has finished.

         Easy spreadsheet like navigation. If you know how to traverse typical spreadsheet apps, you know how to use xcscoreboard. Moving field data is as easy and drag and drop. Deleting and inserting rows is a simple swipe of the mouse.

         Import and export direct to Excel, Google Spreadsheets, or csv.

         Error and Warning detection notifications/highlights.

v  Duplicate entry highlights in red.

v  Runners finishing a race before or after their registered race highlights yellow and blue.

v  For timing equipment assisted races, "close calls" (two runners finishing within 0.2 seconds of each other) have their times highlighted light blue -- calling for added scrutiny by the finish line judge to verify correct order.

         Built in High Resiliency -- during the race both the timing system and scoring system modes can be reconfigured to do both jobs in the rare event there is a computer crash or failure.

         Team Sheet Output Capability. Provides for printing (via browser) lists of registered runners separated by team for adding to team folder.

         Award Sheet Output Capability. Provides for printing (via browser) an awards sheet for each group for announcing top races and top teams during awards ceremony.