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Organising a football tournament is no more a hassle. In the 21st century, with the mobile in your hand a network in the air, everything is possible. Its possible to organize a perfect tournament with less paperwork and stress-free. In this blog, we shall discover how we can make your football tournament easier with playinga.

In a typical tournament, there are just 4 basic questions we need to answer – What, When, Where, How and How Much.

The What

In this section, the organiser answers certain questions like what tournament to conduct. The organiser has to choose the sport and the type of the tournament. In a soccer tournament, the organiser selects the sport and the format such as knock out, round robin and group+playoffs. This decides the type of the tournament forms the basis for all the underlying questions. The format of the tournament decides how long the tournament will go on and how many teams does the organiser need to accommodate to make the tournament a successful one. In PLAYINGA, it easy to schedule a tournament as it supports all these three formats. 

Key Takeaway
  1. Choose the format – knockout, round robin, group playoffs.
  2. Decide on the number of teams you can accommodate.

 

The When

If you are a tournament organiser, the date of the match is crucial. This is also dependent on the number of teams expected to participate in the tournament. The number of teams and formats of the tournament decides the number of days required and the slot of each match. This will help the team to plan better for the tournament. An ideal tournament takes place on leisure days such as Saturdays or Sundays. This is encouraged often because you could have players who have day jobs, you could have kid tournaments and you want their parents to be there cheering for their kids. Once the day is finalised, you draw fixtures and let the team know about their match schedule. Generate fixtures automatically with an online tool and let the team be notified of their upcoming matches. 

Key Takeaway
  1. Choose a day when you can attract maximum participation from players and fans.
  2. Set up an online tool to enable online registration. This will give you an exact count with the list of teams and players. 
  3. Use automated tools to generate your fixtures and notify teams beforehand so that they plan better.

 

The Where

Deciding on a location can be a crucial and laborious task sometimes. The place should be decided based on the number of teams you are willing to accommodate. The place should not be far for everyone to travel and at the same ensure you have enough parking spaces for your players, fans and friends. Having an online page to track registration helps you keep a track of influx to your tournament. With the social media revolution, choose a ground which looks good and convenient to all. The picture you post about the tournament tells a lot about how it is being organised. The size of the ground or stadium is decided based on the age group of teams, number of fan following, and friends of each of the players.

Key Takeaway
  1. Have an online registration tool to keep track of your influx. This will help you decide how you can manage the venue better.
  2. Select a ground which is convenient to all – in terms of distance from residential areas.
  3. With active social media everywhere, choose a ground which could be managed easily without hassle. Pictures taken at the tournament venue conveys a lot about how well the event is managed.

 

The How

In this section, we need to address how each and every match will be conducted and managed efficiently. In a tournament, we will have many matches being played one after another and the success of a tournament depends on how well its managed. Managing a football tournament end-to-end consists of registration, fixture generations, match scheduling scoring and publishing results. Tracking all these aspects on a paper can become tough. It’s not just games but also involves logistics, refreshments and managing the crowd. Such activities can be classified into two – the ones which require personal attention and the ones which can be outsourced to a technology to handle it. Managing refreshments and fans require personal care. However, generation of fixtures, scoring matches on a paper can be automated with a tool which could be used to capture the scores and publish results.

Key Takeaway
  1. Managing a tournament can be split into two tasks – ones which require personal care such as refreshments, fans, security, cleanliness and player’s need, and others which can be automated.
  2. Focus on personal care activities and see if you can automate certain tasks such as recording scores, generating fixtures to an automated system.

The How Much

Every event has its own expenditure. As an organiser, you need to manage it wisely. Generally, tournaments are conducted using funds from club membership fee, donations, selling tickets etc. However certain open tournaments are conducted for non-members too where the public can reach out, register and play in a tournament. Such tournaments incur a registration fee. Manage your costing efficiently so that you don’t spend more than the budgeted amount. 

Key Takeaway
  1. Budget correctly. Have little buffer
  2. Don’t exceed your budget.
  3. Manage fee collections, registration fee, ticketing all on one platform which directly transfers the amount to your account.

 

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Designing a poster for your tournament is the key to attracting participants. As a designer, there are some key elements for an effective tournament poster design. The quality of design, information and information placements decides how attractive your poster looks thereby grabbing more eye attention.

Knowing whom you are targeting is the first critical piece of information for your poster. Once you have figured that out, then it becomes easy to design your poster because the emotion of your audience is understood and this decides the colour, font and patterns which should go well with the information.

Here is our take on 5 key design elements to consider while designing your tournament poster.

1: Use the right colour 

“Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. Use the right colour formats for your tournament. The sport played in that tournament can be an influential factor while deciding on the colour. For example, having a grass green background for a swimming tournament will probably be a wrong choice of colours. Use right colours, elicit attraction.

Golf Tournament Poster 

Created by Maisie from Canva

 

2: Choose the right font

The font for your poster conveys the energy of your tournament. If you want to show seriousness, then have a bold sans-serif font, express playfulness with a handwritten font. When you are choosing a font, you need to actually choose two – one for the title of your tournament and another for the content.

VollleyBall Poster Design

Created by Reychelle Ann Ignacio from Canva

 

3: Don’t fill up with too much of text

Filling up your poster with too much of text will be counter-productive. You just to display the right set of information required for the participants – Name, Venue, Dates, Format, Rules, Prizes and Registration Fee. If you are able to cover all these 5 pieces of information in a nice presentable format, you are good to go.

Also, you need to display your sponsors – place their logo at the bottom of your poster to reaffirm the seriousness of this tournament. If your tournament is sponsored by big corporates or clubs, then it reaffirms to the participant that this tournament is no joke.

Badminton Tournament Poster Design

Created by Reychelle Ann Ignacio from Canva

 

4: Use simple shapes & ensure elements flow together

Shapes guide the reader’s eye to look around the poster. A shape can be a text or a composition of texts which will guide the reader in a particular direction. User shapes a guide rails. 

When using shapes, lines, text and images, ensure they all flow together. The need to be elegant and free-flowing which will be really effective.

Chess Tournament Poster Design

Created by Reychelle Ann Ignacio from Canva

 

5: Know Thy Audience

Remember, an effective design is effective only when it’s addressed to the right audience. Make sure the design, colour, text, and shapes align well with their behavioural patterns.  In the below poster, though Basketball isn’t explicitly mentioned, all basketball players who read this poster will know it.

Basketball Tournament Poster

Created by Lut Toribio from Canva

 

References & Source: 

www.canva.com

www.freepik.com

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Soccer is a game which is played, admired and followed by millions of people around the world. Soccer still continues to dominate as the one of biggest sports event ever played on the face of this planet. With Soccer gearing up in countries such as India, where cricket and hockey still lead the way; here is a collection of some effective steps which a beginner like me can practice and take these steps to the field.

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When you conduct tournaments in a medium to large scale, it’s always better to have a tournament software which will manage your tournament end to end. We have conducted several tournaments in the past and have also interacted with few tournament organisers. A tournament is just not an interaction between players, it’s a complex interaction between tournament organisers, venue managers, event managers, referees, scorers, commentators, spectators and ultimately players. When you have all these people from various fields, it becomes important to manage the entire process seamlessly and efficiently. Hence choosing a right tournament software becomes crucial.

Any event within a tournament can be classified as a “Process” and an “Interaction”. Scoring a game is a process while playing on the field is an interaction. An ideal tournament software should reduce the stress imposed on an organiser by “Process” and should be able to automate it. Here is our take on 5 essential features a tournament software should have.

1: A Dedicated Tournament Page

Every tournament deserves a special recognition as it’s a culmination of players and professionals. A dedicated tournament page on the tournament software makes your tournament more search friendly and should also help organisers manage the information in one place. The dedicated tournament page should contain all the details of the tournament such as tournament name, description, sport, divisions, enrolment date, start and end dates etc.  

Tournament Page Cricket

2: Manage Online & On-Spot Registrations

Managing registrations for a tournament is a tough task. There can be registrations via phone, personal visits to the club, online and finally on-the-spot registrations. Having to use pen-paper and manage all registrations and payments is a hassle. Your online tournament software should be capable enough to manage all these registrations. 

Badminton On Spot Registration

3: Generate fixtures automatically for various formats

Generally, in a tournament, there are 3 major formats – Round Robin, Knock Outs and Group PlayOffs. In a round robin format, each player faces every other opponent. There could be one or multiple rounds. The player or team with maximum winning points is the tournament winner. In a knock out format, a player faces an opponent and only the winner proceeds to the next level. In a group playoff format, players are split into groups and a round robin is conducted within the group. The top N players are chosen from each group and the winner complete with each other in a knockout match. A tournament software should generate fixtures online automatically and keep track of the winners. 

4: Score matches online and Publish tournament results

Tournaments can be conducted for various sports and each sport has a unique scorecard. A tournament software should give the organizer the capability to score these matches online. The software should isolate one match from an another through a dedicated page.

5: Share photos and track player statistics

Ultimately, tournaments are fun, whether you are an organiser or a player – it’s the same feeling for both. The tournament software should celebrate the success of it and give players and organisers a platform to share some of the amazing moments with all fans and players.

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Sports involving weight-bearing activities improve the quality of bones. High impact sports such as volleyball or odd-impact sports such as soccer, badminton are associated with higher Bone Mineral Density. Optimise your kid’s bone health by encouraging them to play a variety of high impact and odd-impact sports to maintain overall bone health. Here are some important tips to strengthen your bones.

Bones is a living mineralised matrix of calcium, phosphate and other biological elements. Calcium and phosphates in bones confer strength to its structure. Studies have shown that the Bone Mineral Content or BMC increases 40 fold from birth till adulthood, peaking when the person is in their 20’s. Approximately 40% to 60% of the bone mass is accumulated during the adolescent years.

Bone mass accrued during the early years determines the overall bone health in our lifetime and can also prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis.

So how do we optimise bone health in children? Well, there are broadly 2 main factors affecting bone mass.

  1. Non-modifiable factors such as gender, genetics and ethnicity.
  2. Modifiable factors such as diet, exercise, body weight and hormonal status.

This gives us room to just work with the modifiable factors. 

Maintaining a right balanced healthy diet improves the bone health. Diet for bone health is a combination of Calcium, Vitamin D, Sodium, Protein and Soda. 

Calcium

Milk and milk products are a primary source of calcium. Apart from calcium, milk provides protein, vitamin D, magnesium and phosphorus which are vital ingredients for a healthy bone. Its recommended consulting a paediatrician for lactose intolerant children.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a hormone required for calcium absorption and utilization. Studies have shown that absence of Vitamin D can result in only 10% to 15% of calcium absorption. Sunlight is a major source for Vitamin D. Research have shown us that exposure to UV B radiation in the range of 290 to 315 nm from sunlight is the major source of vitamin D. Food supplements for Vitamin D include cod liver oil, fatty fish (eg, salmon, sardines, tuna), and fortified foods such as milk, orange juice, yogurts and cheese.

Sodium, Proteins and Soda

The right amount of Sodium, proteins and soda can boost the overall health of your bones. Low sodium will predispose subjects to low calcium retention and high sodium promotes increased urinary calcium excretion and hence should be avoided. It’s recommended to consult a dietician to find out your right amount of sodium, protein and soda intake.

Exercise

Exercise such as playing sports boosts bone health. Studies have shown that mechanical forces applied to the skeleton increase the overall bone formation. Weight-bearing exercises or games such as running, skipping increases the Bone Mineral Density (BMD). High impact sports such as volleyball Orr odd-impact sports such as soccer, badminton are associated with higher BMD. However, excessive high impact exercises can also lead to fracture. Hence a balance should be maintained between high impact and low impact exercises. 

Body Weight

Body weight plays an important role in the quality of bones. Maintaining healthy body weight during childhood is recommended to optimise bone health.

Hormonal Status

Hormones such as Estrogen and Testosterones play an important in maintaining healthy bones.

Key Takeaways

  1. Promote weight-bearing activities to your kids. Encourage them to go out and play.
  2. Consume adequate calcium and proteins and avoid excessive sodium.
  3. Consume adequate Vitamin D by encouraging your kids to play more outdoor games. 

References 

“Optimizing Bone Health in Children and Adolescents” by Neville H. Golden, Steven A. Abrams, COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION. Pediatrics, Oct 2014, Vol 134/ Issue 4

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