HELP / FAQ

This page gives information about this site, in the form of a FAQ (frequently asked questions and answers) and a sitemap. Related pages offer other resources useful to all teams.

Important Note : for help about a particular team’s site, see if its site has a “Help” menu item or button: in modern sites it will be in the vertical menu; in old sites it may be at the right end of the team site’s horizontal menu bar.

Caution : the design of the team sites has evolved over the years, and some FAQs don’t apply to older team sites.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Questions

Questions : General
Questions : Using the Site
Questions : Browser Issues
Questions : Problems with Pages
Questions : Technical Issues

Questions and Answers

Q How do I contact someone?
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This depends on whom you are trying to contact.

To contact someone in the Mississauga Majors Baseball Association, see the MMBA website’s Contacts page.

To contact a particular team’s coach, assistant coach, or other staff member — for team sites made by Chuck Upsdell — go to the Team Sites page to find the team’s site, and then to that site’s “Contacts” page.

To contact a parent or player — for team sites made by Chuck Upsdell — go to the Team Sites page to find the team’s site, and then to that site’s password protected “Confidential” page: you will need to know the username and password for this page in order to access it, since such contact information isn’t available to the general public.

To contact this site’s webmaster, send an eMail message to Chuck Upsdell.

Note : if you want to contact someone from a previous baseball season, remember that the information on old sites may be out of date.

Q How can I get a site for my team?
 A

This site was made by Chuck Upsdell. If you are interested in having a site for your team, see his page titled Sports Sites.

Q I’m new to this site: what do I need to know to use it effectively?
 A

Read the special report for new users.

Q How is this site organized?
 A

This website can be viewed as a set of small sites. It has a set of team pages for each team, plus a set of resources pages (also called “Other pages’ prior to 2010) which are shared by all teams. The pages for each team may be considered to be a small team site. The resources pages may be likewise be considered to be a small resources site:

Types and organization of pages

Most people need be concerned only with their team’s site and the resources site.

All pages have a horizontal menu below the page banner, plus a vertical menu on the left side of the page. The horizontal menu is the same for all pages. The vertical menu for team pages is the same (or nearly the same) for all teams, but different from the vertical menu for the resources pages: for details, see Why are their two sets of menus, a horizontal menu at the top, and a vertical menu on the left?.

Team Sites

Each team has a small team site with pages about the team and its schedule:

Typical Pages About the Team
  • News: the home page, with news and upcoming events.
  • Team: team info, with lists of coaches and players.
  • Sponsors: sponsor info and a list of sponsors.
  • Photos: a small photo gallery. Omitted if there are no photos.
  • Contacts: how to contact the coaches.
  • Confidential: password protected information.
Typical Pages About the Team’s Schedule:
  • Calendar: a calendar of events.
  • Games: a list of games, with details, plus the locations of the regular games and the season record.
  • Tournaments: a list of tournaments, with links to tournament pages. Each tournament page has details about one tournament, including the list of competitors, the schedule and results, and maps.
  • What’s Up: a summary of information extracted from other pages, including news, upcoming events, the game schedule, and the game results; this page was added in 2009. This page now also has a section with information about possible conflicts in the schedule, and (starting in 2011) several sections with season statistics.
Some Points to Note
  • You should bookmark the home (news) page of your team’s site, and visit it often.
  • Modern team sites have a few more pages, not listed in their menus: a Mobile News page, optimized for mobile users; a News Archive page, with news details that don’t fit on the News page; a Help page, with tips about using the team site, and with a sitemap for the team site; and some administrative pages, used by coaches and managers.
  • The oldest team sites are organized a bit differently, sometimes with different pages.
  • A team site isn’t updated after its year ends, so over time it may become out of date.

Resources

One small site, named “Resources” — or called “Other Information” prior to 2010 — gives information useful to all teams, such as links, maps, and this page which you are reading right now.

You don’t need to bookmark the Resources site, since you can always go to it by clicking the Majors logo which appears at the top left of every page.

Note: many links in team sites go to pages in this small site; for example, the name of a diamond in a schedule is usually a link which goes to a map page which belongs to this small site.

Q How do I navigate through this site?
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There are three major ways to navigate throughout this site: using the horizontal menu at top of each page; using the vertical menu on the left side of each page; and using links.

Horizontal Menus

Each page has a horizontal menu near the top of the page, in the page banner. The horizontal menu is generally used to leave the current section of the site, to go elsewhere. The colour of this menu bar varies, depending on the style of the site.

Pointing to a menu item reveals a dropdown submenu. (If a submenu doesn’t appear, see “Why don’t drop-down menus work with Internet Explorer 5 or 6 on some PCs?”)

Here is a working sample of the menu:

MMBA has a dropdown list of MMBA pages. AA Teams has a list of AA team sites. AAA Teams has a list of AAA team sites. And Resources has a list of pages useful to all teams.

The horizontal menu is the same for every page, except:

  • Prior to 2010, the Resources menu item was named Other.

  • For the current year’s team sites, and for the small site with information for all teams, the dropdown menus are for the current year.

    E.g. pointing to the AAA Teams menu item on this page will reveal a dropdown menu listing the current year’s AAA Teams.

  • For a previous year’s team site, the dropdown menus are for that year.

    E.g. pointing to the AAA Teams menu item from a 2007 team site will reveal a dropdown menu listing the 2007 AAA Teams.

Vertical Menus

The vertical menu bar at the left of each page is used to go to other pages within the current section of the site. The colour of this menu bar varies, depending on the style of the site.

There are two types of vertical menus: one for team sites, and another for the resource site:

  • The vertical menu for a team site has buttons to go to pages within that team site.
  • The vertical menu for resource site has buttons to go to pages within that site. The same pages are listed in the Resources dropdown menu on every site, so you can go to any of these pages from anywhere by using this dropdown menu.

Note : with some older team sites, a Help button (or something similar) may appear at the end of the horizontal menu bar.

Links

Text links work as you might expect: they are blue or purple, depending on whether you have visited their destinations recently; pointing to a text link makes an underscore appear under the text; and pointing to a text link often changes the colour to green (hinting “Go”).

The Majors logo appears at the top left corner of each page: clicking on it goes to the home page of the Resources site: and since this page has a list of all the team sites made by Chuck Upsdell, this is a quick way to go to another team site.

Note : there can be some confusion because clicking on a link may go to another section of the site, with a different page banner and vertical menu. For example, clicking on the name of a diamond in a team schedule usually goes to a map to that diamond: but maps aren’t in a team site; they are in the Resources site, so the page banner and vertical menu will change when clicking a link to a map. Tip : to get back to the team site, simply use your browser’s “Previous Page” button.

Q Why are their two sets of menus, a horizontal menu at the top, and a vertical menu on the left?
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Horizontal Menus

The ruby coloured horizontal menu, which contains items like MMBA, AA Teams, AAA Teams, and Resources, is generally used to leave the current section of the site, to go elsewhere:

  • MMBA goes to the official MMBA website;
  • AA Teams has a drop-down list of the AA team sites for the current year;
  • AAA Teams has a drop-down list of the AAA team sites for the current year;
  • Resources has a drop-down list of pages useful to all teams.

Note : if a drop-down menu doesn’t appear, see “Why don’t drop-down menus work with Internet Explorer 5 or 6 on some PCs?

For some older team sites, the horizontal menu bar has an additional menu item at the far right which goes to a Help page for that team site.

For more details, see “How do I navigate through this site?”.

 A
Vertical Menus

The vertical menu bar at the left of each page is used to go to other pages within the current section of the site. The colour of this menu bar varies, depending on the style of the site.

For more details, see “How do I navigate through this site?”.

Q Why are some vertical menus different?
 A

As discussed above, in How is this site organized?, there are two types of pages, team pages and resources pages.

Team pages have one vertical menu, with buttons going to pages within a team site; resources pages have a different vertical menu, with buttons going to the resources pages.

Note : some team menus are slightly different. For example, a team which has no photo gallery won’t have a button going to a photo gallery.

Q Why are menu items different colours?
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Starting with the 2010 sites, menu items are bright white if the menu items go to pages in this site, and either bright gold (for Styles 2004 and 2007) or bright blue (for Style 2008) if the menu items go to pages in other sites.

Menu items are dim white (i.e. grey) if the menu items do nothing. For example, the “AA” dropdown menu will have a dim menu item “Tyke (Red)” if there is a AA Tyke Red team, but the team has no website to link to: hence clicking the menu item does nothing. Or, for example, the left vertical menu will have a dim menu item “Help” if you are already at the Help page: hence, again, clicking the menu item does nothing.

Q How do I find a team site?
 A

This depends on the team.

For Mississauga Majors team sites made by Chuck Upsdell, search the Team Sites page.

For other Mississauga Majors teams, go to any team site made by Chuck Upsdell during the season in which the team of interest played, and search the team site’s AA Teams or AAA Teams menus. If the team isn’t listed there, search the MMBA website’s Links page. Note : team sites of past years may no longer be available.

For baseball teams belonging to other organizations, search this site’s Links page.

Q Where is the schedule?
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The compete schedule would be a page with a record of all the team events: but no page has the complete schedule. Instead, different parts of the schedule appear on different pages, organized to make it easier to find information.

Most of the time you will find what you want — recent news bulletins, or coming events — on the News page.

If you want any tournament information, you can find the tournaments listed on the Tournaments page, and you can find details about individual tournaments on each tournament’s special report.

If you want game information — either the schedule, the results, or the season record — go the the Games page.

If you want a handy calendar of events, go to the Calendar page.

If you are a coach or manager and want to know about possible conflicts in the schedule, go to the Conflicts section of the What’s Up page.

Q How do I find a map?
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The resources site has a page with a list of maps. You can get to this page from anywhere by pointing to the horizontal menu item Resources and clicking Maps in its dropdown memu.

When a site names a baseball diamond (or other location) — for example, in a schedule — the name is usually a link to a page with a map which shows where that diamond may be found: this map may also show other, nearby locations. For example, see the map to the Martin Dobkin diamond.

 Martin DobkinLegend

You should note several features of these map pages:

  • The bottom of each map has a horizontal bar which shows the scale of the map, so that you can judge distances.
  • The map has icons showing locations such as diamonds and schools. While the cursor points to the map, a Legend appears at the bottom right of the map which indicates what the icons mean.
  • The map has a reddish, cross-shaped pointer showing the current location of interest.
  • To the right of the map — and also below the map, when maps are wide or locations are many — is a list of the locations of interest on the map: for each location listed there are brief directions, there is often parking information, and there is usually a link to a separate satellite map. For example, “ Martin Dobkin: south side of Central Parkway W, west of Confederation.  P  Parking on south side of Central Parkway just north of the diamond, or in the school parking lot north-east of the diamond.  »  See satellite photo.”
  • EntranceEntranceWhen there is a satellite map, icons appear on the satellite map showing points of interest. This often includes an icon showing the entrance(s) to the location — one of the icons shown at the right — clicking on this icon enables you to get driving instructions to that entrance. Note : diamonds are often not on official roads, and in such cases the icons showning the entrances will be at points on official roads which you must pass to get to the diamond; an example of this is the satellite map to Vaughan’s Concord Regional Park, where the entrance shown is at the end of the closest official road to the diamonds.

Each team site also has a page named Games which, among other things, includes a list and map of all the diamonds where regular games are played. You can click either on the name in the list, or click on the map beside it, to get to the map to the diamond.

Note : names of places on the maps might not be quite what you expect. For more about this, see What’s in a Name?”.

Q Is there a site map?
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There is no single site map for the entire site, but each section of the site has its own small site map.

For this section of the site, see the sitemap in the sidebar, above.

For individual team sites, find the team site on the Team Sites page. If the team site has a Help Page, a sitemap appears near the top of the team site’s Help Page.

Q How do I set the page style?
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Beginning in 2009, sections of this site let you choose a page style, i.e. how pages should look. The choices are:

Style 2004Style 2004
Style 2007Style 2007
Style 2008Style 2008

All browsers are supposed to support multiple page styles, and to offer a command to select the style; but some don’t:

  • Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, Konqueror 4, Opera 7-10, SeaMonkey : these support multiple page styles, and offer commands to select the styles. For Firefox, do View Page Style. For Internet Explorer 8, do View Style. For Konqueror, do View Use Stylesheet. For Opera 7-10, do View Style. For SeaMonkey, do View Use Style.

  • Chrome, Internet Explorer 5-7, Safari 3 : these support multiple page styles, but don’t offer commands to select them.

    If your browser supports multiple styles, but doesn’t offer a command to choose the page style, you can still choose the style from the small menu at the right, if JavaScript is enabled.

Note : a browser cookie is used to remember your choice when you change pages. If you delete the cookie this site will revert to the default style, so will have to choose again if you prefer another style. If you have disabled cookies you can still choose, but your browser will forget your choice and revert to the default when you change pages.

Q What does the icon of a key in a menu mean?
 A

An icon of a key (Key) marks a menu item which goes to a password protected page. Such a page typically has confidential information: for example, email addresses of a team’s coaches and parents; to access the page, a user must enter a “username” and “password”, which a typically given by a team’s coach to coaches, parents, and players.

Caution : a browser usually remembers a username and password until you close the browser, so if someone later tries to go to the password protected page and the browser hasn’t been closed in the meanwhile, they could go to the password protected page without being asked for the username or password. For this reason, you should close the browser before leaving your PC unless you are sure that no one might use the PC later who shouldn’t see the page.

Q Do some browsers have problems with this site?
 A

This site works well with all common modern browsers. There are minor issues with some older browsers: see the Colophon for details. The issues are most severe for handheld (mobile) devices and Internet Explorer 5, and somewhat less severe for Internet Explorer 6. For example, see the FAQs “Why don’t drop-down menus work with Internet Explorer 5 or 6 on some PCs?” and “Why is the site different on my handheld / mobile device?”.

Formal support for Internet Explorer 5 ended in 2009: after 2009 no special effort will be made to support this browser, so pages may or might not work well with it. Note that Microsoft ended all support for this browser in mid-2010.

Q Why am I being told about a browser update?
 A

At certain pages you may see a notice at the bottom of the page telling you about a browser update. For example:

Danger
Your browser, Firefox 2.0.0.20, has bugs and is unsafe. You can get 3.5.2.
Find your new browser!

Such a notice may appear at the “Resources” section’s Team Sites page or at a team site’s News page.

One type of notice tells you that your browser is unsafe, hence you should update. In this case you should update, and you would be foolish not to, because your current version has known security defects which have been fixed in the newer version. You can update when it is convenient, but you should update as soon as possible.

Another type of notice tells you that your browser could be updated to a version which is simply more capable. In this case the update isn’t critical, so you should update only if you wish, when you wish. There may be reasons not to update: for example, the newer version might not be compatible with something on your PC.

These notices are generated as a courtesy: in the first case to help make your PC safer, and in the second case to help make you see websites working at their very best.

Q Why don’t drop-down menus work with Internet Explorer 5 or 6 on some PCs?
 A

This site offers drop-down menus, but if you have Internet Explorer 5 or 6, you must have JavaScript enabled for the drop-down menus to work. This is because these browsers fail to support a critical element of the standards, and a bit of JavaScript is needed to make up for this.

This issue should affect few users: and even so, the site is still useable when drop-down menus don’t appear, since clicking menu items on the horizontal menu bar go to pages with the same choices as the drop-down menus, adding one extra mouse click when going from page to page. Those affected should consider enabling JavaScript.

Q Why do I see little information on a page, with an error message referring to JavaScript?
 A

Much of the information on the team sites is automatically generated when you go to a page, and such information is generated using the JavaScript language, which all common browsers support. But people can disable JavaScript in most browsers, either by setting a browser option, or by installing an add-on which blocks JavaScript. Many pages will display little or no information if JavaScript is disabled, and such pages should instead display a message asking you to enable JavaScript, for example:

News and Upcoming Events Not Available: this page needs JavaScript, which is either disabled or not supported by your browser. Please enable JavaScript.”

People affected by this should enable JavaScript.

Q Why is the site different on my handheld / mobile device?
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Browsers in mobile devices such as cellphones have traditionally been very limited, able to display only very simple web pages. Browsers in mobile devices also have traditionally failed to comply with even the most basic standards supported by modern PC browsers. This is changing, but right now (Jan 2010) only a few mobile browsers can approach the power of PC browsers.

It is especially hard for mobile browsers to work with this site, because this site is designed for modern browsers which offer good support for JavaScript and so-called “media queries”. Right now the best mobile browsers are the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, plus the WebKit based browsers such as those found in the Android and Apple cellphones.

More details about support for mobile devices appears in the special report “Mobile Devices”.

Caution : when viewing a page, the same amount of information is downloaded to a handheld device as is downloaded to a PC, even when less is visible on the handheld device; the handheld device simply hides unneeded information. Hence, if your handheld Internet charges are higher for higher usage, you may find that you are being charged more than the visible content would suggest.

For parts of this site which have not been made friendly to handheld devices, the handheld browser may reörganize pages in an attempt to make the pages work better on that device: results will vary.

Q Why is the text so big?
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Your browser lets you configure how large text should normally appear in web pages. This is the size you configured. Many sites, however, use a size smaller than you configured: and if their text was too tiny, you may have configured your browser to use larger text to make those sites more readable; but if you did, text in sites like this one would then appear too large.

Text size problems wouldn’t exist if all sites would size text alike, but they don’t: many sites, like this one, use the size you configured; many use a size about one step smaller; and many use another size which is unrelated to how you configured your browser.

We suggest that you configure a size in which both these lines are easy to read:

This is the size you configured.
This (often used in menus, sidebars, etc.) is one step smaller.

If this makes text too small on other sites, you could use your browser’s zoom function, if it has one, to compensate. One hopes that, in the future, zooming will become less needed as more sites correctly honour how you have configured your browser.

Q Why is there so much empty space to the left and right of the page?
 A

When viewing pages on this site, some people may see fairly large green margins on the left and right of each page. This happens most often for people who have very wide monitors, or who have configured very small fonts.

This happens because this site sizes each page so that the page width doesn’t exceed a certain limit. This is done to make pages easier to read: it has been found that people can most easily read lines of text which are neither too wide nor too narrow; by setting a maximum width, the site can ensure that lines of text won’t be so wide that they become hard to read.

The maximum width depends on how you have configured your browser’s default text size: if you have configured a large text size, the width is greater; if you have configured a small size, the width is less. The result is that each line will have about the same number of words whether the font size is large or small. But a side-effect is that the green margins on the left and right of each page grow as the font size shrinks.

Note: if the browser window is very narrow, or if the font size is very great, the large green margins won’t appear; pages will take up the full width of the browser window.

Note: the limit to the width of each page isn’t honoured by old versions of Internet Explorer, since these browsers don’t support the feature which allows the width to be limited. For these browsers, pages always take up the full width of the browser window.

Q How do I view documents which my PC cannot read?
 A

This site offers some documents which require programs which some people don’t have. Examples of such documents are Adobe Acrobat (.PDF), Microsoft Excel (.XLS), and Microsoft Word (.DOC) documents. If you don’t have the program normally required, however, you can get free programs which will let you view and print those documents. This site has a page telling you how to get free Document Viewers which will enable you to read those documents.

Note : documents offered by sites on the Internet are usually in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format, which you can read using the Adobe Reader (often called the Acrobat Reader); if you don’t have this program, you should get it. Caution : Adobe will probably try to trick you into installing more than just the Adobe Reader, so at each step in the installation procedure, be careful to decline installation of other things.

Q What do the team calendar colours mean?
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Events in the team calendars are colour-coded to make it easier to identify events, just by glancing at the calendar.

The colour scheme depends somewhat on the page style which is currently set, Style 2004, Style 2007, or Style 2008:, which cannot be shown here because it won’t fit on a small screen.

Style 2004 Style 2007 Style 2008
Style 2004 colours Style 2007 colours Style 2008 colours

Note : when several types of events take place on the same day, e.g. both a game and a practice, the primary colours are those of the event which is most significant.

Q What are the team calendar modes?
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A team’s calendar can be viewed in two different ways, either in Calendar Mode, or in List Mode:

Calendar Mode

A calendar normally appears in Calendar Mode on a PC, as a grid with rows of weeks and columns of weekdays. For example:

Example of calendar mode

In this mode, these buttons appear at the top right of each month’s calendar:

Previous monthNext monthList modeTop of page

The third button switches to List Mode.

List Mode

A calendar can also appear in List Mode, as a list of events, with one row per event. This mode is the default mode for mobile browsers. For example:

Example of list mode

In this mode, these buttons appear at the top right of each month’s calendar:

Previous monthNext monthGrid modeTop of page

The third button switches to Calendar Mode.

Note : list mode is typically disabled once the year is over.

It is harder to describe the two modes than to use them: go to a team’s calendar page and try them out!

Q How do I print a team calendar?
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To print the entire calendar, simply use your browser’s function to print the page. For most browsers the command to do this is “File Print”. Note that, if you do this, the top part of the page with the buttons and sidebar won’t print because this part of the page isn’t needed for a printed calendar.

To print part of the calendar — e.g. for a month or a few months — you must do two things:

  • Step 1 : select the portion of the calendar you want to print: with Microsoft Windows this is normally done by pointing the mouse to the start of what you want to print, holding the left mouse button down, moving the mouse (while the button is still down) to the end of what you want to print, then releasing the mouse button. Usually when you select part of a page, the browser will show what is selected by highlighting the selection in some way.

    For example, to select one month, point the cursor to the start of the name of the month, hold down the button and move the cursor to a point following the last week of the month, then release the mouse button.

  • Step 2 : use your browser’s function to print the page, but when the Print dialog box appears, look for an option labelled “Selection” (or something like that) and set the option before clicking the dialog box’s “Okay” button to start printing. Note that the option won’t appear if you haven’t selected the portion of the calendar you want to print.

    Here is a depiction of of a Print dialog box with the “Selection” option set:

    Print dialog box

Note : the dialog box should have an option to print in either portrait or landscape mode. In the dialog box depicted above, the mode can be set using the “Properties” button. If the printed calendar isn’t wide enough when using portrait mode, try landscape mode.

Note : the site tells browsers to try to print the entire calendar for a month on a single page; unfortunately, browser support of this feature is very poor, so you will probably find some month’s calendars broken, partly on one page, and partly on the next. This has been a problem for a long time, and the browser makers appear not to be very interested in fixing this problem.

Q Why don’t printed pages look like displayed pages?
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If you print web pages on this site, some things won’t be printed, by design. The page banner, borders, background, menus, and decorative items aren’t printed, because they aren’t needed on printed pages. Also, background colours aren’t printed unless there is a very good reason, and text is plain black on white, because this reduces your printer costs, especially if you have an ink-jet printer.

Sometimes background colours and images won’t be printed, even when they should be. This is because browsers have an option to disable printing of background colours and images: this can reduce your printer costs, but may also result in printed pages that lack important content or which look bad; for example, if the page has white text on a dark background, and the browser doesn’t print the dark background, the text won’t show up. If this happens you can configure your browser to print background colours and images, which will fix this problem. To do so:

  • Chrome: there appears to be no way to configure this.
  • Firefox: click File, Page Setup, Format & Options, then check the checkbox labelled “Print Background (colors and images)”.
  • Internet Explorer: click Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, then check the checkbox labelled “Print background colors and images”.
  • Mozilla: click File, Page Setup, Format & Options, then check the checkbox labelled “Print Background (colors and images)”.
  • Netscape 7 or later: click File, Page Setup, Format & Options, then check the checkbox labelled “Print Background (colors and images)”.
  • Opera: click File, Print options, then check the checkbox labelled Print page background.
  • Safari: there appears to be no way to configure this.
  • SeaMonkey: click File, Page Setup, Format & Options, then check the checkbox labelled “Print Background (colors and images)”.

Q Why do some diamonds and other locations have names different from what I expect?
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The fundamental reason is that some locations are known by several names, which can cause confusion. This site tries to prevent confusion by using names which are consistent and unambiguous. There is a page telling you more about this.

Q Why are sponsors ordered differently at different times?
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The list of sponsors on the Sponsors page is ordered randomly: each time you go to the page or refresh the page, the order of the sponsors usually changes.

This is done so that no sponsor is more prominent than any other, e.g. no sponsor appears at the top of the list more often than any other.

Q Why don’t schedules, game results, or calendars appear?
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JavaScript must be enabled to generate schedules, game results, and calendars on the team sites. This is because this information is extracted from a small database using a program written in the JavaScript programming language. If JavaScript isn’t enabled, a warning message explaining this will appear on the page.

This site has a page telling you how to enable JavaScript.

Q Why don't photo albums appear?
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JavaScript must be enabled to generate, and to interact with, photo albums on the team sites. This is because the albums are generated from a small database using a program written in the JavaScript programming language. If JavaScript isn’t enabled, a warning message explaining this will appear on the page.

This site has a page telling you how to enable JavaScript.

Q What do coaches and managers need to know?
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There are certain things which coaches and managers — or whoever are the primary contacts with the webmaster — should know to enable the webmaster to create and maintain a great team site.

First, coaches and managers (or the primary contacts) need to provide the webmaster with much of the information which goes on the site. The webmaster will try very hard to find information himself, to reduce the burden on coaches and managers, but there is much which only coaches or managers can supply. This is discussed in detail in SPECIAL REPORT : Site Data.

Second, coaches and managers (or the primary contacts) should check for problems in the schedule and tell the webmaster about anything which must change to fix the problems. Again the webmaster will try very hard to identify problems himself, but again there is much that only coaches or managers can do. To help people find problems, the team site automatically checks for many problems in the schedule, and reports the apparent problems in several ways. This is discussed in “How can I check for possible problems in a team’s schedule?”.

Third, coaches and managers (or the primary contacts) should know about the administrative functions, and at least one person should know how to use them. For example, there is an administrative function which enables authorized personnel to post special News Alerts on the News page: this function is very useful when critical news must be posted immediately, with no delay. This is discussed in “What are the administrative pages?” and in SPECIAL REPORT : News Alerts.

Q How can I check for possible problems in a team’s schedule?
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Each team site has a page named “What’s Up” which has a collection of information, mainly related to the team’s schedule. Two sections of this page help identify scheduling problems.

Calendar

One section of this page, titled “Calendar”, has the same information as the standard calendar page, but also has warnings about practices which are scheduled to take place on tournament days: such practices are ordinarily automatically skipped and therefore will not appear in the schedule.

If a scheduled practice should not be skipped, the webmaster should be notified so that he can mark that practice as one which should take place regardless.

If, however, such a practice should be skipped, the coach or manager may wish to consider making the practice time and venue available to another team.

Conflicts and Incongruities in Scheduled Events

Another section of this page, titled “Conflicts and Incongruities in Scheduled Events”, offers an automatically generated report which reports questionable scheduling issues: for example, it lists games whose starting times seem to be too early, or games which seem to overlap with other events. This information is provided mainly for the webmaster and the coaches, to enable them to more easily identify scheduling problems.

A coach or manager should check the report regularly, e.g. once or twice a week.

Scheduling issues are classified as  notes ,  alerts ,  warnings , and  errors .

NOTES - visible only to the webmaster:
  • An exhibition game has no result because the coach wants the result withheld. (This message appears only if the coach has a policy of not reporting results of exhibition games.)
  • A game is scheduled today: be ready to post the result.
  • A tournament is coming soon: get the schedule, or check for schedule changes.
  • An event has a limited-time comment: the comment should be deleted when it expires.
  • An expired event has a link: the link should be deleted if it is no longer needed.
  • A news item is more than 30 days old: it should be deleted when appropriate.
  • A news item has expired: it should be deleted.
  • A news item has an initial uppercase character: it should be corrected if this is a typo.
ALERTS - should be noted, but seldom require action:
  • A regular practice is scheduled on a tournament day and will be automatically skipped: this is normal, but if the practice should take place anyway, tell the webmaster.
  • A regular practice is scheduled on a non-game tournament day: if the practice shouldn’t take place, tell the webmaster.
  • A tournament day is coming soon with no game scheduled: if the schedule isn’t available, try to get it; if the schedule is available, verify that there is no game scheduled, or no game scheduled yet.
  • Two non-tournament games are scheduled on the same day at different locations: make sure there is time to get from one game to the other.
WARNINGS - often require action:
  • A game is cancelled: it should be either rescheduled or removed from the schedule.
  • A game has no result: the webmaster should be told the result.
  • A game is scheduled with no start time: see if a start time is available.
  • A game or practice is scheduled with no location: see if a location is available.
  • An event takes place very soon after another event, which can especially be a problem when the events are in different locations: if there is a problem, reschedule one of the events.
  • An event takes place very soon after another event, apparently at different locations: if there is a problem, reschedule one of the events.
  • A regular or exhibition game is scheduled on a tournament day: check the schedule to see if this is right.
  • A game or practice is scheduled very early in the morning: check the schedule to make sure the time is right.
  • A game or practice is scheduled during normal work hours, or shortly thereafter: check the schedule to make sure the time is right.
ERRORS - almost always require action:
  • An event appears to start after it ends: tell the webmaster the correct times.
  • Two events overlap: this is usually due to an error in the schedule: tell the webmaster if there is an error.
  • A tournament game is scheduled on a non-tournament day: check the game and tournament dates, and fix the error.

Note : in deciding whether an issue should be reported, this site makes decisions which are somewhat arbitrary. For example, a warning normally appears if a game starts before 8:00am, and some might prefer this time to be different. Some factors used in making the decisions can be configured, but regardless there may be instances when the issues reported aren’t what you might expect: the list of issues isn’t a cure-all for scheduling problems.

Q What are R/X/T in a game schedule?
 A

These mark games which conflict with the schedule.

An R or X in a game schedule marks a regular or exhibition game which is scheduled on a tournament day.

A T in a game schedule indicates a tournament game which isn’t scheduled on a tournament day.

For exhaustive scheduling checks, see “How can I check for possible problems in a team’s schedule?”.

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Q What are the administrative pages?
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These are pages created for a team coach or manager to post information on the site themselves, without involving the webmaster. For example, if it is urgent to post a notice that games are cancelled due to inclement weather, a coach or manager can do so: the notice goes onto the site immediately.

For the 2010 Major Bantam AAA team, for example, the administrative pages are at:

http://www.upsdell.com/mmba/2010/MajorBantam/admin/index.htm

The administrative pages are password protected, using a different username and password than used for the team’s Confidential page.

There is no button or link to go to the administrative pages, except for links from the team’s Help page: this is because few people will be authorized to do so, they will be told by the webmaster where to go, and they will bookmark the page on their PC(s).

Right now there are just two administrative functions, one to set a news alert, and one to cancel it: more functions could be added in the future. An overview of news alerts is available on the page “SPECIAL REPORT : News Alerts”. Details appear on the administrative pages themselves.

Q Why do I get to a page titled “401 - Authorization Required”?
 A

This happens when you have failed to enter the correct username and / or password when prompted to do so at a password-protected page or file.

Password protected pages on this site include the administrative pages, discussed above, as well as team sites’ Confidential pages.