What’s next for wp-SwimTeam?

I have one more feature to add to the Jobs module before I consider it complete.  I have a request to be able to send out Reminder Notifications on a per swim meet basis which should be pretty straight forward to implement and I hope to have it done in the next day or two.

Once that is complete, I need to decide what to do next.  I have a couple of choices.

  1. I’ve had a couple requests to be able to import a roster into wp-SwimTeam.  I don’t think this will be too difficult technically but it does require a couple decisions.  Since swimmers in wp-SwimTeam are connected to parent or guardian users, what WordPress userid would the imported swimmers be connected to?  The obvious choice is the Admin user or user running the import.  Swimmers could then be updated at a later time to connect them to the appropriate WordPress user if/when it exists.
  2. Import results.  This has long been on my to-do list because the MacDolphins need it.  I’ve been working on processing results off an on as a side project (see Flip-Turn) with the intent to fold that work into wp-SwimTeam when it is functioning and useful.  I already have a lot the functionality working and the GUI will look familiar to wp-SwimTeam users but I have yet to tackle relays and really push the robustness of the SDIF parsing.
  3. Hy-tek/SDIF compatibility.  This is also something I need for the upcoming season.  Anyone who has read much of this blog knows that I am not a big fan of Hy-tek and their goofy checksum and weak support of SDIF.  Since it isn’t likely to change and lots of teams use Hy-tek, we need to resolve the data exchange problem.  This issue may be the highest priority for me personally and I’ve debated whether to build some functionality into wp-SwimTeam to try and resolve sharing data with Hy-tek teams.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.  I try to incorporate suggestions quickly if I can.

3 thoughts on “What’s next for wp-SwimTeam?

  1. My preference would be to make #2 the next in line. It’s the biggest request I’ve had thus far is seeing results for individual swimmers.

    For 1: I think the option to pick the user to associate with the import would be useful.

    An additional idea might be to rethink the GUI a bit and add in some JavaScript/Ajax type of features to make the interface more responsive

  2. Mike,

    I’ve installed wp-swimteam for use by our swimming team and we’re having people sign up already. One comment I’ve received so far is that there’s no way for a parent to tell what events their swimmers have already signed up for. Something like a summary of meets/events the swimmers are scheduled to swim in in the future would be a great addition to the main screen.

    Also, even though we have parents registering and swimmers assigned to events, we’re not getting anything to come up in the Swimmers and Users reports – they present titles but no content. Any ideas?



    • The only reason I can think of that your reports are empty is that you don’t have the season set as active. That would cause a problem like you describe. If you’d like to send me some screen shots to look at, let me know and I’ll get you an address to send them to.

      As for the first part of your question, are you looking for a meet report something like I have on the wp-SwimTeam Demo site? If so, this page is constructed with short codes so it always reflects the current state of the database.

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