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Scoring Screen, the arrows explained

The Arrows are no longer the default mechanism of showing whether the last point was a handout or a won rally as of version 2.21. The arrows are still available as an option and can be enabled in the preferences screen.

 

Quick Q&A:

Q. Who served that last rally?

A. The arrow points to the server of the last rally

Q. What side did the server of the last rally serve from?

A. The arrow comes from the box where the server of the last rally served from

Q. Do I call handout or not?

A. If the Arrow points towards the receiving positions, the last rally was a handout.

Both the Squash Scorer and Squash Scorer plus Apps have the ability to score either “traditionally” where the referee enters the call into the app and the app decides who to award (ie “Rally Won” or “Handout”) or the referee taps on the player who won the rally and the app decides whether it was a Rally Won or a Handout.

When scoring by player it is useful to know whether the result was a Rally Won or a Handout and so the App displays this by showing an arrow. The arrows are optional and may be turned on in the Preferences. By default the app will show the simplified “Hand Out” and “Rally Won” notification.

The simple rule for the arrow is that it always points from the box where the previous serve happened to where that server is now for the start of the point about to be played.

The upshot of this is that if the arrow is like this

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Then it was as a result of a Rally being won by the server who then changed sides for the next point.

However if the arrow heads towards the back court like this

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Then that means it was a handout. In the example just above, Amr Shabana was serving from the right in the previous point but lost the rally and is now receiving on the left.

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Instructions for the use of Squash Scorer Plus – Preferences

The preferences screen is where you can set the preferences for how the app behaves. Also you can set default values for eMail and Twitter addresses.

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When “Traditional Scoring” is disabled, the method of scoring becomes a simplified system where you need only to tap on the player who won the rally and the app will determine whether a handout has occurred or not and score the rally accordingly.

device-2013-04-28-170119When “Enable Negative Scores for Handicap” is selected, you will be able to use the adjustment controls available on the scorer screen to adjust scores to be negative.

When “Disable Screen Saver in Scorer” is selected, the device will no longer periodically initiate the screen saver lock screen or dimming when the application is on the scorer screen with no input from you. The application will still allow the screen saver/lock screen to happen on other screens, however.

When “Show Scoreboard in Scorer” is selected, the application will show the scoreboard in the scorer screen.

When “Vibration Feedback” is selected, the device will vibrate once when “Rally Won” is pressed and twice when “Hand Out” is pressed. This gives non-visual confirmation of the scoring action.

device-2013-04-28-165735When the “Edit Timers” button is selected you are taken to a screen that lets you select the timer times for the warmup, between games and injuries. You can also select whether you want an audible alarm which will happen at the half way point of the warmup, end of warmup, 15 second warning of the between game time and end of the between game time. A match duration option shows a permanent timer on the scorer screen.

When “Use Location when Sharing” any share messages will also include the location where the post, email or tweet came from. The location is city and suburb. When the device cannot get a fix on the location it will display “an unknown location” until such time as a location fix has been made.

The “Twitter Account to tweet results to” field is the name of a Twitter account that will have the tweet directed to in addition to the Twitter account “squashscorer”. For the example above this means that the Twitter message will contain an @mySquashClub. You may follow the Twitter account ”squashscorer” on Twitter to see all results that have been posted.

The “Mail Recipient” field is the mail address that will be automatically included in the “send to” field of the mail message. You may add more recipients of course.

The Export and Import buttons allow you to backup, restore or simply share the matches you have scored. More detail can be found in the Export and Import Posts.

You can also access the Edit Players screen from here.

You may swipe to the right to navigate back to the Match Info screen from here as well as using the buttons provided at the bottom of the screen and use the menu to bring up further navigation options.

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Instructions for the use of Squash Scorer and Squash Scorer Plus – Player Edit screen

The Player Edit screen allows you to change the names of players. You cant change the name of a player who is currently in a match being scored so finish that match and “Start a new match” first. The player Edit screen is applicable to both the Squash Scorer and Squash Scorer Plus applications.

device-2013-04-28-165800Simply tap on a player and change their name where it appears in the top section. This screen uses autocomplete to help you consolidate names that weren’t entered exactly the same for example.

If you do rename one player to have the same name as another player, then you will be asked to confirm “merging” those players and the matches will all be associated to the one player for statistics purposes.

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Timed Matches

Timed Matches have been added to Squash Scorer and Squash Scorer Plus as of Version 2.12.

device-2013-04-28-165635A timed match is one where there are a number of timed playing periods and between each playing period is a rest period. The score can be accumulated throughout the entire match (Carry over score) so that each player has a grand total at the end or the Squash Scorer supports the idea of timed games where each timed game is a game in its own right with its own score. The winner would be the one with the most games.

The timed setup screen looks like the following

device-2013-04-28-165645The Carry over score checkbox determines whether each timed period is to be treated as a game in its own right or whether the score should be carried over from each timed period to the next giving a single grand total at the end. The Carry over score cannot be changed once a timed match is in progress. Start a new match to enable it again.

You can use the Add Period button to add an additional period. The above example shows two 10 minute playing periods with a 1 and a half minute break period between them. Again, the add period button cannot be changed once a timed match is in progress. Start a new match to enable it again.

You can edit any of the values for longer or shorter playing periods or longer or shorter breaks. Changes will be saved when you leave the screen.

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Instructions for the use of Squash Scorer Plus – Preferences Screen

The preference screen contains settings that determine how the app behaves

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When “Enable Negative Scores for Handicap” is selected, you will be able to use the adjustment controls on the homescreen to adjust scores to be negative. You might do this before the game starts and is one way the scorer supports handicaps.

When “Disable Screen Saver in Scorer” is selected, the device will no longer periodically initiate the screen saver lock screen or dimming when the application is on the scorer screen with no input from you. The application will still allow the screen saver/lock screen to happen on other screens, however.

When “Show Scoreboard in Scorer” is selected, the application will show the scoreboard in the scorer screen.

When “Vibration Feedback” is selected, the device will vibrate once when “Rally Won” is pressed and twice when “Hand Out” is pressed. This gives non-visual confirmation of the scoring action.

When “Use Timers” is selected a popup window appears and lets you select the timer times for the warmup, between games and injuries. You can also select whether you want an audible alarm which will happen at the half way point of the warmup, end of warmup, 15 second warning of the between game time and end of the between game time. And you can select whether the timer should be shown permanently on the scorer screen.

You can select different times if you wish and they will be remembered. You can also use the defaults button to reset the defaults shown above. Times are in seconds.

2.12 timer captureWhen “Use Location when Sharing” any share messages will also include the location where the post, email or tweet came from. The location is city and suburb. When the device cannot get a fix on the location it will display “an unknown location” until such time as a location fix has been made.

The increase font size option increases the size of the font and is set on by default. If you find the text is not fitting well on your screen then try disabling this option.

The Export Database allows you to create an export of your data including all the matches and players and attach that export to en email message ready to be sent. More information can be found in the Export and Import Database post.

The Import Database option looks for an export file in the /sdcard folder and them imports it. It will add the contents to your existing matches so you can use this functionality to add matches a friend has scored to your own database. more information can be found in the Export and Import Database post.

The Edit Players option allows you to rename players. You can only rename a player who is not currently being scored. More information can be found in the Edit Players post.

The “Twitter Account to tweet results to” field is the name of a Twitter account that will have the tweet directed to in addition to the Twitter account “squashscorer”. For the example above this means that the Twitter message will contain an @mySquashClub. You may follow the Twitter account ”squashscorer” on Twitter to see all results that have been posted.

The “Mail Recipient” field is the mail address that will be automatically included in the “send to” field of the mail message. You may add more recipients of course.

You may swipe to the right to navigate back to the homescreen from here as well as using the buttons provided at the bottom of the screen and use the menu to bring up further navigation options.

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Instructions for the use of Squash Scorer Plus – Sharing

The sharing screen allows you to share match results to Twitter, Facebook or eMail.

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You can swipe across the screen to change the match to be shared. The matches change in chronological order if you do this.

device-2013-04-02-111711The Twitter and Facebook options post short messages to Twitter or Facebook and you will be asked to confirm before posting. You are shown the message to be posted.

The Squash Scorer Plus app will generate a complete WSF scoresheet as an attachment optionally using the match details from the share screen. device-2013-04-02-111657

You get to choose your favorite eMail client where the generated scoresheet will already be attached and any mail recipient from the field on the Sharing screen will already be added.

For further information on the scoresheet itself please refer to the scoresheet post

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Instructions for the use of Squash Scorer Plus – Statistics Screens

The Results list screen is accessed by pressing the statistics icon on the match info screen (homescreen).

device-2013-04-28-170357The scrollable list is sorted in reverse date order so the most recent match is listed at the top. You can press on a player to select matches in the list that the player has participated in.A long press over the score (middle part) of any list entry will bring up a context menu.2.12 long pressThis menu will allow you to choose to see various statistics relating to the match or players. device-2013-04-28-170327For doubles matches, statistics are available for the teams. You may also delete the match from here. You will be asked to confirm if you want to delete the match.

Details of each menu option will be described in further posts.

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