The Stat Guys Busting their Butts
APRIL 6, 2006 (8:30PM) -- Special thanks to Mark Chin for fixing and streamlining our entire stats process from the moment scoresheets get done to the moment they are inputted into the system. Mark is a full-time process consultant by trade, so he's helped big corporations with this kind of stuff. He is doing it for us on a volunteer basis.
We have Boun and Nome Khamnouane, Yih-Wei Chien, and Robert Her taking time out of their busy day to compile the scoresheets and hand-enter them onto our website. And we have a core group of about 4 teenage staff. Then there's Ken Wan, Mark Scates, Dave Chen, Mark Fang, Tim Villarruz, Darwin Lui, Yih-Wei again, and others (sorry for those of you I missed) who have stepped up with game-time scorekeeping assignments, which is the first step in the stats process. So let's take a moment to thank and applaud the people who are hard at work from soup to nuts.
Obviously, we remain dedicated in catching up on the stats (I'm a little taken aback that some of you would even think otherwise -- guess you are new to the Dream League legacy). It's not easy when our staff gets a tidal wave of 30 scoresheets every Sunday added to the ones on the To-Do pile.
The stats not at 100% does not mean we aren't busting our asses to finish them for you as you read this. In fact, it means we are over-worked. By the way, inputting stats has never been included in the fees since we started in 2002. The fees are determined by current gym and referee rates only. It's generally not financially possible for a community league to include a website and stats, otherwise every league out there would have them. So how are we able to do any smidgen of this? Because we're dedicated, man! Are you starting to get it?
So when people send an anonymous email that we can't a put a face or name on Sunday to, criticizing us or saying that stats is the only reason they joined the league, it starts to be not as fun for us anymore especially when we've been working our butts off to get everything else right. Chill out and enjoy the positives of the league, such as the experienced refs, shotclock, double-elimination playoffs, diversity of teams, stopped clock under two minutes -- do you know how hard it is to train a scorekeeper to do that on a consistent basis? Treat the stats as icing on the cake. If you find a better league out there for you that does every single stat every single week without fail, or writes more than an occasional article about your team, by all means go and play in that league and be happier, because we can't try any harder than we are already doing.