Timing a race: Divisions or Not?

“Divisions or not?” certainly isn’t as eloquent or thought-provoking as Shakespeare’s “To Be or Not To Be?” question, yet has still consumed a great deal of my thought lately!

Since Good Times’ conception, we’ve successfully timed numerous events without providing functionality enabling grouping of participants within a division.  For those events demanding that sort of grouping, the solution was to simply have multiple events.

Using multiple events within Good Times is clean: it naturally creates a clear separation of race participants, their results, and all supporting capabilities from registration, to timing, to reporting.  But the creativity in today’s running culture has sky-rocketed, and along with it the complexity of many events.

I’ve already encountered some situations where having the ability to support divisions would have made things easier on the timing staff.  And since one core tenet of Good Times software is ease of use… well you see where I am going with this I bet!

Good Times Software will soon support the use of divisions.  While other solutions only provide similar capability with the use of divisions exclusively, our customers will enjoy the power and flexibility of using events and divisions simultaneously.  If an event is setup to use divisions, expect the two following major changes:

  1. During participant registration (either manually, or via Data Import), participants will be able to be registered to a specific division (or, alternatively, the open or default division if nothing is specified.)
  2. When an event is timed, participant’s will be timed as usual but their results can optionally be displayed within their division registration or within the event as a whole.

Other changes will be necessary, too, to accommodate the use of divisions within Good Times.  Expect division functionality to be rolled out soon, maybe within the next month or two!

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