concept of sports scoring across Internet was developed by ECats in
the first instance to cope with specific Bridge events
- In Bridge, people
in clubs world wide get together to play the same hands on the same
night; traditionally this was scored by the club locally, then the
score sheets sent to a centre point for re-keying and re-scoring across
the whole field. We felt this was a waste of time and energy, and
developed an on-line system to take the scores, by ftp, from the local
club and re-score across the field on the server, with the results
then being displayed immediately on the web site.
this attracted a great deal of attention - instead of having to wait
for results - in some cases, several weeks, people could see how well
they had done within about 15 minutes of their scores being uploaded
from their local club.
- Because of the
nature of bridge scoring, the scores change constantly as more clubs
upload and this just adds to the excitement - and to the number of
hits on the web site of course, as individuals log on regularly to
see how they, and their friends, are getting on.
development of the Bridge Scoring Site came when the World
Wide Simultaneous Pairs ran on 2 & 3 June 2000 and the MSO
Charity World Wide Pairs take place on 22 & 23 August 2000. These
events will see the results as before, but there will be a great deal
of additional information available to participants.
- Past World Wide
events have gone into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest single
sporting event in the world, with some 100,000 participants.
- ECats with the fantastic support of bridge players all over the world runs an on-line scoring event for the BBC Children in Need appeal each year. In 5 years ECats has raised £228,403.57 for this charity.
- For information
about either of these events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- ECats is now
developing the on-line scoring further to cover other sports and is
contacting other Sports Federations to offer them the opportunity
of partnerships to utilise the technology.