After many years of creating draws by slaving away on excel spreadsheets, taking registrations and payments manually or by email and word of mouth, NZ Tag Football Inc (NZTFI) have unleashed the power of GameDay within their nationally-run tournaments.
In what is being described as a “Game Changer” for one of the fastest growing team sports in New Zealand, NZTFI rolled out their new technology at the International Tag Series (ITS) in Auckland last weekend.
After being delayed for a couple of years due to Covid-19, the National Body were able to completely streamline team registration and payments for their 70 junior and senior teams, as well as their player registrations and payment via bespoke online registration forms.
The technology was then utilised to seamlessly fixture over 420 games across 15 fields during three jam-packed days of fierce competition.
Game results were entered directly into the platform with instant updates to the ladders, and progressions surfacing on the GameDay Mobile App and NZTFI results website.
The GameDay suite of technology was also utilised to manage the significant number of volunteer officials over the weekend with the integrated Schedula platform, delivering instant referee appointments with associated reporting and payment capability
Claude Iusitini, NZTFI national operations officer and tournament director, noted that the lead-up to their first major event of the year had been eerily quiet compared to previous seasons.
“Usually leading into an event of this size, we are constantly responding to emails and queries, updating our fixtures spreadsheets, chasing teams for payments and player information, and trying to balance referee loads and field allocations,” he said.
“This year was super quiet, and I was actually able to go out to dinner with some of the organisers the night before the competition!
“We have a super passionate player base and the sport is growing in popularity.
“We are excited to be able to make the registration process super easy for our people and allow them to keep tabs on the progression of the tournament via their phones on the sidelines.”
GameDay’s Ross Wilson attended the International Tag Series and was incredibly impressed with the drive of the organisers.
“The staff and volunteers within the Tag Whanau are so passionate and the vibe of the event was amazing to experience,” he said.
“We are excited to provide a state-of-the-art platform that will continue to support NZTFI, not only with their key national events, but also for all the modules around the country that are creating really cool experiences for their players.”
Next on the Calendar is the Junior Tag Football Nationals in early December, where NZTFI and GameDay will be managing a much larger event of over 230 teams across 37 fields and 21 age group divisions within three days.
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About NZ Tag Football Inc
As the national governing body for Tag Football in New Zealand, NZTFI looks after the sport across all ages, from grassroots through to high performance teams.
Tag Football is an exciting, safe, and minimal contact oval ball game for all shapes and sizes for both male and female players from 5-55 years of age at any skill and fitness level. It’s the game for EVERYbody!
They work with their partners, sponsors and stakeholders across New Zealand to support their growing network of modules, communities and their members. They also provide an affiliation and support structure that aims to ensure there are safe, fun and accessible opportunities for all to participate, from pre-schoolers through to adults.
Key contact details:
National operations officer
About Stack Sports
With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry.
The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organisations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organisations.
Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on four key pillars — Grassroots Engagement, Participation Growth, Recruiting Pathways and Elite Player Development. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit www.stacksports.com.
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