CAHA is implementing GameSheet as its official scoring app this season. GameSheet requires an iPad to enter stats.
The Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) has a change in store for its affiliated teams starting this season.
CAHA has selected GameSheet as its official scoring app, aligning the state’s governing body with the national one — USA Hockey, which recently adopted using GameSheet. The scoring app’s website touts itself as meeting all the requirements of a traditional paper scoresheet but with the advantage of being totally digital.
“It’s a natural move for us,” CAHA President Randy Kanai said. “It should make for a better user experience going forward.”
One way it improves the experience is streamlining the sharing of information between the organizations, especially for national-bound tournament teams from Colorado. Now, players' profiles on GameSheet will connect with their USA Hockey membership.
“When you build a roster on GameSheet, it will now validate it with USA Hockey information,” Kanai said. “Now, it will not be an issue about whether a player has valid membership.”
CAHA made the decision to switch to the new platform in February and began implementing the necessary changes earlier this offseason with a goal of having all teams ready to use the platform for the 2022-23 season.
CAHA, however, remains committed to its partnership with its overall technology partner SportsEngine, which conducts all registrations for CAHA and maintains the governing body’s website, as well as hosting more than 40 team and club websites. SportsEngine also produces the bulk of the content on co.hockey.
The new scoring app offers a high level of functionality and is ease of use by allowing scorers to enter all info on an iPad, said John Michalec, CAHA’s electronic scoring systems administrator.
GameSheet allows users to populate and edit rosters in the app, but also create accounts that on the app. One key difference is at the end of each game, coaches and referees can sign directly on the iPad to certify the game as they normally would on a paper scoresheet.
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This is what GameSheet's interface looks like.
Stats and updated standings are available once the game is completed. The app only needs internet connection at the start and completion of each game.
One potential hurdle that Kanai and Michalec noted is that the product only works on the iPad. However, both said it has not yet come up as an issue as CAHA begins testing out GameSheet. iPads are available via rental.
The rollout began in mid-May when Michalec began getting comfortable with building out schedules and getting team pages set up. This summer, a youth rec league in Arapahoe has been the guinea pig to help test out the new setup. Through about five weeks of play, things have gone well.
“I haven’t heard a negative thing,” Michalec said. “I think that speaks volumes to the product GameSheet provides. It’s user-friendly for everybody.”
Communication has begun for league members and their chance to train and explore this new platform. The first groups to start their training will be Tier I AAA boys and the Colorado Prep Hockey League as those leagues kick off in August.
Each league will have training approximately three weeks before the season starts, and training should last into November. Directors and web administrators, along with others, will have a chance to check out GameSheet and get comfortable with the product.
There are also web resources available for CAHA members, including instructions on topics such as how the app works, creating an account, help with scoring (along with some CAHA-specific information). There is also an area for all of the guides and videos along with an FAQ page.
Michalec also anticipates general training will be available for those who score games, and he said he can’t wait for CAHA-affiliated clubs to be up and running with the new app and start reaping the benefits.
“I’m just looking forward to being on par with the governing bodies and other major leagues,” he said.
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