Carpe Pilam wasn't late to any races this weekend.
People, I can't begin to tell you what a miracle this is. Just 3 tourneys ago we had to forfeit a race because we were so late getting into the lanes.
Several people on the team camp in RVs, so the whole team usually ends up parking over in the RV area. We set up ex-pens and coolers, and hang out there in between races, versus crating inside or parking near the building. We are a chatty bunch, with some ADHD here and there, and we get caught up in the conversation and forget about racing...plus we usually enter 4 or 5 teams. Can you say disaster waiting to happen?
We had been talking about buying a web camera to set up in the building so that we could check on the ring from the RV.
Those little radios don't work because it's so loud around flyball...trying to listen to something (that already sounds sort of garbled) is frustrating.
And then Andy McBride, flyball geek extraordinaire, rode in on his white horse and saved us.
Andy plays on Go Dog Go!, who was hosting the tourney in Wilson, NC, this weekend.
He wrote this awesome little web app that tells you what race is in the ring, with a timestamp for when it was updated, that you can check from a laptop or cell phone with internet access. Here's what it looks like on my teammate's iPhone:
(p.s. I know the phone says 7:23 pm but just ignore that - we were back at the RV on Saturday night drinking beers when we thought to take this picture).
The app updated every 5 seconds, and Go Dog Go! was religious about updating it as soon as every race was over.
I have no idea how the app works, or how much trouble it would be for other teams to incorporate it for their tournaments, but I really hope it takes off. I saw lots of people walking around looking at their phones this weekend, and I think they were looking at the app, not just Facebook. It was one of the most efficiently run rings I've ever seen -- we were finished racing by 2:30 pm or so on Sunday.
Great job, Andy. :)
Anybody else out there have great ideas/apps like this that save time and make tournaments better?