The information system was first released in 1990 following development in the operating system MS Dos and using programming language Turbo Pascal. This software handled triathlon competition results and the database of athletes was the foundation for seasonal power-rankings under special methodology sourced from Finland. The system was ahead of its time in those days; one recalls the prestigious Aquathlon race in the summer of 1991 in Prague, with huge prize money up for grabs and a handicap running start in 2 corridors and online results.
The second generation was created in 2010, owing to the needs of the Czech Triathlon Association. It boasted many functions, including athletes, organisers’ data, applications, results, rankings and online data communications. The front page of the system can be found on www.czechtriseries.cz. The system was too user-specific, so it was not possible to use elsewhere.
The last system generation was programmed generously from an end-users’ point of view, namely event and series organisers. They welcome the chance to get their own data onto their websites and all functions for crew work support as well.
We are going to invest not only in further organisers-functions development, but also in the sport authorities’ mission support in the sport field. The future of the system will increase cooperation possibilities in the following areas.
Why get involved and support sports associations and other similar sportsbodies?
Nearly every sports governing body – municipal, regional, national, continental and world, as non-profit organisations, deal with several types of problems. In summary, this can be encapsulated in one sentence: it is very difficult to gain the trust of members (individuals and teams as well) who do not understand the reasons why they need these associations. People usually do not know what associations do and why people should support them.
There should be several public-benefit missions of such organisations:
- To provide marketing of the given sport, as well as of its ruling. ORGSU will easily provide documentation for every endurance sport ruling for all event organisers. Every sports association in the country/region will have a chance to modify this material and distribute it to all event organisers through the B2B system environment.
- To apply the enforcement of the sport law. Most organisers, for varied reasons, ignore this and athletes do not have a chance to appeal when circumstances arise: the organiser’s mistake, another athlete cheating, a timing fault, etc. Athletes pay a lot for entry fees and they are expecting a high standard of organizer services, including the sport law enforcement. For this reason, ORGSU supports this as follows:
- The possible contract between event organiser and timing company is included, where: unofficial results can be printed, roles of organising committees are given, complaints may be laid by athletes to Race Committee Members and occasionally included into results, official results can be issued finally. In this way, athletes are protected and have recourse to a structured system for handling disagreements, complaints and problems.
- Official results should be approved / signed by main referee; his role is in the system as well. Only official results can be utilized for the series evaluations
- Several kinds of disqualification / penalties are supported by the system
- We prepare a database of referees and facilitate their public nomination for the event.
- To support work with kids and the youth. This is perhaps the pillar of every sport governing body: to explain and organise the right kids into the correct age-group divisions. The kid’s races are usually not so commercially attractive, so there is a huge field in which to operate, in terms of education and methodology.
ORGSU supports this matter, based on our many years of experience around the world:
We do not recommend that children under the age of 7 be measured, as one cannot find this age group (or younger) in factory age-group divisions. Let’s keep participation fun for small kids – every child should receive a medal and/or diploma at the finish line.
- From age 8, young athletes begin understanding what is going on during a race and do not usually need help from the crowd/parents in tough situations: weather extremes, water streams/waves, transition works, pack bicycle in the traffic and so on.
Generally, it can be said that the younger the athlete, the more clear the power difference in endurance sport. While we fully support the motivation of younger participants, ORGSU recommends that factory age-group divisions be kept to a single one year category of 8 single year division and also a one year division of 9 year old girls / boys. We do recommend starts by 10 years, in order to keep 2 years of division age groups. Many organisers unfortunately only provide one kids’ age-group e.g. from 8 to 12 years = pack of 5 years into one division.
So, the youngest guys cannot seriously compete with older ones within such a wide age margin.
This leaves the younger kids demotivated and the older ones deflated, without a real sense of having achieved a true win.
So, the ORGSU system will uphold the philosophy as outlined above, as well as all recommendations and suggestions from current users as well. Sports association functions will be ready soon. This will not be compulsory for event organisers, but available to them in a spirit of goodwill.