Sports Ladder couldn't be easier to use but here is a tutorial which will explain how you should setup and administer your ladders.


INSTALL

You install Sports Ladder the same way you install all Joomla! extensions. Access the Extension Manager in your Admin Control Panel and from here you have 3 options:

  • Download Sports Ladder from this website and then upload the package file.
  • Download Sports Ladder from this website and manually copy the package file into your tmp directory.
  • Use the 'Install from URL' function by pointing to the download location on this website. 

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SPORTS LADDER CONTROL PANEL

 Once installed you can access the Sports Ladder extension through your Admin Control Panel by clicking on the 'Extensions' menu and finding 'Sports Ladder'.

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CREATE A LADDER

The first step is to create a ladder. You can create as many ladders as you like. From the Control Panel select 'New Ladder' or from the 'Ladders' view press 'Add'. You need to specify a name for the ladder, that's all!

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CREATE SOME PLAYERS

Your ladders are pointless without some players so you should now use the 'New Player' function to add players. You need to specify the name of the player and there is the option to add an 'Area' / 'Organisation' as part of their profile (I will allow the customisation of this shortly in a future version).

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ASSIGN PLAYERS TO A LADDER

As players can participate in multiple ladders the assignment of a player, to a ladder, is done separately from creating the player. Please note that the order in which you assign players to a ladder affects their starting position in the ladder. New players will always join the ladder with the highest rung (worst position).

To assign players to a ladder use the 'Rungs' or 'Setup Ladder' options from the Control Panel then click 'Add'. You first need to select the ladder you wish to assign a player to and then a drop down box will be shown listing all possible players you have that are not yet assigned to that ladder. Simply select one, their starting rung will be automatically assigned, and press 'Save'.

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REPORT GAMES PLAYED

Once two players have competed against each other you can now add the result. If a player beats a higher ranked opponent then they will claim their opponents place in the ladder and everyone below will move down one. There will be no changes made to a ladder if a player beats a lower ranked opponent.

To add results use the 'Results' or 'Add Results' options from the Control Panel and then click 'Add'. You first need to select the ladder the two players belong to. You will then be able to select the winner, the loser and provide some contextual information about the game itself (Date, Event and Score). Press 'Save' when done and the result will be commited to the ladder and any changes automatically made to the database.

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That's it! You've installed the extension - created a ladder - created some players - assigned them to the ladder and reported some results. To view the tutorial on setting up your front-end views click here.

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