Permanent Individual and Team Statistic System
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Masters of Information Systems Heidi Marie Bacon
Department of Business Information Technology College of Business Graduate School
Minot State University
Currently, Edgeley-Kulm, like other teams in North Dakota, has been entering all statistical information on the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s (NDHSAA) website. However, this system is problematic for several reasons. First, the website only collects data for a year at a time. This time limitation does not allow for a player to keep track of career statistics. In addition, the website has frequent technical issues. In these rough economic times, student-athletes are especially looking for ways to earn scholarships to help make college more affordable. However, for most high school athletes, it is impossible to keep track of career statistics in an efficient and consistent manner. Therefore, research was conducted to determine if “off the shelf” software could be purchased to compile the team and individual statistics. Research found that no such program existed. To resolve these issues, the decision was made to design and build a Permanent Individual and Team Statistics Systems (PITSS) information system.
Table of Contents ABSTRACT 2 INTRODUCTION 5 ANALYSIS 6 BENEFITS FOR USERS 9 For a School’s Athletic Director 9 For a Coach 10 For a Student Athlete 11 For a Team Statistician 12 IMPLEMENTATION 13 CONCLUSION 14 APPENDIX A 15 APPENDIX B 17
This project began out of a request from Todd Kosel, the Edgeley High School Athletic Director. He requested that a record board was created for both of the school’s basketball teams. The request sounded simple enough, a board honoring those athlete’s in the school’s history with outstanding accomplishments. It was decided that the board would showcase top honors for both team and individual awards. In addition, it would showcase individual success in a single season and by career. However, this request required more work than anticipated.
Edgeley and Kulm made a decision to co-op for all athletic teams beginning in 2008. The co-op started playing together for the 2008-2009 basketball season. Prior to this season, statistics were kept by a variety of individuals; there was not a singular team statistician. This led to difficulties in gathering and computing career statistical information. Information was kept in different medias and there were great inconsistencies between statisticians.
In order to compute statistics, the new team statistician needed to read and analyze four score books and several hundred pages of statistic sheets, in addition to reading through information that had been inputted to older computer programs. While the initial records might not have been perfectly accurate, the record board was created and displayed. However, the process left members of the team, high school, and community wondering if there was a more efficient way to calculate team, individual, and career statistics.
Before deciding to create a new system, it was necessary to research several things. First, was there a need for a new system? Second, would a new system be marketable? Finally, what information should this system include in order to meet the needs of the community?
Step one was accomplished by speaking with coaches in the Edgeley-Kulm school district. Coaches were asked if they had a need for a new system that would efficiently calculate team, individual, and career statistics. In addition, coaches were asked if anyone in the district already had a program that would fit this need. Overwhelmingly, all coaches and athletic directors interviewed spoke of a need for this type of program. None of the coaches and/or athletic