All subscriptions have access to use our Auto-Assign functionality, if desired, to quickly populate your game schedule with assignments of available and qualified officials for the games desired. To use the Auto-Assign System, you must first turn this feature ON in your System Settings via Feature #1. Once enabled, you can use Auto-Assign from the top toolbar of your Master Game Schedule under the Automation menu.
To start, select the checkboxes for the games that you wish to include in this Auto-Assign session:
Then select the Auto-Assign option in the Automation top toolbar menu.
You'll then see the Auto-Assign console that will allow you to choose the options desired for your Auto-Assigning session. You can choose which officials to pick from, which positions to use for scheduling, and any qualifications you want to impose for the auto-assigning session.
Once you select Auto Assign Now, the system will begin filling your selected games with assignments as best as possible. When completed, the games will still remain Unpublished, allowing you to edit any of the auto-assignments created, fill in any gaps that the auto-assign system could not complete, or completely undo the auto-assign session using the one-click undo option in the Automation menu.
How Auto-Assign Determines Who to Use
The Auto-Assign System uses sophisticated algorithms to determine who is best to use for the scheduled games. Several factors are used that are generally the same factors used to populate the regular assigning window you would use the manual assign officials. The specific nature, order, and method we use to determine which official is chosen is proprietary and not something we disclose the details of, but the factors the system uses include, but are limited to, the following features and systems:
Number of Games
Officiating Metrics System
Game Number Limits
Team Block Systems
Game Code Block Systems
Venue Block Systems
League Block Systems
Partner Block Systems
After auto-assigning, you will still need to Publish the games when you're satisfied with the assignments.
If needed, you can quickly undo an auto-assign session, so feel free to experiment with it.
Auto-Assign may leave gaps or unfilled areas if it cannot find an available & eligible official to fill the game with. Be sure to check your games for gaps after the auto-assign has been completed. You may need to fill or seek out officials that can work gaps manually.
It's common to use multiple auto-assign sessions for the same set of games. You may want to auto-assign your Referees with one pool of officials and then run another auto-assign with a different pool of officials to assign your Assistant Referees. It doesn't need to be done all at once.
The Auto-Assign System works great when you input enough information into the system. The more you input, the more helpful the auto-assign system will be. Here are some helpful tips that can really improve the use of auto-assign:
Turn ON the mileage system (Feature #47), even if you don't pay mileage reimbursements. This lets the system use distance tracking during the auto-assign.
Create and use Contact Groups for restrictions and officiating pools.
Use the Game Linking System (Feature #2) to link the games first if you want the same set of officials to work a group of games.
You can use the Auto-Assign System together with the TBA System to have the system automatically pick from the TBA Responses you've received. TBA Responses are prioritized when auto-assigning.