BIG NEWS EVERYONE! At the request of a potential user I have started a proof of concept for a drifting bracket. Note that the image above is a Work In Progress and the styles, colors, logos are not yet final and a lot of things can happen between now and release. As always I will keep everyone updated as this project inches closer to being done. I can tell you that this WILL NOT be a new site to visit and it will be integrated into Racing Club Manager one way or another.
The proof of concept I was working on was to see if I could generate a bracket that aligned correctly on the screen, and if I was able to fill it with data and get data out of it. I have achieved those goals with the proof and decided to let everyone in on my work.
The idea is to let clubs manage members like their racing counter-parts already do, but to let them generate brackets to let them hold drift tournaments. Tournaments can be varying sizes.(2,4,8,16,32) Drifting doesn’t have as many data points as racing but I am going to try and collect as many as I can think of and this is where the community can help me. Is there anything I should be capturing besides points per round and car used? I will already have the concept of teams. Should I allow seeding or just let you guys fill out the brackets however you want? Should there be championship scoring, like points for advancing a round that is scaled so that if a higher seed beats a lower seed they are rewarded? Let me know!
There are a lot of features to consider and I really want the help of the drifting community that would use this expansion to weigh in. Obviously the more features we add, the longer it is going to take to build and test. On the other hand if I leave out a feature from the start and add it in later, take seeding for example, then earlier versions of a bracket won’t have those same data points as newer versions. Aggregate data is easier to add down the road. As long as the data points are there from the start I can always expand on what data I provide over time. Aggregate data being: average points per round, or the average number of rounds a member was able to participate in per tournament.
This release, or expansion if you rather, has a lot of potential and I am very excited about continuing to develop it. Let me know what you think!