A Glossary of Terms

About the Glossary

Our software uses certain terms to describe different ideas. Understanding the basic terminology of our software is an important step to understanding how things work.

As we expand to different states and regions we find that the terminology used by our users varies, sometimes sharply, from place to place. This creates the challenge of developing universal terminology that everyone can relate to and understand. We've given it our best shot, and many of our common terms are listed below. Please feel free to make suggestions if you think we should use different terms for different ideas and abstracts.

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Competition

noun - A contest in which a winner is selected from among two or more entrants. Competitions are generally broken down into three categories: individual, dual, and team.

Constituent

noun - A person who authorizes another to act in his or her behalf, as a voter in a district represented by an elected official.

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Eligibility

noun - A state in which an individual has met a set of specific requirements in order to achieve access to certain group, events, and/or actions.

Event

noun - Something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time. More commonly, events are functions like practices, parent meetings, car washes, school plays, things that are not competitive with one or more groups.

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Group

noun - A group is any collection of people with one or more common interests. We intentionally apply this term in a broad, generic, fashion to keep our group management systems as versatile as possible. We use groups to define schools, teams, sanctioning bodies, and every other type of organization that interacts with our system. Additionally, groups are used in even more obscure ways, as with rosters, leagues, divisions, coach memberships, and organization departments.

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Interface

noun - A set of commands or menus through which a user communicates with a program. An interface allows users to select command choices from various menus displayed on the screen.

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League

noun - A group of teams organized together by common interests. Each league contains a number of different settings to separate it from another league. Some of these settings include divisions of a league, seasons, sport, gender, eligibility, and roster fields.

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Person

noun - Any human, not to be confused with a "user". People may or may not have login access to our system but may still be tracked and organized by it.

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Stats

noun - Shortened form of Statistics.

Statistics

noun -

  1. ( used with a singular verb ) the science that deals with the collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of numerical facts or data, and that, by use of mathematical theories of probability,imposes order and regularity on aggregates of more or less disparate elements.
  2. ( used with a plural verb ) the numerical facts or data themselves.

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User

noun - Any person who has an active username and password to our system. Users always have an associated 'person' record in the system.

Unweighted GPA

noun - A grade point average calculated with the assumption that all courses the student took will receive equal weight, with no extra points added for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

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Weighted GPA

noun - A grade point average calculated after adding extra points ("weight") for honors or Advanced Placement courses. Typically this means than an A in these courses receives 5 points rather than 4 and a B receives 4 rather than 3, so the overall GPA can exceed 4.0.

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