Mississauga North Stars

Resources

SPECIAL REPORT : New Users

This page gives information for those who are using this site for the first time:

When the Season Begins

At the start of the season you will be told the address of your team site’s home page. You should bookmark this page and visit it often, because this is where team news appears. For example, the home page of the 2010/2011 Minor Peewee team is:

www.upsdell.com/NorthStars/2010/MinorPeewee/index.htm

At the start of the season you will also be told the address of your team site’s Mobile News page, which works with some mobile devices. For example, the Mobile News page for the 2010/2011 Minor Peewee team is:

www.upsdell.com/NorthStars/2010/MinorPeewee/mobi.htm

You will also be given a “username” and a “password”, which you should record. Most of the site can be viewed by anyone, but some information is password protected.

Parents should give the following information to the coach or manager:

  • The full name of the player.
  • The first names of the parents.
  • Phone numbers by which players/parents may be contacted: indicate which numbers are for who, and whether numbers are home, cellphone, or work numbers.
  • Email addresses by which players/parents may be contacted: indicate which addresses are for who, and whether addresses are home or work addresses.

Important Note : the information you give will appear on a password protected page named “Confidential”, where spammers and the general public cannot see it. The general public can only see player names, which will appear on the page named “Team”, normally with last names omitted.

Important Note : after providing this information, parents should go to the Confidential page to check the information. Parents should tell the coach or manager if any information changes or is wrong.

Introduction

This site is easy to use, but one thing makes it a bit more complex than one might expect: the site was initially made for one team, but in a way that more teams could easily be added. The site therefore has two types of pages: team pages, which offer information about a team; and resource pages, which offer information for all teams. A new set of team pages is simply added for any new team.

Types and organization of pages

A team’s pages are referred to as the team’s website. Indeed, the whole site can be viewed as a set of small sites: a small team site for each team, plus a small resource site shared by all teams.

What Pages Look Like

Each page has a green masthead (banner) at the top, with the North Stars logo on the right.

Each page has a menu on the left side, below the masthead. Gray buttons go to team pages; green buttons go to resource pages.

Each page tells you what kind of page you are at: for team pages, the team’s name appears above the menu; for resource pages, the word “Resources” appears instead.

There are differences in the look of the team and resource pages, to make it easy for you to tell which kind of page you are at:

  • Menus : team menus have gray buttons going to team pages, plus one green button going to the resource home page; resource menus, on the other hand, just have green buttons, all going to resource pages.

  • Top of Page Icons : team pages have gray top-of-page icons, at the bottom right corner of each page; resource pages, on the other hand, have green icons.

  • Hockey Season : team pages indicate the hockey season, on the right side of the page below the North Stars logo; resource pages, on the other hand, don’t indicate the season because they apply to all seasons.

Tip : switching to the other kind of page is easy.

  • If you are at a team site you can go to resource pages either by (1) clicking the green menu button labelled “Resources”, or (2) clicking the North Stars logo in the masthead.

  • If you are at a resource page and want to go to your team site, click the green menu button labelled “Team Sites” — or the North Stars logo — to go to a page listing the teams, then click the team’s name.

Finding Your Way Around

The resources Help page has a great deal of information about using this site. The information is in the form of FAQs. There are two FAQs which offer information which is useful to beginners:

The above FAQs repeat some of what has been said on this page, but there is also much new information.

To become familiar with your team’s site, go to your team site’s sitemap, which appears in a sidebar of your team’s Help page.

To become familiar with the resource pages, go to the resource pages’ sitemap, which is in a sidebar of the Resource Help page. You may then take a quick look at the Help page’s list of FAQs, just to see how they are organized and what kinds of information they offer.

Surprises

This is a very straight-forward site, but there are a few things which may surprise you:

  • Text may be larger than you expect. This is because this site, unlike many sites, adheres to the best practices for sizing text. For more about this, see the FAQ “Why is the text so big?

  • Those with large, high resolution monitors may find that there are large black, starry margins on the left and right side of each page. This happens because this site tries to size pages to make them as easy to read as possible. For more about this, see the FAQ “Why is there so much empty space on the sides of the page?

  • Normally the site will have a single, public calendar, but it may have two calendars — a public calendar, plus a password protected private calendar — if the coach feels that some events shouldn’t appear in a public calendar. If you don’t find an event in the public calendar, try the private calendar.

  • At the bottom of the some pages you may see a notice about a browser update. One type of notice says that your browser is unsafe and that you should update. Another type of notice says that you can update if you wish. For more about this, see the FAQ “Why am I being told about a browser update?

  • If you print pages, much of what you see on your PC isn’t printed, including banners, menus, and decorative graphics. This is done to reduce printing costs: for more about this, see the FAQ “Why don’t printed pages look like displayed pages?

  • Many pages require that your browser support the JavaScript language. All modern browsers support it, but most offer an option to disable it, and it may be disabled on your PC. To learn how to enable JavaScript, read the “JavaScript special report”.

    Right now JavaScript is not enabled.

  • A few pages require that “Cookies” be enabled in your browser. All modern browsers support cookies, but most offer an option to disable them, and they may be disabled on your PC. To learn how to enable Cookies, read the “Cookies special report”.

    Right now cookies are not enabled.

If anything else surprises you, check the FAQs.

 

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