SPECIAL REPORT : New Users

This page gives information for people using this site for the first time:

When the Season Begins

You will be told the address of your team site’s home page. You should bookmark that page and visit it often, because this is where team news appears. You can click Team Sites for a list of team sites.

For example, the 2012 Major Mosquito team site is at:

  http://www.upsdell.com/mmba/2011/MinorMosquito/index.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 provide the following 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 which persons, and whether numbers are home, cellphone, or work numbers.
  • Email addresses by which players/parents may be contacted. Indicate which addresses are for which persons, and whether addresses are home or work addresses.

This information 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, on the page named “Team”.

Note : parents should go to the Confidential page to check the information, and should tell the coach or manager if anything is wrong or has changed.

Pages and Menus

This site is easy to use, but it may seem complex because it supports many Majors teams — more every year — and past years’ team pages are preserved so that you can look back on teams of yesteryear.

You can think of this site as a collection of small sites: a “team site” for each team, plus a “resource site” with pages shared by all teams.

Types and organization of pages

You should focus on two of these small sites: your team’s site, and the resource site. Ignore the other team sites.

All pages have two types of menus: a vertical menu; and a horizontal menu. Vertical menus go only to pages within the current small site; horizontal menus go elsewhere:

  • Horizontal Menu : the horizontal menu is on the bottom edge of the page masthead (banner). It has dropdown submenus with menu choices which go elsewhere. Here is a working example of a horizontal menu; point to the menu items to see the submenus:

    Note : the ”Resources” menu item in the horizontal menu, used to go to the resources pages, was called the “Other” menu item prior to 2010.

  • Vertical Menu : the vertical menu is on the left side of each page. The menu has choices which go to pages within the current small site. The vertical menu for one team is similar to that for other teams; the menu for the resource site is different. Here are examples of the team and resource menus:

    Example of team menu     Example of resources menu

    A team menu is similar to other team menus for the same year, but can differ from those of other years: menus have evolved over time as ways have been found to improve them. Note : an icon of a key (Key) appears in a menu to indicate a menu item which goes to a password protected page. Note : the Photos button in the menu is omitted if there are no photos.

    Vertical menus for modern sites include Help menu items. In a team site, clicking Help goes to a page with information about using that team site; in the resource site, clicking Help/FAQ goes to a FAQ page with information about using this entire site.

What Pages Look Like

Pages in this site can look very different. There are three reasons for this:

  • Over the years the page styles — colour and design schemes — have evolved, so the style for one year may be somewhat different from the styles of other years.

  • Before 2009 three different page styles were offered: the webmaster picked the style for the resource site, and each coach picked the style for their team site. The three styles look roughly like this:

    Style 2004  Style 2007  Style 2008

    Because each coach picked the style for their team, one team site can look very different from other team sites, even those for the same year.

  • Beginning in 2009 three page styles continued to be offered, but you can pick the style to be used when you use the site. The three styles again look roughly like this:

    Style 2004  Style 2007  Style 2008

    You can pick the style in various ways, for example by clicking on one of the above three thumbnails: click on them and see what happens!

    When you pick a style, it will be used when you visit all pages from 2009 on, so all pages will look much the same to you: but they will look different to someone who has picked another style.

Style 2004

One page style is called Style 2004. The page masthead is sapphire, the horizontal menu bar and dropdown submenus are burgundy, and the vertical menu bar is silver, like this:

Style 2004

Style 2007

The second page style is called Style 2007. The page masthead is ruby, the horizontal menu bar and dropdown submenus are ruby, and the vertical menu bar is silver, like this:

Style 2007

Style 2008

The third page style is called Style 2008. The page masthead is ruby, the horizontal menu bar is ruby, dropdown submenus are ruby or sapphire, and the vertical menu bar is sapphire, like this:

Style 2008

Finding Your Way Around

The resources Help/FAQ page has a lot of information about using this site. Two FAQs may be especially useful to beginners:

These FAQs repeat some of what has been said on this page, but there is also a lot of new information.

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

To become familiar with the resource pages, read the resource pages’ sitemap, which is in a sidebar of the Resource Help/FAQ page. You should then quickly take a look at the FAQ to see how it is organized and information it offers.

Possible Surprises

This is generally a 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 green 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 to the left and right of the page?

  • At the bottom of the resource site’s Team Sites page — or at the bottom of a team site’s News page — you may see a notice about a browser update. One type of notice tells you that your browser is unsafe, hence you should update. Another type of notice tells you that you can update, but only 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”.

If anything else surprises you, just check the FAQs, please.