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  1. trackgopher

    FLO v. Track

    That is not what I thought you were talking about! I thought you were talking TrackCast, and I apologize. Now for that, this match is over is triggered by the matside controller. And the ads are ran on a x number of minutes interval. Unfortunately, I am not sure if much is going to change here as that is what the Gold Membership fixes.
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    FLO v. Track

    1st Paragraph: TW prides themselves on prompt and personalized customer service. Sure there are FAQs for situations where the issue happens a lot and they just use that 'canned response' so to say. 2nd: TW no longer has a contract with USAW since NBCSE took over. 3rd: Andy Hamilton (Director of Wrestling Information or something to that effect) was hired to highlight more events. They also have hired Eric Olanoski and a couple other sports journalists to cover more events. This part of the business is getting off the ground, but they are not trying to compete on other things with Flo. This year was the first time that TW went through the conferences and did conference and NCAA previews. They will get better!
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    FLO v. Track

    And to answer a question a question that some might have, if they know who/what I am about. I am 100% for TW, but I am further 100% for wrestling in general. I have watched events on Flo, their FloDocs are great. I just would never use them. But that is because I am who I am. I do not hate anyone for using them. Also one other thing to clear up, Track and Flo had a great relationship. If you search Justin Tritz on Flo, you get an interview of the CEO of TrackWrestling. There were some issues that occurred and Flo began Arena and the whole relationship ended. There is much much much more to the story, but if anyone remembers events being on Flo for video and Track for administration it was working just fine. I am also more than willing to still run IHPO for Joe even though he is working with the dark side here. (Hopefully I don't get thrown out again this year by a guy I have nothing but respect for). In this instance, Joe believes that Flo has a better product and platform to show the world what Indiana has. I disagree, but that does not mean I am right or Joe is. No hard feelings there. Last thing, if anyone is willing to teach me how to run a wrestling tournament, I would kindly accept that help. I was told this year that I did not know how to run a wrestling tournament by a parent at Frosh-Soph State North Qualifier. If that person wanted to show me how to run a wrestling tournament I would be more than happy to accept that training! Just wanted to throw that out there. -That nameless Portage guy that everyone has seen, but no one knows.
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    FLO v. Track

    *This is not a statement made by TrackWrestling or NBC SportsEngine* TrackGopher is not a full time TW employee and truly does TW Support for the love of technology and wrestling. I obviously have a bias on this matter, but also have a knowledge of what both platforms bring to the wrestling world. Here is the issue...what .02 said is actually how it is supposed to work. (Though in Indiana, I try to turn off all of the ads between matches when I am running the tournament. Though sometimes there is human error and sometimes I am not able to shut off the ad volume either (sorry again)) I do not see the production from a user side (I am typically the one running the tournament). That segment is traditionally 15 seconds long and it is triggered by the user at the computer clicking save result on the matside controller. Unfortunately we have situations where untrained table help does not select correct winners or winners at all and some issues do occur. I know that TrackWrestling as a whole apologizes for issues like these! They have worked quite hard to get as much wrestling as possible to as many people as possible. If you guys do have more suggestions, feel free to let me know and I could pass them along. I am not looking for a raise or promotion other than the promotion of our sport, but I do know Justin (CEO), Shane (COO), Tommy (Chief Developer), Ryan (Senior Support), and Tiffany (Senior Support) pretty well and they do typically listen when I or Mark Durham talk. What I can say is that there will more than likely NOT be a season pass for TrackCast. This is to ensure that the events are getting the money for their streaming. I would love to talk to whomever about suggestions. And hopefully you have all enjoyed the changes that have occurred over the years.
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    Frosh-Soph Qualifiers

    The wrestlers get a total of 4 lbs. But must weigh in with a singlet and shoes on! @redcobra typically imports the qualifiers during this week, but with State and Indy Nationals coming up, it may take a little longer.
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    Indiana vs Border States Dual results this season

    I know these aren't duals but Portage and Avon also wrestled Ohio and Michigan teams at Brecksville and both finished in the top 6 of the 48 team tournament. Again, I know this does not fully show what both teams would do in duals, but it is still important to look at nonetheless.
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    Lake county tournament

    The AD at HC is a former Portage AD, probably part of the reason it is on TW, which I know I can celebrate!
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    Holiday Classic

    Yep, it is currently streaming if you want a watch.
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    Holiday Classic

    Not sure that Rioux losing to Campbell twice, Walendzak once, and Peele once is a source of worry. Same with Conley with B. Lee twice, the Columbus East 160, and DJ Washington of Portage.
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    Holiday Classic

    Hopefully you guys are aware, EMD Holiday Classic is STREAMING for $8 throughout the entire competition. NO ARCHIVES will be available. Thanks!
  11. trackgopher

    Team State

    The answer, in short, is that the IHSWCA did not desire for the event to be streamed, so TW will not archive anymore matches unless the coaches association changes their mind in the next few days (the videos will be deleted).
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    Team State

    We are looking into it for sure. Technically they were only accidentally archived because of the IHSWCA asking for them not to be. We shall see. I have TW working on hopefully a solution to the issue.
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    Team State

    So a couple things in Re: to the streaming at the Team State Duals. I am going to put it all together in one place since there are a couple of posts regarding videos from team state. First, it was a hectic time as we had different camera/computer/table set ups at each table. TrackWrestling set up a standard for using TrackCast, and unfortunately only 7 of the mats that were streamed had the full TC equipment from TW. The week before, Mark Durham had rented TC kits (as well as used his own 6 computers) from TW for the DII grind of a tournament, Midwest Classic. Those computers and streams had very little issues. Unfortunately for this tournament they used some ISWA computers and video cameras that caused for some spotty video. For those that were complaining about Mat 10 during the event, this was one of the locations where the computer/camera combo were failing us and we had to put a new setup in mid event, which hopefully helped. The good news in this is that we streamed the event, still had many colleges looking at the videos based on the paywall, and it seems like the tournament admins want to rent video equipment from TW for next year. Second, the archives. We were told that archives were not supposed to happen, unfortunately it is automatically archived on TW and when we found that out we had to contact them to stop the archiving of matches. So this means that the first 2-3 rounds (depending on teams) are archived and available to watch for free. This is a major college recruiting tool that has helped Indiana kids get offers from schools. If the tournament hosts do not care, I can archive the rest of the matches. It is hard to see how this is a bad thing for our wrestlers because of scouting. If you know anything about high school wrestling then you should know that coaches trade film to scout. In this case, at least you have the ability to watch all of the matches. Third, not having anyone manning the cameras. We knew this was going to be an issue. There are a couple solutions that we have went through on how to make sure that the cameras are focused on the action. Having a manager from one of the teams run the camera, getting more help for the tables, whatever we need to do. We know there was a water bottle in the view of the Brownsburg v. Portage match, unfortunately. We are working to fix as many issues as we can while hoping to be able to bring streams to the Indiana Wrestling community next year. No solution for this yet, but we are working toward finding a solution. The mats were setup for 1-6 (finals and 3rd place mats) to have the best streaming equipment (the ones that came from TW). That is why the 3A schools were having the spotty computers/cameras. This is something that was decided while setting up and honestly it was probably for the best that we kept those cameras there as it would have delayed the tournament even more if we hadn't. Next year, we are hoping to rent another 5 video kits so that the streams are corrected. I am sure there are more things that you would like answered, so if you would like, go ahead and ask and I can help.
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    Trackwrestling at Semi-State

    This has been on the table for a few years with the IHSAA and TW. The issue as it stands today, is that Indiana only has two individuals that run the Semi States that are comfortable with running TrackCast systems. The IHSAA would also have to rent TrackCast setups for the events, and they would have to be rented early. One other issue is with using high school gyms, rarely do they have enough bandwidth to stream effectively (EC Central). The IHSAA has stated it is an all in or all out system at this point. We are trying to work with ECC to see if we could stream there!
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    Week of 11/27-12/3

    Lots of action this weekend!

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