2011 Schedules Disappear

A curious thing happened recently on MCLA.us: you can no longer view teams’ 2011 schedules.

Yeah, really.

Ok, they didn’t really just remove access to the 2011 schedules did they?  What could possibly be the point of this?

For those of you unaware, you could view a team’s entire 2011 schedule on MCLA.us by simply navigating to their 2010 team schedule page, and inserting “2011” in the address bar in place of “2010.”  It’s internet sorcery, I know.

Here is what you are greeted with if you want to see who any team is playing this season:

Why did the schedules get taken down?

I don’t know why, but an excuse about an overload of web traffic is not plausible.  Further, this isn’t sensitive or privileged information, it’s a team’s schedule.  I surmise that someone must have seen this discussion regarding 2011 schedules, and felt it somehow disadvantages certain teams, conferences, or the MCLA as a whole (I don’t know how) to have the 2011 schedules available immediately.

note: I don’t think this came from the Lax Mag guys who run the MCLA.us website, I think this is external to them and was requested.

Why should you care as an MCLA Fan?

Because any move that takes place to restrict access to information about the league and its business sets a bad precedent.  Now look, I’m a big boy, I understand everything doesn’t need to be discussed in public, and there is plenty of information that shouldn’t be public (see: juicy details about Gary Campo suspension).

But this does not fall into that category.  Limiting access to this particular data is harmless, but what does it represent?  Could there be more changes without explanation?

As our league grows and gains more exposure, information must be available 24/7 for players, coaches, administrators, fans, and parents.  Interruptions to that flow of information, especially without transparency and explanation, sets a dangerous precedent.

UPDATE: As of 1/1/11 all schedules are visible again on MCLA.us, just in time for the official season start on 1/15/11

  1. Why not just visit individual team websites to look at their upcoming schedule? I found on the mcla.us site that there were a lot of discrepancies and TBDs vs. actually useful data. By the time you could view team’s schedules on mcla.us with trickery, you could also visit the legitimate MCLA teams’ websites to read their press release on their 2011 schedule.

    I agree with having as much information accessible to the public when available but at this point in time the public learns about the MCLA through their friend or son who plays for a team and is probably gleaning all their info from that one team’s site. I imagine only a handful of us junkies (myself included) are throwing a fit about the team slugs being deactivated.

    1. If you understood the process of entering a schedule you may understand why schedules were kind of hidden (without the internet sorcery) and why they were “removed”. I have entered games for my team and there is a pretty slick process for those games to then get approved. The information on those pages is very clear — schedules are not legit until they are approved by both the opponent and the conference director. The approval process is a “contract” with your opponent that the game will be played as scheduled. So until all the games are approved they are not official games. There are specific due dates for schedules, approvals and release schedule set by the league.

      The games, times etc on mcla.us are the official games. They are used by the CAAs to schedule refs for the games.

      Carry on.

      1. You are correct that the games are a contract. I was an MCLA head coach I’m very aware of the process of filling out on the backend of MCLA.us.

        However, you are incorrect in asserting that CAAs schedule refs based on MCLA.us info. The refs have their own separate system and have no access to the data on MCLA.us other than as a passive user like the casual fan on the front end of the site.

        The fact of the matter remains that all 2011 schedules were visible in November and early December but the functionality was removed to an “active season” system. This allowed users to not have access until the 2011 season became “active” on January 1st 2011.

        The argument is moot now, but the lack of explanation either on the MCLA.us site or by email to coaches or players should at least raise some eyebrows.

        1. Why don’t you just ask someone instead of speculating? The mag guys or the league would know for sure.

          You are correct that the CAAs have their own system, however the information that gets put into that system comes from MCLA.us. Any game changes or new games scheduled get entered at MCLA.us and then that exact info gets put into the ref’s system. This cuts down on trying to manage two schedules.

          1. The speculation isn’t fixated on this singular issue being the end-all-be-all issue of the MCLA. This is an example of something that if left unchecked could set an awful precedent as our league continues to matur.

            The guys at the Lax Mag are awesome and run a great site and have been very helpful whenever I’ve needed help. My point here is that I didn’t really care about what the answer is, the lack of notification and full disclosure is what sets the bad precedent, NOT singularly the removal of the 2011 schedules, for which most everyone could forget about (and have) quite easily.

            I thank you for reading, I want you guys to keep calling me out if you don’t understand!

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