League start up?
Problem reported by Samantha Rask - September 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Not A Problem
I tried to set my league up to bowl tonight but we can not figure out how we start it up?

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Frank Goebel [Team CDE] Replied
September 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM
You should, if nothing else, ensure that you are fully updated to the newest version of BLS-2015, by choosing "Check for updates" from the Help menu. You should also post version number in use with your question.
Starting a league requires considerable preparation that cannot adequately be accomplished in short order (however, BLS-2015 can streamline many operations and that is why so many secretaries use it).
At this point, given that since you didn't indicate it, I can only presume that you are literally at “square one”. My first suggestion thus will be to read through the manual (not cover-to-cover, but at least the chapters dealing with setting up a league for the first time). If you are using a download-only installation (that is, you are not having a CD and manual shipped, or that you have downloaded but have not yet received), you can read this manual using Acrobat Reader. Under the Help menu, the item "Program Menu" is not far from the top.
Within the manual, the Table of Contents is itself quite easy to read and just a look at those things for some insight. A good read would be chapter 4, and then go through chapter 9 as it will talk you through some information that you will necessarily gather so that you will know what information that BLS will need in order to function as your league's rules call for, and how to enter it in BLS-2015.
We wish you well! I am not a CDE employee or programmer, or even a representative, just someone who himself is also a league secretary and I'm in my 13th season as a secretary (and CDE customer/BLS user). Some others that may reply to support questions have themselves used this software longer still.
If as you go through gathering information and attempting to enter into BLS-2015, you run into any issues, and can't find the appropriate help in the manual (in Acrobat Reader, try hitting CTRL-F to Find a word in the manual), by all means post such a question here. There are many people here who want you to succeed!
TeamCDE Volunteer
Always check, download, and install the most recent update of your software to ensure that issues may have been corrected.
Michael Tinney Replied
September 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM
As Frank said, the BLS manual is very helpful. When starting a brand new league I work through all of the screens of the Setup tab at the top of the screen. You will probably need to stop and verify what your league rules say as in many instances, the software will ask you for info that you may not have considered. I strongly recommend that you follow the advice indicators when the software says this is non-standard or don't change this unless you know what you are doing. They are very helpful hints when you first start to use the program. Once you get rolling, it is really pretty easy to set-up, and you can make changes afterwards if you discover you made an incorrect selection.
Welcome to BLS. It will make your job easier!
Frank Goebel [Team CDE] Replied
September 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM
I'm still trying to comprehend what exactly you need. You haven't given a version number (27.0#.##) nor whether this is a PRO or A/S (auto scoring) version.
What steps have you done so far? That is, have you:
Entered all rule information into BLS
Made appropriate entries regarding your schedule (lane assignments, position rounds, etc.)
Entered bowlers into BLS, and populated each team's roster with the appropriate bowlers
Printed recap sheets onto which scores bowled the first night will be written
Miscellaneous other steps needed to make BLS function according to your league's peculiarities
Now, if you are in an automatic scoring system and need to be able to export names/handicaps to the lanes for bowling...well, you haven't specifically asked for that. I am not a user of such a system but there are those here that can help, but again you need to be specific in what exactly you need. And for that assistance, we would need to know what scoring system is in place and the software version number of that. The instructions on how to export to one particular system will be different than that for another system, therefore it's necessary to include that information.
We do want to help! But, we need to know where you are and what hasn't happened yet, and hopefully my words above will give you insight into what we'd need to know in order to assist properly.
TeamCDE Volunteer
Always check, download, and install the most recent update of your software to ensure that issues may have been corrected.
Kerry Federer [Team CDE] Replied
September 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM
To use the Autoscoring, you need to configure the program properly. In the manual, there is a section for configuring the autoscoring.
Lance Rasmussen [CDE Staff] Replied
September 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM
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It sounds like what you are asking is how to use your front desk software and how to send your league from the front desk to the lanes themselves.  That would be a question for your QubicaAMF Trainer on how to use the front desk system.
As far as BLS goes, advance, if needed, to the week being bowled tonight and then under Weekly is Autoscoring: Send League To Front Desk.  From there, you click Export.  This will create the instructions for Conqueror as far as who bowls on what lane.  From there, you use the front desk software.
CDE Software Staff
Remember to always make sure you've downloaded and installed the most current update to see if issues experienced have been corrected.

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