Starting a new league using MDB
Question asked by Michael Tinney - May 20, 2014 at 5:27 AM
Using BLS-2014 A/S and MDB-2014
When starting up a summer league for the first time (brand new league, not a rollover since it was not in BLS last summer) can the team members be left blank? They are initially populated with VACANT, and instructions say to type over these. Except we want to pull in 90% of the bowlers from the MDB. Is there a defined way of doing this versus adding the MDB bowlers above the league IDs created for the initial VACANT member entries?
In league done so far, that was our process. Import who we could from MDB, then over type VACANT entries for new bowlers. In the end there are lots of dropped VACANTs since MDB supplied many of the team members.
As this is my first time working with the A/S version and the MDB, I just want to be sure that I didn't miss a league start setting that would allow a brand new league to be created without the default VACANT entries when linked to the MDB. Any tricks or tips from others would be appreciated.

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No, you did it the correct way (BLS wants teams populated, so that's why the VACANTs). Easiest thing would be to mark the individual VACANTs as having quit (then, there is a function about deleting quitters) and I'd do those things first. Essentially, that's the only "tip" that would be of benefit--to remove the VACANTs first.
I do not have my BLS handy so I can't give the exact step but if you've used BLS, you may be able to get there on your own (and others will reply over time). But once you delete the VACANTs, then as you populate the teams, do so linking from the MBD as you intend to do. The Bowler ID numbers will be lower numbers as they will become available as the VACANTs are removed.
It's always a few extra steps getting a league going for the first time, but once it's set, you've used BLS prior to the no doubt already have a decent working knowledge.
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The way I do it is to go to the team you want, then highlight the vacant then on the left side click on fill vac. Then click on replace the vacant, click ok go ahead and do it, click go to MBD find the bowler and click import bowler. If the bowler is not in MBD you can add them and then click import bowler.
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