Now that the anticipation and excitement of Daytona is over, and most leagues are all set up, we figured now would be a good time to take a look at where the site is now, compared to the last couple seasons.
The site has grown a great deal from the first version in 2008. Back then, there was pretty much only one league set-up, with a single league ID and an admin password and a poolie password, so everyone logged in the same way. There were no personal online selections, no message boards and only 3 scoring methods. That season, we had 7 leagues, with about 250 total teams.
In 2009, we made serious changes to the site, adding personal accounts, several default pool set-ups, and created 2 or 3 other custom set-ups, along with another handful of scoring options. With the personal accounts came the ability for online selections, the message boards, and one login to access all of your leagues (for those that are in multiple leagues on the site).
2010 saw a re-branding of the site, a couple more options for pools, and a few more scoring options, including the ability to drop a score each week. We also added a number of different stat displays for leagues, and made some changes to the admin side, to allow us to update a single league when necessary, instead of requiring a full site update every time a change is made.
This year, we’ve had to revamp the main scoring methods, as NASCAR updated their points structure. Along with that we’ve had to update a number of stats/standings pages, and there’s now a standings page showing all team selections for non-pickem style leagues. On top of that, we’ve added a couple more custom scoring options. We’ve also modified all of the site emails to send both a plain text and html version. We’re still working towards making the payment process as automated as possible, and we’re hoping some changes coming from PayPal will make this possible. A couple ‘user manuals’ are already in the works, one for league commissioners, and one for poolies.
Statistically, we’ve seen solid growth in our numbers season to season, but the most exciting part is seeing the growth of some of the leagues that have been with us since those first couple seasons. Here’s a breakdown of some of the growth we’ve seen. The 2011 stats are at the time of posting and may change in the next week or two.
In the 4 seasons we’ve been online, we’ve grown considerably, and with that there have been some growing pains. We thank you for being patient with us, when we haven’t been able to implement change as fast as we would have liked. We hope we’ve made the lives of those that run NASCAR pools a little easier, and look forward to doing so in the future. We’re always trying to improve the service we provide, and it’s often through your comments and feedback that features are added or improved. Feel free to post a comment, or use the contact form to send us a message if you have any suggestions.