Teams and Divisions

The Rise Teams feature allows you to assign a team to each of your players and generate new team leaderboards.

These could be either or both of:

  • a leaderboard of ranks and scores for players within teams. 
  • a leaderboard where it is the teams who play against each other.

 As an example of how this works, suppose you are tracking swimming times of your friends. You can create teams defined by their ages and then be able to see ranks for under 20, 20-50 and over 50s.  So, a player who is mid-table for the whole group may get a chance to shine in their age group, this has been shown to be more motivating, especially for middle ranked players.

 You could also show the aggregate team v team view of under 20s versus 20-50s versus 50s and see which age group was performing best. The benefit of this approach is that everyone is contributing towards the score of the team, thus rewarding internal collaboration within each team, whilst still providing a competitive feel as teams try to outdo each other.

How to set up Teams on Rise


To set up teams on your board go to Teams, under the Player menu and start by creating a Division. Most boards will only have one division and multiple teams within  that division.  However, of course, you are able to create multiple divisions too.




If you think that for a particular division, you will allocate a player to more than one team from that division, then, when setting up a division, tick the checkbox that says "Players can be in multiple teams"



Then you’ll need to set your release to create team boards, under release settings.

 

Then add your teams. You have 2 choices.  When you are first setting up teams, the most efficient way will be to use the "Bulk Edit Teams", which you will find in the "Players" section



Finally under your leaderboard options, you can set the home page for your leaderboard to be either a view of the full leaderboard, or a view of a page that will allow the user to navigate to the various team leaderboard views



Now create a release and you are good to go.

Examples


UCISA recently gamified their conference where all delegates were placed into teams. Depending on how players within each team tweeted and completed other actions, the team scored points.

Here's the final leaderboard below:

You can drill down to see how DigCapC, the winning team, did over time:

As well as drilling into the DigCapC team to see how individual players within the team performed:

Allow Players to choose their teams


You may also with to allow players to choose their own teams. You can do this by checking the "Players can update their own teams" option when editing the Division:



The player will see their team choice options under the Settings menu for the board:

Note the different options above:
  • Affiliation has players can update their own teams checked but not that players can be in multiple teams
  • Locations has players can update their own teams checked and that players can be in multiple teams
  • Role has neither checkbox checked. The player can see the team they are in.
You can also hide teams from players by making the division visible to managers only.

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