Zuluru 3 beta

Posted by Administrator on Fri, Mar 02 2018 21:35:00

We are excited to announce the beta release of Zuluru 3 on the Hamilton Ultimate Club (HUC) web site. HUC has been using Zuluru since 2014, and has volunteered to be the first organization to use the new version, an almost complete rewrite. Their summer registration opened today, and they wanted to make immediate use of Zuluru 3’s new gender equity options, development of which was largely driven by HUC’s Equity and Inclusivity committee. These options bring greater gender equity to Zuluru, providing individuals with options that empower their choices while protecting their privacy.

Following the HUC launch, Zuluru 3 will be rolled out to other organizations on a schedule based on their particular timing requests, about one a week to start with. It is expected that everyone will be using the new version by the end of May, by which time it will have progressed beyond beta to a “gold” release.

Thanks to HUC for being our “guinea pig”, and kudos for being a leader in the gender equity movement!

Zuluru in Peterborough

Posted by Administrator on Thu, Apr 09 2015 23:08:00

We are pleased to announce today that the Peterborough Ultimate League has joined the Zuluru family. PUL used Zuluru’s ladder scheduling system behind the scenes last summer, and rolled the full system out on a trial basis this spring. Feedback from admins and players alike has been positive, so the decision has been made to adopt it officially.

It seems that each organization has something that they do a little differently from others, and in PUL's case this is the Carbon Flip, an environmentally-friendly method they have pioneered for replacing the traditional disc flip at the beginning of the game with a measure based on the number of cars each team brings to the game. This option has now been incorporated into Zuluru, enabled through a configuration setting. If Zuluru looks "almost right" for your organization, contact greg@zuluru.net and we'll see what we can do to support your "quirks"!

This announcement means that Zuluru is now handling all things ultimate for the “Big Six” of Ontario leagues, and pushes our active user base well over 10,000 people. Welcome PULers!

Version 1.8.0

Posted by Administrator on Fri, Feb 13 2015 00:04:00

We are very pleased to announce the release of version 1.8.0! This is the first version number increment since last April, but don't let that fool you into thinking nothing has been going on. There have been a ton of changes, with over 400 commits to source control, just nothing that felt substantial enough to warrant a new version number. However, support for youth sports and multi-sport sites are now both stable (though surely there will be additional future improvements in both areas), and this is a big enough change to mark a new milestone.

Thank you to Connect Think and First Baptist Athletics of Indianapolis for funding this development and allowing the results to be included in the public release of Zuluru!

Youth sports in Indianapolis

Posted by Administrator on Mon, Feb 02 2015 21:43:00

We are pleased to announce that support for youth sports in Zuluru has been greatly improved, with the addition of features like parental accounts, as a result of a partnership with Connect Think and First Baptist Athletics of Indianapolis. FBA contracted Connect Think to improve their web site; Connect Think proposed Zuluru to them, and then subcontracted us to enhance functionality as required to fully support their needs.

The project was completed on time and on budget, at a reduced development rate offered in exchange for allowing the code to be included in the public release of Zuluru. Everyone wins!

Details

Where all accounts were previously considered to be players (and hence asked for details like height and skill level), Zuluru now provides the option of parental accounts (with reduced data requirements) with one or more children (no contact information collected for the children), and the ability for the parent to "act as" the child in order to perform registration and online payment, checking schedules, updating attendance and the like.

Administrative reports include information on the child as well as all contacts to ensure that communications channels are open for organizers.

This project has also made strides in support for multiple sports within a single site, functionality that will be further improved in the next short while, culminating in a new 1.8.0 release later in February.

Zuluru in Madison

Posted by Administrator on Tue, Nov 04 2014 23:59:00

Zuluru welcomes West Side Ultimate in Madison, WI! Came across WSU while Googling ourselves, they got Zuluru up and running with no questions. Best of luck to this new league spreading the reach of our favourite sport.

If you find others using Zuluru that we don't know about, drop us a line! We love to get feedback from as many sources as possible on what we can do to improve the product.

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