JuniorHockey.com's new Video Evaluation System (VES) is coming along very nicely and we should have some type of beta sample operational soon. We have simplified the system to not only reduce costs, but to make the registration process even easier. During the initial registration, prospects are able to directly provide the information to begin building the profile. Prospects can go back into their account at anytime to add pictures, update information, and upload their initial game video directly to the server. We have written the code to allow us to select the contractor that provides the initial breakdown and evaluation of the video before going live with the VES portion of the profile.
What my partner Joe Kosmin has been able to accomplish while building the VES is amazing. Meanwhile we have followed suggestions to make the VES evaluation process as simple as possible while getting the most important criteria points that can be identified using video. We have also listened and implemented the ideas of other coaches that have voiced their thoughts. Scoring must be an average of all evaluations, the prospect must not have the ability to see exactly who evaluated them, and that the evaluation must be blind meaning that the coach will only know the player's age, number, and position before the evaluation is completed. Upon the conclusion of the evaluation, the coach may elect to follow the progress of the prospect and will get an email alert whenever that profile is updated or VES score is changed. With that in mind, while viewing other Prospects List Profiles, coaches can chose to follow the progress of any of the prospects and get the same alerts.
Prospect contact is also a huge concern. Only approved coaches (and scouts) will have the ability to contact our prospects, and even then, will be able to do so only through the system. We will screen messages to ensure that coaches are not trying to poach players laterally. A coach that crosses that line will be warned the first time and deleted the second.
Coaches and scouts will be listed as VES participants and this is where the system has the most value. That list of coaches, along with their current team affiliation, will be instrumental in not only filling the Prospects List, but also fill hosted Prospect ID Events worldwide.
Now is the perfect time to get involved with the site. 2nd Quarter traffic grew from 90,000 in 2010 to 280,000 in 2011 to 650,000 this year. We are on track to exceed 2.5M views in 2012.
We are always on the lookout for new advertising and content partners, featured writers, and now coaches and scouts to participate in the new VES program.
The VES is just another example of our commitment to the game while bringing the world of junior hockey closer together.
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