Saturday, May 20, 2017

Moore League showdown: Who has the best baseball website?

Wilson and Lakewood high schools are the clear winners in a comparison of  Moore League baseball team websites. Both Wilson and Lakewood have robust and up-to-date websites packed with information about their respective teams.

For most organizations, the website is the face seen by the public, and sports team are no exception.. Parents, players and fans who want to know more about a school's baseball program will likely go online first.

Both Wilson and Lakewood show what can be done by making a smart commitment to your team's site. The professionalism and thoroughness of the sites reflects well on the teams and the schools.

At the other end of the spectrum, three schools -- Millikan, Compton and Cabrillio -- have basically no baseball site at all. Each of them seem to have made a half-hearted attempt at some point to create an online presence, but apparently gave up. Anyone looking for information on those teams will find empty shells of websites that serve only as an embarrassment to the schools.

The Moore League has seven high schools -- Wilson, Lakewood, Long Beach Poly, Jordan, Compton Millikan and Cabrillo. Here's a detailed look at each school's baseball team site:

Grade: A+
This team actually has two websites. The team's page on the school's website has pictures of the varsity, JV, and frosh/soph squads, plus a varsity schedule. There are also links to game stories, photos and videos.

Even better is the team's outside website (linked to from the school site), which has full results, names and contact info for the coaches, a calendar that includes upcoming playoffs, a ton of game photos, a message board, rosters and even a page showing pictures of alumni who have gone pro.

Grade: A-
Lakewood can also be pretty happy with its baseball's team's its online presence. The team has an outstanding stand-alone outside site (separate from school's website) that features an up-to-date schedule, results, photos, videos and rosters. and biographies of all the coaches. The "team stats" and "players stats" pages are both blank, which is disappointing, but that would have been a bonus.

The team's page on the school website is modest, with only a couple photos and a schedule that's not quite up-to-date. Also, it lacks a link to the outside site, so some people who aren't aware of the other site may stop here and feel let down.

Long Beach Poly
Grade: B-
Poly takes a different route. The team's school website page is mostly blank. The link to the "varsity schedule" is broken. Oddly, the link to the frosh and JV schedule does work. The coach's name and email address are posted, but there are no rosters and no results..

But the Poly team does have a Twitter account that seems to be frequently updated.  The team should post a link to that account on the school site's page to make it easier to find.

Grade: D
The official page has a rather random collection of pictures without captions. It lists the athletic director but not the coach. There is no schedule and there are no results.

Grade: F
The team page on the school's website has nothing but two schedules from a previous year. Under "News," it lists "Millikan Dance Auditions" (huh?). If you dig around on the Internet, you can find at Twitter page that labels itself as the "Official Page for Millikan Baseball Program" but as of this writing, it has only one posting from the prior six months. And that one post dealt with University of Oregon baseball.

Grade: F
Compton has one page with a baseball schedule, but it's not going to be much use since it's not the current year's schedule. No indication what year it is. There is nothing else on the page. The coaches' names are not listed there or on a separate "Coaching Directory" page (which is "under construction").

Grade: F

The school's website directs you to an outside website for the baseball team. That link takes you to a page that says "Page Not Found."

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