Click Tournament → New from the menu:
Name is the name of the database file without the .shi extension. Click Open and a new window opens. All the values below are saved in the database.
General settings has information about the tournament as well as options that affect rules. Tournament is the official name for the tournament as seen on the result prints. You can give Date in any format. (eg. 2009-02-07 or Feb 7th 2009). Start time is useful for match schedule prints. You can change the Number of tatamis later (as any other setting). There are some rules and country specific options:
White first indicates that the tournament uses the year 2012 “White called first” rule.
Medal will be awarded only if a contest was won: Example: In a round robin competition system for three everyone would win a medal. Medal will not be awarded if no match was won and this option is selected..
Seeded to fixed places forces seeded 1 – 8 to pools A, C, B, D, A, C, B, D accordingly. Normally the first pool is random and the rest are selected based on that.
If equal score less shido wins: New year 2013 rule: At the end of the fight, if scoring is equal, the one with less Shido wins.
Win in Golden Score gives only one point no matter what the competitor scored.
Pool settings are specific to round robin systems:
Double pool 2 with carried forward points: Double pool 2 system has two preliminary pools and a final pool. Match results from the preliminary pools are copied to the final pool. Example:
Pool 1: Competitors A, B, C, D.
Pool 2: Competitors E, F, G, H.
Pool1 results: 1. B, 2.C, 3. A, 4. D.
Pool 2 results: 1. H, 2. E, 3. G, 4. F.
Competitors B, C, H, and E continue to the final pool. Match results B-C and H-E are copied from the preliminary pools and they do not fight again against each other
Two pool bronzes: In some countries there are always two bronze medalists, also in round robin systems. Thus in a five competitor pool they will have places 1, 2, 3, 3, 5.
Resolve 3-way ties by weights: In round robin system three competitors can have equal number of wins and points and no direct comparison is possible because of “beating in circle” . The lightest competitor wins if this option is selected.
Default systems describe what kind of competition systems to use by the default. There are three criteria:
Maximum age of the competitors in the category. This is useful if you want to use different systems for young competitors. Value 0 means age doesn't matter.
Minimum and maximum number of competitors. Usually you want to use different competition system if there are only four competitors compared to the situation where there are 60 competitors. Value 0 means don't care (no min or max).
Grade names enable different belt systems. Some countries use mon grades, some not. Some countries may have different belt color schemes based on their head organization. You can fill your grade names in the table. The names can be colors, too.
Categories has a Properties button that opens the same dialog window that can be found in menu selection Categories → Properties.
Initialize group has a selection for the country and an Apply button. The button resets the values to their country specific defaults. NOTE: Category properties are not initialized! Instead use the Reset to Defaults button that is available in the Category Properties dialog window.
Finally click OK. Example:
JudoShiai can make a backup of the database every time one match has finished. Click Tournament → Backup. Select a folder where you want to have the copies (a memory stick is a good choice). JudoShiai starts to make copies whose name are of the format shiai+date+time:
About ten last copies are preserved. Selecting a folder creates immediately one copy. Uncheck the Do Backup box to stop the backup operations.
There are several sources for errors:
Typos in names
Wrongly written club name causes failure in automatic seeding
Same competitor twice
Typos in weights
Competitor is put to a wrong category
Menu selection Tournament → Validate Database tries to find errors and shows warnings about suspicious data.