In advance of our busiest season with our greatest-ever level of membership, a more expansive and fluid website was in order. After some deliberation by the Executive Committee, and the input of many club members, we are pleased to unveil the new look of Herts Baseball.
New features include:
– new logos and team pages
The Herts Baseball Club has adopted a new Club logo, and new logos for each of its three teams, the Falcons, Hawks and Raptors. Now each of these squads has its own homepage, as does the newly formed Herts Little League programme. Visit these individual pages for team rosters, player stats and the season schedule and results.
– the introduction of the Herts Baseball Newswire
The Newswire will allow our volunteer correspondents to post game reports, Club news, and even photo albums for the entire organisation to access. Like the now well-established Forum, the Newswire has several categories of information and the latest news is instantly highlighted on our Club and Team homepages. For the tech savvier of you, note the RSS feed capabilities so you can customize how and when you are notified of new content on the 'Wire'.
Archive news reports from past Herts Baseball seasons have already been posted on the Newswire. Take a walk down memory lane as you read up on the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons.
NOTE: Club members can REGISTER with the Newswire, and thereby set themselves up to post comments on articles and join in discussion about controversial and interesting topics.
– enhanced use of YouTube's video galleries
As videography becomes a more consistent feature of the Herts Baseball Club we're finding better and more efficient ways of delivering the content to your desktop. The Club now has a dedicated YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/HertsBaseball) to which we'll post every new segment.
But you needn't navigate away from the HBC site to watch this content – we will increasingly use custom video galleries embedded right in our own Gallery, like this one from the 2007 Awards Night.
– player profile pages on the team rosters
The most requested feature previously missing from our website…? A little more ego stroking (as if the stats, game reports and photo galleries weren't enough)!
With the help of Hunter Devine, individual player profile pages have been added to the team roster pages. These, you will see, are merely copies of the stat highlights from the Awards Night roll call. In the coming months Hunter and the webmasters will continue to develop a system by which current and past season stats can be displayed on individual player pages, together with a photo and some more personalized content. For example, did you know that Aspi's favourite meal is macaroni and cheese with a cup of Pepsi?
Throughout the season and in the years to come we will continue to develop our website, the Newswire and the Forum. These three tools offer very different, but important means for Club communication. If you have any suggestions at all, discover any 'dead' links, or have some great content to add, don't hesitate to contact our webmasters, Jason and Kimi.