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Time Zone Improvements

Feature Name: Time Zones Updated by Location

For Whom? Everyone

How does this Help?

We’ve been growing, fast!  As a result we’ve recognized the need to update our Time Zones so that events always display in your local time, similar to what you’re used to with your other calendar systems like Google and Yahoo. This is just another feature we’ve released to make your life easier.

How it Works?

The time zone enhancement works in a variety of areas:

1.  My Schedule: Always enter event times in your calendar to reflect the local time zone of where you are (or what location your computer is set to). You will need to take into consideration the time difference (if applicable) of where the event is taking place.

  • Example 1: You live in Seattle and your time zone is Pacific Standard Time (PST). You are traveling to New York to play a game for a 3pm kickoff in Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is a time zone three hours ahead of you. You need to enter 12pm PST in your events calendar while you are in Seattle. Then when you land in New York and your computer updates to EST, your 12pm PST kickoff will update to a 3pm EST kickoff.
  • Example 2: I am a team manager who lives in Seattle (PST) but I am away on business in New York (EST). I need to enter games for a tournament located in Seattle for my team. In this case I would enter games in New York time. For a 9am Seattle kickoff I would enter 12pm EST in the calendar.  That way I will see the kickoff in New York time and my team will see it in Seattle time. When I return to Seattle and my computer syncs to PST the start times will change accordingly.
  • Example 3: I live in Seattle but am away on business in NYC. I did not bring a computer with me and am using the computer in the hotel to create the schedule for a tournament in Seattle. A 9am kickoff in PST is a 12pm EST kickoff. I enter the games in EST so that when I return to Seattle and pull up the games on my computer the kickoffs will update to PST. This is the same scenario as above.

2.   Export Events to iPhone: If you export events to an iPhone, all times will show up in the local time zones for each group or person.

  • For example, if your local time zone is Pacific Standard Time and you are traveling to Arizona to play a game for a 3pm kickoff, enter 2pm Pacific Time in your events calendar. Then when you are in Arizona and you pull up your iPhone calendar your event will correctly show as 3pm Mountain Time.

*NOTE your iPhone date and time is not synced with the iPhone calendar date and time, you will need to update these yourself. Your iPhone Date and Time will automatically adjust for the time zone change when you travel, but your iPhone Calendar’s Time Zone Support will not change even when you travel out of your normal time zone.

Instructions for your iPhone:

1. Go to your SETTINGS icon

2. Select MAIL, CONTACTS AND CALENDARS

3. Select TIME ZONE SUPPORT.

4. Make sure Time Zone Support is set to OFF.

3.  Programs / Teams: Now reflects the open & close registration dates in the local time zones.

4. Payments: Honors time zone for all transactions. When you pull Reports in your Payments Page, the transactions will be listed according to the time zone of the group program it is part of.

5. Messages: Honors time zone for when the message is sent. If you send a message from Seattle to someone in NYC, your message will show sent at 9am PST and arrive in their inbox at 12pm EST.