How Diamond Scheduler Tackles Venue Constraints for GHBL

Case study:
Manages and creates balanced schedules for 18 regions while saving time by using Diamond Schedulers' powerful venue constraints.
Southern Ontario, Canada

In the world of sports, behind the excitement of every game, there lies a complex web of scheduling, logistics, and coordination that ensures every match takes place seamlessly. 

For the Golden Horseshoe Baseball League, a vibrant community of 22 teams, 600 players, and 9 dedicated volunteers, the challenge of organizing games across Southern Ontario has been a monumental task for years. 

Scott Deveau, the league's Executive and Scheduler, has been orchestrating the league's activities for the past nine years. Scott's journey with the Golden Horseshoe Baseball League began 9 years ago as a player and transitioned to the executive side in 2015.

As an executive and scheduler, managing such a diverse and extensive league involves more than just a love for the game; it requires unwavering patience, logistical finesse, and a keen eye for data. 

Scott's responsibilities range from creating schedules to dealing with city officials, not to mention the unexpected curveballs thrown by Mother Nature in the form of rainouts.

Most importantly, Scott’s role requires him to be unbiased, and fair, with a high emotional IQ to ensure not only the technical operations but also the personable relationships and member experiences run smoothly.

This article delves into the challenges Scott faced in his role and how Diamond Scheduler became the innovative solution that transformed their operations while acquiring time-saving results.

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The challenge: Manually creating schedules and checking venue availability for 22 teams

Scheduling games for a league with 22 teams spanning a vast region is not for the faint of heart. Scott had to manage venues in cities stretching from Mississauga to Hamilton, with countless variables and constraints to consider. 

The league's success hinged on his ability to coordinate with city officials, make deadlines, and ensure the budget was on track. 

He also had to quickly communicate with city officials with permits when rainouts occurred and team reps to reschedule games. His role as an impartial decision-maker was crucial for maintaining the integrity of the league.

One of the league's most daunting challenges was tournament scheduling. The ever-changing nature of the playoffs meant that schedules had to be created on the fly, adding an extra layer of complexity to an already intricate task.


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The pressure was on to create a schedule that met all venue constraints, player needs, and deadlines. Most importantly these venue constraints needed to be checked and matched with teams to create a balanced and fair schedule.

Creating a manual schedule for 22 teams across 18 regions while dealing with city venue officials was a huge undertaking. Manually cross-checking and verifying these match-ups also made manual scheduling more prone to error and unbalanced schedules.

Scott needed to find a league scheduling software to be his ally, as creating schedules was the tip of the iceberg to his list of league operations responsibilities.  

The solution: A scheduling software that tackles venue constraints with ease

Scott Deveau's journey to finding the perfect solution for the Golden Horseshoe Baseball League led him to Diamond Scheduler. 

Introduced to the platform by another league manager, Scott was immediately impressed by its ability to add various constraints and, most importantly its ability to handle venue constraints. 

Scott noticed that Diamond Scheduler's ability to manage multiple venue constraints and cross-check a team’s availability in one click would give him the upper hand.

He described how Diamond Scheduler’s founder, John Hall, offered him a trial and explained how the program worked, making it the perfect fit for the league's needs

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The decision-making process was straightforward. Scott presented the platform to the league's annual meeting, outlining the costs, benefits, and the pressing need for Diamond Scheduler. 

Unanimously, the league agreed to implement the software. Scott noted that Diamond Scheduler had no rivals in his view, as it perfectly catered to the league's unique requirements, dealing with a large amount of venue constraints.

“Without Diamond Scheduler, there would be a lot of challenges that we would have to figure out how to overcome,” says Scott.


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The result: Diamond Scheduler saves GHBL 80 hours per season and becomes an invaluable member of the team

Implementing Diamond Scheduler in the Golden Horseshoe Baseball League was nothing short of transformative. It simplified the complex process of scheduling, saving Scott and his team valuable time and resources. 

Without Diamond Scheduler, Scott estimated that creating a schedule, including all constraints, took around three weeks or 120 hours. With Diamond Scheduler, this daunting task was streamlined to just 40 hours or roughly one week, saving the league 80 hours per season.

“To be fair, I haven't come across another scheduling platform,” says Scott, “because there is no need to come across another one. Diamond Scheduler is the pinnacle of what I need and I don't think I'm going to change it.”

The benefits of Diamond Scheduler extended beyond time savings. Scott highlighted the elimination of manual work, the software’s powerful management of venue constraints, increased accuracy, and the ease of cross-checking match-ups, which made scheduling a breeze.

The platform not only met but exceeded the league's expectations, elevating their operations to new heights.

The Golden Horseshoe Baseball League's journey, from the complexities and challenges of scheduling to the streamlined efficiency and time-saving solutions offered by Diamond Scheduler, showcases the pivotal role that technology can play in enhancing the operations of sports organizations. 

Scott Deveau and his team can now focus more on the game itself encouraging its players to play like baseball legends, knowing that Diamond Scheduler has their back.

Deidra Hunter is a former athlete that now thrives as a content marketer and brand strategist. Her passion for sports has enabled her to contribute to diverse branding, content creation, and writing projects. In her downtime, she engages in lively discussions about sports and business with her friends and family. 

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