With all due respect to my buddy Mitch Stephens, I’ve got to say — what the heck is up with MaxPreps? I remember the first time I stumbled across the site back with I was a first-year free-lance reporter for the Daily Review. I had to cover a Hayward High football game up in Napa and started browsing around on the internet to see if I could find a Napa roster. I’ve used it ever since for tracking down rosters, sometimes schedules and occasionally even scores.
Each year they seem compelled to do a redesign of the site and the last couple of years it’s just gone overboard. First off, the video that starts when you first go on the site couldn’t be more annoying. I feel bad for my co-workers that sit near me that hear that about 25 times a day. Then, the process of getting to a school’s page gets more complicated every year. I remember back when there was a simple search box on the home page where you could type in the school. Now, you have to first select the state of the school, then wait for a list of schools to come up. Sure, you can now start typing in the school’s name until it comes up, but it’s just a pain in the neck. And don’t get me started on having that initial page and then having to click to go to the MaxPreps home page (I hate any site that has that). I know MaxPreps seems to be doing really well, but I’ll tell you, I miss the days when it was much simpler and easier to use.
I honestly didn’t write this rant with the intention of turning this into a shameless plug, but while we’re on the topic, I might as well. Bay Area News Group-East Bay is beginning to launch a new feature on our Web site. Each local team will have their own page on our site where they can view schedules and rosters (if and when they are inputted by either our staff or coaches) as well as view and upload articles, comments, photos, videos and more. That’s right! You can upload your own photos, stories, just about whatever you want. Not everything is set up yet, but you can start looking around and keeping your eye out for it. Go to www.insidebayarea.com/prepsports and you’ll see the widget that says Dig It with a picture of a volleyball player. Click on that and you can browse to your school’s site. It may take some time to get it all going strong, but hopefully, with your help, we can really make it a great site for East Bay sports fans.