April 9, 2014

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“Heartbleed” security vulnerability

On Monday, April 7, the Heartbleed bug was made public. If you haven’t heard about it on the news, it is a serious security threat that can allow hackers to read data from an affected server. It impacts a huge number of websites and Internet-based services.

On Tuesday morning, we became aware of the problem and performed an audit of servers and services. Initially it appeared that none of our servers were impacted. Once we looked into it further on Wednesday, we discovered that one of the assignr.com servers did use the affected version of the software.

Unfortunately there’s no way to know for sure that we’ve been affected or not. We do not have any indication that assignr.com data was exposed.

To date, we have done the following:

  • The server with the affected software was patched on Tuesday.
  • We have requested new SSL certificates, which are used to encrypt traffic between your browser and our servers. This process was started today (Wednesday). Due to the volume of requests, we are still waiting for the new certificate to be issued.

We still have a couple more steps to complete, and will update this article as we wrap up the work.

We take the security of your data very seriously. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

UPDATE 10 Apr 2013: Our SSL certificate has been replaced as of 2pm Eastern time today, and all work to fix this problem has been completed. We have logged everyone out of assignr.com, and we encourage you to change your assignr.com password.

We also recommend you change your password with other online services you use, once they have announced they are no longer vulnerable.

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October 8, 2013

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Big News: assignr.com has been acquired by BlueZebra Sports

BlueZebra SportsThere has been a lot going on with assignr.com lately and I’m very excited to be able to share some big news…assignr.com has been acquired by BlueZebra Sports!

BlueZebra Sports is a leading provider of officiating management software with a strong focus on solutions for collegiate sports. Over 20 NCAA Division I Conferences use BlueZebra Sports to manage their officiating programs in one or more sports—including Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Wrestling, and Field Hockey.

Their clients include the ACC, The American, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, CAA, Horizon League, Mountain West, Pac-12, among others. They also serve several Division II/III, NAIA, and JuCo leagues, such as the Heart of America and Great Lakes Valley Conference.

In short, the best sports officiating solution for high school, youth, and adult sports is joining the best platform for collegiate sports officiating.

Bradley Batt, founder and owner of BlueZebra Sports, has extensive experience in software development, having started his career at Compaq in Houston before serving as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies. Brad also spent 15 years officiating basketball, including 7 years working NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball.

BlueZebra Sports not only provides the officiating management software for many college conferences, they also operate Officiating.com, originally started in 1999 as a training and educational site for officials. Their forum is still today the most frequented sports officiating discussion board on the web.

I will be joining BlueZebra Sports full-time as Chief Operating Officer. My primary job will be to ensure that you experience a smooth transition with minimal disruption to the service you have come to expect from assignr.com.

With a significant change like this, I want to reassure you that this is a “big win” for you.   There will be some changes, but this move will allow us to provide you and your sports officials with a better experience.

No surprises. There will be some changes to the service, however, we intend to communicate with you every step of the way. In addition, we will make sure that you are kept aware of changes and any impact they may have on your season.

assignr.com will soon be changing it’s name to officiating.com.  We will be letting you know when we are ready to make this change, but the assignr.com name will soon be changing to officiating.com.  Once the name change is complete, existing bookmarks will redirect automatically to officiating.com, in an effort to make the transition as easy as possible.

Initially, the only change you will see will be the assignr.com name and the look and feel to the assignr.com service. The service we will be providing will be the same as what you have used in the past. During the transition, we plan to provide continuous service with minimal disruption.

If you are an existing customer, rest assured that we will take care of you. Our first priority is taking care of our existing customers. Our goal is to ensure that any changes will help make your job easier. We will communicate with you, ask for your feedback, and assist you with any problems.

We make an awesome team! Brad and I have been working together since June to make this happen, and we have big plans for expanding services and features. Our vision is simple: Make managing sports officiating as easy as possible, using the best technology available.

Brad and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Jeff Wigal
Owner, Dropkick Studios

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June 23, 2013

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GamePlan League Management integrates with assignr.com

If your organization is looking for a league management system, I have some great news. I am pleased to announce that GamePlan has just completed an integration with assignr.com!

The folks at GamePlan are using the assignr.com API to push game information directly into assignr.com. As your league managers make changes to the schedule, this information is automatically fed directly into assignr.com.

It is a great system that will make your league scheduling, registration, volunteer management, and web communications easier. With GamePlan, you get:

Rule-Based Scheduling – Utilizing a unique and advanced rule-based engine, the GamePlan scheduling system is able to provide a schedule that meets the needs of your league with virtually no limitations. It provides sophisticated scheduling services, customized to the way your organization operates.

Advanced Rescheduling – The GamePlan advanced rescheduling system can be configured in any way your organization desires.  Games may be rescheduled either by authorized administrators or by the managers themselves, based upon specific rules and limits.  Games that have been rescheduled are instantly posted to your league website, so that parents and players may view a current schedule at any time. You also have the option of sending out automatic text messages and/or emails to notify parents of schedule changes or cancellations.

Advanced Schedule Execution Management – GamePlan allows your league managers to easily cancel games, move games, and swap games through a graphical interface.

GamePlan also supports player registration, volunteer management, fundraising, a sophisticated communications system, and a content management system for your league. They also have a great reporting system and an integrated accounting and financial management system.

If you are interested in learning more about GamePlan, I would encourage you to contact their sales team at (855) 383-7977, or sales@everysport.net.

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April 19, 2013

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New feature: Game Reports

One of our most requested features is the ability for referees to file a report, report a score, or “confirm” they actually worked a game. This feature is now live, and available for any site on a “Pro” plan or equivalent. The initial implementation is pretty simple. Your referees will have a new top-level tab, […]

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April 16, 2013

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Text Messaging

If you’ve logged into assignr.com over the past week, you may have noticed the announcement  about some problems we’ve had with delivering text messages to some phones on the US Verizon network. Based on what I’ve seen, I don’t believe this is a temporary problem that will just go away. With many Spring seasons ramping […]

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October 29, 2012

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Service during Hurricane Sandy

Like many others in the Northeast, we’re sitting around waiting for the power to go out. Just to let you know, we don’t anticipate any server interruptions… our servers are physically located in a data center in Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately we are right in the path of Hurricane Sandy. If we lose power or there […]

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August 5, 2012

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New feature: Self Assign

One of our most requested features is the ability to allow referees to “self-assign” themselves into a game. I am pleased to announce that this feature is ready, and I am looking for assignors willing to try it out. Our Self Assign feature works similarly to the Game Request feature rolled out earlier this year. […]

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May 25, 2012

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New Features: API, Pay Scales and Game Requests

It’s been a busy Spring around here… here’s the scoop on what’s new with assignr.com: Our API One of our major design goals with assignr.com is to make it easy to get your data in and out of the system. Our API (programming interface) moves us one step closer to that goal. If you are […]

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November 30, 2011

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Support for Multiple Accounts

Last week we pushed out the first stages of a complete solution for people who have multiple assignr.com accounts. If you have multiple assignr.com accounts, we’d love to have you give it a spin and let us know how it works. To link two or more assignr.com accounts together, follow the instructions here: http://assignr.com/help/account/multiple_accounts Once […]

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November 4, 2011

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Major System Upgrade for assignr.com

We opened up our doors in October of 2009, and have gone through a couple of hardware transitions. This past May, we moved to Blue Box Group, a web hosting provider that specializes in Ruby on Rails web hosting. Over the last month, we’ve been working on a significant infrastructure upgrade for assignr.com. We’ve been […]

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