FAQ

General Questions

Scores and standings are tracked for varsity sports that award a league champion. Schedules are available for all levels and sports.

While some sports are varsity, if they do not compete for a "League" championship, we do not track their scores.

Typically, there are only a few schools in the league that field teams in these sports, and therefore the majority of their schedules are against teams from other leagues, and sometimes other states. While their schools are members of the league, they do not actually play a league schedule.

However, as with the subvarsity teams for league sports, you will find schedules for these teams here.

Schedule Questions
The athletic departments of the Cape Ann League and the Commonwealth Conference use MAScores.com as their official scheduling site. When weather or other circumstances require a scheduling change, each athletic department will be updating their schedule directly on this site. You will not find a more current and accurate place for CAL and CAC schedules than right here.

Sign up for a MAScores Account! All it takes is an e-mail address. After you create your account you can choose up to 10 teams to "follow". When the schedule of any of those teams is changed you will receive an e-mail alert with all of the details.

Any game that counts towards crowning a league champion at the end of the season is considered a "League" game, and will be marked as such with a "CAL" or "CAC" icon (depending upon the league). While you might assume that any game between two schools from the same league would fall in this category - that would be a bad assumption.

Each sport has a "League" schedule that determines which other schools a team must play and how many times. Occasionally two teams within a league will decide to play additional games outside of the requirements. These extra games do not count towards crowning league champions, but they are important.

"League" schedules determine which teams win league championships at the end of each season. These schedules vary across sports and leagues, so requirements for one sport may be different from others.

Occasionally, two teams within a league might determine that they are a competitive match or there might be an historic rivalry between the schools (or their coaches). In these cases, and if there is room on their schedules, the teams may play additional games beyond what the league requires, and if so these contests are considered non-league and will have no impact on deciding league champions.

Some schools in the MIAA have difficulty filling their schedules, due to playing in a league with few schools, or having no league affiliation. To allow these schools to play a complete schedule, the MIAA allows other schools to schedule "Exclusion Games" with these schools. These games will allow the non-exclusion school to play up to two additional games beyond what the MIAA has listed as the maximum for a season in a given sport.

While these games will automatically count towards the record of the exclusion school, the non-exclusion school may choose whether or not to count them in their overall record. However, the decision to not count a game must be made before the season begins in a form submitted to the MIAA.

A game marked as "Exclusion" on the site will NOT be counted towards a team's overall record.

As described above, a team's schedule may consist of both "league" games and "non-league" games. The League Record is used to determine standings within the league, and is calculated using only "league" games.

The Overall Record is a combination of both "league" and "non-league" games, and can be used as a means to qualify for a berth in the MIAA state tournament. The basic rule is that a team that wins 50% or more of its overall regular season games will be eligible for post-season play, but there are exceptions.

While wins and losses are a good indicator of who the best teams are, points are used to determine which team or teams are the ultimate champions.

The point system is very straightforward: each win is worth two points, a tie earns one point, and a loss nets a team nothing.

The point system mainly comes into play for sports where contests are allowed to end in a tie, such as soccer, ice hockey, and track (to name a few). In these sports teams can arrive at the same point total in different ways. For example a team that finishes with ten wins (10 x 2) and a team that has 8 wins and 4 ties (8 x 2 plus 4 x 1) will finish tied with 20 points.

MAScores Account Questions

Creating a MAScores Account allows you to follow as many as ten teams, which means you can receive e-mail alerts (and coming soon text messages) whenever there is a change in schedule for one of your teams.

A MAScores Account also give you access to your own 'Schedules' page, which brings the schedules of all of your teams into one convenient place. Moving between your team schedules takes just a single click.

Nothing, nada, zip, zero. Oh, and it's free.

There are two ways to temporarily stop receiving e-mail alerts for schedule changes:

  1. To stop receiving alerts for all of your teams, click on the 'Manage' link under the 'Account' menu from any school page. On the 'Settings' page click on the 'Events' tab and then select 'Off' under the first option. When you are ready to receive alerts again just come back to this page and click 'On'.
  2. To halt alerts for a specific team or teams, simply remove the teams from your selections on the 'Teams' page. You can always add them back later.

Absolutely. However, all of your settings will be gone, including your chosen 'Teams'.

For this reason, we recommend simply turning off alerts and/or removing all teams from your selection list, until you are absolutely sure you will no longer need your My Teams account.

You betcha! Just go to your 'Schedules' page, view one of your schedules, and then click either the 'Print' or 'Export' button.