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Instructions for using accounts on the SA BEST web site

Not sure if you’re logged in? If the first item on the menu (on the left hand side) is ‘Logout’, then you are logged in. If the first item is ‘Login’, then you are not logged in. To sign up a team, or as a mentor or volunteer, you must have an account and you must be logged in to that account. The instructions below describe how to use the system.

Cookies
Create an Account
Login
Forgotten Password
Change Password
Team Signup
Mentor Signup
Volunteer Signup

Cookies:

To use the account system on the SA BEST web site, your browser must allow ‘cookies’ from the site to be placed on your computer. Cookies are snippets of information that store your login state as you browse from page to page on our web site. If cookies are disabled on your browser, you will not be able to login to your account.

Create an Account:

Select the ‘New User’ link from the menu. Fill out the information requested on the form and click on the submit button. The username and password created for your account will be e-mailed to the preferred e-mail address that you supplied on the form once you select submit. Please double-check your e-mail address; if the address is incorrect, you will not receive the information needed to login to the account. Note that SA BEST will not share any information you provided with those outside the BEST organization.

Note:

If you already have an account on the SA BEST web site, please do not create a duplicate. It’s more work for you and it confuses us. If you’re not sure if you have an account, please e-mail the webmaster (webmaster@sabest.org) and the webmaster will check for you. The webmaster can send you your username, but you’ll need to follow the directions below if you’ve forgotten your password.

Login:

To login to the site, select the ‘Login’ link from the menu. Enter the username and password that you received via e-mail when you created your account. (Of course, if you’ve subsequently changed your password, enter the new password.) Note that your password is case sensitive. Finally, click the ‘Login’ button. Once logged in, you can change your account information, your password, and you can sign up for various activities.

Forgotten Password:

If you’ve forgotten your password, follow the login procedure to the login screen. Enter your username, and then click the ‘Forgot My Password’ button. A new password will be created and e-mailed to your preferred e-mail address.

Change Password:

To change your password, login first, and then select the ‘Edit Profile’ link from the main menu. Select the ‘Change your password’ link to bring up a form into which you must enter your old password, and your new password (twice). After completing the form, select the ‘Update password’ button.

Account Changes:

If you need to change any of the information that you provided when you created your account (particularly your e-mail address), login first, and then select the ‘Edit Profile’ link from the main menu. Select the ‘Edit contact information’ link to bring up your existing account information. Change the information as necessary and then click the ‘Update’ button.

Team Signup:

In order to sign up a team to participate in the competition, you must have an account on the web site and you must be logged in to that account. Once logged in, select the “schools” link to bring up the schools page and then select the “School sign-up” link to bring up the information form. If you’ve participated before, the form will already be filled out with the previous information. If that information is correct, just click submit.  Of course new teams will have to fill out the form prior to clicking the form’s submit button. The submit button triggers e-mail back to you to confirm that we received your desire to participate and to the BEST program administrators. Note that your team will not appear on the schools list until we have received confirmation e-mail from a school administrator (the e-mail you receive will have instructions to this effect).

Mentor Signup:

To sign up to mentor a team, you must have an account on the web site and you must be logged in to that account. Once logged in, you can sign up to mentor a couple different ways. From the schools page, you can select a team that you want to mentor from the list of teams by selecting the “signup” link corresponding to the team you want to help.

If you’re not sure which team you want to mentor, you can select the “Sign up” link from the mentors page, and then select “no team” from the list of teams. If you select “no team,” please let us know your first and second choices so we can help assign you to a team.

Volunteer Signup:

To sign up to volunteer, you must have an account on the web site and you must be logged in to that account. Once logged in, you can sign up as a volunteer by following the “volunteers” link to the volunteers page. There are several “sign up” links on the volunteer page that will bring up a form. Please tell us how you’d like to help by filling out the text box on the form.