Monthly Archives: December 2018

Sandbox Tutorial for Caldera Forms on using check-box buttons with variable names


A simple case and tutorial from my sandbox

As I fiddle with Caldera Forms, a WordPress plug-in, I often make sandbox forms that allow for trial and error and can help to scaffold the overall project. 

In this form, the user can pick six colors. Really, any value is fine, but colors make sense as a placeholder: Red, blue, green, yellow, grey, black, white, whatever. 

In the right side of the top box, the user can turn on and turn off various buttons, check-boxes. 

The magic, with the magic tags, comes into play as the colors with the check-boxes on display. Six conditional statements are needed. 

I was hoping to find a way to put the value of the name of the check-box from a field variable. But that isn't something I was able to figure out. 

Adding the VARIABLE so that the proper color appears when active.

User gets to play around and turn off and on the six buttons.

What was done:

  1. Turned off the summary of the buttons that are not on.
  2. Replace the names with the proper variables.

Tips: Need the magic tag with %. It goes into the default field, not the placeholder field. Made six different conditional statements for SHOW.

This is the desired result.

The content only displays when there is something to report. Blank data is zapped from the screen. Less clutter. More clarity. A conditional expression is set to SHOW when the button is checked.

This is the SUMMARY, and is NOT the desired results

What shows below is far too much info, as it is showing everything that is happening.

Connections to coaching

Swimmers have different events to focus upon. Sally might be gearing for a great time in the 200 fly. Sam might be working to do well on the 100 free. The priorities of all the swimmers are often unique to that individual. So in this example, the favorite event, like a favorite color, can shift. Colors, and swim events, can come in any order.

On any given workout, there are a limited number of test sets and main sets and focus points that can be accomplished. Likewise, if one's favorite color is blue, you can't also wear five other colors all at the same time on the same day. One might wear blue for four of the days and on the fifth day wear an outfit that is not blue. Plus, on any day, one might wear blue and green, and on another day wear blue and white. So the combinations are plentiful. 

With this effort the coach can set up a mini-cycle and stress different events on different days and plan ahead. One can't do everything on every day. 

Weekly swim planning — a work in progress


Invite to a web utility for planning swim test sets.

Changes are being deployed every day. Newest functions include.

  • Ability to insert one summary note and ability to insert specific note for each day on the summary page.
  • Days off
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  • Page 3

Begin by entering some emails addresses. (Not yet needed nor working.)

Tag the name or initials of the swimmer. Could also be a squad or training group name.

Make notes on the goals.

Set priorities for the swim events to focus upon. Can select up to six events. Must select at least one. Eliminate or ignore extra events with the toggle switch. The wildcard option is an extra placeholder of your choice. Perhaps you play water polo, have a meet, run, visit the weight room, whatever. Most of those activities happen beyond the scope of a test set, but you can put the wildcard event into play as one of the six options.

Review the priorities in the list that is populated from the choices you've entered.

One or two practices per day? Teams with AM swims or double practices can choose the two-practice per day option. Otherwise, only one practice per day is presented. (Not yet needed nor working.)

Are there any days when there is no need for planning test sets, perhaps if there is no access to the pool on Sundays? If Friday is always a fun, game day, for example, scratch Fridays from the calendar to make for less clutter in the forms that follow. (Not yet needed nor working.)

To plan for more than one week, re-visit the same form. Only one week is functional at this time.

Proceed to the next page.

Micro Cycle Planner with Coach Lori Jo

Draft version. Thanks for testing and comments to

Keep the coaching staff in the loop
For athletes with multiple teams

Priority of event's rank:

Pick at least one event. Option of up to six events on this form.
Summary of event priority is below.

Make your selection

How many weeks should be presented and contained within this planning session and related documents?
Click days WITHOUT test sets / planning. Helps to remove clutter from the forms that follow.

Coming in 2019: Test Set eBook

eBook , outreach

Cover of Test Set eBook

Swimming's Test Set eBook

Ebook, under-development

A new, low-cost ebook is expected for release in 2019 by Coach Mark Rauterkus, This effort is being organized as a primer and open-source offering that may or may not be sold with some early editions, but the cost will not exceed $5. Later, the books chapters are to be released as open-source collections with a creative commons license. 

Widgets and web utilities that support the ebook are going to be crafted for various coaches who express an interest in collaboration on the content. A taste of a couple of these online forms are available now for your inspection and critiques. In due time, with your help, the various elements shift from alpha to beta and finally production versions. Then coaches, teams and swimmers can use these resources, and perhaps, mirror them at their own sites too.


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    Tests, Quiz, and Brain Training
  • 3
    Around Aquatics
  • 4
    Level 1 to Level 4 in SKWIM's certification process
  • 5
    100s, intervals
  • 6
    SWOLF, Swimming & Golf, and other specialized tests
  • 7
    Pulse Plots, Heart Rate
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    Test to failure
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    Physical Feats
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    Planning bits
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