Tuesday, February 6, 2018

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

three years ago tonight, I refereed my first bout. 

sometimes it feels like last night, sometimes it feels like a million years ago.

here's at least another three more years, and hopefully lots lots lots more.

Friday, January 26, 2018

and now for something kinda different

I donated blood yesterday afternoon, so I figured it would probably be a good idea if I didn't skate at scrimmage last night.  So, I worked in the penalty box.  There were only two of us, so we each took a team.

It went pretty well - there were a few times when my side had a rotating cast of penalized skaters - but I was able to do the timing with one stopwatch.  The only time I really screwed up was when I went into the center of the track to check the number of penalties on a skater, the jam started, and *then* I remembered there was a skater in the box who I was supposed to be timing.  oops.

Going out to Buffalo to JR - the weather actually seems to be cooperating!  Yay!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

at the clinic

(I am Head Refereeing.)

ME: NO PACK! (pause) [TWEET!] WHITE, TWO-THREE*, FAILURE TO REFORM!

PARKING LOT: Why did you issue that penalty?

ME: Because her responsibility was to slow down and she continued skating.

PARKING LOT: Correct!

ME (internally): YAAAAAAAY MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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*not the actual color/number; don't remember what it was



Also found out I was accepted to Royal Brawl, a tournament in Guelph, Ontario over Memorial Day weekend.  Yaaaaaay meeeeeeeeee!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

weather sucks

so the weather prevented me from going out to the game last Friday.  Boo!

and it's possible that the weather may prevent me from going to an officiating clinic on Saturday.  Boo!


Monday, December 18, 2017

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a wrap on 2017!

We're officially on break now (Saturday was an open scrimmage) so I actually brought my pads and skates in from the car!

So yeah.  2017.  Let's recap, shall we?

JANUARY
FEBRUARY
So all in all, I am quite happy with my year as an official.  I was 3 for 4 on my year goals, and the fourth goal (apply for certification) wasn't available for me, so I'm calling it 100% ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS.

What will 2018 bring?  Hopefully more of the same.

Friday, December 15, 2017

I've never even had a business card of my own

OUR LEAGUE IS DOING TRADING CARDS THIS YEAR OMG

I HAVE TO FIND THE PERFECT ACTION SHOT OF ME

COME UP WITH THE PERFECT ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS I'LL BE ASKED

AND THEN BUY EVERY SINGLE CARD THEY MAKE OF ME

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

and that's kinda pretty much it for the rest of the year

so River Valley Riot went (in my opinion) really really well.  The "half-rack" staffing system was a great way to run the show.  I GOT MY RADAR DIAMOND WHEELS.  One official came up to me afterwards (who wasn't even on my crew) and told me that I'd totally kicked ass (!!!!!)   I got to do karaoke.

So I've been spending the last few days looking at the schedule of upcoming tournaments, trying to figure out to which ones I should apply.  Trying to categorize them in terms of distance (and, therefore, number of days I'd have to take off from work), number and type of games, number of references needed, and my overall likely chances on getting accepted.  I'm really fortunate to be in the northeast United States - we have a lot of opportunities in this neck of the woods.