If any of you ever get a chance to see a bout, you'll notice that there are a lot of staff, up to 7 referees and a dozen-odd non-skating officials. For our referees to do a good job, they need these "NSO"s to communicate penalties and scores with between jams. Referees cannot practice this without you!
Rough job outlines that we need immediately are:
1 jam timer - whistle signals start & end of full jam, timing 2 minutes per jam, 30 seconds between jams.
2 score trackers - One for each team, to confirm points scored for each jammer on each scoring pass with jammer refs.
3 penalty timers - One for each team and one for the jammers, times 1 minute in the penalty box for penalised skaters.
2 penalty trackers - One for each team, must have ears open at all times! Refs will report all minor & major penalties to you between jams but it helps if you listen out for your own teams penalties during a jam too.
When we have more refs and the equipment we will also need:
1-2 "3-board" operator(s) - tracking players with 3 minor penalties so refs know to send them off for their next minor.
2 outside whiteboard operators - communicating penalties with outside refs during jams and with penalty trackers between jams.
For fresh meat/Sunday skaters, this is an excellent opportunity to see more of the sport in action as we usually don't scrimmage on a Sunday night. If you would like to come along to Wednesday training and see how you can be involved, you can skate the warm-up and endurance for no charge.