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May 20th, 2009

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09:34 pm - Promotion!
So this might not mean anything to anyone other than fraterrisus, but I'm getting a roller derby "promotion" and making my WFTDA sanctioned debut on Saturday. Previously I've reffed scrimmages and unsanctioned bouts (ie, bouts that don't have an impact on a team's official WFTDA ranking), and been the official jam-timer for all of MRD's bouts, but never been a penalty-calling referee in a sanctioned bout. But we have an opening this weekend and our head ref wants me backing him up on inside pack. I'm a little bit nervous, but mostly excited. I've wanted to step up for a while now but a combination of timidity and lack of seniority has prevented me. I'm confident, though, because I know my shit and I've been studying up on the new ruleset that was released a few weeks ago.

The head ref asked me at the beginning of practice tonight if I'd be willing to step up, and I basically said "hells yes." It's a huge vote of confidence that he thinks I'm the best qualified to ref inside pack, since normally newer derby refs start in the "easy" position outside the track. It's sort of a seniority thing. The totem pole generally goes Non-Skating Official < Outside Pack < Inside Pack < Jam Ref < Head Ref. But I have the most experience and am most comfortable on the inside anyway, so I think this is going to be a blast.

Of course, this leaves us without an experienced jam-timer. We have a perpetual shortage of non-skating officials here in Portland, so I'm probably going to be pulling double-duty starting jams and timing the 30 seconds between them. Our head ref will back me up with a 2:00 kitchen timer so I don't have to take my eyes off the skaters during jams by staring at a stopwatch the whole time. So hopefully we won't have any disasters that jeopardize the bout's official sanctioning.

And if I'm really lucky the skaters won't even yell at me too much. HA!

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Date:May 21st, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oy, don't remind me. And they wonder why nobody's buying tickets to this one. Maybe next time!

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