One year in (sort of) - Happy Refversary Orla Skew!

zebraskew:

On Sunday 14th April 2013, rather than shed my skates for the umpteeneth time after pre-scrim practice and NSO, one of the then-ref crew suggested I stayed on skates and joined in with them.

I’d started derby back in September 2012 and everyone presumed I’d want to skate - nobody *asked* me if I wanted to ref - so I sort of went along with it.  I think I believed that’s what I wanted, too.  I just wanted to get skating, get learning all I could, and let everything else follow.  However, upon actually being asked to metaphorically don stripes?  I realised I had wanted to secretly do it for ages.

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LOVE this!! :D 


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r2decku:

leadjammermag:

This looks like fun even when it goes wrong :-)

“when someone asked if a cartwheel apex jump was a) possible and b) legal, we set Brad to the task…”

Hard to tell with all the lines on the floor, but doesn’t his hand touch inside the apex? Looks like a fancy way of cutting the track. 

Exploring the potential for loopholeLOLs as per the new glossary definition of Out of Bounds (specifically one hand does not = OOB)

A skater is out of bounds when any part of the skater’s body or equipment is touching the ground beyond the track boundary, including both arms or hands (one arm or hand does not render a skater out of bounds), or any part below the skater’s waist (e.g., a knee, a skate, or a hip). Skaters who are airborne maintain their prior in-bounds (or out-of-bounds, or straddling) status until they land. Skaters who are straddling are considered out of bounds, except where otherwise noted.

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derbyluna:

When it’s announced at a tournament that lunch has been delivered for the refs

'MOVE! GET OUTTA THE ………. OFFICIALS COMING THROUGH! MAKE WAY! OFFICIAL BUSINESS ………!'

derbyluna:

When it’s announced at a tournament that lunch has been delivered for the refs

'MOVE! GET OUTTA THE ………. OFFICIALS COMING THROUGH! MAKE WAY! OFFICIAL BUSINESS ………!'

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wherewildheartsgrow asked: In reference to the Schrodinger's Pivot post, something like this happened at B-Cup @ Bleeding Heartland recently. Opposing team's pivot was in the box, they fielded a second pivot, opposing jammer (not realizing the error, along with everyone else) passed the star to the pivot on the track. She became the jammer, scored 20+ points, and got to keep them. Apparently none of the refs knew what to do, so they did nothing. It's now referred to as the Shenanijam.

cobrakaiderbycoach:

Ouch. I watched three or four B-Cup bouts, but I didn’t know that happened.

Things can snowball so easily in derby. One little mistake gets compounded by a couple of other ones and it’s a Shenanijam.

Hopefully the score difference at the end was a lot more than 20 points.

Let this be a lesson to everyone: Pay attention to pivots being in the box at the end of the jam!

'Shenanijam' is the perfect term!! 

Jam ends. Refs look at each other confused. Head ref hesitantly taps shoulders whilst looking baffled.

IT’S A SHENANIJAM! :D 

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rdjunkies:


rachelari:

rdjunkies:

Owch.

Ooof.

Why.

ok i was watching BAD vs. Gotham today and kept watching that hit on Nock Nock over and over again. That hit is so obviously illegal to me. Total clockwise block. Slaydie skates backward into Nock Nock as she is approaching. HOW DID THE REFS NOT CALL THIS?

Even though it looks mega-backward here (and it might have still been live) I suspect track dynamics might have something to do with it. If she swoops along the apex of the turn with her feet angled 45 degrees forward when she made contact, it would technically cause her to roll forward at an angle… Eeeh. It’s difficult to say. This is why I don’t officiate.
(Personally, I seem to remember yelling up a storm at champs about clockwise blocking when I saw that.)


Agreed. Watch the skates, not the block. From this angle they at least appear to be maintaining a counter clockwise motion through out, with her coming to a stop as a result of the hit. Also, can I get a hell yeah for the Jam ref and OPR synchronicity over here? Positioning for the mother lovin’ win!  

rdjunkies:

rachelari:

rdjunkies:

Owch.

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Ooof.

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Why.

ok i was watching BAD vs. Gotham today and kept watching that hit on Nock Nock over and over again. That hit is so obviously illegal to me. Total clockwise block. Slaydie skates backward into Nock Nock as she is approaching. HOW DID THE REFS NOT CALL THIS?

Even though it looks mega-backward here (and it might have still been live) I suspect track dynamics might have something to do with it. If she swoops along the apex of the turn with her feet angled 45 degrees forward when she made contact, it would technically cause her to roll forward at an angle… Eeeh. It’s difficult to say. This is why I don’t officiate.

(Personally, I seem to remember yelling up a storm at champs about clockwise blocking when I saw that.)

Agreed. Watch the skates, not the block. From this angle they at least appear to be maintaining a counter clockwise motion through out, with her coming to a stop as a result of the hit.

Also, can I get a hell yeah for the Jam ref and OPR synchronicity over here? Positioning for the mother lovin’ win!  

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zebradazzle:

Because bout staffing hasn’t been hard enough this season, a clinic is scheduled in my region in barely a month…the same weekend as our next home bout.

Kill me.

Know dem feels. Less than 4 weeks notice for the UK one. There is so much derby happening here at the moment that most refs and dedicated NSOs are booked up about 3 months in advance. I guess this does mean that most of those attending will be rookie officials which is no bad thing. 

50 ref spots open for the whole of Europe = F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 ……

Yay for clinics, though! 

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cobrakaiderbycoach:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

Make sure to tell them it would be very very naughty of them to blow false penalties on the other team. I would never sanction such behavior. Mostly because I need the refs to not hate me.
More. To not hate me more.

I still think people in the suicide seats with ref whistles could cause all sorts of havoc during a bout.

Cause havoc it does. At a bout I was working a few months back, someone in the crowd kept blowing a jam start whistle right before the JT called 5 seconds. Happened about 5 times during the bout and set the skaters off early causing us to call the jam dead. We couldn’t see who it was and the crowd wouldn’t give them up when the announcers asked. A few days later we heard that it was a skater from a near by team who had originally been with the team bouting that day but had left after drama. She was then dropped from her new team because of it. I have seen fans and non-bouting players removed from the venue for refusing to stop being dicks with whistles. Usually a warning from the head ref and the bout day manager solves the issue. 

cobrakaiderbycoach:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

Make sure to tell them it would be very very naughty of them to blow false penalties on the other team. I would never sanction such behavior. Mostly because I need the refs to not hate me.

More. To not hate me more.

I still think people in the suicide seats with ref whistles could cause all sorts of havoc during a bout.

Cause havoc it does. At a bout I was working a few months back, someone in the crowd kept blowing a jam start whistle right before the JT called 5 seconds. Happened about 5 times during the bout and set the skaters off early causing us to call the jam dead. We couldn’t see who it was and the crowd wouldn’t give them up when the announcers asked. A few days later we heard that it was a skater from a near by team who had originally been with the team bouting that day but had left after drama. She was then dropped from her new team because of it. 

I have seen fans and non-bouting players removed from the venue for refusing to stop being dicks with whistles. Usually a warning from the head ref and the bout day manager solves the issue. 

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