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Title: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Gravity Kills on August 30, 2011, 09:37:08 pm
Hi all!

I'm going to spend some time this week working on the 3rd edition of my NSO manuals.  I'm hoping to use what I've learned from tournaments and other officials to make them a bit more universal.  (I've been slowly moving our league closer to tournament-style procedures anyway.) 

So, if anyone has any suggestions for things they'd like to see changed about my manuals, give a holler!
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Noah Tall on August 30, 2011, 11:24:36 pm
In the penalties section on the lineup sheet, are you marking the pass of the opposing jammer, or are you getting the pass number of your jammer from the other sheet?
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Gravity Kills on August 30, 2011, 11:33:15 pm
In the penalties section on the lineup sheet, are you marking the pass of the opposing jammer, or are you getting the pass number of your jammer from the other sheet?

Awesome, Noah... that's the first manual I started revising.  My writing on that one bites.  Marking the pass of the opposing jammer as it happens, not getting it from the other sheet.  Unless you're going to shoulder-surf your partner (and your partner does so in return, making for tangled necks), you need to know the pass number as soon as one of your skaters' butts hits the penalty box.

I have pretty much completely rewritten the whole 'counting passes' section and divvied it up into easier-to-read paragraphs.
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: ShoNuff on August 30, 2011, 11:53:46 pm
You have a watching the lineup section in the manual for the penalty box.  A section to watch the inside whiteboard to confirm that the penalties served are the same as the box visits earned would be a good addition.

For a more advanced version of this I recently got a comment from my league's head refs that they had a concern with how the common model of timers each handling 2 blockers and the manager handling the jammers means that the penalties for skaters who are jamming are recorded on different sheets and that makes it harder to quickly come over and find out how many times a skater who has served time as a jammer and a blocker has been to the box.

There's two solutions I've seen to this issue.

1) This is the procedure we normally use in home games and it is close to but not identical to tournament standard.  We run with the timers timing blockers and manager timing jammers, but the timers act as backup on the jammers and also record all their penalties.  So a jammer visiting the box is recorded on the manager's and one one the timer's sheets.  That way the head ref can come over and ask the timer for either team how many penalties a skater has served time for and a single person has all the information.  Also if the manager gets busy with waveoffs or other issues, the timer is ready to step in immediately and take over.

2) This is one I ran into at a bout where the whiteboard was hard to read.  Write down the lineup in the margin of the sheet and keep a tally of how many visits each skater has served, including if they come in as a jammer and you aren't timing them.  That way there is a complete record readily available of penalties served by every skater on a team in a single location that can be compared to the whiteboard and means that if a referee needs the count, the answer is available immediately.

Whatever you end up adopting in your manual, some form of cross-checking to the whiteboard really is an essential task for the box staff to be doing.  Don't rely on the inside whiteboard operator to have time to verify that everyone sits their penalty.  If the box staff if also watching the board, it helps insure that if a skater sits in error, or a skater doesn't sit, it is caught promptly.
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Gravity Kills on August 31, 2011, 12:38:24 am
Actually, that IS one of the additions to the penalty box manual... we are on the same wavelength.  :) 

We've found a couple solutions of our own.

1.  Each penalty box staffer checks their own sheets against the whiteboard.  Not optimal, but it does the job.

2.  We've added, when staffing permits, a 4th penalty box staffer who does all of the paperwork.  One sheet, no problem.  We are fortunate to have an overabundance of NSOs at the moment. :)

3.  One of our NSOs is formulating a form to do exactly what you suggested in your option 2.  I'm looking into a way to add a new sheet to my StatsBook to populate the rosters for it.  I'll likely include the form in the manual in some way.

At any rate, I'm definitely adding this responsibility to the manual.  It was invaluable at ECDX during a bout I worked, and my penalty box crew has been receptive and innovative about it.
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Jazz Hands on May 08, 2012, 03:45:35 am
Gravity Kills made the best (the only) Head NSO manual I've seen! Already thanked her via email but I have to say it again; it was really helpful!
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Arithmetrix on May 08, 2012, 05:37:17 pm
Ditto!  Our paperwork is slightly different but even so I have found it incredibly useful.
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: dannyericoliver on May 14, 2012, 08:42:18 am
Hello there. Is your NSO manual available to download?
Title: Re: NSO Manuals, Revision 3
Post by: Darkjester on May 14, 2012, 11:16:13 am
Here on the site under ZH FIles-Unofficial Documents.

or here

http://www.zebrahuddle.com/index.php?action=downloads;cat=8