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WFTDA => Events => Topic started by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 11, 2009, 08:37:31 pm

Title: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 11, 2009, 08:37:31 pm
BTW, all of you should be tuned in to derbynewsnetwork right now watching Eastern Regionals in Raleigh. Your Zebra Huddle admin, Major Wood, is currently outside pack reffing the Gotham vs Providence bout, and your moderators DayGlo Divine and Johnny Zebra are both there reffing all weekend as well. No better way to see good reffing in action than to watch these tournaments. Enjoy!
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Brad Religion on September 11, 2009, 09:52:30 pm
Johnny is apparently JR'ing the Charm City v. DC bout live right now. Awesome.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Johnny Zebra on September 12, 2009, 04:05:54 am
That one was a rough one. I got to call a misconduct for hearing a skater say (not to me): "You've got to call that sh*t, you retard."

Classy.

~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Duncan Disorderly on September 12, 2009, 09:20:26 am
Very impressed with the ultra-high standard of officiating on display, and good to see folks from here and/or whose names I recognise doing their thing.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: noidd on September 12, 2009, 12:33:31 pm
Very impressed with the ultra-high standard of officiating on display, and good to see folks from here and/or whose names I recognise doing their thing.

I'm looking forward to watching this first-hand today.

Here's a random question.  When you go to other league's games to watch... do you tend to watch the game's officiating more than the game?
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Major Wood on September 12, 2009, 12:38:37 pm
Very often yes. I can't actually watch derby anymore. If I do watch derby, I'm only calling penalties.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 12, 2009, 03:40:01 pm
I know I have a hard time watching the gameplay. I like to watch the refs, and yell at them silently when they miss stuff. It was awesome watching this online yesterday and seeing the penalties along with the refs and seeing their very obvious hand signals. You kids did a really good job.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Theshoveler on September 12, 2009, 03:59:47 pm
It takes alot of effort for me to watch the actual game of derby as opposed to the officiating of derby at this point.  The really bad part about watching the officiating is that since the angle from the stands,or even on the floor, is different than the angle on the track I almost always see things the refs didn't see, and don't see some of the penalties they did call.  This makes watching officiating frustrating at times(often).

 
The Shoveler

Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: noidd on September 13, 2009, 01:22:15 am
I'm sitting on my hands a lot... I managed to stop myself shouting but found myself signalling from the crowd.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 13, 2009, 03:30:48 pm
Full hour of merby today! Major Wood is jam reffing it! It looks like it will be between bouts 1 and 2, though it's not listed on the DNN schedule

Crew changes- Merby is between bouts 2 and 3. Major Wood is not reffing it.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: noidd on September 13, 2009, 10:48:07 pm
After the opening jam I retreated to a safer spot than trackside :-)
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Brad Religion on September 14, 2009, 02:56:27 am
I, for one, will be awaiting Johnny Z's bout recap on this one! Criiiiiiiiipes, nail biter!
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Johnny Zebra on September 14, 2009, 04:18:12 am
It was f$#%*ing the most amazing bout I've ever reffed. Worth three years of training and learning and spending, just for those 60 minutes.

Also *very* proud of our crew. A few things here and there, as always, but basically: rock solid.

~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 14, 2009, 04:53:08 am
You kids. You rock. I.... no words.

...good job.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Duncan Disorderly on September 14, 2009, 12:07:09 pm
Incredible. I sincerely doubt there will ever again be a situation in a game of derby as dramatic and exciting as that last jam.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Bishop on September 14, 2009, 05:23:04 pm
It was f$#%*ing the most amazing bout I've ever reffed. Worth three years of training and learning and spending, just for those 60 minutes.

Also *very* proud of our crew. A few things here and there, as always, but basically: rock solid.

~j.z.

It was thrilling to watch.  Here's what I want to know: did anyone do anything differently to ensure that the final whistle blasts were heard?  I was intensely watching the jam clock and the jammer in the pack because I was curious to see if it would be scored properly.   

Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Johnny Zebra on September 14, 2009, 06:16:45 pm


It was thrilling to watch.  Here's what I want to know: did anyone do anything differently to ensure that the final whistle blasts were heard?  I was intensely watching the jam clock and the jammer in the pack because I was curious to see if it would be scored properly.    



No - other than being sure that every blast was as loud, as sharp, and as quick as one could make it. Everybody on the crew who needed to knew their way around a Fox 40 :)

And . . ."if" it would be scored properly? Have a little faith!

~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: mick hawkins on September 15, 2009, 01:35:23 am
It was f$#%*ing the most amazing bout I've ever reffed. Worth three years of training and learning and spending, just for those 60 minutes.

Also *very* proud of our crew. A few things here and there, as always, but basically: rock solid.

~j.z.

man it was awesome!

i too found myself watching the refs more than the skaters

hats helmets off to you and the rest of the ref crew!
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: bronco on September 15, 2009, 08:10:36 pm
was it a major or an expulsion?

That one was a rough one. I got to call a misconduct for hearing a skater say (not to me): "You've got to call that sh*t, you retard."

Classy.

~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 15, 2009, 08:17:26 pm
was it a major or an expulsion?

That one was a rough one. I got to call a misconduct for hearing a skater say (not to me): "You've got to call that sh*t, you retard."

Classy.

~j.z.

Misconduct = major
Gross Misconduct = expulsion
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Cliquework on September 15, 2009, 08:28:44 pm
Ole Quickdraw McGraw^^^^

Fast fingers.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: bronco on September 15, 2009, 09:05:57 pm
Thanks Jess, I was wondering if "sh*t" and "retard" qualified as repetitive and excessive :)
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Bishop on September 15, 2009, 09:14:35 pm
was it a major or an expulsion?

That one was a rough one. I got to call a misconduct for hearing a skater say (not to me): "You've got to call that sh*t, you retard."

Classy.

~j.z.

Misconduct = major
Gross Misconduct = expulsion


Well, if j.z. was jam reffing, he wouldn't have been the one to make a "Gross Misconduct" call - only "Misconduct" since "Gross Misconduct" is an explusion-only offense. 

[rule]Who actually has the Power and Authority to Expel?
June 23, 2009
Question:

Can anyone other than the Head Referee expel a skater?

Answer:

No, only the Head Referee may expel a skater, coach or manager. Other Referees and officials should make recommendations if they observe actions which warrant expulsion. The Head Referee should gather as much information about these incidents from any Referee or official who observed the incident in question.  The Head Referee’s decision is binding.[/rule]


Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Johnny Zebra on September 15, 2009, 09:20:13 pm
Thanks Jess, I was wondering if "sh*t" and "retard" qualified as repetitive and excessive :)


We basically considered it one action, one foul. Head Ref decided not to expel, but if there was another incident, a Gross Misconduct likely would have been issued.

~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Great Barrier Ref on September 15, 2009, 09:36:55 pm
Thanks Jess, I was wondering if "sh*t" and "retard" qualified as repetitive and excessive :)

Not to let the conversation dwell on this one negative point, but I heard it as something other than "retard". JZ was a couple of feet closer though.

In better memories:

OK, there were no close bouts until the last three. But there was still some fantastic derby played in each and every one of those easy wins - and the absolute awesomeness that was the final bout will be what everyone remembers for a long time.

The refs were all amazing to watch and work with - nobody did a bad job (but there was still a range from good to fantastic - everybody learns).
The NSO crews were tight under an amazing amount of pressure.
No coaches were thrown out (that I noticed) for being coachy.
I couldn't hear the announcers at all, but I'm sure they were good too.

I have a gigantic bruise on my ass from the exhibition bout. Every time I saw the lads flailing around turn 4 at top speed I feared for my life - I may not volunteer to do that again without some football pads. Prior to this the largest skater to take me out was 5'2".

The after parties didn't suck either.


Best of luck to everyone heading to Northerns - I've got bouts at home this week, and then I'm heading to Southerns.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Stegoscorus on September 15, 2009, 09:51:34 pm
Incredible. I sincerely doubt there will ever again be a situation in a game of derby as dramatic and exciting as that last jam.

Hey now, there are three more regional tournaments to get through!  After that, Nationals!

It's true that East is one of the more competitive regions, but keep watching for awesome tournament play (and reffing!) the next three weekends.  Even if only to poke your friends in the ribs and go "I kinda know him/her" when some of your Huddle Buddies whiz by.  ;D
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on September 15, 2009, 09:56:20 pm
Well, seeing as Gotham hadn't lost a bout since September 2007 (or so my sources say), you'd be hard pressed to find a more exciting last jam. But definitely prove me wrong in these next tournaments!
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Johnny Zebra on September 15, 2009, 10:01:19 pm
. . . but I heard it as something other than "retard". JZ was a couple of feet closer though.

That I was. Clear as a bell.

Well, seeing as Gotham hadn't lost a bout since September 2007 (or so my sources say), you'd be hard pressed to find a more exciting last jam. But definitely prove me wrong in these next tournaments!

It also broke an 18-game winning streak.

But I am sure it's a sign of even more excitement to come. Easterns is only one-fourth of a very delicious pie.


~j.z.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Great Barrier Ref on September 15, 2009, 10:31:05 pm
Maybe there'll be one decided by a smaller margin!
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Duncan Disorderly on September 16, 2009, 08:56:35 am
Incredible. I sincerely doubt there will ever again be a situation in a game of derby as dramatic and exciting as that last jam.

Hey now, there are three more regional tournaments to get through!  After that, Nationals!

It's true that East is one of the more competitive regions, but keep watching for awesome tournament play (and reffing!) the next three weekends.  Even if only to poke your friends in the ribs and go "I kinda know him/her" when some of your Huddle Buddies whiz by.  ;D

Heh, I have every intention of watching them and keeping an eye out for familiar names and faces! :D And for all that East has a high standard of competition, I would find it a lot harder to call how some of the other regions' tournaments are likely to pan out...

My initial (over-excited) statement was based on the story surrounding the bout - the previously invincible Gotham, defending champions and all-round derby juggernaut, having their unprecedented winning streak ended in the most dramatic fashion in the final second of the final jam of the tournament final. I'm sure that there will be many more last-second ghost point victories in bouts and tournaments to come, but that one was special. Having said that though, my saying "ever again" was somewhat hyperbolic - "for a very long time" would have been a more reasonable thing to say.
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: ttjustice on September 16, 2009, 06:47:11 pm
There appears to be quite an event going on here.  I am assuming a uniform malfunction given every male member of the ref crew is looking in that direction!  :D I can identify 2 members of the huddle in there ;).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshuarcraig/3923227961/


Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: Stegoscorus on September 16, 2009, 07:08:56 pm
Ha!  Although every male ref in the photo is indeed visually engaged in whatever is happening off-screen, I assure you the two female refs in this particular crew would be just as interested if a pretty lady were involved.   :-*

Not that we objectify women.  Or at least, I don't; I can't speak for Tripp.   ;)



P.S. - Everyone on earth has permission to remind me to stand up straight next time you see me. 
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: noidd on September 16, 2009, 08:12:15 pm
P.S. - Everyone on earth has permission to remind me to stand up straight next time you see me. 

Offtopic:  You can break that posture habit by applying kinesio tape from your sternum to your belly-button with you standing with good posture.  Then, any time you slouch back the tape will pull on your skin and remind you.

We have a skater who uses KT during practice to train herself to stay in the correct positioning.  Due to poor posture, when hit she had a tendancy to fall backwards.  The KT positions her so that hits make her less likely to fall that way reducing risk of injury.



Red
Title: Re: WFTDA Regionals
Post by: MaxxChaos on September 16, 2009, 09:45:04 pm
You look deep in contemplation, Stego: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyrabellacqua/3921720458/

Yes, it was a joy to see everyone again, meet a few new folks, and to be part of an excellent tournament!