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Re: Checking Toe Stops - Split from "Counting Down"
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2010, 04:20:02 pm »
Ref'd about 7 hours from home last night with the head ref of my league for a bout in which our league wasn't a participant (he knew the league, volunteered to go out, and invited me to go ref with him... good trip btw!).  Harbor City vs. Paper Valley.

Anyways, during the equipment check I did examine toe-stops.  Taking Stego's advice above, I did inform each and every skater while I was checking that their helmets were secure and mouthguards were in place (so I was eye level with them) that I'd be inspecting their toe-stops and to be ready for that.  I did find one skater's toe-stop that was very loose and appeared to be a couple of threads from falling out.  I informed her of this and moved on to the next skater.  Thankfully we had no equipment failures during the bout and, in my opinion, finding that likely prevented at least one premature jam stoppage.
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Re: Checking Toe Stops - Split from "Counting Down"
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2010, 06:10:30 pm »
I tend to check the toe stops out of habit.  I always tell the whole assembled team what I'm going to do before I start down the line.  I check the tightness of the stop, I don't yank on it.  No one has ever or will fall over because of what I do.  If it's loose I tell them to fix it and move on.  HRs in a few instances have said not to check toe stops and I haven't.  No big deal.  If left to my own devices, I will.  
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