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Author Topic: A sneak peek at the first ZH book  (Read 16661 times)

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A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« on: March 04, 2011, 11:27:13 pm »
Yes, ZH will be selling books soon. These books are part reference material, part notebook. Here's a quick description of what is inside:

The book contains pages for 25 bouts (6 pages per bout). Those pages are:
  • Bout information - fill in the schedule, ref assignments, team colors, etc.
  • To do list - Things to make sure to check before the bout. Includes room for notes.
  • Ref meeting topics - Talking points for your ref meeting. Includes room for notes.
  • Captains meeting topics - Talking points for your ref meeting. Includes room for notes.
  • NSO meeting topics - Talking points for your ref meeting. Includes room for notes.
  • Notes page

You'll notice that all the meeting topics pages have "talking points". The idea is that you cover these points however you need to and ZH won't be telling you how to run your bout. The talking points cover most commonly discussed/asked about topics.
With these pages being repeated for each bout, you'll be able to cross off topics, highlight topics, or write in new topics to tailor your meetings to the needs of each bout/crew.

The book is 4 x 6 x 0.34 inches. Designed to be easy to carry or drop into your pocket (certainly won't fit into small pockets, though). As an additional feature, the stripes are each 1/2" wide, so you can use them as a quick reference for checking boundary width/height, uniform numbers, etc.

This will be available in the ZH Store mid to late March for $10 USD. Though, if there are enough requests, I will start taking pre-orders.

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011, 11:42:50 pm »
this would make a good app for a smart phone or tablet

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2011, 11:45:13 pm »
If you're like me and you do a lot of pre-bout stuff in full gear, you don't want to be carrying around an expensive electronic device.

Trust me, I've badly broken phones before.
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2011, 11:49:40 pm »
Yeah. It takes running over one Skittle on the floor and your expensive smart phone becomes a pocket full of smart phone parts.

There's NOTHING wrong with going analog from time to time. I won't be HR'ing as much this season, but I'll get one for myself anyway - and maybe a couple for gifts.

Gotta be honest, I kind of thought the first ZH book would be written by Jess and called "My Life With Wood," or something similar. ;)
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2011, 11:50:54 pm »
I don't think there is quite enough paper available for that one...
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 12:24:37 am »
this would make a good app for a smart phone or tablet

falling on keys is bad enough   :D
(speaking from experience here)


The book looks great!
Awesome idea
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 01:36:07 am »
Brilliant idea. I'm into it.
Over-thinking is a good thing.

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2011, 04:29:26 am »
Yeah. It takes running over one Skittle on the floor and your expensive smart phone becomes a pocket full of smart phone parts.

I don't even own a smart phone, and I never carry my average intelligence phone when skating.  (the cord tends to trip too many people)

I have met a few refs who seem addicted to their electronic gadgets.  That's what made me think of the app idea.  The book does sound handy.  Best of luck with it.

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2011, 07:01:53 pm »
Gotta be honest, I kind of thought the first ZH book would be written by Jess and called "My Life With Wood," or something similar. ;)

I think it would be Wood I, or Wood I not, do it all over again?
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2011, 07:47:40 pm »
Ooo this looks awesome, I will be ordering one when they become available.

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2011, 08:06:36 pm »
"Wood I? Wood I?"

"Hunchback! Hunchback!"


(Yes, I already know I'm going to hell.)
You will bout as you practice.


Cheers,

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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2011, 02:07:50 pm »
This looks like a great idea and valuable tool for any ref. I'll buy one for sure  :)

Great work to MW and the ZH team involved, thanks for your dedication to the craft


-TJ
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2011, 08:00:14 pm »
Nice, I will definitely be buying one for myself.

Will there be a digital version available for purchase/download as well?
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2011, 11:07:23 pm »
Nice, I will definitely be buying one for myself.

Will there be a digital version available for purchase/download as well?

I have no plans for that, as a very large part of it is that it is meant to be written in.
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Re: A sneak peek at the first ZH book
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2011, 02:06:46 am »
falling on keys is bad enough   :D
(speaking from experience here)

You should have seen Spots' Fox 40 after he fell on the one in his hip pocket.

Fantastic idea. Will the "Talking Points" be similar to those compiled in the respective threads on ZH? It would be handy to have those in a compact print form.
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