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Author Topic: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas  (Read 4212 times)

Offline Dead Ringer

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Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« on: February 13, 2013, 12:16:11 am »
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My apologies if this is the incorrect forum for this question, however, I'm not sure where this question best fits.

Here it is:  What does your league do to recruit referees and Non-Skating Officials? My league has recruiting sessions maybe three times a year for skaters and the only time we acquire new refs or anyone interested in NSO'ing is if they know someone in the league and they usually don't stay do to lack of practice time for NSO's and a tad bit more for refs.

Thanks for any and all suggestions and or comments.

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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 01:31:36 am »
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Me myself, I recruit 365 days a year. Regardless of rather the ladies are recruiting or not, I am always looking for NSO/Referees. I also had an entry on our webpage about contacting me if you would like to volunteer, either on or off skates.
Once I get them there, I have had meetings/get togethers' one day during the week with my officials and we go over whatever anyone wants to bring up and discuss. It is a good way to get away from the skaters without taking away any practice time for them. We have had a new rules discussion and a "what I want to focus on to make me a better ref/nso" get together. I have put together a plan with each referee on what I can do as the HR to make them better. I will tell you that having a good NSO crew makes my job as the HR a cake walk. If you need to break it down into a what this job actually does and how to do it, you might find that it is beneficial to both you, the individual and the league. A lot of people get into derby to hand out with some cool people, or in my case, people who are as messed up as I am.  ;D  Once they actually get the derby bug, they will stay and want to learn and do more and hopefully pursue certification. Good luck and hopefully you will have a better luck at keeping the ones who show up.
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Offline Samuel Bergus

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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 04:20:38 pm »
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HIM-roid hits upon the big stuff, recruit 365 days a year. While I understand skaters not wanting a constant influx of fresh meat, I have no opposition to training a new NSO outside of the recruitment cycle determined by my league.

I would also add to talk to your announcers, and have them talk about joining the league. "Are you interested in skating, but don't want to get hit? Talk to our head ref, Reffy T. Stripes. Do you have two left feet, and injure yourself just thinking about physical activity? We need an army of NSOs to run a game, talk to our head ref, Pinky Von. Pinkerton."

One thing I have found works pretty well, don't ask your friends "would you be interested in officiating?" ask them "What are you doing Wednesday night? We're having a scrimmage, you should come and NSO."

Most people are willing to give you a couple of hours in order for them to try something new, and from there they might catch the derby bug. If they do not, you can always see what level of commitment they might be interested in, are they willing to just work bouts, would they be willing to help out at the occasional scrimmage, etc.

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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 11:46:56 pm »
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Thank y'all for the suggestions. Our problem as a two year old league starting our third season Saturday (Yay) is we only bout once a month although they practice two to three times a week they only  scrimmage the week before the bout and only have one ref (others were transferred out due to being enlisted) and a fairly strong NSO crew I have been talking to about them getting certified.  I'm the only one to have done WFTDA bouts and a couple tournaments as a NSO. With no scrimmage time I am looking for ways to train and or keep the NSO's interested.  Definitely need more refs also.  Thanks again for the advice, I truly appreciate any and all advice.

Offline Bill Hind

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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 04:27:12 pm »
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I encounter this problem fairly frequently. The best solution is to coordinate with the coaching staff to make scrimmages more frequent. Of course, they have to agree that scrimmaging often is worthwhile in the training program for skaters.

I have found that the best officials very often come from leagues with weekly scrimmages regularly scheduled.
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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013, 06:12:43 pm »
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I would also add that it's important you're honest with them coming in. If you are crowd sourcing, you're asking a fan to start doing something that actively requires they no longer cheer for the person that they came to the bout to see. This is as simple as making sure you don't lead fans to believe being an official takes you from fan to superfan(i.e. "Are you a fan and want to help out your local derby league?!"), but rather moving toward something more generalized. "Enjoying the bout and want to be a more active participant? Derby takes an army of volunteers. If you're interested in more, please speak with Wally T. Volunteersalot."

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Re: Referee and NSO recruiting tactics, technics, and or ideas
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 11:06:30 pm »
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Thanks y'all, truly appreciated.

 

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