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Author Topic: Static or varied NSO positions at multi-bout events  (Read 1620 times)

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Static or varied NSO positions at multi-bout events
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:34:42 am »
Which do you prefer? Do you like to hone your skills at one position over the course of many bouts in a weekend, or have the opportunity to work multiple positions?

Offline Numb3r Crunch3r

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Re: Static or varied NSO positions at multi-bout events
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013, 06:35:15 am »
I'm of the opinion that it depends on the event, and event structure.

For a Big 5 tournament, or any similarly tiered tournament, I'm a big believer in static crews (with ref crews tied to NSO crews) - watching, or being on, a crew which feel things out on the first day, gels on the second day, and slams a home run on finals day is just an amazing thing.

For a less structured tournament - a round robin, or match-ups tourney such as ECDX or Wild West Showdown - there's somewhat of a school of thought that these tournaments with some sanctioned games are designed to be educational, experiential styles of staffing. Give people a go in a position they don't work in very often, give them a sanctioned game here and a sanctioned game there - switch up the positions and just have a crack at everything (expecting a certain level of quality, of course).

It's important to officiate every game as an important game where you should do your best, but more casual events can allow looser staffing and the gaining of high-level experience, where strict, structured, WFTDA events require the best officials, locked into their best positions.

 

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