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Offline Margie A Go-Go

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Period Timer/Bout Clock Form
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:18:26 am »
We have a bout coming up Saturday night and I have one extra NSO.  I thought I would try out using the bout clock form, but I've never used that position before and never done it myself.  Is anyone familiar with this position?

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Re: Period Timer/Bout Clock Form
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 04:07:03 pm »
We use it at our bouts - it provides some useful data for later stats as well as somewhat of a backup in case of, say, scoreboard crashes (though your jam timer should have a backup period timer running as well, and the IWB usually has TOs/ORs).

Position them seated next to (or right behind) the SBO, so they can easily see the jam time.  Since the jam time in most scoreboards count down, and the jam duration is a total time (counting up) they will need to do "subtract from 2:00", or else you can do it when you enter it into the stat book.

Having them write down how long OR and OTOs last can be useful as well (and by putting them next to the SBO they will learn that the last team TO was actually an OR, since the scoreboard would need to be updated - that information may or may not be on the IWB depending on how you run things).

Despite being named "Period Time" there isn't actually a place to put the actual period time (I tell them to just write that to the left - again, "just in case").

Offline ShoNuff

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Re: Period Timer/Bout Clock Form
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 08:48:00 pm »
Some other tricks you can use if you want the form to backup the game clock is to record the bout clock at the end of each jam and calculate jam lengths post bout.  It's faster to record and unless a timeout is called, the next jam begins 30 seconds later.

If a timeout is called, note it in the events and then record the time the bout clock was stopped on.  It's also good to note that up in the check boxes for timeouts and official reviews.  If a question ever comes up about how many timeouts a team has used you can then not only say they used them, but exactly when they used them.

I've also had period timers note if the jam was called or ended naturally.  Usually obvious from the jam time but it can be a nice confirmation if your scorekeeping sheets get muddled or you have jam ending events that cause jams to end before two minutes without an injury or lead jam call off.

If your period timer is up for it, recording pack laps also makes for some interesting post-bout data.  I usually have them count a fixed point, like the pivot or jammer line, whichever they have a better view of, to count the end of each pack lap.  Have the timer estimate a fraction for the last lap because rounding to the nearest lap really messes with the resulting numbers.

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Re: Period Timer/Bout Clock Form
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 10:48:53 pm »
I'm working on a variant of this idea for our bout this Saturday. The Bout Timer will handle the paperwork and handle the master game clock, recording at what time each jam starts and ends, and when timeouts occur. The jam lengths will be calculated later. I've got a spare NSO as well, and a rookie JT. So, I'm trying to spread out the load a little.

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Re: Period Timer/Bout Clock Form
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2013, 07:03:32 am »
Our production crew are total stats junkies, so we like the JT paperwork. I named the position Jam Timer Secretary. It's good when you have an extra NSO, but if I ever had a no-show, that would be first position I'd eliminate.

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