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Author Topic: How does a HNSO fit in with other league roles?  (Read 2149 times)

Offline MissDMeanour

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How does a HNSO fit in with other league roles?
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:56:15 am »
My league has an Officials Coordinator and a Head NSO (me) as well as a Head Ref. For a start is that too many positions? Our league is fairly small and currently only has enough for a travel team.

The Officials Coordinator staffs bouts with Refs and NSOs and the Head NSO trains NSOs at scrimmage. The main duties of the Head Ref is to run the actual scrimmages and train refs.

A lot of communication with NSOs as to when scrimmage is on and NSOs are needed is conducted by the officials coordinator. My feelings are that this should be done through the HNSO. Is that right?

The arrangement has been informal so far and I'm looking to discuss this and formalise this either with the league or the Officials Coordinator.

Any thoughts?

Miss D'Meanour

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Re: How does a HNSO fit in with other league roles?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 04:10:33 pm »
My league has a "Director of Officials", who is a board member, and happens to be the team referree.  He coordinates the scheduling of refs for each bout, and works with the visiting teams for staffing.  He also handles any officiating questions from the team and covers new rules, etc.

I became the HNSO this year, and I have taken on the duties of arranging NSO coverage for the bouts using our "home" NSOs.  I manage the officiating equipment, and complete the stats books after the bout.  I also assist in practice as JT, and some basic reffing (Lead Jammer, Call Offs, etc.). 

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Re: How does a HNSO fit in with other league roles?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 11:42:02 pm »
For communication of events and needs, be careful not to fragment your communication chain too badly.  Too many points of contact can be confusing to the rest of your league when they are trying to decide who to inform of officiating needs and can cause things to get missed. 

As to how you divide up positions within your officiating crew, divide the work up enough that you aren't burning people out having to take on too much.

The size of your officiating crew is likely to matter more than the size of your league.

Your league may have a single team, but the officiating crew is likely to require as much administrative support as any team and it may require more.

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Re: How does a HNSO fit in with other league roles?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 11:58:22 pm »
Agreed on not breaking the chain too much. No matter how many roles you have (whether it's one, or ten), make sure that each person has their own designated list of duties/responsibilities, so that there's no instances of too many chiefs - each person knows when to say 'that's actually better raised with X person'.

As a start, it seems like yours is a solid set-up wherein the head ref oversees the training and staffing of refs, the head NSO oversees the training and staffing of NSOs and the keeping of equipment, and the officials co-ordinator does all the admin things (including being an advocate in raising things to the committee, and also including inter-league liaisons - determining the restrictions of the contract and then contacting head ref/NSO for staff as required).

You can further divide it however you like - for example the league head ref/NSO doesn't have to be the head ref/NSO of every game, and thus for a couple of hours there'll be a 4th and 5th person in charge, but their responsibilities are restricted to the game itself. It doesn't matter, as long as everyone has their own role, and it works for you and your league.

 

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