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up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« on: June 12, 2009, 11:25:06 pm »
Since the 4.0 rules specify different timing for Jammers in the box, we thought it would be nice to have a stopwatch that counts up while Jammer A is in the box, then can be counted down so that Jammer B serves the same time that Jammer A did.

Does anyone know of a stopwatch we could buy that has this function or have some other method of tracking?  I've seen computer programs that can do it but it's not really practical to put a laptop in the box.

from section 7.4:

Example: Jammer A has served 45 seconds when Jammer B is seated in the penalty box. Jammer A is released from the penalty box and Jammer B begins to serve 45 seconds. The actual time both Jammers serve will always be equal with the only exception being the end of the game as the final jam is whistled dead.


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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 12:24:19 am »
You're going to be better off having two stopwatches. There are enough situations that are different from the simple "second jammer enters, first jammer leaves, second jammer serves exactly the same amount of time as the first jammer" scenario to where that type of stopwatch would not be helpful.

I always suggest a count up stopwatch for everything.
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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2009, 04:05:46 am »
Or, as someone else had suggested somewhere( either on here, or on another forum, so if I don't give them credit please accept my apology, it was a great idea but I don't know where it came from.)

A $1 electric kitchen timer from the Dollarstore/Dollar Tree/Everythings a Dollar.

THey look 'similar' to this

You can set them in 1 min increments, start/pause/resume them.  The ones I picked up last bout for our team had 2 different 'background' colors, so I picked up 4 reds and 2 blues. The 2 blues were for Jammers.

All of them were preset to 1 minute. Then someone sat, the penalty timer pressed 'start' and they started counting down.

When it hits 0 release them, or reset if they have multiple penalties.  If the jam clock stops just hit the 'stop' button, then when the Jam resumes hit 'start' again and the time continues running.

If its a Jammer, when she 'leaves' as the other one sits. Hit stop. (Start) the second timer. When the clock reaches the same time that is on the original timer release the Jammer.

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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2009, 07:09:56 am »
I have no idea if I suggested it, but we definitely use these timers for our penalty box, and I like them just fine.  Plus, they beep when the minute is up, so it's an additional aural clue for the skaters that they're done.  (Not that they should need it, but hey, it can only help).
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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2009, 04:29:51 pm »
I have no idea if I suggested it, but we definitely use these timers for our penalty box, and I like them just fine.  Plus, they beep when the minute is up, so it's an additional aural clue for the skaters that they're done.  (Not that they should need it, but hey, it can only help).

I used them last year when I jam-timed at Western Regionals. They worked great; I only wish it were just as easy to use them at short-staffed practices. Just make sure the battery case is in no danger of coming off; some of them can be pretty flimsy.
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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2009, 05:33:22 pm »
Thanks, Darkjester.  I'll take a look at the local dollar stores today!

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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2009, 05:37:08 pm »
Thanks, Darkjester.  I'll take a look at the local dollar stores today!

If you can't find them there, Wally World has them in the kitchen section.
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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2009, 06:38:15 pm »
Here's another tip for using kitchen timers - when they aren't in use, turn the batteries around.  Scorey Feldman swears this makes them last longer.
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Re: up/down stopwatch for new jammer rules?
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2009, 11:40:44 pm »
Makes sense then the batteries aren't constantly running.  And since they are only $1.oo at the cheap stores I doubt they have a very good battery anyways, the cost of a watch battery to replace it would be more than its initial cost.
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