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Offline DayGlo Divine

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Re: Preparing for Penalty Tracking
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2010, 03:11:28 am »
My turn to be surprised: that my behavior wasn't more common!

Its not unheard of, but having someone who is lost in space is far more common.

I don't think it's so much being "lost in space" as not knowing what a role entails. That often seems to happen with penalty wranglers. At a bare minimum, a penalty wrangler should be doing this:

  • Visually follow OPR 1 from start to end of turn. Watch for hand signals; listen for IPRs' calls.
  • Look for communication between OPR 1 and Whiteboard Operator 1 -- talking, hand signals, and the like. (Side note: OPRs, don't chat with whiteboard ops during the jam.)
  • If it's clear that OPR 1 is making a call, wait for Whiteboard Operator 1 to hold up board with penalty. Determine if it's the same call that an IPR recently made. Relay it or write it down, give thumbs up.
  • If OPR 1 does not make a call, or as soon as is humanly possible, start following OPR 2 from start to end of turn, following same procedure as before. Do the same with OPR 3, lather, rinse, repeat.

The best penalty wranglers can do this while watching the game, seeing actions and watching for the hand signal that follows, and relaying jammer refs' calls. That level of wrangling is usually seen in tournaments from people who either do it all the time or are pack refs at home. In a lot of other bouts, people are thrown into that role with little to no preparation or direction on how to do it right. They don't look at the whiteboards in a timely manner because they don't *know* to do that, or they don't know penalty codes, or something. That or they go into penalty tracking mode themselves, which isn't always helpful. Wrangling is complementary to tracking, but requires a different skill set. At least it seems that way to me. By all accounts, I'm really good at wrangling; I couldn't track penalties for two teams if my life depended on it. But I find that good wranglers are a rare and precious commodity, and it's really frustrating to be an OPR and stop at a station where the whiteboard operator's been ignored for three laps. :(
« Last Edit: March 19, 2010, 03:14:50 am by DayGlo Divine »
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Re: Preparing for Penalty Tracking
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2010, 05:48:03 am »
And remember.  Just because they're yelling at you doesn't mean they're yelling at you.
I actualy felt bad because I was IPR at a bout recently and I felt like I was screaming at the tracker a lot, "got that" (nod) skate away...  In reality he was one of the better trackers I had worked with, HE NODDED AT ME!
Why do I ref derby?  To prove to everyone just how uncoordinated I am.


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