So I get a text message from Poussiere on September 24th asking if I was available to ref on the 28th. Now you may not know but refs generally get booked from at least a month to about 10 months out.
Sometimes refs back out or forget to confirm or any multitude of reasons. But basically Rude Jude of Acadiana was a little panicked. Once he knew I was confirmed “a weight was lifted” off his shoulders. I know the feeling, noob refs need bout and scrimmage time to improve their craft. But you can’t have a well officiated bout with 6 noobs and a head ref.
In any case I felt appreciated and proud to be thought of as fair and experienced enough to be a “go to” ref to come out and ref. Believe me I am by no means implying that I’m a great ref, but I think I’m better than mediocre and above all unbiased. Yes I am friends with a few skaters from various leagues off track. I’m also refs with various refs, NSOs, announcers and volunteers.
I was glad for the opportunity to ref with some old friends I hadn’t reffed with for over a year.
For those that care Acadiana’s All stars lost to Gulf Coast Roller girls, and the Red Sirens (acadiana’s B team) beat the Voo Doo (I forgot the second part) Gulf Coast’s B team.
Stash Merkin once again rocked the announcer mic solo for both bouts doing the color commentary and play by play quite well. Yes I was paying attention to the game at hand, but amplified speakers manage to filter their way in.
Sorry for the late post but work has been more hectic than it has been as of late.
Stash & DJ TJ (Photo credit: Matthew Prejeant)
So this past Saturday was my first time this season reffing a bout with the new ruleset. I’ve announced a few games and watched a few under the new ruleset. But I finally found an opportunity to get in on skates.
The most interesting thing is that this weekend was pretty big for derby, a lot of people were in Dallas for Clover Cup AND several leagues had their season opener the same weekend. I had already committed to Acadiana and not to long after was asked to ref in a few other places. Not that I’m in high demand, more like a short supply.
I had a brain fantastic during the bout, like calling off the jam when my jammer was not lead. After telling her she can’t because she was out of bounds. I meant not lead, but another ref said “yes she can” and in that instant I forgot that she in fact was not lead jammer and called it off. Fortunately that was my only major snafu, but it wasn’t the only one of the bout. They happen, not too often but more than they should. Then again, as Short Fuse says “when they skate a perfect game we’ll call a perfect game”
Coach Friday for Acadiana, post bout told me that I was the most consistent with my calls. He didn’t agree with all of mine, but he likes that I’m consistent and suck “just as bad both ways” I think he meant for both teams but this was at the after party and I’m sure it made more sense in his head.
In any case I got to chat a bit with my favorite announcers in Louisiana. Catch up with some friends and have that overall feeling of community with all my derby sisters and brothers.
I wanna thank Wicked Weezy for the ride in from the airport. Finally have a face for the name. As well as giving me a renewed perspective on fruit roll ups. To Bulldog for flying me in, who knew a ref could be a pilot? Unfortunately now I’ll never want to fly commercial again. Stash for the stogie and to all of Acadiana and Cajun RG for having me out for a night of derby.