It’s more than just the motto of the Boy Scouts, it’s a life style that I have embraced since becoming a Non-Skating Official with DDG. I learned that not every practice will provide you with the tools you need to do your job, and not every team you visit will have what you like. I prefer to have my own stuff so that I can do my job comfortably, and accurately.
I was inspired recently by this blog post: http://derbyoz.com/2013/03/01/what-should-be-in-your-pencil-case/, and thought I would write my own.
- 2 Clipboards
- I have one that I use for home bouts with a DDG sticker and more fun things, and then one I have for sanctioned and regulation bouts that is more professional.
- 3 Stop Watches
- I was originally trained in the 2 stop-watch penalty timing method, so I have a 3rd watch as a backup.
- 2 Whistles
- I have a standard Fox 40 that I use regularly, and a backup*.
- Multiple pencils
- I have one really nice one that has refillable lead and replacement erasers and then I have many extras.
- White Board Markers
- A Glove
- After wearing one for a very long time at a tournament, my glove got a little customization with a pair of scissors. Only the index finger remains.
- Extra stat sheets for practice
- Specifically; Penalty Tracking, Lineup Tracking, Score Keeping, Box Timing, & Actions.
- Extra Evaluation Forms
- Both with my information filled out and my picture, as well as blanks for fellow officials.
- Rule Book
Now, that is the stat bag of an over-achieving nerd. I recommend all of my NSO’s to have the following:
- 1 Whistle
- 1 Stop Watch
- 1 Clipboard
- Numerous Pencils
- Rules Book
What do you keep in your stat bag? Is there anything that you would recommend for a new NSO?
*You never know when you will get the opportunity to train someone as amazing as Dumptruck and you will need another whistle.