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Posted by: The Man in Blue
11-16-2019, 03:53 PM
Forum: Free for All
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My wife and I went to the first round of Illinois’ State Tournament yesterday on our way out of town for the weekend.  $8 admission (per 1/2 day session, each), $7 sodas, and $10 popcorn.  Considering the drinks and popcorn were refillable all day, I won’t complain too much there.  We enjoyed the games and Redbird Arena in Bloomington was nice.  The whole things was very subdued for a State Tournament in my opinion.  No fanfare, a few sponsor displays, nothing to promote a fan experience.

Anyway, I came to gripe about watching the games on line ... 

Since we have a few local teams playing, we wanted to watch the final round today.  IHSA advertised and promoted that you could watch the games on IHSA.tv, so we figured we could catch the last round that way ...

OMG ... their process and user interface is AWFUL!!!!!!

First, we get on the website to watch the 9am game and just get a black square using multiple browsers, devices and connection methods.  They don’t tell you you have to subscribe.  We stumbled across that.  It is $11 and even just getting them to take that is buried and convoluted.

Then we go through the whole process again ... black screens.  They don’t tell you that it only works on an app or Google Chrome.

OK, another round of trying to log in ... “You are trying to stream on multiple devices” ... now we are trying to figure out what devices and browsers we were logged in to ... finally, get it down to one device, on Google Chrome ... “Your stream has been interrupted.  We will resume when we can reconnect to your event.”

Now I am venting while we are finally watching ... AAAGGGGGHHHHH!

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Posted by: Kevin_K
11-03-2019, 11:40 PM
Forum: Announcements & Milestones
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Today I received my final assignment of the girls HS season. 

I will be R2 on the final match of the Tournament of Champions. I can't wait! No pressure for anyone. All the teams have already won their respective group championships and this match will be a showcase the best of HS volleyball in NJ.

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
10-27-2019, 04:56 AM
Forum: Announcements & Milestones
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Not my post ... the one in the Ask the Referee section.

Well ... it’s still a milestone of sorts.   Tongue

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
10-25-2019, 02:05 PM
Forum: Referee Mechanics
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Based on Yawetag’s post on another forum ...

When you are on the tower (R1) and there is a need to speak to someone (your partner, the site administrator, etc.) is it proper etiquette to remain on the stand or to come down?

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Posted by: yawetag
10-22-2019, 05:54 PM
Forum: Announcements & Milestones
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Was just asked to be a line judge for the first round of playoffs on Thursday. More than I expected for my first year.

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Posted by: yawetag
10-09-2019, 02:02 PM
Forum: Situations
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Was asked to travel to a different region to work a JV/Varsity DH due to a shortage of referees there. About an hour drive from home, 5A divisional match-up. I was solo for the JV match, which away team won 2-0 with no issues. R2 for the Varsity match, when the following occurred.

No issues in the first set, which away team won. During the second set, a group of students near the away team's end line began making noise during away team's serving - with a student or two yelling at the moment of contact. I let it go the first time, thinking it would fix itself. After the second time, I walked over to home team's coach and asked her to have someone go and ask the students to stop the yelling at the serve (I was fine with the general noise-making - it was louder than the general noise in the gym, but not distracting. She looked at me like I'd asked her to do it herself.

After the fourth time it happened and no one had taken care of the situation, I stopped the match and asked her for the site admin. She called over the Principal and explained to him what I'd asked. We continued the game as he walked over and asked the students to stop. No further issues and the students left the gym after the second set.

My reasoning at the time was based purely on sportsmanship. What they were doing was very obvious, so it surprised me when the coach didn't have someone deal with it the first time I asked. I couldn't remember in the moment if there was a specific rule that prevented it, so I looked it up when I got home: 12-3-1, and the case book specifically mentions it (12.3.B.b).

Wondering if any of you would have dealt with it the same.

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Posted by: yawetag
10-02-2019, 09:49 PM
Forum: Books, Magazines, and Media
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I can access the rule book online for free, but I'd like a hard copy, too. I can't find it available anywhere. USAV website, Amazon, and Google search were a bust.

I've priced out taking the book and having it printed and bound myself - for about $15. Not a bad deal, but not my first choice.

Any leads?

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Posted by: yawetag
09-30-2019, 01:58 PM
Forum: RefVB.com
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We've reached 100 posts!

If anyone has ideas on how to bring more people in, I'm open to trying it. I've thought about sending emails to state high school associations in hopes they would pass it on, but don't know that spamming 50+ people will bring any traffic. I'm still thinking about it, though, maybe even offering a private forum for officials in their states to have access.

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
09-27-2019, 09:09 PM
Forum: Referee Mechanics
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I know that I need to work on being able to remember and identify the back row.  I am getting more comfortable with the back row attack rules, but I struggle with identifying the correct players as they rotate around.

There is also that darn hand signal numbering system ... ugh.

This one may be odd ... but administering yellow/red cards.  Not something I have done or practiced.  (Since I mentioned that in another thread just now.)

Any tips?

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Posted by: The Man in Blue
09-27-2019, 09:03 PM
Forum: Situations
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Last night I am working with a very green new official (who I have worked with before).  I was running a little behind getting there from work.  We go through a few servers when Team Lady Bulldogs does that funky libero switch that involves three players.  As #19 comes back in to the front row, the scorer informs my R2 that Team Lady Bulldogs has #10 listed in that spot.  He stops play and checks his card and he has #10.  He comes over to explain it to me and says they have an illegal substitution.  I ask if it was the libero switch and he says “It might be.” and goes back to the scorer’s table.

I see some more conversation, then he goes to the coach, and then he comes back to me.  “They don’t even have a #10.  It was an error on their coach’s part and we didn’t check lineups.  What do I do?”

Now, I’m pretty sure we didn’t do it all correct (two very low level teams that are laid back) ... but we charged them a substitution (#19 for the non-existent #10) and resumed play.  I believe I should have administered an administrative yellow card. (I know we should have checked line ups. I’ll take the fault for rushing around when I arrived and getting out of my routine.)

Food for discussion before I go look it up ...

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