Monday, December 18, 2006

Skeet and referees

Volunteer or paid referees?

A topic that can bring forth much discussion.

Many clubs no longer hold registered events because of referee issues.

Each region has its own issues in regard to skeet referees. If a club has issues with the state association in regard to referee requirements, then maybe it's time to revisit the issue.

I say if you don't have enough referees going in, than limit the number of shooters.

That statement alone brings comments that "I don't understand or I'm not aware"

What I do understand or I'm aware of is that I've attended a number of shoots where the club was in over its head, as they did not have enough in-house help.

If several of us did not volunteer to pull a squad or two, the last squads would have been shooting in darkness. Many times I heard, "your squad will go out when xxx gets done shooting". That's not the way to run a shoot.

A number of member owned clubs don’t have the volunteer base to hold a three-rotation per gun shoot.

Just because you have three or four fields, does not mean you can sign up forty or fifty shooters, and hope for the best.

If you don’t have the help, you don’t have the help...

9:30 a.m. on the first day of a shoot is not the time to be looking for someone to take out the squad for field #3.

If you have to limit the shoot to the first twenty shooters, limit the shoot.

Most of us don’t mind helping out when a short term scheduling problem comes up, but we do mind, when surprise, surprise we better jump in and lend a hand or it’s going to be a long day, and shoot management knew that going in, but ignored the realities.

At a minimum, may I suggest a paragraph in the shoot program is necessary when the club plans on soliciting assistance and asking shooters to take out a squad during the course of the shoot.

Two clubs that I'm aware of have it on the shoot flyer.

We know we most likely will end up taking out a squad, and have no problem with it. As if we did, we would just pass on the shoot.

Yes, a few shooters will not attend when they know the club may be short handed, but the club will be better off and shooters that do attend will know the score going in and not resent having to lend a hand.

My own club has a serious volunteer problem. My wife and I do not shoot at are own shoots, as we each take out a minimum of four squads per day.

May I suggest its time hire referees to augment the volunteers, or go completely with paid referees.

$5 fee per entry for paid referees is the norm.

Too expensive you say, than what is your solution?

Some clubs don't pay referees outright, but allow shooters to shoot for free if they take out a few squads.

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