Game day jobs reference info
JOB: Announcing and clock/scoreboard -- required for home games
LOCATION: In the booth, unless on east field
Plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the game time. If you are the first game, get the keys from Coach to get into the announcer’s
booth. Also, if possible, try to get the roster for the opposing team. Bring your own roster for our team. (Elevator works or
stairs and open the outside doors also.) Clock and announcing can be one person or two.
Turn on light, flip the switch on the west wall for the scoreboard AND plug it in and flip the switch on the box.
Flip the switch on the tuner, turn on the microphone.
Enter the time on the clock that will reflect the number of minutes left before the faceoff time.
Music – this can be clean songs from your phone using the aux cable or a cd played in the tuner. Either works fine.
At the 5-minute mark, do the OSAA welcome and read the rosters for both teams. At the 1 ½ minute mark, do the National Anthem – again, from your phone or one of the CD’s.
Call out a goal (and assist if you can), advise when there's a time out, announce the score at the quarter breaks, any team
announcements, and read the list of team sponsors. If necessary, remind fans to keep their comments positive.
JV – 15-minute quarters x 4. 10-minute half time. Clock is stopped only when a time out has been called
and signaled by the referee. At the 2-minute mark, you call that out so the referee knows. This is very important if the game
clock is at the table.
Varsity – 12-minute quarters x 4. 10-minute half time. Clock stops on ALL whistles and called timeouts. Critical to
watch the referee for stop and start signals.
Running clock will be done when the point differential is more than 10 – and it can go back to a stop clock if the point differential improves.
At the 2-minute mark, you call that out so the referee knows. This is very important if the game clock is at the table.
Each team is allowed 2 timeouts per half of 2 minutes each. You do not need to time the timeouts – that will be done
at the table along with penalties.
If the clock is at the table, the score can also be kept there with the flip board. It is ok, as well, to just have the score
on the scoreboard and the clock at the table.
JOB: Spotter, penalty timer, statistician
LOCATION: At the table, bring a chair
Home table pre-game
Plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the game time. If you are the first game, you may need to get the table and tent set up.
The referees will usually come by and review policies with you. They will want to make sure that you have a way to communicate
with the booth if the official clock is being done on the scoreboard. If the clock is run at the table, then the preferences of the
referees can be discussed. If on the scoreboard, then any preferences need to be advised.
For away games, bring a chair and arrive 30 minutes before the game to set up your book.
REMINDER: You are not allowed to cheer at the table.
The timing of penalties should be kept at the table. Home staff usually does this, but it is fine for the visiting team to do their own.
Varsity – it is the time given.
JV – it is 1 ½ times what is given – a 30-second penalty is timed out as 45 seconds. This is due to the running clock.
Players must sit or kneel in the area in front of the table.
You will do a 10-second countdown to release them – loudly! You announce the release of the player. They will determine with their coaches if they are going back in.
If the penalty is releaseable (most are), then if a score occurs the player is released – even if they have not served their entire time. Again,
the referee will indicate this verbally, as well as signal with a triangle over the head if it is not releasable.
LAX Time & Score is a great app for penalty timing as it does allow you to do more than one at a time.
As the name implies, your job is to spot for the statisticians. You will call out things like ground balls, player number,
scores, assists, clears, saves, etc. Visiting and home teams usually have a spotter, but it is the home teams’ responsibility to
have one and to call out for both teams. Spotters tend to help each other.
You will keep the official book if a home game. You will make sure that the roster for both teams is written down correctly.
You will mark all of the scores/assists and their times, along with the other stats. At the end of the game, the book will be
signed by the head referee.
Away game: the information is the same, no signature needed and not so important to have the other team’s roster in your book. It is preferable to have it all but not mandatory. Four color pens help or two colors, at least, for the quarterly totals.