Basic Skating Judging Protocols

The following ideas are designed to help you when you are assigned to judge larger events (6 or more skaters). When a referee is trying to make up time and you feel rushed, take a deep breath, clam down, and follow some simple protocols that can help you avoid making errors:
Make changes to BOTH the official judging sheet AND your worksheet when a skater withdraw/no show occurs. This helps to avoid an error when transferring your marks from the worksheet to the official judging sheet.
If the event is split into two or more warm-ups, transfer the marks of the previous group from your worksheet to the official judging sheet during the warm-up. This helps to avoid an error when transferring your marks from the worksheet to the official judging sheet.
Watch the warm-up and get a feeling for the range of skating skills. This is especially helpful if there is only one warm-up to establish a range of marks and the base mark for the first skater potentially fits into your marking range. Basic skill events are generally six or fewer skaters; however, official USFS judges may judges groups as large as 18. Develop the habit to use a range that avoids “clustering” marks so close together that it is difficult to insert later skaters to achieve your intended ranking. Allow enough space so you do not have to erase and change multiple marks. The pressure to hand in your judging sheet, so as not to delay the start of the next event, encourages the possibility of errors and increases that possibility with each change being made.
Make sure you have one or two spare pencils equipped with an eraser prior to the start of each skater performing their program. This helps to avoid scrambling for a pencil to make notes while the skater is performing their program.
Make sure you have have scheduled a bathroom break prior to your judging events. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive at the judges stand five minutes prior to the start of your event. This helps avoid being physically uncomfortable during your event as there is rarely is enough time during a warm-up to allow a trip to the nearest restroom facilities.
Be aware of the number of skaters in the event before you are to judge and the length of their programs. Estimate in the time to travel from the judge’s room to the judging area to allow enough time to arrive at the judges stand five minutes prior to the start of your event. This helps avoid upsetting the event referee and causing you the embarrassment of being replaced!
Dress so you remain warm for your entire event. Some rinks can be bitterly cold, especially in the winter. Experienced judges will layer their clothing so they can adjust if the temperatures change. Expect the rink to be colder if you judge the first event at 8:00 am. Be sure to have warm footwear and bring gloves to the competition. Being prepared for cold temperatures helps you remain warm, alert, and focused on your judging duties.
If you judge the first event at 8:00 am, be sure to arrive early to have sometime to eat, have a hot drink, and review the required elements of your event. Referees may schedule a brief judges meeting prior to your event. Be sure to attend this meeting. Being prepared helps you to focus on your judging duties.
Be sure to check the POSTED judges schedule when you arrive and before you LEAVE the rink to insure the chief referee has not added events to your schedule because a judge has become ill or is delayed. Your will endear yourself to the referee by checking your schedule and being on time for your events

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What You Need to Know About Skate Sharpening

How frequently should skates be sharpened?

Typical sharpening frequencies range from every 5 weeks for a daily skater to every nine months for a once-a-week skater. In general, skates need sharpening about every hundred hours of skating as long as care is taken to avoid damage from stepping on metal, concrete or any other hard or abrasive material. Pond ice may contain dirt and stones. One accidental step on concrete will probably ruin the last sharpening. Hard guards and soakers can be used to protect the blades while walking to and from the ice and when the skates are carried in a bag. Always dry off the blades after skating to prevent rusting and make sure the hard guards are also dry if they are going back on the blades. Skates need sharpening when they start to slide sideways too easily. An experienced skater can often tell when the skates are getting dull but beginners can�t, so look for feet skidding sideways when pushing or doing crossovers.
sharpening ice skatesWhat do I need to know about getting skates sharpened?

The first thing to find out is where. The right place in your area might be the rink, a skate shop or a sharpening specialist. The simplest approach is to ask several more advanced skaters where they go. At a minimum you should make sure that you can get a correct hollow radius and level edges. If the sharpener doesn�t know what a hollow radius is or have a square to check the levelness of the edges after sharpening, it might be better to go some place else. The grinding stone is dressed to a circular shape to make a hollow along the bottom of the blade. The hollow radius usually ranges from 3/8? (deeper) to 3/4? (shallower). Beginners usually prefer a 5/8 or 3/4? hollow. Advanced skaters usually use a 3/8 to 1/2? hollow.

Can I tell if my skates have been sharpened correctly by looking at the blades?

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Head Injuries Part Of The Equation When It Comes To MMA Retirements

The Mixed Martial Arts that online sports betting fans are able to watch now and bet on are a much different brand than what the sport first presented back in the 1990�EUR(TM)s. The arrival of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts was the most important step to helping achieve a better level of safety in the sport, and that safety has helped promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championships and others to become mainstream. That said, the world of MMA is unlike any other sport in terms of the injury risk that fighters take to compete at any level, and there are a number of things that can go wrong. There isn�EUR(TM)t one common injury that has stood above the rest when it comes to fighters having to retire, but a sport as violent and brutal as MMA has obvious risks and there is no doubt that head injuries have become a part of the equation.

Advancements in the studies of mental health and brain activity have shone new light on injuries to the head, with different sports across the price per head world taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety of those competing. The idea of mental health could become a significant issue in the world of MMA and other sports where there are physical blows to the head as they continue to become more and more popular, as the information available becomes more conclusive. Studies have shown that repeated blows to the head could cause lasting trauma that leads to memory loss, depression, and other mental health issues, but the results haven�EUR(TM)t been conclusive enough to lead to major change. The bottom line right now is that shots to the head have played at least a minor role when it comes to forcing fighters in to retirement, as there is only so much punishment these competitors can take over time.

The physical demands of the sport have led to other injuries as well, although the overall numbers have not highlighted one specific injury as being the most common when it comes to forcing live betting competitors in to retirement. Injuries to the arms, legs, and back are very common, but fortunately for the fighters and those that appreciate watching MMA, there hasn�EUR(TM)t been an epidemic of injuries.

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Some Rules you cannot Forget about Volleyball

For a beginner player may be difficult to remember each of the rules that you most now to play volleyball in the right way to avoid any kind of fault, so as a help for those kinds of new players that are still learning what they can and can’t do in the game, there are some instructions and rules that are unforgettable for the practice of this great sport.

Main rules

The bases of the regular volleyball are simple, for example there are 6 players for each of the two teams, they are divide in court by a net cutting the middle, in a play each team is allowed to touch the ball three times before pass the ball over the net and a same player cannot play (touch) the ball twice in a row, an interest fact is that blocking is not considered as a touch, so in the case of some play the ball passes the net, players block and the ball stays in that side of the court they can touch the ball three times more or in other case the player that blocks can touch the ball again to pass or save the ball without a problem.

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Baseball Vs. Football

Hotdogs, Diet Coke, a TV, and a baseball game. Or is it a football game which has your favorite team playing? What would you choose between? American football or baseball? I mean, baseball is the national game, and American football, nothing gets bigger. One thing is for sure though, both these games have a phenomenal fan following. Pitch in to get a lowdown on what this fuss is all about.

The Never Ending Debate of Baseball vs. Football

How do you determine which sport is the most revered one? Besides, talking about sheer numbers, both have around half a billion fans worldwide. Well, here goes…

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