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Question Number: 6441

Pre-Game

RE: Other

Gary Redmond of Arklow, Wicklow Ireland asks...

I have been refereeing for a few weeks now and have tried several methods of recording scorers, subs etc. I have tried using a notebook in my top pocket but that went down the drain the first day it rained, recently I have stuck a piece of paper to the back of my yellow card and used this but it's not pratical as players get concerned as to why they are being cautioned when I am merely recording a sub...So my question is what way do you record your information espcially in the rain?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Gary, the referee's notebook has been around forever, and it works for most of us. Keep it in a pocket and hope for the best in the rain. There are ways to write when you are referee mostly they involve keeping your head erect and look down quickly, this gives the impression your are still looking at the players and if they thing you're looking there'll be less mucking about. ..In the rain this goes out the window, use your upper body to make a rain shadow, write, put it back in your pocket. ..There is another, nearly, fail safe way to keep the rain off, move to California. Never mind, then you'll have to put up with the politics around here.....Regards,



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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

Hi Gary waterproof paper and a waterproof carpenters heavy lead pencil works for me. They can be carried in a seperate plastic folding black packet independant of the cards although spare cards may be used as reinforcement as a hard surface to write on inside the packet. PS the waterproof paper is used by surveyors as they record their measurements in the most outragous conditions. I purchase mine from the local saftey and supply store for the oil companies..Cheers



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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Official Sports sells a clear waterproof poncho that I use when it rains. I carry 3 pens and keep my notebook inside my closed flapped shirt pocket under the poncho and have never had a problem and it rains a LOT in Georgia. I like Ref Dawson's idea and will search for waterproof paper. The carpenters pencil can be purchased at any hardware store.



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