Judges gearing up!
15.04.2012 | 10:49
You are all familiar with the growing process as a player – the more events you play, the less mistakes you make, the better you do. Today, I would to focus the spotlight on our volunteers that are working the event. Not only are they learning new things every single time, they are also being provided with more sophisticated gear!
Have you ever been to a tournament where a printer wouldn’t get the job done, no matter how nice you asked? This can’t happen at a YCS as we’re sporting 3 powerful printers on the stage that can easily take care of all those pairings and standings that we’re posting throughout the day! Actually, we only need 1 of them, so even if 2 of them malfunction for some reason, we won’t have to deal with huge delays.
This might not seem like much, but believe me when I say that this paper cutter is a sophisticated killing machine – for paper, that is. There’s no faster way to dissect result entry slips, so the respective judge team can bring them out right after the round has started!
My favorite new addition are these little flag buttons that you can stick on your volunteer badge. They are a great help, making it obvious to players which languages you can speak. I couldn’t find an English flag button, but I think we didn’t even produce any as all our judges have a good command of the English language!
It might look like a wallet, but it’s actually a judge toolbox! It allows our volunteers to carry some notes around with them, so they’ll always know who to approach if they would like to order a Deck check, who’s in charge of logistics, and so on. On top of that, you can pack some extra notepads to give away to players who failed to bring their own.
Last but not least, this is the best technical invention from a tournament organizer’s perspective since the introduction of KTS itself! Thanks to this scanner, you won’t need to type in the IDs of players any longer – simply scan it in and you’re all set! It’s a huge help for our Public Events registration which seems to remain busy for the rest of the day with more and more players dropping out of the Main Event.
You see there are quite a few tools available to our judges that make their lives a lot easier. I’m curious to find out if we’ll see even more tools in the upcoming tournaments a little later this year, like the WCQ: European Championship in Milan.