February Featured Official: Standard Steviation

  Photo: DeFord Designs, 2017

Photo: DeFord Designs, 2017

What is your derby name? Does it have any special story or significance?

Standard Steviation. Lol, well, I started in derby shortly after my wife, House of Bruise ....with LDV..., I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but since I work a fair amount with statistics, I was into the player performance tracking called Action Tracking.....not many leagues do that these days... I just migrated towards that stuff for a while and thus Standard Steviation a play on standard deviation! I only NSO'd a short while, then it was time to skate!

 

When did you start officiating derby?

March 2012

 

What made you want to become an official?

two things really were the driving factor; my wife joined roller derby and I wanted to support her plus (after many years of "men's sports) I wanted to contribute to women's empowered athleticism

 

What is your favorite position on/off the track? (What officiating job is your go-to?)

FIPR is my go-to, but love all the positions as a skating official

 

Before derby, when was the last time you had laced up skates? (Quad or otherwise)

LOL, 1979.....

 

What do you do outside of derby to make derby better for yourself? What other hobbies do you have?

I work out 2-3 times a week; and seldom let the dust settle on my shoes....Other than derby, (I come from a "hobby" generation) so I play guitar, travel, restore vintage cars, ride motorcycles, and have a hobby called Amateur Radio...aka Ham Radio...that allows me to talk to people world-wide over a radio....very old school tecnology, but when I was growing up, it was our FB!

 

What makes you come back to officiating derby? Off skates, another sport, mental game prep, etc

Nothing compares.....well, perhaps riding a motorcycle...that has a similar "thrill" but I love all the peeps in derby and can't imagine life without everyone! I love to teach (my day job) and I try to bring something cool to every derby experience to share.....

 

Do you have any advice for newbie officials?

Don't burn out....focus on 1 thing at a time....then start all over again! You never stop learning and growing...whether it is skating, rules, working with the crews or just watching the game.....

 

Anything else you'd like to share? 

Coming to A2, this is my year 2, I have to say the culture here is inspiring and has made me want to continue in officiating! Love you all!

Posted on February 7, 2018 .