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Old 03-24-2013, 10:01 PM #1
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Ref/player ratio?

Just curious. How many refs typically are needed for large scenario events such as dday?
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:48 AM #2
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Im not sure about DDay, but we normally keep a 1:10 ratio. Only time it changes is maybe during scrims etc. when teams ref themselves
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For normal days, we have one ref per 15 people.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:05 PM #4
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One experienced reff for 15-20 players. We generally plan our reffs based on the fields being played. For example: If the field is heavily wooded and larger than others, more reffs are needed.
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A field that I work at has an urban field and I was the only ref for like 4 players. I definitely could not keep track of all the players. Anything with lots of cover needs at least 1 ref for each side especially with newer players.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:06 PM #6
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Great question but no simple answer. First off not all refs are equal. But lets say you got a good one that moves around and keeps a good eye on players. With decent players 1 per 15 is okay. with a rough group, which can be from several areas, like backyard players that aren't use to fields or bachelor parties that may have had a few drinks before they got there. 1 to 10 is much better. If the players are very young like 10-12 years old 1-10 might be pushing it a little. Your field size and layout can make it tougher for a ref as well. But here's the thing. You hire a ref for his or her judgment skills. If the ref doesn't think they can handle the group they should be calling for help. We try to keep a spare staffer ready to go in if needed. If not they work as a runner for the day taking supplies and new players out to the fields. That's a good spot for a Jr. ref or ref trainee. Sometimes just a little more help is enough. Other times you may have to switch refs and put a hardcore ref with the problem group and use your other ref with an easier group. "The right tool for the right job"
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