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Let's Talk About: Blocks, Baby...

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

But probably not the kind you are thinking about. Or maybe you were ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . I'm not a mind reader... or maybe I am.

But really. We are talking about YOUR BLOCKS in Arbiter; as in- blocking out the days you can't (or don't want) to be assigned.

Setting your blocks in Arbiter is probably one of the most important things you can do for three main reasons:

  1. Setting your blocks allows the Chapter Assigner (Sal) know what days you are available or (sometimes more importantly) NOT available for assignment. This will keep the entire assignment schedule current and accurate.

  2. Speaking of current and accurate... Keep your blocks current... and accurate. A good habit is to update or verify your blocks at least twice a month. If your schedule changes often, then it might be better for you to update your blocks in real time as your schedule changes. This allows The Assigner to fill in vacancies when an official has to cancel, has a change of plans, or something unexpected arises.

  3. Accurate blocks allows the opportunity for your fellow officials to be assigned. Matches are assigned largely based on a seniority, or order of merit, list. When all blocks are accurate, this allows every assignment to be filled which gives more opportunity to newer officials. It can be frustrating to fill an assignment with an official only to find out that it needs to be reassigned last minute.

What's the takeaway? Set your blocks. Make sure your blocks are accurate. Make sure they are updated regularly. Check, verify, and update your blocks often. The Assigner, and your fellow officials, will thank you for it.

See you on the court!

Michael Davis

Webmaster, SAVOA

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