I head reffed my first regulation game for my home league, the Old Capitol City Roller Girls, on Saturday at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Coralville, Iowa.
I've always considered myself a roller derby referee who enjoys all aspects of the sport and betters himself to be solid in all four skating positions (head referee, inside pack referee, jam referee, and outside pack referee), so getting to head referee is certainly a skill set I want more practice at.
Since leaving Quad-City Rollers in March under pretty dubious terms, I vowed to not watch or support the league again. I was heartbroken, and didn't want to even talk with many of the people on that team.
Unfortunately I volunteered to head referee a scrimmage for my league, Old Capitol City Roller Girls (Iowa City), before knowing who the opponent was. Well this Sunday, it happened to be mix of QCR and OCCRG skaters.
I'm glad I got it out of my system, but I still don't think I'll be going to a QCR event any time soon. Sometimes it's just best to let sleeping dogs lie.
Work on the social media front has been getting busier and busier. I've started using Tweetdeck at work to keep track of all the various Twitter accounts that need monitoring.
It seems like I keep adding more and more social media outlets to my workload, and some of them tend to take a backseat to the other ones. Right now Facebook and Twitter are at the forefront, and our focus is on growing these two products as much as possible. Things like YouTube and Pinterest are a nice little bonus, but not my primary goal.
Tripp J Crouse (Ojibwe, descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) has worked in print journalism and broadcasting for 15-plus years, and currently represents Alaska and serves as 2019 chair of the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media, a national organization that offers support services to Tribal and Native public radio stations. Tripp is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association and Alaska Press Club. Prior to working at 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Tripp worked at KTOO in Juneau and the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.