Former Broomball Referee at Michigan Technological University
about 2 years ago
Cold. There are very few weather conditions that cancel a broomball game. I would bundle up in many layers, including snowpants, boots, jacket, and warm hat that would be able to fit under my helmet. I would throw my whistle around my neck and head out. Once at the rinks, I would check in, grab a helmet, and go out to the rink to let the prior workers go. If it had been snowing, I would shovel off the rink between games (if we had time). Before games, I would talk with the other refs at my rink and we would decide who would work where for the game. We would call a Captains' meeting and tell them what step check it would be and remind them of a few rules. Then start of the game would be called and, once the teams are ready, ball would drop. Lots of moving back and forth, to watch and make calls. After my shift, I would get a cup of hot chocolate and check out.