I’m beginning to understand a little better now.
When I suggest anything about the games or skating, there are those who question it because they know that I have not been a skater or referee. I did update the rules and create the helmet game though, which created the jammers, blockers and pivot, and I have help train skaters and seen over 1000 games.
I guess you could say I am a fan and (oh oh….shhh) a promoter.
I look at the games two ways: 1) how the players are enjoying what they are doing (a lot!), and how the fans are enjoying it (usually great, particularly if the home team is winning or staying close). And 2) if the venue is fan friendly, good security and a great experience (almost always).
When I comment, it is always with the intent of trying to make the games better, but it certainly is not always seen that way. And someone posted on my site today something I frankly had not thought about: in basketball, football, hockey etc, there are those who play and those who own or promote. Do I want to own or promote? No, but I know that I can help those who feel they have reached a stage where they would like to make a bigger splash in terms of attendance and marketing and perception. A number of the leagues are obviously doing quite well without that help; luckily they have within their organization people to handle booking, promotion, ticket sales and more.
And there are about a half-dozen leagues working with promoters (not a bad word if the leagues come out better than if they did it themselves) and are quite happy.
So many of you seek my advice on so many things and I am so glad to help. I am sorry for any thoughts that I am trying to tell you how to skate or referee or train, but I have the right to say something if I feel it is pertinent.
If you feel your league wants to move to a bigger arena (you better be careful about this), need advice or want to be put in touch with good reliable people, please get in touch with me.
I believe you understand I am just trying to help this wonderful legitimate game grow. Every time we help each other, we are adding permanence to the sport.