Recently we asked Jim Hackenberg, the inventor of the Referee Scoring Stand (RefereEZ, patent pending) to give us a little detail about this nifty product. We had seen it used at a couple of tournaments and liked what we were seeing. Besides being a very cool device, it’s stable, easy to assemble/disassemble, highly mobile (lightweight) and really makes the viewing experience much better at tournaments where you can’t hear the referee call the score because of spectator noise, wind, and/or PA systems. With this system a single glance tells you where the match is at, if that’s grammatical!
(Please also note comment and additional picture on bottom of this page showing unit also being used to track side-outs and time-outs, a capability which some people use and and some, like Jim references in his comments below, do not use. Your choice, you get the product with those optional capabilities either way!)
The RefereEZ is great for spectators. They love knowing what the score is without having to strain to hear the referee. Many times I have received the comment, “Every tournament court should have one.” Players like it because they can easily see what the score is without having to ask the referee. I have found it very easy to use and, in fact, it makes keeping score even easier. While some may think it’s a duplication of effort on the part of the referee, in truth it is not. You keep score using the stand and only need to keep track of the “side outs” and “time outs” on the scoresheet.
In the example picture, the score is Yellow Team – 5, White Team – 2, 2nd Serve, and the Yellow Team has won one game.
The unit is easy to assemble and disassemble for storage. We also plan to put an instructional video on how to use the RefereEZ on YouTube in the near future.
Here’s a comment from Pat Sinicki…The stand DOES keep track of side outs and time outs. Jim just prefers not to use these 2 options. If you order a stand, you will also get these options also. You use beads for the time outs (shown on top bars) and an arrow for side outs (shown on the scoring numbers). Also, the numbers are now laminated. I have attached another picture of the up to date unit.
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