Score Keeping

June 17, 2013
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Have you ever been the score bookkeeper at any sporting event? All sports have unique things that only the true sport fan understands or even wants to understand. I have kept track, baseball, and basketball books. To the average Joe, you are just writing down the scores as they happen. However, what you are really doing is preserving for history what went on in that contest. As long as no questions come up, what you write down becomes history. Years later someone may go through that book to check on a record, a career stat, or some other historic fact. There is always the one time that some kind of controversy crops up. What if the track meet ends in a tie? Each coach involved will scan that book to see if any discrepancy might have shown up. There is a time limit after a meet that the score can be changed, but after that time is elapsed what is written down becomes official even it it’s wrong. I believe in track that is just one hour. Baseball books are often changed if a play is ruled an error and later when the score keeper has a chance to watch a replay may decide to call it a hit based on what they have observed when watching the play again several times. With the way everyone seems to like facts about each player, it is very important that the yards, for instance in football, are listed correctly. Was it 4 yards, 4.5 yards, or maybe 5 yards? At the end of a season or career this might be the difference in their getting a record or just missing it. No one worried about that in game 6 of that season, but now it might be the record breaker. A good score keeper is the eyes and ears for any game. Sometime I’ll talk about some of the shorthand used in score keeping.

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