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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:25am
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What do you keep in your bag?

I apologize if this has been discussed or is a weird question. I had a long drive after our game last night, and I was thinking of all the times I've learned of a new thing that needs to be in my bag. Usually I realize it should be in there when I don't have it and need it (i.e. baby powder, deodorant, rule book, extra whistle, etc.) I'm just curious if any of you have anything in your bag that you recommend for young officials to make sure they have. Thanks, in advance, for your input.

FYI, here's my inventory:
Extra whistle
Chap stick
Towel
Rule book
Baby powder
Deodorant
Hand sanitizer (I'm a germaphobe)
Water bottle
Watch (for the table if they don't have something for timeouts/DQ sub time)
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:30am
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In addition to your list sans baby powder:

Pre-game binder.

Full backup uniform/shoes.

Towel for "D" (shower).

Clean underwear.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:32am
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A pacifier and swaddle blanket for coaches and players.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:34am
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A pacifier and swaddle blanket for coaches and players.
No baby powder?
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:39am
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:41am
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In addition to above
Pre-wrap and athletic tape
Athletic trainer scissors
Gum or mints
Pen
Moleskin
Band Aids
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:42am
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I stopped carrying a bunch of extra crap a few years ago.

I carry a small bag of whistles and a small bag that has rule books and a magnetic court board.

I have a toiletry bag and a towel for those schools in the prehistoric area who can't be bothered to provide one for me.

Typically I carry that and what I wear and that's it.

A watch for the table? Not a chance. May as well carry a possession arrow while I'm at it.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:45am
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My must haves in addition to the above, for both softball and basketball, are:
*extra shoelaces
*body spray (gotta smell good)
*lysol for my shoes (chest protector and shin guards)
*extra socks


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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:48am
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I stopped carrying a bunch of extra crap a few years ago.

I carry a small bag of whistles and a small bag that has rule books and a magnetic court board.

I have a toiletry bag and a towel for those schools in the prehistoric area who can't be bothered to provide one for me.

Typically I carry that and what I wear and that's it.

A watch for the table? Not a chance. May as well carry a possession arrow while I'm at it.
It's hit and miss with showers, much less towels, in the areas I work.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:52am
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It's hit and miss with showers, much less towels, in the areas I work.
Same here. There are several smaller schools where we don't have a bathroom at all. No sink, toilet, or shower. We have to use a public restroom or a locker room when the kids vacate. Most of the bigger, newer schools have dedicated officials rooms near the court with everything we need.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:56am
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Same here. There are several smaller schools where we don't have a bathroom at all. No sink, toilet, or shower. We have to use a public restroom or a locker room when the kids vacate. Most of the bigger, newer schools have dedicated officials rooms near the court with everything we need.

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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 09:58am
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I have a toiletry bag and a towel for those schools in the prehistoric area who can't be bothered to provide one for me.
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Never, ever, ever had a HS provide towels to officials. We're happy if we have access to a shower that actually dispenses hot water.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 10:27am
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I stopped carrying a bunch of extra crap a few years ago.

I carry a small bag of whistles and a small bag that has rule books and a magnetic court board.

I have a toiletry bag and a towel for those schools in the prehistoric area who can't be bothered to provide one for me.

Typically I carry that and what I wear and that's it.

A watch for the table? Not a chance. May as well carry a possession arrow while I'm at it.
I'm kind of with Rich. I do put an extra uniform / shoes in a separate bag in the car. That way I don't have to carry it everywhere. I've never needed anything from it, but I have lent it out to partners.

Water? Baby Powder? Watch? No way.

Add ibuprofen, contact saline solution and a small sewing kit to the above list.
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 10:31am
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I stopped carrying a bunch of extra crap a few years ago.

I carry a small bag of whistles and a small bag that has rule books and a magnetic court board.

I have a toiletry bag and a towel for those schools in the prehistoric area who can't be bothered to provide one for me.

Typically I carry that and what I wear and that's it.

A watch for the table? Not a chance. May as well carry a possession arrow while I'm at it.
I never go anywhere without my spare possession arrow….
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Old Wed Dec 16, 2015, 10:35am
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I'm kind of with Rich. I do put an extra uniform / shoes in a separate bag in the car. That way I don't have to carry it everywhere. I've never needed anything from it, but I have lent it out to partners.

Water? Baby Powder? Watch? No way.

Add ibuprofen, contact saline solution and a small sewing kit to the above list.
Water bottle. I've been to places that don't have a concession stand (MS games) and had no water so I threw it in. Baby powder to prevent undercarriage chaffage, and the watch has come in handy when HS kids are doing the table so that they don't need their phone (pet peeve). It all weighs a grand total of maybe 12 ounces, takes up zero room, and has come in handy. To each their own, I suppose.

I like the sewing kit idea. Also like the extra uni in the car, ibuprofen. Thanks for the input, guys.
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