When wrapping up a new referee certification course, I always emphasize the need to stay organized. When you’re on the field for three games (or more) on a weekend day, it’s easy to lose track of all the bits and bobs you need on the day.
The Organizer from RefsWorld fits the bill nicely, and appears to be the only organizer created specially for referees. (For me, the gear organizer from Official Sports always felt like a shaving kit with an extra piece of nylon attached to it.)
The black nylon case features a tri-fold design, and is kept closed by a sturdy velcro strip. When opened, each of the three panels are covered with containers, all with see through plastic coverings, and each closed with either a zipper or velcro strap.
The entire left panel is comprised of a single container, perfect for storing law/rule books and other large, mostly flat items. The middle panel features two small rectangular pouches at the top – perfect for storing your cards – while the bottom of the middle panel features another large pocket for medium-sized items. Finally, the right panel features two long and narrow rectangular zippered pouches, where my whistles and writing implements found a convenient home.
I managed to get the 25 items shown the gallery below in the Organizer, with room to spare. Only my SPINTSO referee watch gave me a problem; it’s so large an inflexible that the Organizer wouldn’t close when I tried to include the SPINTSO.
The Organizer is well built and the see through plastic on all containers makes finding what you’re looking for a snap.
RefsWorld is an Australia-based referee gear manufacturer and supplier, and the The Top Ref is the exclusive North American distributor.
Only the relatively expensive price (USD 17) keeps the Organizer from receiving a perfect 5-star review.