The job of Trial Secretary is essential for managing the details of any agility trial, and the mechanics of all this fascinates me. I am ever grateful that when I enter my dogs into a trial, I get confirmation letters, armbands are waiting for me at the trial, my scores are printed out within minutes of my run, ribbons are waiting, and final scores are sent to me within a few days after the trial, etc. It is very well organized for so young a sport.
And some things could be done better.
For example, in the AKC Agility Trial Manual, the Gate Steward is absolutely precluded from training volunteers in their jobs during trial runs, which is the ONLY way our volunteers get trained. AKC recommends Gate Keeping, Timing, Scribing especially be trained in special sessions long before the trials -- exactly what I've been suggesting for the last 2 years, then accused of needing to be "babysat", told to "grow up", that everybody just "learned by doing". I shudder to think how many volunteers we don't get because we refuse to take them aside for a few minutes and train them. It costs little to do this, and no telling how much it costs not to. The constant shortage of volunteers and cries for help, meanwhile refusing to methodically develop volunteer skills, continues to baffle me.
At any rate, I am going to teach myself Trial Genie. The program is complex. There is a lot going on. Lots of data to manage correctly. Between the Read Me Files, the AKC Trial Secretary Manual and the AKC Regulations, there are over 300 pages to read. Here's a screen shot of the Main Console:
Upwards and onward!