Double Standard Of Robustness

One way of looking at the organization of a system is to look at how it deals with errors.

WFTDA derby’s rules, being written by skaters, are very forgiving to skater errors. You make a mistake, you sit out for 30 seconds. You make a really bad mistake, or 7 smaller ones, you sit out the remainder of the game. The game continues without you.

On the other hand, the rules are structured with the assumption that every Ref and every NSO will do their job perfectly, no matter how difficult that job is. When they make a mistake the system breaks down. The game stops until things get sorted out.

Does it make sense that someone with, in theory, as little as 15 minutes of training to do their job can stop the bout if they make a mistake? Is that a robust, well organized system?

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