The Correct Call!
To Bind Or Not To Bind...
FEBRUARY 7, 2018 - We are always told that we should invest in ourselves. Well today I will share a way to splurge and spoil yourself. Is it expensive to spiral bind and cover your rule books?... Yes. But is it something you will regret?... No way. So why do it?
- It protects the books from regular use and abuse.
- It allows the books to easily open and lay flat.
- It allows you to put multiple smaller books together... Think High School rule books.
- It reminds us that we are important, and worthy of investment.
The sting of the price fades as the appreciation of quality long remains.
BUT HOW MUCH IS IT?
So how much is it to spiral bind and cover your rule book? Well I just took my 2017 and 2018 USA Softball rule books, as well as my 2018 NFHS baseball and softball rule books in and they came to $7.29 per completed book. Is that a lot? I think it is steep and I look forward to hearing from you where you may be getting yours done for cheaper.
Last year I spiral bound my USA Softball rule book and umpire manual together and it was only about $4.50. What I did not do was pay the extra fee to add plastic covers on the front and back. Here is what it looks like after one season in my bag. It is worn, tattered, and it turns out that there is no need for all of the wear and tear.
Take a look at my 2017-18 High School basketball rule book. It is bound together with the rule book, case book, and the official's manual into one book. I bound it with the plastic covers and after an entire season it is still in perfect condition. I carry it to all of my games in either my suitcase or jacket pocket. It gets tossed around, but the plastic covers seem to be the difference in keeping it in great condition.
COMBINE THE BOOKS
In the high school game, I have found that binding all 3 important books are easier to keep track of when I spiral bound them together as one unit.
SHOULD I SPLURGE?
I say, "Absolutely!" We work all these games for a reason. Some just love to officiate. Some are keeping all of the bills paid. But most of us do it for both reasons. If you do not spoil yourself with your equipment and purchases, then you are robbing yourself of part of the full joy that paid officiating can provide. When I grab my rule books, I am reminded that I have made myself special to me. And knowing that I am special gives me the extra strength and courage to take the field once more.
Make it a great day! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR RULE BOOKS SPIRAL BOUND?