It really is. Here’s my day today, as the hired announcer for the hockey team I announced today.
Make sure officials are taken care of with water/sports drink and towels.
Talk with both coaches about line-up cards and protocols
Set-up my stuff to announce and do music
Try to figure out rink’s internet connection and why we can’t broadcast the video
Go over with home coach and owner in regards to what they need to have for the teams
Talk with referee so we don’t get hit with a fine, or written up for several things missing, like locker rooms
Put nets on the ice
Make sure the rink turns the lights back to full power so we can...see
Make sure home coach understands proper way to fill out line-up card
Inform coach his line-up card is wrong
Do a moment of silence (by the way, this moment was not short and sweet, it was for a former player and coach of this organization who was a friend of mine and died a week ago last Thursday at the age of 27. I read about a 60 second bit I wrote, added a little more to it, had an 8-second moment then did the anthem)
Run scoreboard and keep official scoresheet
Call 911 when kid gets hurt, deal with 911 dispatcher who had no freaking clue
Announce game, play music
Give referee cheat sheet on the fighting majors so he can put it into required post-game report
Amend post-game report to include the injury with proper terminology
Sign post-game report
Oh yeah, the game had a bunch of penalties, a lot of offsetting penalties which meant I had to make sure the players knew when to exit the box.
Crap, I do a lot for hockey.