I was assigned the Gate!
When I first saw the schedule I expected to see my name under pole setter or leash runner, something that made sense for a newbie. After looking up the Gate, I have to say I was totally intimidated and figured it was a mistake.
It was not a mistake.
I was given a sharpie and hustled over to a gigantic white board with lists of dogs. My instructions were: Call the dogs in order and make sure they enter the ring at the right time. Umm...ok, I guess I could do that.
Then I was swarmed with people who had conflicts and wanted to move up or down on the list. So, I was trying to talk to everybody, call dogs and make sure everybody knew when to enter the ring. And, somebody would inevitability say, "you have to make sure to watch X handler/dog."
As I was questioning my sanity, a friend saw me and said, "you need to speak up nobody can hear you and during your break you need to find Joe." Eventually, I found Joe, who was totally calm and he gave me some great advice.
After observing Joe, I found my groove and since nobody complained I figure I must have done alright. I was able to watch some amazing dogs.
I was totally inspired and I think Marley would enjoy a trial.