Local resident uses his passion for timekeeping to give back to Hunting Hills

One Red Deer resident spends hours volunteering as the timekeeper during Hunting Hills High School’s basketball games, becoming an integral part of the season.

Calvin Dyck, 32, who lives with autism, does timekeeping for the school’s basketball games, something he’s helped with for the last three years. He also lends a helping hand to Red Deer Minor Hockey as a scorekeeper and has had the opportunity to shadow at a Red Deer Rebels game.

His interest in timekeeping started early on.

“Back in my senior year in high school I travelled to two different towns in Saskatchewan and I got to see the difference in each scoreboard they had,” said Dyck, adding he enjoys learning about the technology of the scoreboards. “The old ones had burnt out bulbs. But what I liked about those incandescent bulbs is that they had a curve on them so it looked like a bulb was burnt out when it actually wasn’t. Every different brand of scoreboard has their own user interface.”

What landed him at Hunting Hills was needing some high school scorekeeping experience before helping out at Red Deer College. “It comes down to two basic principles - one is knowing how the system works and two is knowing the rules of the game at that level,” said Dyck.

Stacey Wasmuth, Athletics Coordinator at Hunting Hills, said she is grateful to be able to rely on Dyck.

“Calvin’s volunteering is integral to our basketball season because he brings professionalism and accuracy. Anytime that we have especially important games we always make sure Calvin will be able to be there because he does such a great job for us,” she said. “Calvin is always on time and on a tournament day he’ll normally scorekeep the entire Friday night for us, so he’ll put in approximately five to six hours and then usually on the Saturday he’ll do a half day for us, so another six hours.”

She added when Hunting Hills got a new system, Dyck took it upon himself to download the free trial and learned about it without being asked. “He just did that because of his interest, so he came in knowing how to run our new system which was a huge help to us. It was a big learning curve for us,” she said. “When the officials from the Central Alberta Basketball Officials Association come into the gym and see Calvin at the timekeeper table, they are always pretty happy because the know they have someone who knows what they are doing.”

At the end of the day, Dyck has the right outlook.

“It all comes down to the attitude of if anyone can do it, I can,” he said. “It’s a win-win because I mingle and I socialize with other courtside officials and that’s what everyone needs is a bit of socialization.”

National Volunteer Week runs through to April 13th.