In CFDA shooting, eventually you learn to do it all. Shoot, hand judge, Range Master, keep score, and announce. Each of those jobs is vital to running a match. The announcer and the score keeper have to work together as a team. The score keeper is writing the record, while the announcer is keeping everyone informed and running the electronics.
I enjoy announcing, and I know that it is a burden on the score keeper when I need to look at the score sheets to find a score on a particular lane. While I was in Kentucky several years ago, I noticed the announcer using a device to help him keep track of the lane scores.
Before long, I had made my version. A simple Hobby Lobby box, some scrap lumber and some golf tees.
Ass a piece of scrap lumber with holed drilled to show the individual lanes, and some golf tees .
Just holes in the lumber and golf tees. We're ready to start the match. As the match progresses, drop a tee in the hole for a winning shot on a given lane.
As the match progresses, I can look down at the box, and see that the score is currently 2-1, 1-2, and 2-0. And, I'm not bothering the score keeper while she's writing. I've been using this system for a couple fo years now and found that it makes announcing much easier and keeps me from intruding on the score keeper when she is writing.