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Title: MMCC Handler Basics
Post by: Krie Taakur on Jul 12, 2018, 10:44 PM
Guide: MMCC Handler Basics
Lead Author: Mishakitty (;u=14817)
Edited by: MMCC Education Team

This guide will cover the expected duties and importance of Handlers at events.

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Handler Crash Course

What is a Handler?

Handlers are people who help out at troops. They can be recruits, OMs not in kit, or friends/family who are volunteering to help for the day.

Why do we need Handlers?

Handlers play a critical role in our group. They are the support staff of events, and without them official members could not troop as successfully. These volunteers do everything from helping members kit up to making sure everyone is safe, effectively providing a positive environment for club participants and event-goers too.

What you do as Handler:

How it benefits you:

Being a Handler is a great way to learn more about trooping before actually breaking in your armor. You will have a “behind the scenes peek” at the club, and can get an idea of the actual requirements of trooping. You can learn what works, and what doesn’t, for different types of armor. You will also get a chance to meet and know the other members of the club, and of course get to hang out at whatever spontaneous, fun after-troop activity occurs.

If you want to Handle at an event:

To handle at an event, post on that event’s thread on the forum. The Point of Contact for the event will let you know whether or not the event needs handlers. If the event was received as an invitation from the 501st Legion or the Rebel Legion, the Mercs contact will need to verify with the other club as to whether or not handlers are needed. For their events, we need to go through their contact in order to find out if additional handlers are needed.

Please understand, not every event is open to handlers. Some events, such as Lucas Film approved events, may have a capped number of attendees that includes all people in attendance, troopers and handlers, and so may not be able to have handlers.

Once you have been confirmed as a handler, please follow the points listed in the next section. If you need to cancel for any reason please tell the Point of Contact.

The day of the troop:

What should I wear as a Handler?
Any type of Mercs or Clan branded gear is best, and technically required by the club, but if you do not have one a solid color shirt will work. If you are wearing a solid color (non Mercs shirt), you will need to wear a handler button (available from Command Staff) and/or a Mercs nametag. It’s great if you can wear something that ties you into the Club if at all possible.

When should I arrive?
Please be sure to arrive promptly to an event - at the same time as the kit-up time for official members. It’s important that you get to the site as the same time as the other members so that you can assist as well as make sure that you get inside to the proper area to be with the group.

What should I do?
Ask the Point of Contact for the event; they will often assign a specific task to you. Otherwise keep your eyes peeled and help where you can. When in doubt, take photos!

What happens after the event?
Stick around to help members remove their armor and enjoy the fun - we usually all go out somewhere after each event.

During the event:

Interacting with the Public:

As a handler, you can often be the “face” of the Mercs just as much as the Official Members who are in kit. While their presence in armor is of course important, it is often the handlers who will be asked questions about the club and how to join. It’s important that you, as a handler, present a good impression to welcome potential new members and encourage them to join the club.

A few basic points to convey:

Some other good points to discuss:

Is there anything I shouldn’t say or do?

A few thoughts on interacting with the public:

If you are working the Mercs Booth or a table at an event:

In Summary

In short, remember that you are representing the face of the Club, and always be helpful, appropriate and friendly!
And always remember to have fun!

--MMCC Education Team--