Now that we are several weeks into the season, we would like to offer some reminders for coaches and judges.
All judges should:
- Be Trained and Registered by the sponsoring head coach. It is NOT the training session host’s responsibility to register the attendees of a training session; YOU are sponsoring the judge and must verify that your judge is fully trained. If you are a coach and you haven’t entered your judge’s information via this link, get your information registered. Schools who have registered judges. Currently, we have 112 member schools, but only 84 teams have registered their judges.
- Give specific comments and suggestions for improvement on every critique sheet. MINIMUM is three comments, more is always helpful.
- If you mark a student with a mispronunciation, be certain to include the word so the student may improve.
- IMMEDIATELY after you’ve finished your round, you must turn in your critique sheets. The next round CANNOT begin until all rooms are closed in the previous round.
- Remain in the judge room between rounds AND immediately after round 2 at a power round meet. Schools can be fined and/or sanctioned for judges who do not appear for any portion of an assignment.
- Once your code is called for power round, report to the ANNOUNCER, not the assigned power round room. ALL THREE judges must meet the announcer, receive the codes, go together to the power round room, judge independently, then ALL THREE judges go to the check in table together. Waiting for a judge means the round can’t begin!
- Not all schools are teaching their students how to read cursive handwriting. Please write your critiques in a handwriting that the students will be able to decipher.
- Please be certain to print your Judge Name and code on every critique sheet.
- When judging group acting & group improv, remember the 4th wall: characters are not expected to make eye contact with the audience.
- If a student’s performance is “state worthy” the score must be 62 or higher. Remember, “62 is the new blue”.
- When scoring, remember that column 4 is the target zone. If you were grading, column 4 would be the “A”, column 5 would be the A+
- Column 1 and 2 should RARELY be used and only when an item was completely missing and/or needs considerable work.
- Lastly, any score lower than a 50 has already established that the student will likely earn a red ribbon. It isn’t really necessary to crush their spirit by scoring them any lower.