There have been some questions from new and returning coaches asking for some refreshment of Scores, Ribbons, Ranks & Power Rounds.
If all is done correctly, the student round score is based on the comparison to the “ideal” performance in that category. The criteria listed next to the 5 column on the critique sheet indicates what an ideal performance would look like. If the judge has been trained properly, each performance in a round is scored based solely on the criteria listed and it’s comparison to the ideal.
Once all of the performances in a round have been scored, the judge puts the scores into numerical order and ranks them from highest score to lowest score. When two performances have the same score, it’s the judge’s preference to decide the order of those two performances. Rank has nothing to do with ribbon color. You could honestly have a dud room with only red ribbon quality performances, but those performances would still be ranked from highest score to lowest score.
Qualifying for Power Round is solely based on Rank
Going forward to power round is not based on the top 3 of each room. Rather, it is the top 1/3 of each category that typically moves on to power round. Keep in mind that some tournaments have 800 or more students. Many of the categories will have upwards of 10 different rooms of competition per round, per category. Therefore, it isn’t the top three from each room, it’s the top 33% of the entries in that category. If a student is ranked 1 in each of the preliminary rounds, that student would move on to power, but the likelihood of that occurring is slim. Therefore, the students with the lowest number average rank will move on to power round. Depending on the size of the tournament, a student with a 1 & 1, or a 1 & 2 rank would likely go on to power, but it would be unlikely that a student with 2 & 2 or 2 & 3, etc would qualify. The easiest thing to do is to add the students’ rank from R1 & R2. Does that make sense?
At the end of the meet, a student must have earned an average score of 62 or more points to earn a blue ribbon. In other words, R1= 61, R2=64, 61+64=125 divided by 2 for two rounds, the average is 62.5. This average would be a blue ribbon. Ribbon color has nothing to do with rank or power.