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In Reply to: No Show Judges posted by Scott on February 18, 2011 at 12:56:18:
This is a real problem. In the old days, it was a 1, 2, 3, process and it seemed to work rather well. The offer was made via the Bull Sheet or invitations. The prospective judges returned a form and the organizers responded that they were selected to judge. In some instances these days, that does not happen. I put that on the organizers. A contest has to have a "judging coordinator" that stays on top of the situation.
We as Reps. appreciate a 10% overbooking of judges. We can always add a table to accommodate any extras or find a meaningful position for them to fill. The "pits" for the Reps. and the event is not to have enough judges to fill the seats on Saturday morning.
Our biggest problem is judges for ancillary events. Most are "celebrity" judges and they just don't give a darn. How are you going to chew out the Mayor or the Chief Of Police?
We are trying to get the organizers to do a better job of managing the judges by having them require a form submitted to apply. This will lead to a more organized Saturday morning, with Table Captains and Judges assigned a seat prior to their arrival. A followup a few days before the event is also recommended. As with anything else, the more folks you have involved, the greater the chance to get some that don't have the big picture. Keeping track of the "no shows" and eliminating them from future events is a positive step.
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