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In Reply to: a grand idea... posted by Johnny on October 03, 2011 at 12:15:43:
I have to agree with several replies here but the one that stands out the most is ceasing the encouragement that going below 6 should be avoided if at all possible because the teams work so hard and spend so much to do the comps. We can all agree that everyone puts in money and effort to make these competitions a success, teams,judges,reps and volunteers.
That being said I don't think there should be any emphasis placed on scoring up or down for any other reason than what the sample deserves, period. At every event or class we attended there was at least one conversation about how bad it is to score a sample low, how scores will be looked at and how you may be called out if you do score something low but no emphasis whatsoever if you're the only one at the table to give all 8's or 9's. Doesn't that seem just a bit odd?
Doing it this way imparts the feeling and gives the impression that 2-5 are just on the score sheet to take up space and not to be touched unless a sample is absolutely,positively horrible poison which in my experience is very,very rare as almost all are at least "good".
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