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In Reply to: Alternate judging posted by chas on October 29, 2013 at 19:48:56:
I believe the answer should be a judicious "maybe." If the organizer can tell you where you are on the "alternate judge list," and it's just a couple down the line (this will vary by the size of the contest...larger contest=more judges) you are. Where I "play" in the mid-Atlantic from say No. Wildwood, NJ to Shelby, NC, west to the Blue Ridge Mountains, we encourage organizers to anticipate 10-15% no-show judges. That is based on passed real experience. Depending on how your organizers are handling things, they may or may not "over book" their judging panel to allow for no-shows. If they don't allow for them, and the more no-shows there are, the better chance you'll have of getting a seat at a table. So, a little paying attention to this on your part may get you a seat at a table.
Having said all this, where I play, if there are judges onsite, planned or not, if there's a way to seat them, we will, even if we have to add another table. If the numbers don't work (everything must be divisible by 6), and it's not possible to seat you, there's always some way you can be helpful, e.g., table captain, turn-in table, grazing table, data entry if you're handy with a keypad, being a runner, etc.
Ultimately, it may be helpful to have a chat with the organizer or judge coordinator about that.
Good Q'en On Ya', John
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