Every competition has judging staff, but not every competition has the right judges. When you are considering how to staff out your judge roster, consider the quality of the judging. If they are unfair, unqualified or inconsistent and your athletes are unhappy, they will be unlikely to sign up for future events. If there aren’t any athletes, then you don’t have a competition.
Likewise, if you don’t have enough judges, they will be overworked, unhappy, and unlikely to volunteer in the future. Check out our post about how many your competition needs. In this article we will stick to the characteristics you might look for in a judge.
We recommend having your judges possess some (or better yet, all) of the following qualities:
- Have passed the Judge Course
- Are CF-L1 trainers or greater
- Have been doing functional fitness for over a year
- Have good attention spans
- Are confident (read: loud and effective!) communicators
- Have legible handwriting
What other qualities do you look for in a judge?