Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:54 AM
Either way this is not how the competition should be officiated. As a competition team I can tell you we put many hours into planning and preparing for our competitions before we even arrive at the event, not to mention the costs incurred to compete. Both are substantial. Most of us take it very serious and strive to succeed.
It is very important to have properly trained officials doing any competitive activity. Could you imagine going to see your son or daughters high school game and they ask a regular Joe from the stands to officiate. What a mess, they may have an understanding of the game but there is no way they are qualified to officiate to the standards set by the governing body of that competition.
Where I officiate we have policies and procedures we must follow to insure there is never a no show. We would call the assignor if we were unable to attend so a replacement can be assigned, and if we did not show, we would have our remaining scedules pulled and if it ever happened again, you are done officiating.
Now I'm not saying go to this extreme, but there should be consequences for not doing the job.
My wife & I have taken the CBJ class and will be judging our first contest at Stagecoach. We are rookies but are very excited to join your ranks. As a closing note from a team- we love to read the comment cards from the judges. Most are very helpful steering us towards better BBQ, however a few are way off base. My two favorite are: 1) Too much ginger in your rub. (we make our own rub, no ginger in it) & 2) Clean your smoker, it taste's like fish. (There has never been a fish in my smoker.) Suggestion: stick to what you know, not what you think you know.
Thanks- Keep up the great job!!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:46 PM
I am not sure how helpful your comments are about consequences for judges that take their own time and pay their own way to make the BBQ contests possible. Judges try to be helpful in their comment cards, if they are wrong in their evaluation it is only because they are trying to help you.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:02 PM
I solo cooked for not 1 but 2 KCBS judging classses on the same day in Fairfield. A no show judge made this progression possible for me.
CBJ's are not paid as with sports officials in most sports, and they pay own travel expenses. Even kids doing sidlines of soccer matches earn $60.00 bucks a pop.
Any propose sanctions on no show judges would be biting the hand that scores you. Teams and promoters clammor for 100% CBJ judges and many times that occurs.
The judging pool has exploded in the last few years in CA, as with any new population it takes time and experience as cooking does.
Judges I know are a a passionate and loyal to what they do.
At most contests in CA the judges slots fill well in advance of the teams signing up, and several contests recently they have even cut off judges signing up at all after a certain point
K and K Macintosh are the cream of the crop as far as Reps go and they do a fantastic job of running the judges tent KCBS and ICBA.
Any time I see them in the tent I know its a well balanced and fair panel of judges.
Kelley was the table captain at my first judging event at Shake Rattle and Smoke in 2007, being nervous and wanting to score it right, Kelley kept reassuring me that I had it right, and at the same table he counseled a CBJ about too high a scoring on a few items. I was seated next to an experienced judge to whom I explained my newness and was offered a few judging tips and kept me straight.
Diligence and dedication are their hallmark.
Being a sports fan on many levels we all know that even the best officiating crews can get it wrong on occasion and do. It comes with the territory
As for comment cards, we all know they are worth less than the paper they are written on. Believe me I have had some humdingers.
Edited by harry stewart, 16 April 2012 - 02:27 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:37 PM
I also understand the no pay for our judges. My officiating income basically pays my expenses. I do it for the love of the game. I assume most CBJ's also do it for the love of great BBQ. Plus they can take some home as well. Granted it's not a check.
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