Judge

Uncle GCDC is looking for you... to judge...

Do you have what it takes to become a judge in GCDC and are you motivated enough to walk the plank and jump into the deep? Yes? Really Yes? Then you'll find all info here on how it works to get started...

 

Which levels are there in GCDC judging?

 

There are 8 levels of judges is GCDC in a progressive system, meaning every level you pass acquires all rights and obligations of the previous level:

 

Level 1 Apprentice: you can reach this level by completing this seminar and achieving a result of minimum 70% correct replies to the questions on the exam presented later.

 

Level 1 : When you have done 3 competition with a positive evaluation of the Head Judge, you automatically become full Level 1 judge. There are no extra cost or seminars to reach this level.

 

Level 1 Head-Judge Apprentice: an extra seminar on competition hosting, field setup and document flow will be available online and obviously your assimilation of this information will be tested. If you manage to pass on 70% of the questions, a third certificate will come your way. Also here there is no extra cost to get the certificate.

 

Level 1 Head-Judge: When you have done 5 competitions with a positive evaluation of another Head Judge, you automatically become full Level 1 Head Judge. There are also no extra cost or seminars to reach this level.

 

But this is where the easy part ends and the hard part starts...

 

Level 2 Apprentice: you can reach this level by completing the seminar and achieving a result of minimum 70% correct replies to the questions on the exam presented at the end of the seminar.

 

Level 2 : When you have done 3 competition with a positive evaluation of the Head Judge, you automatically become full Level 2 judge. There are no extra cost or seminars to reach this level.

 

Head-Judge Apprentice:  This will become a series of seminars as the Head-Judge needs to be able to reply (or refer to experts) to all questions of host, competitors and other lower level judges.

 

Head-Judge: this is the last step in the process and gives you the ability and possibility to fully manage a GCDC competition in all events, without any supervision. To get there, you will have to do at least 5 competitions, supervised by a certified Head-Judge and receive a positive evaluation. They will also be training new Level 1 and Level 2 judges in their own area’s. First training series will probably be set up in 2020.

 

If you are ready to start the engines and think you're good for the exam, CLICK HERE and the wheels will start turning.

This means the following procedure:

  • You have learned the stuff in the powerpoint and you are confident that you know it

THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION THAT LEADS TO THE FIRST CERTIFICATE IS ONLY A CLICK AWAY

  • In our reply, there will be an invitation for a Skype meeting with one of the current Head-Judges whenever possible for both parties
  • During this Skype (or similar - Messenger/FaceTime/...)  this person will first reply to all your questions, if you already have any, before sending you a document
  • You have 20 minutes to complete the questions on the exam with the video turned on, so in case there are questions you don't really understand, there is some assistance available. Contrary to what you may think, this is not to supervise as we trust our judges in full. It's our experience that there are always some things that need clearing out or explaining when people (especially when not native English speakers) are taking the test, mostly due to the nerves.
  • After these 20 minutes of evil and anguish, the completed file has to be sent back to the person on the other side. The correction is immediate so you know if you have passed. Don't worry, you can try as many times as you want if it doesn't work out the first time. We doubt that you'll need even a second try, but just so you know.
  • You are now a certified Level 1 Apprentice - judge who wil receive the certificate and will be availabe to get some experience needed to proceed to Level 1 as explained above.

 

Still not enough, then we have a treat for you (and it's not even halloween). Also Level 1 Head Judge can be acquired "online". As soon as you have 3 competitions under your belt, you can apply for this level. The below powerpoint will guide you through the material you should know as a L1 HJA, and the same procedure applies. Just send us an email and we'll do the exam together.

THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION FOR HEAD JUDGE LEVEL 1 APPRENTICE WILL BE POSTED HERE ONCE FINISHED, THEN YOU CAN HAVE A LOOK AND MAYBE EVEN STUDY IT...

 

 

What are our expectations?

 

That, once certified you judge the competitions when invited in a fair and objective way to the best of your abilities and explain the values of GCDC if asked.

 

Unless you only want to judge local comeptitions, knowledge of the English language is really a must! You'll already need it to pass the exam, as this is in English, but also, due to the international character of the competitions, English is the language most spoken on our events...

 

 

What's in it for you?

 

 

A lot of opportunities to learn as the format grows. The number of competitions in GCDC is quickly rising and for any event (1 day or 2), the host has to invite at least 1 head-judge and minimum 1  certified judge or 3 certified judges depending on  the events that are hosted. For a Continental Championships at least 2 head-judges and 2 registered judges and for the World Championships all 4  judges need to be head-judges (or Aprentice Head-Judges).

 

The expenses of these judges should be compensated by the host. This means the weekend shouldn't cost you anything, except for personal spendings that you decide on yourself.

 

However, there are always two sides to a story so there is a disadvantage to judging as well...

 

Judges can never compete in an event or division they judge and must have a qualified replacement if they request to play a certain event.

 

 

Please find a list here with the current approved judges, if you want to contact some of our more experienced judges to find out how much fun it is to judge...

 

 

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