Judges Responsibility and Rules:
All judges must adhere to the following while part of a judging panel:
- Judges must be dressed appropriately and professionally. A dark coloured suit, or suit jacket, with a white or light coloured shirt underneath is recommended. A badge, tie or other NABBA/WFF insignia is required.
- No unnecessary talking while classes are on stage. Conferring with fellow judges is permitted but must be done discreetly and relevant to judging only.
- Mobile phones must not be used at the judging table, including taking photographs and videos. All mobile phone must be kept out of sight.
- Judges must pay attention at all times to the stage and the athletes.
- Judges may not assist competitors in any way during the competition – competitors requiring assistance should be referred to the Head Judge.
- Judges must not show favouritism or bias towards any competitors, whether overtly by cheering and excessive clapping, or discreetly by attempting to convince other judges to alter their results.
- Judges must not provide unsolicited feedback to competitors as this may undermine the integrity of the judging results. For example, a judge must not approach a competitor after a show to tell them that, notwithstanding the results, the competitor should have placed higher or differently than they did.
Preparation & information:
- Judges must be familiar with the judging criteria and competition regulations and any specific rules that are relevant to their specific areas.
- Judges must attend the judging briefing session prior to the contest at a time and place nominated by the Head Judge to discuss:
- Scoring requirements,
- Changes, including new judging criteria and competition rules, and
- Any other matters to ensure transparency and fairness.
- Judges to report to the venue 30 or 60 minutes, as required, before the competition start time.
Judging and scoring
The process at the judges' table
- Judges will evaluate each competitor according to the Judging Criteria of the category, and in accordance with the process stated below.
- Judges must ensure that each competitor is judged in exactly the same manner and under the same condition.
- Judges must rank each competitor independently.
- The scoring format is by providing a ranking order as opposed to a points marking system. The objective of this ranking is to allocate the order of the best developed and proportioned competitors.
- Judges will score each category by providing a ranking order by number for each competitor according to the Judging Criteria for the applicable category.
- Score Sheets must be completed clearly and promptly and handed to the Adjudicator.
- Judges must write their names and sign the score sheet before submitting to the Adjudicator.
- Judges must allocate placings commensurate with the number of competitors in the particular class up to six places, or as directed by the Head Judge. Judges must not allocate the same placing for two competitors in the same class.
- In most cases, the judging process will require nominating competitors from first to sixth place. Judges will be informed by the Head Judge if more than six places are needed. If a particular judge does not rank competitors appropriately, for example, failing to provide the required number of places, or providing the same placing for two competitors, that judge's score sheet will not be counted for the purposes of judging that particular class.
- The Adjudicator will validate the judges rating score sheets in consultation with the Head Judge as required, compile the overall scores and provide the results to compere for announcement.
- In the event of a tie situation the competitor with the highest number of first places will be declared winner. If two (or more) competitors have the same number of firsts the Head Judge will carefully consider the judges' scores awarded to each competitor and shall cast a deciding vote.
- Number of places to be ranked will be determined by the Head Judge, but generally where there are six (6) or more competitors in a class the judges will be asked to provide a top six (6).
- All results will be kept confidential until the announcements of winners. Judges are not permitted to discuss contest results with anyone prior to the announcements of winners.
- Once announced, all results will be considered final.