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Florida NAWGJ uses an on-line assigning system to assign judges to competitions. Each judge needs a user name and password to enter the site. This information may be obtained from the NAWGJ Florida State Judging Director.
After you have obtained all required memberships and are safety certified, you may enter your availability in the on-line assigning system. It is the responsibility of all judges to update their personal information including membership status each season.
Once a contract has been issued, you will receive an automatic email generated by the assigning system. Enter the system and accept or decline the contract.
Specific information about the meet will be sent out by email about 1-2 weeks prior to the competition. Please read it carefully. Your event assignment and hotel arrangements will be listed.
Obtain directions to the meet site from the web by using a service such as Map Quest. Know where you are going and the approximate driving time. Allow time for unforeseen circumstances.
If you will not be using the hotel room it is your responsibility to notify either the assigner or the meet director. You will be financially responsible for a room that is not used and not cancelled properly.
By accepting an assignment and signing a contract, judges agree to comply with all NAWGJ policies and to adhere to professional standards.
A judge is eligible to be assigned to meets if copies of all current membership, safety certification, and background check forms are on file with the NAWGJ Florida Secretary and if all CPE requirements have been fulfilled.
Assignments are typically made using the following criteria:
One set of judges is assigned to each meet in Florida. Although you may be assigned for only part of a meet, you will be typically be assigned for both days of a two-day meet and three days of a three-day meet. Therefore, you should only enter your availability if you can judge the entire weekend.
Most fall meets are assigned in the early summer. Most spring meets are assigned in the early fall. Depending on when you passed your test, it may not be possible to receive contracts until the next season.
Your assigner can tell you the possibilities.
Once a contract is accepted, judges are expected to honor the contractual agreement to judge the meet.
In the event of an emergency or illness, you must contact the assigner immediately.
In the case of all USAG state meets, you must contact the State Judging Director and the USAG State chair. The USAG State Board must approve state meet assignments. Judges may not replace themselves on a meet under any circumstances.
Approximately 7 - 10 days prior to the meet, the assigner will send information regarding location, report time, event(s) you will be judging, hotel arrangements, meals, etc. Please read this information carefully and make certain you understand it.
If you are assigned to a hotel room and do not show up for the room as specified on your contract, you will be charged for your portion of the room cost. If you do not need the hotel room for the night(s) specified on the meet information sheet, contact the Meet Director and Assigner immediately to avoid getting charged for the room.
Once you know the event you will be judging, take the time to prepare properly for the meet. Review and study the relevant rules and updates, practice judge in a local gym or on video, and prepare the forms you use to judge.
It is your responsibility to provide your own supplies.
The Meet Referee assigned to your meet will determine the number of hours for which you will receive payment.
An explanation of the USA Gymnastics Judge's Compensation package may be found in the USAG Women's Program Rules & Policies.
Affiliation of an official at a specific meet refers to:
The regulations regarding affiliation are NOT meant to prevent officials from judging, but to prevent the perception of potentially unfair situations for gymnasts.
Affiliated judges may be assigned to meets with the following stipulations.
In USAG qualifying competitions with panels of 2 or 4 judges:
In non-qualifying Open Invitational meets with panels of 2 or 4 judges:
In meets using one-judge panels, an affiliated judge may be assigned only when there are not enough non-affiliated judges available and only with the approval of the RTCC (contact the State Judging Director first).
If the club with which a judge is affiliated is not participating in the meet to which the judge has been assigned, the judge is not considered affiliated at that meet.
If a judge has family members or a team competing in a meet, the judge has a responsibility to maintain a high standard of behavior that demonstrates fair and impartial activity.
Affiliated judges may not acknowledge that they have a child or team in the meet. This should be clearly explained to the gymnast prior to the meet. If the children are too young to understand the difference in roles between “Mom” and “Judge” or “Coach” and “Judge,” it may be wise for the judge to decline the meet assignment.
Parents of affiliated athletes competing in the meet should ask themselves a series of questions when deciding to accept a contract: Is it more important for me to watch the meet as a spectator and provide emotional and social support for my child or is it more important to judge the meet? Am I willing to forego the celebration of her successes during and after the meet when I am required to be in the Judges Room? If my child is injured in a meet while I am judging, will I be able to give judging my full attention? What would I do if my daughter needed to go to the hospital for treatment while the meet was still going on?
Judges may choose to carpool, or drive solo.
Judges that elect to carpool, must set up the carpool on their own with the other judges on the meet. Drivers will receive full mileage as per R&P.
All judges that carpool will be required to indicate on their vouchers the names of every judge they carpooled with. Drivers and riders must include this information on their voucher.
Judges who choose to drive solo will receive mileage with the following stipulations:
Mapquest showing mileage is required to receive any compensation. The mileage must be from your HOME to the meet site. Solo drivers and carpool drivers may not receive mileage if they drive with a spouse, children, family, friends, coaches or anyone else that is not judging the competition.
Florida USAG requires an availability form for State meets be completed each year and sent to the Florida USAG State Chair with a copy to the NAWGJ SJD. The form is due by September 1st of each year.
Judges who do not file this form will not be considered for any state meet assignments.
The selection of judges for state meets occurs in October of each year. In addition to the availability form, judges must complete an in-gym form showing at least six hours of in-gym work with athletes at the level or higher that you wish to be assigned.
Judges who complete a Regional In-Gym card do not need to complete another form for the State meets). Judging panels for state meets are made by the USAG Board based on the following factors:
No single factor determines whether a judge will be selected for a state meet or not. The USAG Board looks at the entire portfolio the judge presents.
Regional Meet Judges who wish to be considered for a regional assignment must submit three items to the Regional Technical Director and the Regional Judging Director, typically by May 15th of each year:
In order to be eligible to judge a regional meet in Region 8, a judge must have in-gym experience in addition to meeting all other CPE requirements. Each experience must be a minimum of two hours. The level of gymnasts must be equal to or greater than the meet level for which the judge wishes to be considered.
A Training Camp may only count for either in-gym experience or clinic experience but not both.
The in-gym experience must be an interactive experience; it is not sufficient to sit in the stands and watch workout.
Judges must call ahead to schedule gym time.
National Meets Level 10 Nationals and Level 9 Eastern National assignments are based on recommendations from the USAG Regional Board and selected by the USAG National Office.
A rotation system is used to assign judges. The list consists of Brevet judges in the region and selected National-level judge.
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