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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] FW: Judging, JPF's, et. al.


Thread: [Acro] FW: Judging, JPF's, et. al.

Message: [Acro] FW: Judging, JPF's, et. al.

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From: "Ron Saglimbene" <splitimage.lead at>

Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 14:20:43 UTC


After ten years of judging hundreds of flights, I have to scratch my head in
wonderment when I see other judges'score sheets for a flight with scores
ranging from 9.0 to 7.5 when I know that scores ranging from 9.5 to 3.0
would have been more accurate. Sadly, according to JPF, I will probably be
considered a "less meaningful" judge- since some of my marks will likely be
out of the range of those who don't have the guts or the training to give
more accurate scores.
There should be a way to determine the competence of judges, but it
shouldn't solely be based on how well they conform to "average." It should
also confirm their ability to accurately predict the order of finish of the
pilots- which is really what competition is all about.
This is how I check my own performance when I judge. I get my total "raw"
score for each pilot and I determine MY order of finish.  Then I compare it
to the final standings. If I don't have the best three pilots finishing at
the top of my list, and the worst at the bottom, something is wrong- and I'd
better figure out what it is before I volunteer my opinion again.
This information could easily be provided to each judge at the same time
that the scores are given to the pilots. A judge would then at least be
aware of whether he/she can discern the best pilots from the worst. It might
encourage him/her to get more training- or maybe take up bowling instead.
Judging is a responsibility. If a judge is trying to conform to what's
average, he/she is missing the point. A judge that can't consistently call
the order of finish isn't contributing to the process or being fair to the

Ron Saglimbene


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