ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] FW: Judging, JPF's, et. al.
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Thread: [Acro] FW: Judging, JPF's, et. al.
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From: "Ron Saglimbene" <splitimage.lead at verizon.net>
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 pilots. Ron Saglimbene