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Judge Training Days


(NEW change as of 01.12.24)

South Training at McKay is cancelled and attendees are merged with North Training and Virtual Training as follows:

New judges attend North Judge Training

Returning judges can choose to attend EITHER Sunday's North Judge Training all day or afternoon refresher OR Monday's Virtual Training refresher



North Judge Training ONLINE:

Sun. Jan. 14, 2024


Host: See email for Google Meet link

(location change as of 01.11.24)

Virtual Training:

Mon. Jan. 15, 2024 @ 6-9pm

Host: See email for Google Meet link

Please note: Virtual Training only for returning judges.

Enter names of potential judges OR self submit to become one of our judges.

Registration opens in December.

DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 11

  • Judge training continues to be a priority in maximizing the educational value of all of our adjudicated events.  We need a roster of quality judges for Regionals, as well as State events.

  • Each Troupe is required to recruit qualified judges. In the past, Troupe’s were obligated to bring a qualified judge with them to Regionals, one (1) judge for each ten (10) entries or so. Today, that requirement no longer fits the model of our training process, but Troupe Directors should consider it an equivalent obligation to contribute to the judging pool annually, relative to the number of students they bring to the event.

  • Judges who attend and successfully complete the training are given priority in terms of scheduling for that February’s regional events. Previously Qualified judges attend the afternoon “refresher" every two years. All judges retrain every four years.

  • Judges are not paid to attend the training day, which typically lasts from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. and lunch is provided. Those traveling from more than 60 miles away roundtrip are paid mileage up to $100.

  • Judges are paid $100 for working at Regionals, where there is no mileage allowance, with a few exceptions. Additional judging opportunities exist in April at our State Festival in Salem.

  • Your first step in recruiting a qualified judge to the pool is to get them to the Judge Training day!

  • IMPORTANT JUDGING GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION can be found in the Judge Training SOP below.

  • Sample Performance ballots and any event addendums can be found on the Regionals page.

  • Sample Design/Tech/Management/Short Film ballots and any event addendums can be found on the State page.

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Judge Training SOP

Below is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual for Judge Training. This document can be printed and added to a hardcopy manual, if desired. Check the date of any hardcopies you have. Below is the most current version.

Also available is the HOW TO guide for Hosts, or those considering hosting.

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