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– Registering judges is covered in the registration section of this toolkit. You may want to have a committee specific to judging. While another committee may be doing registration, the Judging committee can monitor registration to ensure that there are enough judges and back-up judges. Each obstacle needs two judges. The registration information will also help with assigning judges to their locations based on the information provided during registration. – A rule of thumb is to have at least one judge per obstacle with judging experience and the second judge with less or no experience. The experienced judge can guide the less-experienced second judge. There are two types of judges: – The judge’s packet provides information about judging. In addition, a walk-through of the course obstacles is also necessary. In Connecticut two techniques were used. The first technique had a trainer walk all of the judges through each obstacle before the competition started. This approach showed the judges the whole course, as well as an individual obstacle. However, this can also be confusing because some of the judges may not hear everything the trainer is stating and may miss the details of judging their assigned location. The second training technique had the trainer come to each obstacle and instruct the two judges assigned to that obstacle. We found the latter to be more effective as long as there is enough time to do the individual instructions. – This packet should include a map of the course, general instructions about the role of the judge and scoring sheets for the obstacle to be judged by the person. Connecticut provided a combination guide for the contestants and the judges so that everyone would be familiar with the roadeo event, the course layout, rules of conduct and scoring. – It is very important that judges are consistent when scoring contestants and provide an objective evaluation of a contestant’s performance. Listed below are some general rules of thumb and ten obstacles with instructions on how to score each obstacle. Some of the information listed below is taken verbatim, shown in italics, from the Connecticut guidelines. The scoring sheets are also from Connecticut: