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Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by anymouse
8/29/2008  4:50:00 AM
"Anonymous. I'll have a look later. I'm sure that in a major Grand Prix the IDSF have six judges."

And six is twice the number of opinions as at the little 3-judge informal event you were complaining about.

The IDSF minimums for various categories of couples competition are 7 and 5.

Personally I think that's not enough, but then I disagree with the IDSF on many things.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by Polished
8/30/2008  1:56:00 AM
Anonymous. Which as nothing to do with should a judge , judge their own pupils in a competition. Whether there be one judge or eleven is irrelevant and should be disregarded by the jury.
The question remains is it fair for a judge to judge their own pupils.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by anymouse
8/30/2008  12:09:00 PM
"Anonymous. Which as nothing to do with should a judge , judge their own pupils in a competition. Whether there be one judge or eleven is irrelevant and should be disregarded by the jury."

On the contrary, it is quite relevant. The more judges, the less the importance of each opinion.

"The question remains is it fair for a judge to judge their own pupils."

As long as it is allowed by the rules, it is permimtted. I don't think that anyone believes it to be ideal - we'd all much prefer to have expert judges who don't have a history with the competitors.

But given the frequent practical need to choose between experts who coach some of the competitors in the event, and dancers who are not expert enough for any of the competitors to have any interest in taking lessons with, I'd much rather go with those that the competitors respect enough to study with.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by Cyd.
5/11/2009  2:29:00 PM
Anonymous. Your last pharagraph points us to a Catch 22 situation. If the adudicators are not in a class that we would have lessons with and our own teachers are in a class way above the others. What do we do. What would make it fairer in a competition would be if nobody new not even the judges themselves which events they will be judging. That would put a stop to loading up with lessons, which is another side of the story. It was pointed out ages ago on this site that in South Africa in a major comp there were five judges two of which were changed after each dance. That is as it is written. At the end of the Waltz two dropped out and were replaced by two others for the Tango. This was from the first round right through to the final.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by DivaGinger
8/19/2008  3:52:00 PM
I know this isn't a "pro-ams suck" thread... but really, they're being exploited and wrung out and played for cash cows, and some don't care so long as they get what they paid for- a medal, a vase, their picture in Dancebeat, whatever.

Although, let the record show that I think Ruthie Perkins KICKS MAJOR ASS. Something about that woman is fierce, vibrant, and she lights up the whole room when she's on.

Back on topic... in horse showing, the 'upper level' shows actually disallow clients from competing in front of their own trainers. Not to say it doesn't happen, but I think you can't have taken instruction from any particular judge for three to six months or somesuch. No real way to police that, but the horse show world is as small and incestuously oroborotic as dancesport.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by jofjonesboro
8/19/2008  5:40:00 PM
Ginger, pro/am is fine for people who can afford it and who are not really suitable for an amateur partner.

I object to the practice of pushing people into pro/am who are not really suited for it. I especially despise the tactic of telling amateur couples that they'll learn faster if they split up and each do pro/am.

You hit the nail on the head with the word "small." The ballroom dance world is simply not large enough to permit the proper administration of judges at competitions. However, recognizing that fact shouldn't blind one to the inherent conflicts in allowing teachers to judge their own students.



jj
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by terence2
8/24/2008  1:51:00 AM
That depends largely on the "level " of the comp.... ,.local one dayers, are difficult to administer , and are usually run more for fun than accomplishment .
ALL recog. comps have strict rules ,and each Judge has a regist # that is in a data bank, and will be checked for current status . ( we are also issued yearly ID cards by our Soc. )
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by jofjonesboro
8/23/2008  5:40:00 PM
"SocialDancer. I only just came across this thread."

Polished, you started this thread.



jj
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by Polished
8/23/2008  6:58:00 PM
For those who have been watching the Olympic 10 metre Platform Diving Final. It would have been very easy to have gone along with the favourite. But they didn't. They marked what they saw.It went down to the last two dives.It's a pity this doesn't always happen in Ballroom dancing.
Re: Judging own pupils
Posted by Iluv2Dance
8/23/2008  9:50:00 PM
Hi to all,
Do adjudicators decide who their winner will be - unless something drastic happens - before the final round is danced?

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