Parent Judging at Tournaments

  1. Plan to judge at least two GGSA (League) tournaments during the year. We are required to bring judges to most tournaments. If we do not have enough judges we have to hire people to fill our judging quota, we have to pay a fine, and in some cases we are forced to withdraw students from the tournament.
  2. For GGSA (League) tournaments, no experience is required! Tournament representatives will give you instructions at the tournament. Most of the judges at GGSA are parents just like you and do not have prior judging experience.
  3. With one or two exceptions, the host school will provide judges with a light breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, and snacks, throughout the day.
  4. Judges do not have to be parents of competitors. They can be family, friends, teachers, neighbors, etc.
  5. You are not allowed to judge a round in which your child is competing and you will not be assigned such a round.
  6. Your expenses, including mileage to and from the tournament, are tax-deductible. GGSA usually provides a form for this purpose.
  7. Judges do not generally judge students from their own school, so you don’t have to worry about conflicts of interest. You merely vote for the best performance, based on the judging guidelines provided at the tournament. It is rewarding and fun!