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Competitor & Judging Agreements

 In an effort to promote a happy and healthy competition, each entrant and judge will be asked to read and agree to the following:

Judging Agreement/Preliminary Guidelines
    • Thank you for judging. Your hard work is appreciated by the organizers of the event, and entrants alike.
    • Please do not write anything on the judging form that you would not want to read as a recipient. Please do your best to respect your entrants feelings, and respect the hard work they have spent much time preparing.
    • Constructive criticism is important, but must be appropriately conveyed. To help with this, we will be providing a separate, brief, feedback form designed to help judges format, construct, and reflect on the feedback they are providing. The rubric itself we be used for scoring only.
    • Please talk with your entrants and then read the documentation provided. You may ask follow up of questions of your entrants as needed after reading their documentation. We ask that you read both the summary document, and the primary documentation (6 pages maximum) in their entirety.
    • Judges are required to provide their name and contact information to entrants on the feedback form, so that entrants may follow up with questions after the event.
    • Judges are expected to recuse themselves if they have a conflict of interest with an entrant, positive or negative.
    • Please check your perceptions of an individual at the door. The body of work presented should be the only consideration today. Work not present on the table should not be considered for judging today.
    • If you have questions about the work that your judging team cannot answer, please ask the Champions or MoAS for help and they will attempt to find an appropriate and knowledgeable person present at the event for your team to consult with. If you know of an appropriate expert at the event, you may ask for their input if time allows.
    • A score of 3 on the rubric should be considered an “average” entry, and the starting point for judging.
    • (Added 01/11/2017) To provide a consistent judging experience for all entrants, please apply the rubric categories as written while judging each entry. If a judging team is having difficulty using the rubric with a particular entry, please notify the Champions right away so discussion can take place about how to work around this issue, and so that the rubric can be modified for next year. 
    • (Added 01/11/2017) While the rubric does not include a category for the evaluation of the manner in which an entry is displayed, comments designed to help artisans polish their displays are welcome. That being said, please consider each display in light of the investigation method used to generate the project. Research, experiments and performances may benefit from more modern display methods.
    • (Added 01/11/2017) Before the competition, each entrant will be asked to complete a form detailing their experience as an artisan, their goals for their project, and the aspects of their project that are most particularly interested in receiving feedback on. These forms will be given to judges to guide their feedback and interactions with each entrant. While the overall goal of the competition is to identify the "best" entrants, we realize that individual entrants may have different reasons for entering, and we would like to do our best to meet the needs of each entrant while achieving the overall purpose of the competition.

Competitor Agreement
    • Thank you for sharing your work! The Kingdom and our Society are enriched by your passion and enthusiasm for your arts.
    • We ask that contestants try to be understanding of the limits of A&S judging in our society.
    • While the organizers of the competition will attempt to have one judge on your judging team who is knowledgeable about your art, please realize that this is not always possible. As a result, in your documentation and oral presentation, please be prepared to teach your judges, and help them understand what is special and unique about your project and processes.
    • It is not always possible to get as many judges as we would like to judge A&S competitions. As a result, judges are often under an enormous time pressures to assess all of the entries that they have been assigned, and they often cannot spend as much time as they might like, or need, with each entry. Please be understanding of these conditions.
    • You are entering this competition to be judged, which means that you will be receiving critical feedback and suggestions about how you can improve your work. Please be prepared to receive this feedback with an open mind. If you find that you are particularly sensitive to critical feedback, we suggest that you ask someone to read your feedback document first, and help you process the results.
    • If you have an issue with an aspect of the competition, including judging, you are expected to talk to one of the coordinators of the competition, or with the MOAS, at the event itself, or as soon as possible after the event. If you do not inform us of a problem, you deny us the opportunity to attempt to fix the issue or make amends.
    • While this is a competition, our focus as artisans should always be on learning and personal growth. As a result, our goal is to provide contestants with a written feedback form from their judges by the end of the event. This form will not contain rubric scores. Contestants wishing to know their raw scores may e-mail the champions organizing the event to obtain those scores. Contestants are also encouraged to e-mail their judges after the event to ask follow up questions.