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Tournaments are a major part of target archery. Judges are a key part of tournament staff. Judges are needed to conduct fair, efficient and effective events. Think of judges as "tournament facilitators" as opposed to "rule enforcers." Becoming a USAA judge is great way for an archer's friends and family, especially parents, to participate and help support their archer and the sport. Many JOAD parents find judging to be a great way to be close to the action. Many retired archers become judges. To get started, you must:
With more judging comes the collection of more equipment: your own rule book, bow scale, calipers, extra judge shirts, red and yellow cards… USAA judges are asked to keep their contact information current and complete regularly distributed case studies. Judges are also invited to sign up to officiate at national events where per diem funding is often provided. Judging a national event is a great way to learn from more experienced judges. Judge advancement takes place as experience is gained along with passage of a series of tests.
Judge Levels are:
Continental and International Judges are invited to take part in various international events, including World Ranking Events, the World Archery Championships, World Cup events, the Pan Am Games and the Olympic Games. Judges often become tournament organizers, and are also ideal Tournament Jury of Appeal members.
Target archers need tournaments to compete. Tournaments need judges to conduct meaningful events. Helping to conduct a quality event helps to make what the archers do important.
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