The Perfect Competition/Event

Discussion in 'Discussing the Cheerleading Industry' started by King, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Level5Mom

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    Just FYI, I went to college with a former level 10 gymnast who had just started judging for USAG at the ripe age of 22. She would earn anywhere from $2000-$3000 PER WEEKEND of judging. From what I've heard, cheer judges make no where near this amount. We cannot expect judges to be steakhouse quality when we are paying them fast food wages.

     
  2. Mclovin

    Mclovin Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Amen, Amen and Amen!!! :)
     
  3. King

    King Is all about that bass Staff Member

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    Might I remind you that McDonalds now offers Black Angus burgers? haha
     
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    LOL King-a-ling.....
     
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    I agree that the judges should be dramatically better trained and dramatically better compensated.

    Also, I think that ALL of the results (minus perhaps the comments on the scoresheets) should be made available to everyone to see.
     
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    LOL Really??? That's the first I've heard you mention it Bluecat..... :lol: :lol: :lol: JK.

    I'm with you!! Keep on preaching it and maybe eventually we will get somewhere!!
     
  7. King

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    Can we get more people from the USASF to read the Fierce Board? that may help :)
     
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    I am not sure if SuperNationals did this, but at WSF Indy after day 1 we received a zip drive with our routine with commentary so we as coaches could evaluate some of the things that were positive as well as negative. It was a great tool to motivate my athletes. I had made a big change to my pyramid the week of WSF going off the scoresheets a lot of people didn't understand but that zip drive helped prove to my parents that they just need to trust me...LOL.

    Also, I agree with McLovin on the fact that a lot of the judges I have seen wouldn't know a good routine if it hit them in the face. What qualifications to you have to have to become a judge besides taking the test?
     
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    I agree with everything except "perhaps".

    And I'll continue to push both issues with you.
     
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    Well, I can tell you this. With the Varsity Universal Score sheet, and all those brands using the same one with the same ranges, you'll soon see that there will be alot more qualified and trained judges than in the past. Because, what you're already seeing, is these judges are judging all year long with multiple companies who use the same Varsity sheet and ranges. So, that's going to give the coaches and event produers a much more experienced, trained and knowledgeable judging staff than in the past.
     
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    I really need the multiquote button because I'm going to forget some stuff but here goes....

    Yes judges judge on the weekend but I am willing to miss those days at my "real job" because I am being compensated financially for my time away, so if we are going to be asked to spend a weekend or two for training, which I'm all for if it can be done well BTW, then I will have to be compensated for that time as well or I can't very well justify missing work or being away from home or whatever

    As far as compensation, I have heard of people making as little as $100 for a small event, and people making as much as $700 for a big one... In my own personal experience those numbers are both pretty extreme, AND it's highly likely that someone out there has made less than 100 or more than 700 at some point but just throwing out some numbers

    Someone asked what type of qualifications you need other than passing the test, and the answer is none, and there is not test. There are tons of great judges out there but there are also plenty that are less than great because of this...

    McLovin you mentioned the USASF needing to take control of this but right now the USASF has no level of involvement with the judges or scoring systems used by the various competition companies and they have nothing to gain by training judges because the companies are free to hire whoever they choose. Now if ALL judges and legality officials were supplied by the USASF then they could also be trained by the USASF but that also brings up the problem of all the various scoring systems that they would need to be trained on, and then they would be getting trained by people who didn't develop the scoring system so who will train the trainers... I'm not saying it shouldn't happen but there is a lot to get ironed out in there I think

    There were some other things I wanted to comment on I think but I can't recall them now... I do know that the more I think about it the more I agree with wanting all the scores for every team to be made public
     
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    I would have
    Cheersport organization WOW factor and score sheet mixed w/
    UCF score sheet and UCF's coaches hospitality!!!! The best ever by the way...
    and maybe in a theme park setting that doesnt cost an arm and a leg!
     
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    what is the WOW factor?? And what is it you prefer about Cheersports score sheet as opposed to others, if you don't mind me asking
     
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    That, KB, is why I'm all in favor of a universal scoresheet so they judges only need to be trained on one of them, and yes I am very much in favor of USASF being involved in choosing and certifying the judges for all event producers. If an event wants to be sanctioned by the USASF, then they should be required to hire only USASF certified judges. You don't see any old Sally Jo judging at USAG events. All of these changes would bring much needed credibility to cheerleading.
     
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