Judge Application/Sponsorship US Nationals & JSS Championship Offer

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At this time the DCI Judge Certification Program would like to offer sponsorship opportunities (including those wishing to volunteer) to a number of judges for our 2005 US Nationals/JSS event held August 11th-14th. We are looking for hardworking judges who would like an opportunity to gain experience working with some of the best players and judges in the world. Working at an event like Nationals or JSS is also a great way to gain the experience needed to advance within the DCI Judge Certification Program. Its also a chance to see other areas and make friends who share your interests.

There is a strong preference for judges from the USA for this event, but we generally will bring a very small number of judges from other areas of the world in addition.

The sponsorship application window begins on Monday, May 30th, and will close Wednesday June 8th, 2005.

If you wish to apply for sponsorship for this event, you must email the DCI Judge Certification Program via Andy Heckt at andy.heckt@wizards.com.

Please use " Judge Application US Nationals/JSS" in the subject line.

Here is some useful information:

  • http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=events/magic/nationals
  • Sponsored judges will be provided a shared hotel room from August 10th and departing on August 15th, 2005.
  • You may be provided a flight or travel reimbursement to Baltimore. Those who do not require sponsorship for their travel are more likely to be accepted.
  • Mandatory judge meeting is at 8 AM Thursday at the main event stage.
  • Your work schedule will likely include assignments other than the main event, and you will need to be available at the mandatory judge meeting and to work on Sunday until 6PM in the evening.
  • There are generally no meals provided but a nominal daily stipend will be paid during the days of the event for snacks and beverages. (This stipend may take the form of vouchers that can be used at onsite concessions.)
  • Dress code includes black and white striped DCI judge polo shirts, black slacks and black shoes. Judge polos may be purchased onsite for US$30. They may also be rented for that cost to those who do not wish to purchase a shirt for full reimbursement upon return of the shirt on Sunday.

(If you are requesting a room-only or travel-only sponsorship level, you have a slightly better chance of being accepted, please specify in your email.)

Here are the requirements:

Able to work 8AM Thursday until Sunday 6PM evening, otherwise please try another event.

  • Have up-to-date contact information with the DCI
    http://webapp.wizards.com/dcimember/
  • Must be a DCI Certified Judge, Level 2 or higher for at least three months.
  • Have judged at a PTQ, GP, PT, Nationals, or Worlds in the last six months.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to judge long hours with little sleep and few breaks. Days usually are 10-12 hours.
  • Able to lift heavy objects and perform other physically demanding jobs relating to tournament setup.
  • Near fluent in English.
  • Highly proficient with current Magic rules and current with DCI policies.
  • Willing and able to assist the event staff as required with additional duties, which may include registration, folding table clothes, floor maintenance, radio check-in/out, etc…
  • Must be able to respond to emails within 72 hours with regards to travel arrangements and schedule.

Here is what we need in your email:

Please send your sponsorship request to the DCI Judge Certification Program at andy.heckt@wizards.com with “Judge Application US Nationals/JSS” in the subject. The deadline to apply is June 8th, 2005.
  • Your name and DCI Number
  • Level of sponsorship you are requesting; Full, Partial (travel or room only) or Volunteer.
  • Do you wish to test for Level 3? (limited availability) Include the name and email of the Level 3+ judge recommending you for advancement.
  • If you will be needing to purchase or rent a judge shirt (and if so, your size).
  • A list of languages you speak fluently or near fluently.
  • Emergency contact information and drug allergies.
  • Any special requirements you have.

What is expected?

  • You will bring four days worth of judging attire, including a DCI judge polo, black pants and black shoes. Judge shirts are available for purchase (limited sizes) or can be borrowed with $30 deposit.
  • You will judge the main event or side events (depending on staffing requirements) Thursday 8AM through Sunday evening. This will require very long days with almost no breaks.
  • You will prepare for the event thoroughly by reviewing all available rules, procedures and policies and responding to the organizers as required within 72 hours.

What is NOT paid for (partial list of common assumptions)?

  • Food (Each judge will receive snack/lunch funds for judging).
  • Taxi fares, bus fares, etc.
  • Additional room costs (room service, movies, laundry, etc).
  • Ticket change fees (if you change your ticket, you pay all related fees).

Hotel Info:

  • You will be sharing a hotel room with at least one other judge.
  • Spouses, friends, volunteers, players, and significant others are not permitted.
  • Your hotel will be paid for starting the day before the event and last until the day of the event. If you wish to stay longer or arrive earlier, you must make these arrangements for yourself.

Judge Testing:

  • There is limited availability to conduct judge testing. Judges intending to take an advancement test please note this in their application along with the recommending judge’s information. Due to limited time and staff, not all candidates wishing to be tested may always be tested. In some cases candidates requesting testing may be passed over for sponsorship due to this limit.

Important Notes:

  • This is not like a vacation, this is like work. It can be very rewarding and valuable, but it is hard work.
  • If you are not chosen, don't take it personally. Only a limited number of judges are required for each event, but your chance will come.

Please send your sponsorship request to the DCI Judge Certification Program at andy.heckt@wizards.com with “Judge Application US Nationals/JSS” in the subject. The deadline to apply is June 8th, 2005.

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