Judge Article of the Year 2007 - Finalists

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Results are in for the winners of the four categories. Its exciting to note the winners are from levels one to four, that one article is a joint effort, and they come from both Europe and America. In the leadership category the votes between first and second were within 1 percent of each other – and the articles are a wonderful demonstration of mentorship of the practical implementation of the philosophy.

Between now and March 30th you can vote for the top article between these four excellent pieces in the Judge Center.

Thanks to everyone who wrote judge articles in 2006, whether for the DCI or for other websites.

Self Improvement

From L2 to L3 -- George Michelogiannakis, Greece, L3; Riccardo Tessitori, Italy, L4

Are you an L1 and want to know what an L3 is?
Are you an L2 and want to know what to do to become an L3?
Are you an L3 and want to know how to evaluate an L2 who you want to recommend for L3 and to whom you want to give advice?
Are you an L3 and want to be sure that you are, and do, what is required from an L3?
This article will examine the main areas where an L3 should excel and will give some practical advice to see if the time to test has come."

Cheating Prevention

The use of the mid-round deck check -- Eric Shukan, USA, L3

Players tend to be very creative, and those who want to cheat often do so in creative ways. As judges, one of our jobs is to prevent, deter, or catch these players, and this requires us to refine our methods as time goes on. At GP Richmond 2006 we tried some techniques that proved to be extremely successful. One of them, the mid-round deck check, is the focus of this article.

Judging Techniques

Applying Penalties -- Carlos Navarrete Granado, Spain, L1

Judges spend endless hours studying complex rules and policies, practicing good manners and trying to learn from each other. It's not easy to learn all these aspects of judging, but one of the hardest tasks a judge has to face is to apply penalties.

Penalties exist to ensure that all players follow the rules. The penalty itself needs to be strong enough to deter players from breaking the rules. We need to protect the majority of the players who do want to play correctly from the few who will do anything to win. As a judge it is your task to ensure that the game is played correctly and fairly, and penalties are necessary to achieve this end.

In this article we will explore why applying penalties is important. I will also provide some tips on how to impose a penalty in a polite and efficient way.

Leadership

Building a Judge Community -- Hayden-William Courtland, USA, L2

At Pro Tour Hawaii Paul Morris led an excellent seminar on how to grow and develop the judge community in your local area.... When we consider what a community can be at its best, it is a group of people that interact with each other and create something greater than their individual contributions. In this respect, there are three essential components to a community: Participation, Communication, and Fellowship...This article is a synthesis of ideas from the PT Hawaii seminar, from judges in my local community, and from my own personal experiences....

Effective Team Leading -- Paul Morris, USA, L3

Team meetings, judge reviews, fostering team discussions... you might have noticed that much of the content of this article deals with communication. More than anything else, the art of team leading requires good communication skills. Beyond communication, most of the attributes that make a good team leader involve a combination of event focus and a desire to help your fellow judges.

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