We’ve all been there—some of us on both sides of the table. I’d add that:
Judging is not only hard (and volunteer), but VERY time-constrained. Like life. Sometimes things are going to get missed. A judging glitch is an opportunity for the kids to learn that things like this happen. Bosses are unfair, life is unfair, people are unfair. Dust yourself off, think about how to avoid it next time (per others’ suggestions), and keep going. Remember that there are lots of regionals, too: the top-ranked project at regional A might have been the bottom-ranked project at regional B.
Did the team learn from doing the project? Win!
Did the team learn from the poor feedback or lack of understanding from the judges? Win!
Did the team have fun? Win!
Phil Smith III
Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)
Judge Advisor, 2006-2018 (and beyond, I hope)
Team 1900 (2002)
Team 2497 (2003)
Team 2355 (2004)
Team 1945 (2005)
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