America On Stage Judge Tips

 

Judges Notes

 

Thank you for judging! We are excited to have you as our judge. Hopefully, this page will help you with tips on being a good judge here at America On Stage!

America On Stage Judges Sheets
Dance Teams, Solos, Duos, Trios | Dance Comment Sheet
Clogging Teams & Long Duets | Clogging Freestyle, Short Duets, A Cappella
Clogging Pro Team and Clog Duets

Examples of marked Score Sheets
Dance Good | Dance Bad
Clogging Good | Clogging Bad | Clogging Pro Good | Clogging Pro Bad

Judges Etiquette

·         Please don’t go talk with competitors!

When you are on a break, we need you to stay somewhat isolated. When others see you talking to directors or other dancers, they instantly think you favor them. And if they get beat by them, they figure you really favor them over themselves. We know it isn’t true, but we hear these complaints many times! Once it happens, we get all kinds of complaints. We know you can’t wait to talk to them, but please wait until after the competition is over. And speak to everyone if you can. Thank you SO much.

·         Smile when you judge.
Everyone likes to think the judge is happy with them. And it builds confidence in them too.

·         Be ready after a break.
When we have a minute’s break, take it! But then hurry back!

·         CONFIDENTIALITY
1)  Please don’t visit with other judges and stay focused on dancers. Talking with each other makes others think you are conferring what to give them. Dancers can be quite nervous and jump to quick conclusions!

2) Score your own score, don’t worry if you are judging the same as another judge. We want your opinion!

Basic Guidelines

·         Give us your opinion of how they danced TODAY (not on reputation)
If they danced the best of all up there, but not as good as you have seen them, you still give them the best score because they were the best today. Or vice versa, if they were not the best today, but are the best overall up there, they are not given the best score.

Judge artistic expression and technical merit separately - not a generic score
If they know how to smile well, but can’t stay on beat, maybe score them a 1st in artistic expression, but 3rd on technique. Don’t loop the scores together and give two 2nds…

 Score while you watch. We go fast.
We have a schedule down to the minute. Adding 15 seconds to each dance will put a competition over by an hour by days end. Once one entry is done, the next  is on stage. Score while you watch. The schedule assumes little or NO time between entries. Thanks!

 DO NOT HOLD ANY JUDGE SHEETS - Once done, pass them to the judge runner.

 DON’T ADD SCORES. It will be done by computer.

 LUNCH - DINNER - SNACKS PROVIDED  (don't fill up on POP!)
Sitting for a long time can make one quite uncomfortable when full on pop!

        NUMBERS
We no longer have numbers on teams, dance solos, duos, trios, or clogging long duets. There is a digital sign that has the number on it for you to write it down.

Dance (Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical)

All dance categories use the white score sheets that say Dance at the top.

Dance Teams, Solos, Duos, Trios Score sheet. Click here to see it.
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Dance Good | Dance Bad

General Scoring Information

Markings

·         Mark Positive with “+” and Circle (O) for negatives.

·         2x as many positive as negatives. Everyone wants to know what to do better on. So tell them what needs improving and tell them everything they did well. Most want to hear the negative, but hearing only negative can drive confidence away.

·         5.0, 4,9, 4,8 or 4,7 are the only scores available. Even though the score sheet goes down to 4.5, the computer won’t take lower than a 4.7, so don’t give it! It will default to 4.7. Keep your scores within a narrow range. That way, no judge sways the competition in their favor

·         Score for that level.  It’s alright to score a perfect novice dance if they are perfect in the novice level. You don’t need to give all novice entries 4.8 because they are not in a higher level.

·         We suggest scoring them in the following manner:

o   Decide if they are good for that level (4.9) or not so good for that level (4.8).

o   If they are wonderful for that level, score them a 5.0,

o   If they are not good at this level (you know what that means) score them a 4.7.
Nothing wrong with a perfect score for a novice team.

·         Put signature and # on every sheet.

·         LOOK AT THE JUDGING REMINDERS SHEET TO HELP YOU WITH OTHER SCORING IDEAS.
(It's a summary of these notes.)

Specific Scoring Information

·         Give 2 Scores (10 possible) – Technical Merit & Artistic Expression between 4.7- 5.0.

·         In Advanced, you will score with hundredths (4.95, 4.99, etc…). We choose one winner and this is how we break ties. If you score a 4.8 or 4.7, you need not add a hundredth, they are not in the running for the top score.

·         LOTS of comments !!!  Minimum 4-10 positive (+) and 2-4 negative markings (-) per section

·         Put Signature and # on every sheet

           What makes a score sheet bad
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Dance Good | Dance Bad

Clogging & Power Tap

Put signature and # on every sheet          

REGULAR WHITE SCORE SHEETS (Use these for Novice - Championship teams and long duets only)

Clogging Teams & Long Duets. Click here to see White score sheet.
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Clogging Good | Clogging Bad

General Scoring Information

Markings

·         Mark Positive with “+” and Circle (O) for negatives.

·         2x as many positive as negatives. Everyone wants to know what to do better on. So tell them what needs improving and tell them everything they did well. Most want to hear the negative, but hearing only negative can drive confidence away.

·         5.0, 4,9, 4,8 or 4,7 are the only scores available. Even though the score sheet goes down to 4.5, the computer won’t take lower than a 4.7, so don’t give it! It will default to 4.7. Keep your scores within a narrow range. That way, no judge sways the competition in their favor

·         Score for that level.  It’s alright to score a perfect novice dance if they are perfect in the novice level. You don’t need to give all novice entries 4.8 because they are not in a higher level.

·         We suggest scoring them in the following manner:

o   Decide if they are good for that level (4.9) or not so good for that level (4.8).

o   If they are wonderful for that level, score them a 5.0,

o   If they are not good at this level (you know what that means) score them a 4.7.
Nothing wrong with a perfect score for a novice team.

·         Put signature and # on every sheet.

·         LOOK AT THE JUDGING REMINDERS SHEET TO HELP YOU WITH OTHER SCORING IDEAS.
(It's a summary of these notes.)

Specific Scoring Information

·         TEAM/DUET Give 2 Scores (10 possible) – Technical Merit and Artistic Expression between 4.7 and 5.0.

·         NO HUNDREDTHS in Score until Championship then add hundredths for any 4.9s you give. You don’t need to, but it is helpful if you will. (4.95, 4.99…etc). Don’t score all 4.9…. however or there will only be first places. If you score a 4.8, or 4.7, you don’t need to add any hundredths/

·         LOTS of comments !!!  Minimum 4-10 positive (+) and 2-4 negative markings (-) per section

     What makes a score sheet bad
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Clogging Good | Clogging Bad

 

 

BLUE FREESTYLE SCORE SHEETS

Use for Freestyle, A Cappella (team, duet, and individual), All-Around Solos. Short Duets
Clogging Freestyle, Short Duets, A Cappella Score Sheet. Click here to see it.
 

General Scoring Information

·         Write your judges initials down
Circle the level you are judging
Circle the category you are judging
Write the number in the line down.

·         (Dancers wear one master number for all individuals and so the only way to differentiate them is to circle the level and category. Don't forget!)

Specific Scoring Information

·         Score by choosing either a 1st, 2nd or  3rd place. Just circle the place.

·         In Championship and Pro, if you give a 1st, you need to add a decimal. 1.0 is the best 1.9 is the worst. (1.9) is close to 2.0 – think of it that way. Add the decimal in the blank divided.

 

If get OFF-BEAT – treat it like they had fallen “off the beam” in gymnastics – no 1st

 

·         CLOG A CAPPELLA TEAM. A CAPPELLA DUET and A CAPPELLA INDIVIDUAL GUIDELINES
Use the freestyle score sheet for all A cappella and turn around. Use criteria you think are important. There are no rules in A Cappella except no props in individuals and duets.

 

 PRO SCORE SHEETS –

PRO Freestyle Short Duet ACappella 

Score with the blue sheets like before (circle 1, 2 or 3), however - if you give a 1st , score with a decimal  1.1, 1.2, thru 1.9  

 

        

PRO TEAM CATEGORIES GUIDELINES

Use the Gold/Yellow Score Sheets
Clogging Pro Team and Clog Duets. Score Sheet. Click Here to see it.
Examples of marked Score Sheets
Clogging Pro Good | Clogging Pro Bad

·         PRO TEAM/DUET Give 7 Scores – Optional 3 Scores of 0.1 Difficulty (10.1 possible)

·         A perfect score is all 1.4’s and 3 difficulty bonuses.

·         You MUST score all seven categories, please score the difficulty bonus often

·         There are overalls so you might want to keep track of top scores on a notepad

 

 

GENERAL SPECIFICS

Each team is judges according to all general rules for all team dances below category specifics on the score sheet.

Technical – How in sync they are with arms, lines, mistakes, spacing, formations

Artistic – How well choreographed the dance is including creativity, movement, music, showmanship, energy, appearance

Sound – How well sound is used in the dance. Clarity, strength, a special place to mark how well double doubles are done, endurance and how unique the steps are.

 

Using all these three areas, judge the dance.

 

DIFFICULTY BONUSES

If a team excels, give them a difficulty bonus. A good pro team should have at least one difficulty bonus. Please use them as we use these bonuses to break ties.

     What makes a score sheet bad
Examples of marked Score Sheets
 Clogging Pro Good | Clogging Pro Bad

 

CATEGORY SPECIFICS

Each team/duet category has something specific to be judges. Use these boxes at the top to judge the specific items in each category.

 

Precision

·         Watch for Couple work. Turns, partners. This is not a line dance. Should have traditional costumes and music (words and pants are OK). 

·         Watch for Circle. Should involve both small and large circle figures.

Line

·         All done in lines. No touching, holding hands or circles.

·         Watch for straight lines, ripples (progessions), and movement.

Standing Line

A Cappella Production

·    2 judges will listen, three judges will score. (In Champ, one judge will listen and two will watch). For those that listen, you will use an A Cappella score sheet and mark your comments on how the sounds work in the dance. Score it out of 10. For those watching, score it with a normal score sheet and score it like a normal dance including chorepgraphy, sounds, style, etc and score it as a normal dance. There just isn’t any music.

A Cappella

·    5 judges will listen only. Top Score is 10 (not 1.0 like in the past)

Traditional Line

Show

Open, Small, All Guys

Duets

 

PENALTY (Head) Judges sheet – appoint by stage – only fill out if have an infraction 

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