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Re: AKA Judging System
Nice Job Brian: For anyone interested, the Judging Committee has available a
written procedure on the judging system and the Judge Certification process. We
also have a short tutorial on the essence of the judging system. These
documents are available for postage costs. E-Mail me at
epiplaty at tampabay_rr.com.
The Judging Committee administers the judging procedures and the certification
process. It also supplies the judges to the annual convention. The committee
will be discussing the issue of wild fish in the next few months, and I
personally agree that they should not be in the competition, essentially for the
pragmatic reason that we don't know what the fish is supposed to look like.
This leads me to the simple essence of the judging system; to determine the
candidate that is the best representative its kind.
Not the prettiest, the rarest, largest or most difficult to propagate. The
Judging system attemps to eliminate precisely the kind of assumptions made by
several people responding to the thread by balancing the point structure to
reflect the essential elements a species that best represents its kind should
possess. The system is not perfect of course, and glaring contradictions
sometimes become evident. We are always trying to correct errors, and improve
the information flow. It sometimes takes a few years to get a feel for what
features a good representative should have. By and large the system has worked,
at least on the national convention level, and represents a substantial
improvement over prior systems which were essentially subjective evaluations of
males. The Judging standard was printed in the BNL several years ago, and there
have been several workshops as regional shows and conventions as well. It may
be time to print it again. In the interim, send me a request if you want a
Best regards to all,
Brian R. Watters wrote:
> The AKA has a quite comprehensive judging system that, snip ....