CANONS, PART III
(or How To Be An Angel)
If you have
read and followed the other 2 parts on the Canons, you are well
on your way to becoming the perfect judge!!
11: A judge should treat gymnasts, coaches, judges,
promoters and spectators with respect. A judge should
respect the privacy, property and feelings of any judge or
other person with whom such judge is living during the event
being judged, and should not do anything which would
embarrass or offend such person.
12: A judge should at all times both look and act
professionally. A judge should maintain a neat and
well-groomed appearance when judging. He/she should wear the
uniform of the Association (except where other dress is
13: A judge should not be overly officious. She/he should
not criticize other officials or attempt to explain other
14: A judge should confine her/his duties to the purposes of
judging; i.e., coaching or meet directing are not included
in a judge’s responsibilities.
Remember learning to treat everyone with
respect? That never changes. Each time a judge does something
disrespectful or wrong, the gymnastics community feels all of us
are disrespectful or wrong. (It should work the in the reverse,
but it doesn’t.) When you are wearing the uniform always stop
and think how what you are about to do or say will appear to
Here are some examples:
Do not second guess a judge at another event. If you think they
missed someone spotting a vault, it is not up to you to talk
with other people about it. If you feel strongly about it
and were in a perfect position to see it, talk with the
judge privately and then let it drop. You are paid to do your
If a coach or anyone else comes and asks your opinion of another
judge’s score, do not comment. Tell them they need to speak
directly to that judge.
Do not sit in the bar after the meet with coaches making
comments like “I was the high score on your girls.”
Be nice to your timers and flashers. Most of the time they have
not a clue what to do and are scared to death. Assure them than
a mistake will not cause the fall of the world and BE PATIENT!!
Look professional. That doesn’t just mean a clean uniform,
unwrinkled blouse, etc. It means look as if you are interested
in what you are doing. Do NOT judge with your head resting on
your hand. Keep your head up and smile at the gymnast when they
are done – we expect them to salute us with a nice demeanor.
Do not complain about food!!
peeve.) That is probably the height of rudeness. Most clubs
bend over backwards to take good care of us. If you need
chocolate, bring it with you!
by Hilary Carlson, Region V RJD