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Acquisition and Training of         L1 Judges    Judge Conference GP Milano 2011            Ludwig Lenzen
Structure●   Motivation●   Channels for Acquisition●   Candidate Profiles●   Candidate Criteria●   Measuring Progress●   T...
Motivation●   Judges constantly leave the programm●   Recruitment is key to development●   Acquisition expands the reach o...
Channels for Acquisition●   Acquisition is Community based●   Expanding reach into and tap potential●   Communities:    ● ...
Candidate Profile – Shop Employee    Opportunities                Challenges●   Community integration    ●   Study time is...
Candidate Profile – Unaffiliated TO    Opportunities              Challenges●   Some experience with   ●   Motivation to j...
Candidate Profile – Eternal Player    Opportunities                  Challenges●   Familiar with wide range   ●   Less fam...
Candidate Profile – PTQ/NQ Player    Opportunities                Challenges●   Good knowledge of        ●   Playing und j...
Candidate Profile – Rules Person    Opportunities                Challenges●   Familiarity with rules   ●   May not be fam...
Candidate Criteria●   Most skills can be taught, but a few things are    less easy to teach but fundamental●   Motivation:...
Measuring Progress●   In the beginning: Introductions●   Discussions about anything Magic●   Interview the candidate●   Se...
Training - General●   Discussions should always include solutions to    any problems posed●   If the candidate makes a mis...
Training – Rules Knowledge●   Never underestimate the basic rulebook●   Rules questions on boards are good training for   ...
Training – Policy●   The candidate must become familiar with JAR●   After reading, examples are most important●   Discussi...
Training – Running Events●   If the candidate is unfamiliar with a tournament,    arrange for him to play in as many as po...
Testing for L1●   Before you test the candidate, make sure    he/she has a good chance●   Test dates with an appropriate t...
Testing for L1 – Tips for Big Events●   If you have not worked with the candidate    before,training and evaluation will c...
Testing for L1 – Tips for Big Events●   Make sure, whether successful or not, the candidate    comes in contact with his/h...
Further Development●   Start with the debriefing after the test to identify    remaining areas for improvement●   The next...
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Acquisition and training of L1 judges

  1. 1. Acquisition and Training of L1 Judges Judge Conference GP Milano 2011 Ludwig Lenzen
  2. 2. Structure● Motivation● Channels for Acquisition● Candidate Profiles● Candidate Criteria● Measuring Progress● Training● Testing for L1● Further Development
  3. 3. Motivation● Judges constantly leave the programm● Recruitment is key to development● Acquisition expands the reach of the programm● Acquisition is not just testing● Actively seeking out candidates
  4. 4. Channels for Acquisition● Acquisition is Community based● Expanding reach into and tap potential● Communities: ● PTQ Level ● Regional Tournaments ● Store Communities ● Unaffiliated Tournaments ● Message Boards ● Chats
  5. 5. Candidate Profile – Shop Employee Opportunities Challenges● Community integration ● Study time is usually limited● Experience with events ● Actual presence in event● Motivated to develop could become an issue community
  6. 6. Candidate Profile – Unaffiliated TO Opportunities Challenges● Some experience with ● Motivation to judge and events organize connected● High motivation to develop larger community
  7. 7. Candidate Profile – Eternal Player Opportunities Challenges● Familiar with wide range ● Less familiar with non of card interactions eternal formats● Familiar with tournament ● Playing and judging structures Eternal events may clash● Playing and judging do not usually clash
  8. 8. Candidate Profile – PTQ/NQ Player Opportunities Challenges● Good knowledge of ● Playing und judging may Premiere Event formats conflict frequently● Experience with ● Integration in store level tournament structures communities can be an issue
  9. 9. Candidate Profile – Rules Person Opportunities Challenges● Familiarity with rules ● May not be familiar with will usually be at or tournament structures or exceeding L1 actual formats expectations ● Integration in store level community can be an issue
  10. 10. Candidate Criteria● Most skills can be taught, but a few things are less easy to teach but fundamental● Motivation: The candidate needs to be willing to pursue judging of his or her own choice● Social Skills: The candidate should sufficiently diplomatic and mature to not become a liability to his or her events
  11. 11. Measuring Progress● In the beginning: Introductions● Discussions about anything Magic● Interview the candidate● Set up and discuss exams with the candidate● Shadow the candidate during an event● Review the candidate● Get feedback from others
  12. 12. Training - General● Discussions should always include solutions to any problems posed● If the candidate makes a mistake, always explain how to improve● With hard rules explain the interaction or philosophy step by step through an example● Once you have explained a concept, give the candidate some time, then try a different perspective on the same issue
  13. 13. Training – Rules Knowledge● Never underestimate the basic rulebook● Rules questions on boards are good training for judge calls● Judge classes and articles can quickly improve weak areas● Walk the candidate through important topics● The candidate should be able to use the Comprehensive Rules
  14. 14. Training – Policy● The candidate must become familiar with JAR● After reading, examples are most important● Discussions during a tournament are even better● Explore alternatives with the candidate
  15. 15. Training – Running Events● If the candidate is unfamiliar with a tournament, arrange for him to play in as many as possible● Simulate judge calls by posing problems● Try to make the candidate aware of the players, the TOs and the judges perspective● If the candidate is somewhat comfortable with tournament put him/her on staff in a Regular REL event
  16. 16. Testing for L1● Before you test the candidate, make sure he/she has a good chance● Test dates with an appropriate tournament should usually be agreed on in advance● Make certain you have enough time to test● If you have not worked with the candidate, you should consider not testing him an option – be clear about this from the beginning
  17. 17. Testing for L1 – Tips for Big Events● If you have not worked with the candidate before,training and evaluation will coincide● Try to evaluate the candidate in an early interview● If you believe he/she can be brought to L1 Level during the event, set up training opportunities● If not you should advise the candidate on options for improvement and alternatives for testing
  18. 18. Testing for L1 – Tips for Big Events● Make sure, whether successful or not, the candidate comes in contact with his/her community and especially a local mentor or at least RC● Remind the candidate of the Judge List and other online ressources● Stay in e-mail contact for some weeks or month to ensure the candidate can link up to the local and global community – this is especially important for isolated areas
  19. 19. Further Development● Start with the debriefing after the test to identify remaining areas for improvement● The next step is often the first GPT for a judge, a starting point for work with the IPG – this may lead to PTQs and greater challenges● Most important is helping a candidate find his or her place in the programm

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