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In Southern Oregon, there is only one division. This means that we don’t get an opportunity to see how other division contests are held. Our division contests are okay with some room for improvement. They also fluctuate year to year.
After traveling to three other division contests this year, I’ve seen how other divisions do it and it’s validated some of my concerns. One specifically is the advanced planning aspect of the conference. We fall short on this goal.
Some things were more universal, all but one contest had the moment where the chief judge identifies all judges by asking them to come to a certain part of the room.
There is a perspective to be gained by attending events outside of your division/area/club. At each level, you get exposed to a different group of people. Take some time occasionally to go watch what others do and take the opportunity to learn from them.