Judging Guide Lines

Judging Categories Costume & Make Up and Stillness or Life and movement or Comedy Content

Overview

The purpose of this document is to offer advice and guidance for the judges of our Carnivals. These notes, as well as guiding judges in some of the less obvious aspects of their task, also provide those taking part with a better understanding of how they will be judged.

Items to note

  • Classes 1 – 5 should have a minimum of eight personnel on the entry; class 6 should have a minimum of six. All personnel must be fully mounted. Any entries conflicting with either of the above clauses should be marked as normal and the situation reported to the adjudicators on your return.
  • Entries are permitted to break tableau/stop performing if the procession comes to a halt in excess of 2 minutes, points should not be deducted or the entry judged in these circumstances.
  • (Note – For these classes this paragraph is applicable to class 6 only) Judges should note that the County Rule for Juvenile entries is that: In all juvenile classes, entrants must not have had their 17th birthday by the 1st November in the current carnival year. In effect all entrants in juvenile classes must be under 17 on 1st November in the current carnival year

Where should I judge?

  • A zone will normally be allocated to you prior to the procession. Judging should not take place in any rest area or other areas as indicated by local judging instructions
  • Even avoiding these areas, there are miles of route along which judging can take place. Judges are respectfully requested not to congregate in pairs or small groups and to try not to stand in front of the same people all night. The judging will be fairer for all concerned if the judges are spread over a wide area within the zones. In addition, if judges do congregate, and they may well be judging different classes, the perception to the public and competitors alike is that collusion is taking place.
  • Whenever possible, judges are asked to judge both sides of all entries in their class. It is recognised that the sheer number of entries in some classes may make this impractical. Please do the best you can with the time available.
  • When judging mounted classes and you wish to preview the entries it is allowable to visit the line up areas. Entries should not be judged here, but a preview helps the judges to form an overall opinion of the standard of entries and can therefore pitch their marks at a practical level on the earlier entries.

How do I judge these entries?

Each entry in these classes are marked under 6 different categories which are – Presentation & General Effect, Music

Appropriateness,  Lighting,  Cart Build Up, Costume & Make Up and Stillness / Life and movement / Comedy content. The category groupings have changed for 2012.

Your categories are: –

  • Costume and make up. –The effectiveness of the costume is the most important issue along with the appropriateness of the costume to the theme. Strict attention to detail (e.g. accuracy of military costumes) should not adversely affect the pointing for what is, after all, a CARNIVAL procession. Room must be left for artistic interpretation of costumes according to the way the entry wishes to portray its theme.
  • Stillness (Class 1 and 2) –Points should be awarded for the ability of the personnel on the cart to maintain a position of complete stillness and the difficulty of the pose. A participant, whose eyes clearly move, following someone in the crowd spoils the illusion of the entry as a tableau. Even eye movements should be considered when judging movement, albeit blinking clearly has to be catered for and recognized on grounds of health and safety as a matter of necessity.
  • Life and movement (Classes 3, 4 and 6). –These entries should be judged not for the amount of movement but for the effectiveness of the movement and the appropriateness to the theme. Rhythm, timing, choreographic impact, energy and action portrayed are all significant elements of movement that must be considered in determining the overall effect of movement of an entry.
  • Comedy content (class 5) –This is often difficult to judge but sometimes this can be gauged by the spectator’s

reaction and the performer’s interaction with the crowds.

How do I judge an entry when its lights have failed?

An attempt should be made to judge these categories even if there has been a failure, or partial of the entry’s lighting

How can I tell whether or not to judge a tractor or a generator?

The guideline is quite simple, the tractor and/or generator should only be judged if it has clearly been decorated to be part of the entry. Generally speaking the decoration of both/either tractor and generator will enhance the entry. Entries who have gone to this extra effort will expect to benefit accordingly. Clubs are asked to put their numbers at the start and end of that which they wish to be judged.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

Judging Categories Lighting and Cart Build Up

Overview

The purpose of this document is to offer advice and guidance for the judges of our Carnivals. These notes, as well as guiding judges in some of the less obvious aspects of their task, also provide those taking part with a better understanding of how they will be judged.

Items to note

  • Classes 1 – 5 should have a minimum of eight personnel on the entry; class 6 should have a minimum of six. All personnel must be fully mounted. Any entries conflicting with either of the above clauses should be marked as normal and the situation reported to the adjudicators on your return.
  • Entries are permitted to break tableau/stop performing if the procession comes to a halt in excess of 2 minutes, points should not be deducted or the entry judged in these circumstances.
  • (Note – For these classes this paragraph is applicable to class 6 only) Judges should note that the County Rule for Juvenile entries is that: In all juvenile classes, entrants must not have had their 17th birthday by the 1st November in the current carnival year. In effect all entrants in juvenile classes must be under 17 on 1st November in the current carnival year

Where should I judge?

  • A zone will normally be allocated to you prior to the procession. Judging should not take place in any rest area or other areas as indicated by local judging instructions
  • Even avoiding these areas, there are miles of route along which judging can take place. Judges are respectfully requested not to congregate in pairs or small groups and to try not to stand in front of the same people all night. The judging will be fairer for all concerned if the judges are spread over a wide area within the zones. In addition, if judges do congregate, and they may well be judging different classes, the perception to the public and competitors alike is that collusion is taking place.
  • Whenever possible, judges are asked to judge both sides of all entries in their class. It is recognised that the sheer number of entries in some classes may make this impractical. Please do the best you can with the time available.
  • When judging mounted classes and you wish to preview the entries it is allowable to visit the line up areas. Entries should not be judged here, but a preview helps the judges to form an overall opinion of the standard of entries and can therefore pitch their marks at a practical level on the earlier entries.

How do I judge mounted entries?

Each entry in these classes are marked under 6 different categories which are – Presentation & General Effect, Music.

Appropriateness,  Lighting, Cart Build Up, Costume & Make Up and Stillness / Life and movement / Comedy content.

Your categories are: –

  • Lighting – Lighting failures are difficult and often the saddest aspect of an entry to judge. Whilst you may be sympathetic, as a judge you must remember that, first and foremost, our carnival is advertised as an illuminated procession. For this reason, if an entry has a complete lighting failure, then no points can be awarded for lighting. The entry should not be judged on how good it might have been with full lighting. Whilst all points under the lighting category will be lost, other categories will inevitably also suffer. Presentation and general effect cannot be as good without lighting as it would have been with it.

In the case of partial failure of lighting, the lighting should be judged according to the effectiveness of the remaining lighting.

The absence of one light bulb is unlikely to do anything at all to detract from the quality and effect of an entry. It has to be at the discretion of the judge as to the degree of the failure and how it impacts on the competitor’s performance. Entries suffering lighting failure of any degree should always be judged.

Should I give a club the chance to get their lights back on before I judge them? – Yes, if time permits. Seek advice from one of the entry’s stewards to see if the lights will be back on in the near future. Obviously this may be difficult to tell, you will have to form your own opinion. If you believe there is a reasonable chance, then move along with the entry until its lights return or until you reach the end of your zone. You should not move out of your allocated zone, remember that the first entry with no lights may not be the last.

  • Cart build up. – It is the effectiveness that is most important. Points for effectiveness of the cart build up should, however be tempered to reflect your view on the quality of workmanship and the technical skills demonstrated. An attempt should be made to judge this category even if there has been a failure, or partial of the entry’s lighting

How can I tell whether or not to judge a tractor or a generator?

The guideline is quite simple, the tractor and/or generator should only be judged if it has clearly been decorated to be part of the entry. Generally speaking the decoration of both/either tractor and generator will enhance the entry. Entries who have gone to this extra effort will expect to benefit accordingly. Clubs are asked to put their numbers at the start and end of that which they wish to be judged.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

Judging Categories Presentation & general effect and Music.

Overview

The purpose of this document is to offer advice and guidance for the judges of our Carnivals. These notes, as well as guiding judges in some of the less obvious aspects of their task, also provide those taking part with a better understanding of how they will be judged.

Items to note

  • Classes 1 – 5 should have a minimum of eight personnel on the entry; class 6 should have a minimum of six. All

personnel must be fully mounted. Any entries conflicting with either of the above clauses should be marked as normal and the situation reported to the adjudicators on your return.

  • Entries are permitted to break tableau/stop performing if the procession comes to a halt in excess of 2 minutes, points should not be deducted or the entry judged in these circumstances.
  • (Note – For these classes this paragraph is applicable to class 6 only) Judges should note that the County Rule for

Juvenile entries is that: In all juvenile classes, entrants must not have had their 17th birthday by the 1st November in the current carnival year. In effect all entrants in juvenile classes must be under 17 on 1st November in the current carnival year

Where should I judge?

  • A zone will normally be allocated to you prior to the procession. Judging should not take place in any rest area or other areas as indicated by local judging instructions
  • Even avoiding these areas, there are miles of route along which judging can take place. Judges are respectfully

requested not to congregate in pairs or small groups and to try not to stand in front of the same people all night. The

judging will be fairer for all concerned if the judges are spread over a wide area within the zones. In addition, if judges do congregate, and they may well be judging different classes, the perception to the public and competitors alike is that collusion is taking place.

  • Whenever possible, judges are asked to judge both sides of all entries in their class. It is recognised that the sheer

number of entries in some classes may make this impractical. Please do the best you can with the time available.

  • When judging mounted classes and you wish to preview the entries it is allowable to visit the line up areas. Entries should not be judged here, but a preview helps the judges to form an overall opinion of the standard of entries and can therefore pitch their marks at a practical level on the earlier entries.

How do I judge mounted entries?

Each entry in these classes are marked under 6 different categories which are – Presentation & General Effect, Music

Appropriateness,  Lighting,  Cart Build Up, Costume & Make Up and Stillness / Life and movement / Comedy content. The category groupings have changed for 2012.

Your categories are: –

  • Presentation and general effect. – This is your own subjective view and no real guidelines can be given. If an

entry creates a greater impression or has a greater effect on you than the other entries, for whatever reason, then

that entry is the one to which you should award the greatest points under this heading.

  • Musical Appropriateness. – This category should cover several elements; judges should take particular note if the music played is appropriate to the entry, the quality and clarity of the music and the volume. There is nothing worse

than watching a Carnival and having to stand in front of a cart with the volume so high that the speakers are

rattling, volume is okay providing the sound is not distorted. You should be judging this category from the

spectator’s point of view? Is the music appropriate? Is it good to listen to and can you make out what the song is? If

there is no music, no points cannot be awarded in this category.

How do I judge an entry when its lights have failed?

An attempt should be made to judge these categories even if there has been a failure, or partial of the entry’s lighting

How can I tell whether or not to judge a tractor or a generator?

The guideline is quite simple, the tractor and/or generator should only be judged if it has clearly been decorated to be part of the entry. Generally speaking the decoration of both/either tractor and generator will enhance the entry. Entries who have gone to this extra effort will expect to benefit accordingly. Clubs are asked to put their numbers at the start and end of that which they wish to be judged.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

General Effect & Entertainment Value and Costume & Make up

Overview

The purpose of this document is to offer advice and guidance for the judges of our Carnivals. These notes, as well as guiding judges in some of the less obvious aspects of their task, also provide those taking part with a better understanding of how they will be judged.

Items to note

(This is applicable to classes 8 and 12 only). Judges should note that the County Rule for Juvenile entries is that: In all juvenile classes, entrants must not have had their 17th birthday by the 1st November in the current carnival year. In effect all entrants in juvenile classes must be under 17 on 1st November in the current carnival year.

Also, for ALL walking classes, all personnel shall be a minimum age of 5 on the 1st November in the current carnival year.

Class rules: –

Class 7 (Adult or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group) and

Class 8 (Juvenile walking group)

  • Should consist of 6 to 20 persons.
  • A float or other prop(s), towed or propelled by physical or mechanical means with or without a maximum of 3 personnel on board is permitted
  • Up to six ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling any non-motorised props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted

Class 9 (Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group)

  • Should consist of 3 to 5 costumed persons.
  • Be self propelled, with or without props, with a maximum of 2 persons on board any props.
  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling the props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • No motorised vehicle accompaniment is allowed.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Class 10 (Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile Pair)

  • Two costumed persons
  • Be self propelled, with or without props, with a maximum of 1 person on board any props.
  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling the props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • No motorised vehicle accompaniment is allowed.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Class 11 (Adult Single Masquerader) and

Class 12 (Juvenile Single Masquerader)

  • One costumed person
  • Self propelled, with or without props, no motorised vehicle

accompaniment is allowed

  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry

in any way other than propelling the props (except in

emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified

as such and not in costume.

  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Any entries conflicting with the above should be marked as normal and the situation reported to the adjudicators on your return.

Entries are permitted to break tableau/stop performing if the procession comes to a halt in excess of 2 minutes, points should not be deducted

or the entry judged in these circumstances.

Where should I judge?

A zone will normally be allocated to you prior to the procession. Judging should not take place in any rest area or other areas as indicated by local judging instructions.

Even avoiding these areas, there are miles of route along which judging can take place. Judges are respectfully requested not to congregate in pairs or small groups and to try not to stand in front of the same people all night. The judging will be fairer for all concerned if the judges are spread over a wide area within the zones. In addition, if judges do congregate, and they may well be judging different classes, the perception to the public and competitors alike is that collusion is taking place.

Whenever possible, judges are asked to judge both sides of all entries in their class. It is recognised that the sheer number of entries in some classes may make this impractical. Please do the best you can with the time available.

Each entry in these classes are marked under 4 different categories which are – General Effect & Entertainment Value, Costume & Make up, Presentation & Routine and Ingenuity. The category groupings have changed for 2012. Your categories are: –

  • General Effect & Entertainment Value: The effect, impression created, the effort and enthusiasm portrayed by the entry should be assessed according to the theme.
  • Costume & Makeup: details of costume and workmanship should be observed to assess how representative of the theme or character of the entry they are. Makeup and facial accessories if used should be complimentary to the costume. Props should be appropriate.

General Information

Please re-acquaint yourself with the rule(s) for your particular class above.

Single Masqueraders, Pairs and sometimes even groups can be difficult to see, so judges in these classes need to be extra vigilant, it is very easy for them to get mingled up with other groups or pedestrians. The most important element of a walking entry is usually the costume and make up. Please use the full spread of points in all categories.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

Judging Categories Presentation & Routine and Ingenuity.

Overview

The purpose of this document is to offer advice and guidance for the judges of our Carnivals. These notes, as well as guiding judges in some of the less obvious aspects of their task, also provide those taking part with a better understanding of how they will be judged.

Items to note

(This is applicable to classes 8 and 12 only). Judges should note that the County Rule for Juvenile entries is that: In all juvenile classes, entrants must not have had their 17th birthday by the 1st November in the current carnival year. In effect all entrants in juvenile classes must be under 17 on 1st November in the current carnival year.

Also, for ALL walking classes, all personnel shall be a minimum age of 5 on the 1st November in the current carnival year.

Class rules: –

Class 7 (Adult or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group) and Class 8 (Juvenile walking group)

  • Should consist of 6 to 20 persons.
  • A float or other prop(s), towed or propelled by physical or mechanical means with or without a maximum of 3 personnel on board is permitted
  • Up to six ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling any non-motorised

props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.

  • Sound accompaniment is permitted Class 9 (Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group)
  • Should consist of 3 to 5 costumed persons.
  • Be self propelled, with or without props, with a maximum of 2 persons on board any props.
  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling the props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • No motorised vehicle accompaniment is allowed.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Class 10 (Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile Pair)

  • Two costumed persons
  • Be self propelled, with or without props, with a maximum of 1

person on board any props.

  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling the props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • No motorised vehicle accompaniment is allowed.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Class 11 (Adult Single Masquerader) and

Class 12 (Juvenile Single Masquerader)

  • One costumed person
  • Self propelled, with or without props, no motorised vehicle accompaniment is allowed
  • Up to two ground crew members are permitted to aid the entry in any way other than propelling the props (except in emergency situations), these ground crew must be identified as such and not in costume.
  • Sound accompaniment is permitted.

Any entries conflicting with the above should be marked as normal and the situation reported to the adjudicators on your return.

Entries are permitted to break tableau/stop performing if the procession comes to a halt in excess of 2 minutes, points should not be deducted or the entry judged in these circumstances.

Where should I judge?

A zone will normally be allocated to you prior to the procession. Judging should not take place in any rest area or other areas as indicated by local judging instructions

Even avoiding these areas, there are miles of route along which judging can take place. Judges are respectfully requested not to congregate in pairs or small groups and to try not to stand in front of the same people all night. The judging will be fairer for all concerned if the judges are spread over a wide area within the zones. In addition, if judges do congregate, and they may well be judging different classes, the perception to the public and competitors alike is that collusion is taking place.

Whenever possible, judges are asked to judge both sides of all entries in their class. It is recognised that the sheer number of entries in some classes may make this impractical. Please do the best you can with the time available.

Each entry in these classes are marked under 4 different categories which are – General Effect & Entertainment Value, Costume & Make up, Presentation & Routine and Ingenuity. The category groupings have changed for 2012. Your categories are: –

  • Presentation & Routine: Walking or Mounted; with or without props, the ability to bring to life the theme of the entry and the effort to do so should be assessed.
  • Ingenuity: The skill in the use of costume and props to portray and enhance the theme. (Definition of Ingenuity = Cleverness, Resourcefulness, Initiative, Originality, Inventiveness, Skill, Creativity & Cunning)

General Information

Please re-acquaint yourself with the rule(s) for your particular class above. Single Masqueraders, Pairs and sometimes even groups can be difficult to see, so judges in these classes need to be extra vigilant, it is very easy for them to get mingled up with other groups or pedestrians. The most important element of a walking entry is usually the costume and make up. Please use the full spread of points in all categories.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

These classes can be difficult to judge and are not normally given categories to mark against. In this case to a large extent it is up to you to award points / places as you feel fit. The following guidance is offered to assist you in your choice. However if you are given categories then they should be used

For Class 13 (Best decorated towing vehicle)

The whole impact of the towing vehicle should be considered, including the personnel (if any) mounted on the vehicle, moving parts and lighting etc. You should however not be influenced by the main entry when judging this class. This may be difficult, but it is to be awarded purely on the merits (or otherwise) of the towing vehicle.

The judging categories are: –

  • Vehicle build up.
  • Presentation and general effect
  • Lighting

All mounted entries with decorated towing vehicles should be judged as it has been agreed that clubs do not need to enter this class separately from entering their main class.

For Class 14 (Best dressed towing vehicle driver)

This class is a very long standing class in our carnival and much valued by some of the entries. However nowadays more and more entries are ‘boxing in” their driver for (as some may consider) a more advantageous result in their main class.

It is recommended that in order to be judged for this class the driver should be visible from the waist upwards. Any make up worn by the driver should also be considered when judging this class.

The judging categories are: –

  • General effect
  • Costume
  • Make up or mask

All mounted entries should be examined to determine if the driver is in costume and if so judged accordingly as it has been agreed that clubs do not need to enter this class separately from entering their main class.

What should I do if I see an entry deliberately holding up the procession?

The smooth flow of the procession is critical to the future of our carnival. We therefore seek the assistance of our judges in controlling the flow of entries. If an entry is considered by a judge to be holding back, posing for video cameras perhaps, or creating an ”advantageous gap” for judging or effect purposes then the judge should draw the attention of the procession marshals to the offender. If the offence is thought to be serious enough penalties may be imposed on the offender. Penalties could include the deduction of points from each judge’s total for any offending entry. This will be subject to the S C G F C A’s guidance on the methods of dealing with the imposition of penalties to entrants.

OFFICIAL COLLECTORS

Each and every collector will wear an OFFICIAL YELLOW SASH. Each collecting tin or bucket will carry an OFFICIAL NUMBER on the tin or bucket. Official Collecting carts will also appear in the procession. Please give your donations to OFFICIAL COLLECTORS ONLY.

Please give generously and help us exceed last year’s collection of £7,910

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