Have you ever thought about becoming an Archery Judge? For Canadians, there are basically five judging levels towards becoming eligible to judge at the Olympics:
- Level 1: Local/Club Judge
- Level 2a: Provincial Judge Candidate
- Level 2b: Provincial Judge
- Level 3a: National Judge Candidate
- Level 3b: National Judge
- Level 4a: Continental Judge Candidate
- Level 4b: Continental Judge
- Level 5a: International Judge Candidate
- Level 5b: International Judge: (Eligible to judge at the Olympics)
With the exception of the local/club judge, each level requires successful completion of the previous level. A judge with candidate status means they have completed the training but may need additional practical experience to complete the certification. Also for national, continental and international level judging, the governing body (or bodies) must recommend the judge for advancement to the next stage.
Over the past weekend, we hosted a provincial archery judging clinic at our home instructed by International judge, Randall Jones. I want to congratulate my father who is now a provincial judge candidate with the successful completion of the course and passing the exam. He will now need to judge three tournaments including one indoor, and one outdoor with one major tournament such as Ontario Target Championship to become a certified provincial judge.
If you are interested in becoming a Ontario provincial judge, the next judging clinic is being hosted by Archers of Caledon in May 11th and 12th. If you are interested in becoming a provincial judge, contact the Ontario Association of Archers for more information.