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How to become a USTA Judge


Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:

Level I, Part 1

Applicants are offered two options for completing this course.

. Online testing
. Workshop (one-day, approx. 8 hours)

Both options include a written exam (open book) and video testing.

To complete this course at home, applicants must purchase the online materials. These include:

.Judges’ Level 1 Manual
. Training/testing video
. Level I test

Applicants attending a Part I workshop only need to purchase the manual. Focusing on basic technique, theory and performance skills, participants are trained to evaluate the C and B levels of Compulsories and Movement Technique and to judge Basic, Military and Parade March. Applicants are also introduced to the Competitive Achievement System and educated in the USTA philosophies and standards by which all judges are held accountable.

At local contests

Compulsories
Movement Technique

Foundation Events
Basic Strut
Parade March
Military Strut
Levels
C, B
C, B


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Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:

Level I, Part 2

To be certified as Level I, Part 2 judges, applicants must:

.Attend the one-day Level I, Part 2 workshop (11-hour workshop), and
.Pass the written exam (open book) and video test.

Applicants must purchase the current Judges’ Level I Manual.

Participants receive training in developing their skills in recognizing all aspects of technique for all levels of Compulsories and Movement Technique (except Elite) and all Foundation Events. They also receive instruction in utilizing the scoring scale. Basic design concepts and performance skills are introduced.

At local, state and regional contests

Compulsories
Movement Technique

Foundation Events
Basic Strut
Parade March
Military Strut
Presentation
 
Levels
C-AAA
C-AAA


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All
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All
 

Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:

Level II

Applicants are offered two options for completing this course:

.Have previously received Level I certification,
.Complete the online Level II Part I and attend the one-day Level II workshop (10-11 hours)
.Pass the video exam

OR

.Attend the two-day Level II workshop (10-11 hours)
.Pass the video exam.

Applicants must purchase the current Judges’ Level II Manual.

With the major focus on beginner and intermediate athletes, the certified Level II judge is trained to understand and recognize the proper developmental sequence of twirls and body moves and priorities at each stage of development of the CAS, Foundation and Championship Events.

Video instruction is given to develop the technical eye, identify degrees of severity of errors, and analyze moves in the setting of longer, denser and more complex programs than those presented in the Foundation Events.

These judges are educated in using the subjective judging process along with the role models and range descriptions for all levels of Championship Events.

Workshop participants explore the concepts of composition and design, including musicality, and practice giving appropriate written feedback and taped critiques.

At local, state and regional contests

Compulsories
Movement Technique

Foundation Events
Basic Strut
Parade March
Military Strut
Presentation

Championship Events
Solo
Duet
2-Baton
3-Baton
Strut
Artistic Twirl
Artistic Twirl Pairs
Twirling Teams
Dance Twirl Teams
Trios
Show Teams
Show Corps
Parade Corps
Artistic Groups
Collegiate Event

Level II judges are not
certified to judge the U.S. PreTrials or U.S. Trials.
Levels
All
All

Levels
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Levels
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Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:

Level III

To be certified as Level III judges, applicants must:

.Have previously received Level II certification
.Attend the one-day Level III workshop (11-hour workshop), and
.Pass the video test

Applicants must have or purchase the current Judges’ Level II Manual (also used for Level III).

This level is designed for a more intense study of all aspects of judging the Championship Events than is offered in Level II. The major focus is in recognizing the qualities and differing degrees of proficiency in advanced and elite athletes and groups.

At local, state, regional and national competitions

Compulsories
Movement Technique

Foundation Events
Basic Strut
Parade March
Military Strut
Presentation

Championship Events
Solo
Duet
2-Baton
3-Baton
Strut
Artistic Twirl
Artistic Twirl Pairs
Twirling Teams
Dance Twirl Teams
Trios
Show Teams
Show Corps
Parade Corps
Artistic Groups
Collegiate Event

Level III judges are not
certified to judge freestyle, the U.S.
PreTrials or U.S. Trials.
Levels
All
All

Levels
All
All
All
All


Levels
All
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Courses of study required for certification: Certified to judge/evaluate:

MASTER JUDGE

To become a Master Judge, applicants must:

.Have previously received Level III certification,
.Attend the two-day Master Judge workshop (12 hours each day), and
.Pass the written exam and video test with a score of 70% or higher in each section. Applicants who score a cumulative totoal of 65% to 69.9% are designated as PreTrials judges.

Applicants must purchase the current WBTF Judges’ Manual.

This workshop deals only with the judging of those events included in the U.S. Trials, U.S. PreTrials and World Championships: Elite Compulsories, Short Program, Freeystyle, Freestyle Pairs and Twirling Teams.

Through utilization of role models, range descriptions and concept summaries, participants are trained to recognize skill levels and to appropriately award credit based on the philosophies and priorities of the events. They also learn scoring techniques for judging compulsories (as opposed to the evaluation method of the CAS).


At local, state, regional and national competitions plus Regional and U.S.PreTrials and U.S. Trials.

Master judges are certified by the World Baton Twirling Federation to judge the World Championships.

Master judges may judge all levels of CAS, Foundation and Championship individual and group events to include freestyle and elite compulsories.

PreTrials judges may judge the Regional and U.S. PreTrials only.

PreTrials judges may attend focus meetings and practice judge at the U.S. PreTrials and U.S. Trials.
 

Additional Information

Judges still competing as athletes must follow the Athlete/Judge/Coach Policy.

Who can attend judges’ workshops? All professional members, 16 years or older, may attend judges’ workshops for information purposes. However, attendees must be 18 years or older to test for certification.

Certification Policy: Certification must be completed in sequential order.

To retain certification: All judges must attend a workshop every three years or recertify through the USTA online recertification process in order to remain at their current classification. Level I judges may attend a Level I workshop or retake the Level I home study test to fulfill their seminar requirements. Level II and Level III judges may attend any level workshop to receive seminar credit with no testing required. Master judges receive seminar credit by junding the U.S. PreTrials, U.S. Trials, and World Championships by attending the judges’ training meetings at the U.S. PreTrials or U.S. Trials competitions.

For more information and to find out about judges’ workshops in your area: Contact the USTA Judges Department at judges@ustwirling.com.

To order all manuals, Level I, Part 1 OnlineStudy materials, or to order the Judges online recertification: order online at www.ustwirling.com. Click on Shop, then on Training. Please order manuals in advance. All applicants should be familiar with the material before attending a workshop.

Additional educational items that may be ordered online at the same site:

.Compulsory and Movement Technique demonstration videos
.Role Model Videos and Descriptions - helpful for Level II and Level III judges, but not mandatory. These videos are free and are posted on the USTA Knowledge Central site.
 

Uniform:

Local competitions: Official judges’ polo or white shirt or blouse, fabric of choice (i.e. ,cotton, linen, knit). Sleeve length is optional. Black pants, skirt or culottes/shorts. Black jacket optional. Black shoes (closed toe).

State, regional, national competitions: White shirt or blouse, fabric of choice (i.e., cotton, linen, knit). Sleeve length is optional. Black pants, skirt or culottes/shorts, matching black jacket/blazer (mandatory). Black shoes (closed toe).