When examining issues that arise from tournament management, a chief concern among tournament administrators is the quality and size of their respective judging pools. In accordance with the AFA Code of Standards, many coaches try to avoid a "conflict of interest" by coding their judges off of particular schools and/or individuals when sending in their entry. Given that this coding process is self-regulated and highly dependent on individual ethics, coaches are left with no steadfast rules to dictate when a restriction is necessary and when it is not. This paper examines the coding process, the reasons coaches currently use to apply restrictions, the implications of this practice, and suggestions to refine it.
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"Coding Our Judges Off of Schools and Individuals: When is it Necessary?,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 4:
1, Article 21.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol4/iss1/21