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Balloted Awards


2775A
27-Sep-2023

Is ballot voting by teams for the Sportsmanship Award allowed anymore?

"Balloted Awards: Based on the award criteria. Volunteer staff, such as the Head Referee, scorekeepers, and Emcees can nominate teams for these awards based on what they've seen at the event. Alternatively, the awards can be determined solely by the judges. Only the Sportsmanship and Energy Awards may each optionally be determined in this manner. The Field Note to Judge Advisor and Balloted Award Form are helpful tools for staff to submit award nominees. Event staff should be mindful to have additional candidates for the circumstance that the team at the top of their list is in consideration for another Judged Award."

Emphasis on, "Volunteer staff...can nominate teams for these awards based on what they've seen at the event. Alternatively, the awards can be determined solely by the judges."

Does this mean that ballot voting by the teams at the event is no longer an option? OR are these options in addition to teams voting by ballot?

Thanks for the clarification.

Answered by Competition Judging Committee
6-Oct-2023

Balloted awards were removed some time ago from the Guide to Judging, thus those awards would have needed to be decided upon by Judges observing teams throughout the event.

Having teams directly vote on award winners is problematic for a few reasons. The first is that multi-team programs can skew voting by coordinating their votes, and no team's vote would be unbiased since they are competing with one another. The second is that because teams can only earn one judged award, a scenario can arise where candidates for the Energy or Sportsmanship awards are already slated to earn other judged awards.

The current Guide to Judging also allows the option of asking volunteers who are in a position to observe teams throughout the event to nominate teams for consideration for the Energy and Sportsmanship awards. These awards can also be determined directly by Judges through observation at the event.