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Judges Training

We will host multiple judges training sessions. Judges must register and attend one of the these sessions to be certified to judge this year's problems.


  • Ocean
  • River

  • State Finals
    Re-register separately using below link
  • State

  • In an effort to make it easier for our judges to receive their prospective training, we are offering several new options this year. Each judge must complete both the Standard Generalized Informational Training and the Problem Specific Training. Our volunteers are not required to complete training but are welcome to attend so that they may step in on tournament day if needed.
    1. Standard Generalized Informational Training (required of all judges)
    • OPTION A - online training is available

      1. Thursday, January 25th 6:30 – 8:30
        Saturday, January 27th 9:00 – 11:00
        Monday, February 5th 6:30 – 8:30
    • OPTION B - Face to Face training is available

      1. Saturday, February 10th 9:00 – 12:00 Milford Central Academy
        Saturday, February 17th 9:00 – 12:00 Brandywine High School
    2. Problem Specific Training (required of all judges)
      OPTION A - Face to Face training ONLY is available
        Saturday, February 10th 9:00 – 12:00 Milford Central Academy
        Saturday, February 10th 1:00 – 4:00 Milford Central Academy
        Saturday, February 17th 9:00 – 12:00 Brandywine High School
        Saturday, February 17th 1:00 – 4:00 Brandywine High School

    This year, we are continuing an interactive classroom approach to the judge training and ask experienced judges to engage in welcoming and helping the Problem Captains train the first-time judges. Our goal is to develop effective judging teams and create an experience such that most first-time judges will want to return and judge again for us again. As the number of students participating in the program continues to grow, so should our corps of experienced judges. To achieve this goal, we will need a concerted effort from everyone.

    The training agenda for each session will provide for a somewhat shorter day, but with include more time in the classroom to focus on criteria to be judged and judging roles.
    Judges must pre-register for training by selecting the Judge/Volunteer Registration link from the Login menu. Judges cannot register until they have been contacted by us with log-in credentials. Experienced judges should already have received an email from us with these credentials. Team-nominated judges will receive an email within the next couple of weeks with instructions on how to register. During on-line pre-registration, each judge should indicate which training session they will attend, which problem they wish to judge and at which competitions they wish to judge. We cannot guarantee that a judge who is also a parent will be available to watch his/her child's problem performance if that parent opts to judge at the same competition. Judges must officiate at a regional competition to be eligible to judge at State Finals. Judges nominated by Division 3 high school teams must officiate at one of two regional competitions.
    Quick link to the Professional Development Management System (PDMS) on the Delaware Department of Education website to register for the clock hours: Clock Hours/PDMS Registration
    Any judge who has a question about judges registration should send an email to Any other questions can be emailed to