NJNJ EDUCATION TEAM MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Education Team is to facilitate and distribute information pertaining to the winter guard activity as it is disseminated by the WGI Task Force. It is the responsibility of the NJNJ Education Team to share any information that may be unique to the MAIN circuit. This information will also be adopted into the training program for current judges, prospective judges and directors/instructors of competing units.
1) Current judges will have the opportunity to attend a training clinic annually held at the MAIN Preview Show.
2) Judges will receive information on a regular basis from the Education Team.
3) A mentoring program will be provided to all current judges when weaknesses have been identified. This program will allow participants to be paired with a senior judge in same caption.
4) Self- evaluation will be required
5) Sharing feedback/insight with other judges in round table discussions.
6) Education articles for all captions will be added to the NJNJ website periodically for review by all judges and trainees.
7) Visiting judges will be provided with all criteria and scoring unique to the MAIN circuit prior to their arrival to a show. They will be encouraged to familiarize themselves with prior scoring and use the NJNJ website as a tool.
8) At each show, the Chief Judge has the responsibility to make every judge and trainee feel comfortable and available to answer any questions or concerns.
9) Individuals who express an interest to judge by completing an application on our website will be reviewed by the Education Director and contact made by the Director or a Judge Mentor.
10) Once an individual is designated as a trainee, personal contact will be made and all initial training materials sent out
11) The training process begins with attending the MAIN Preview Show, Judge’s clinic on same day and any other training opportunities provided by the Education Team.
12) Training will involve discussion of general philosophy, an exercise in recording and evaluating commentary, analysis of scoring philosophies per caption and then bringing commentary and scoring together.
13) All trainees will receive feedback from their mentor the week following their training exercise. The mentor’s role is to provide guidance throughout the process.
14) When the trainee has completed their training successfully, a recommendation will be made to the Education Director and Team for review.
15) If the Education Team deems the trainee has satisfied all training requirements successfully, the director will submit the trainees name to the Executive Board of NJNJ
16) The Executive Board will approve and recognize the trainee as a professional judge ready for assignments.
17) The timeframe for completing the judges training program will be dependent upon the trainee’s time, effort and dedication to the training process.
18) Designer/Instructors clinic will be held at the MAIN Preview Show. Concepts presented by the WGI Task Force at the prior’s year meeting will be shared and a review on WGI Philosophy as needed.
19) Other information that may be released throughout the season will be distributed to the MAIN Executive Board and prominently displayed on the NJNJ website.
During the color guard season any philosophy or education questions may be directed to the Education Director, Education Team or the NJNJ Executive Board.