The Budgerigar Society

Judges & Judging

Insight to BS Judges Training

By Trevor Terheege, Judges Training Scheme Co-ordinator

As BS Judges Training Scheme Co-ordinator, I thought it would be of interest for members to see the format that trainee judges go through. The training takes place over two show seasons. Each candidate is required to attend/judge three shows each year. Once a candidate applies to join the judges training scheme and has been accepted by the General Council, I send them a welcoming letter and ask them to nominate five shows in the coming year, which they would like to attend as part of the scheme and to also let me know how tall they are. The later may seem a strange thing to ask, but when I allocate them a main panel judge to work with, it is necessary for them to be of similar height. It would create a problem if you had one tall and one short person as the height of the judging stand will be set for the main judge.

In addition, every subsidiary judge will be required to attend at least one Specialist & Rare Varity Show and an Area or Gold Show within the six assessments.

Before the start of a show season the BS Patronage Secretary sends me a list of all the shows for the year and the judges for each show. From that list I select three shows for each candidate from the five shows they have nominated and the judges undertaking their assessment. I then send follow-up letters to each candidate, main panel judge and show secretaries giving them the details. My main aim, if possible, is not to have more than one subsidiary judge at each show.

At The Assessment Show

Each subsidiary judge will be expected to judge a minimum of six classes so that an assessment can be made by the main panel judge. The subsidiary judge will also be required to remain with the main panel judge who will instruct on matters of procedure, colour identification etc. as the judging proceeds and on completion of judging. A subsidiary judge is required to pay their own expenses when attending a show for assessment and may not exhibit budgerigars at the event.

Subsidiary Judges Assessment Form

Once a subsidiary judge completes their six assessments, they are required to write to the BS office and request to sit the final tests. These take place at the BS Club Show on the Saturday morning of the show. The results from the six assessments are scored and these form part of the final test results.

The final tests consist of a written test, an oral test, colour identification, judging a section and judging a colour run-down. A candidate must achieve a minimum pass mark of 70% in all tests to pass. The Subsidiary Judge with the highest overall score will be named Trainee Judge of the Year and will receive the Trophy at the trophy presentations on the Sunday afternoon of the Club Show. In addition, the winner will be invited to judge the Club Show three years later.

All subsidiary judges that pass will be presented with a judge’s badge and certificate at a lunch on the Saturday.

Unfortunately, there are occasions when not all candidates pass. In this event they will be invited to sit the tests again the following year and if they wish, have further assessments during the year.

Qualifications For The Subsidiary Panel

To qualify for the subsidiary panel of the Budgerigar Society a member must:

  1. have completed a minimum of 9 years membership of the Budgerigar Society of which three continuous years must precede the application,
  2. have completed three full show seasons at intermediate level and be over 21 years of age, 
  3. be a current breeder and exhibitor of budgerigars at BS Championship or higher level patronage shows.

Applicants should write to the Society Administrator by 31st January to register. There is no fee.

The Tests

Oral Test – This test is on a one to one basis with one of the assessors. The time allowed is 15 minutes. The examiner will ask 20 questions in total, the assessor could produce a colour plate with three birds shown and you would be asked to name the variety and colour or any other question in relation to judging budgerigars or show rules.

Colour Identification – with this test you will have 10 birds of different varieties and colours on a judging stand and you will be given 15 minutes to write down the full colour and variety description of each bird using the full terminology.

Section Judging – during this test you will be allocated 15 minutes to judge a section of birds and complete the relevant show paperwork.

CC Run Down – once again 15 minutes is allocated for the subsidiary judge to complete the judging of a colour, place the colour spots on the cages and fill in all the BS paperwork and Challenge Certificate.

Written Test – One hour is allocated to this test. A written question paper will be handed out with a list of 40 questions.