JudgeBBQ Frequently Asked Questions

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Event Signup

Judging Preference of Volunteer: What and why?
Volunteer is now a Judging Preference. If you select Volunteer as your Judging Preference you'll be allowed to Lock In immediately. Volunteer spots can't be held so if you don't Lock In and others do you'll lose your spot. Discourteous Judge Points apply to the Volunteer Judging Preference the same as they do to the Judge, Table Captain, and Either Judging Preferences.

Volunteer spots are only available if the event has indicated a desire to have volunteers and until all spots have been Locked In. Note that a Volunteer, as defined by JudgeBBQ, is a CBJ looking to get a KCBS Rep signature by working the turn-in table, left-over table, possibly even Table Captain or Judge, basically do whatever is needed as directed by the KCBS Rep.

KCBS requirements to become a KCBS Master Certified Barbeque Judge (MCBJ) say that you must receive 30 credits (One credit equals one signature from a Rep) and those credits should be recorded on the CBJ Contest Verification Form in the back of the CBJ manual and at least one of the 30 credits, and not more than 10 credits, must be as a volunteer.

I signed up to judge some events but now I don't see them; what's going on?
Because of different Organizers and promoters there are two different versions of JudgeBBQ. One version is a branded version for Arlieque Events Management and the other version is a generic version use by various BBQ events and association across the country.

You use the same login information to log in to each version but they are different. When you login to one you don't see the others events and vice versa.

To make it easier, just remember JudgeBBQ.com. When you go to JudgeBBQ.com you can use it as a hub to get to any of the various events you want.

How can I sign up for an event when there isn't a check box next to the event?
You can't. If there isn't a checkbox it means it is a CBJ / CMJ only event and the system is treating you as not being a CBJ. It might be that you have a brand new account and your CBJ status is yet to be verified, or you may not have entered your CBJ number when your account was created. The former will work itself out in time; for the latter you will need to update your Judge's Profile to include your CBJ number and expiration date.

Why does every option I select on my Judge's Menu take me to the JudgeBBQ home page?
For security reasons JudgeBBQ uses the cookies feature of your web browser. By setting your browser to accept cookies, JudgeBBQ's built-in security will be able to function and you will be able to access the menu options.

What if I need to change some of my judging selections?
Simply login to JudgeBBQ, then from your Judge's Menu select Edit Events I Signed up to Judge and make any changes you need to make. Be aware that changes you make may affect your list position.

What if I am no longer able to judge an event?
As soon as you know that you can't judge an event you are signed up to judge, login to JudgeBBQ, then from your Judge's Menu select Delete Events I Can No Longer Judge and delete the event. This will give another judge the opportunity to judge in your place and insure that every event has the needed number of judges.

I signed up to judge Ancillary Categories and now I realize I won't be able to, what do I need to do? Will I still be able to judge the Main Categories?
If you are Locked In you need to email a request to be unlocked so you can edit your signup. If you are not Locked In you can simply edit your signup to not include the Ancillary Categories.

Note that this may affect your ability to judge the Main Categories. Because Ancillary Category judging is one of the weight-factors, your list position will change when you edit your signup to not include the Ancillary Categories.

So I'm signed-up, now what!?
1. If the event let you Lock In and you locked in then you are set to go. Put your Judging Ticket in a safe place, reserve a hotel room, keep checking the Information Kiosk for maps and the latest information, set your GPS, and come judge some BBQ.

2. If the event isn't locking in yet then there are a couple of things you should be aware of: your list position and your future Lock In date.
Your list position can be found on the bottom of your Judge's Menu. It's important because it is an indicator of your chance of judging this event. For example if your list position is 10 and the event is expecting to need 66 judges your chances are real good. Good enough in fact to book airfare and make a hotel reservation. If on the other hand your list position is 64 you might want to hold off on making travel plans until you are able to Lock In.

Your future Lock In date can be found on your Check for Lock In Opportunities page. Sixty days prior to an event the top 60% of the list of needed judges is allowed to Lock In. Forty-five days prior to an event the top 75% of the list of needed judges is allowed to Lock In. Thirty days prior to an event 100% of the list of needed judges is allowed to Lock In. It's kind of like boarding an airplane.

When given the opportunity to Lock In, do it! Locking in is an agreement between you and the event; you are committing to being at the event, and the event is ensuring your seat at one of their judging tables.

3. If at any point you realize that you are unable to judge at an event please be a courteous judge and remove yourself from that event's list. By doing that you allow waiting list judges to know sooner if they will be given the opportunity to Lock In.

So I'm on a waiting list, now what!?
It just means it's going to take a little longer to get a Lock In opportunity, or one may never come.

Basically you have 3 chances: someone above you on the list removes themselves, the event adds an additional judging table, or you take a holeshot and Lock In ahead of someone else.

1. Event lists are dynamic and there is usually always movement at the top. Life happens and judges remove themselves from the list. When a judge exits the list everybody below that point moves up the list. If that happens a few times, then you are off of the waiting list.

2. If more teams than expected sign-up to cook the event, more judges are needed, and the list will expand.

3. Fifteen days before an event the waiting list is allowed to Lock In. It's mayhem, it's a crazy free-for-all, first-come-first-served, jump ahead of everyone else opportunity. Even the last judge on the waiting list can get a holeshot and beat out everyone for the last remaining judging seat.

Or, everyone above you on the list locks in when given the opportunity and thus your Lock In opportunity never comes.