Judging Seminar Material

Learning to judge ...

Competition aerobatic flights, just like Olympic skating, high-board diving and other creative performances in the sporting world, are a game of two parts: the “ace” in the sky, on the ice, above the water, twisting and turning, connected by invisible geometric lines to the judges on the ground who ultimately make all the real decisions … who wins, who comes second and so on. CIVA championship judges always have the "best seat in the house" and get their accommodation provided, so if you are not an active competitor this is an important and highly enjoyable alternative activity.

To judge an aerobatic sequence is not especially difficult, but it does require a thorough understanding of the judging "rules" and a good deal of practice to swiftly assess what is seen and thus quickly determine the correct mark for each figure. Simply reading the CIVA judging rules in Section-6 however is very hard work, and usually leads to even more questions. Most NAC's run judging seminars each year, and over time most also discover that teaching "How to Judge" requires careful preparation and subsequently the presentation of a considerable amount of clear and interesting training material.

From this page you can download for your own use the current set of CIVA training files - a collection of Powerpoint presentations backed up by videos plus some interactive and practical classroom exercises that enable students to become thoroughly involved initially in "Calling" and subsequently in applying their judging skills to the assessment of aerobatic figures at all levels. This material has been updated for 2016 to include new rules for downgrading lines between rolls and half-loops.

The seminar material here is free for you to use, and you can easily tailor it to exactly suit your own requirements. In due course we expect that much of it will be available in other languages - if YOU make a different language version then please tell us, we would like to include it here too.

CIVA International Judging Seminar material
Note that for the documents below:
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Presenters Paperwork:
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Instructions to Presenter.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Agenda v1.doc
    CIVA Judging Attitudes - answers sheet.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Certificate v3.doc
Presenters Working Files:
    CIVA Judging Seminar v2 Module-1.pptx
    CIVA Judging Seminar v2 Module-2.pptx
    CIVA Judging Seminar v2 Module-3.pptx
    CIVA Judging Seminar v2 Module-4.pptx
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Zoom round the Rules 2017 v1.pptx
    CIVA Judging Attitudes - x8 v2.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - WAC-11 Free Unk-1 Calling HD.mp4 (zip)
    CIVA Judging Seminar - US Nats Free Unk 2014 Goody Thomas.mp4 (zip)
    CIVA Judging Seminar - The Monkey Business Illusion.mp4 (zip)
        Note: the .mp4 videos must be un-zipped before viewing
Course Attendees materials:
To be downloaded and printed by each attendee
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Supplementary Notes FPS 2017 v1.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Tutorial 2017.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Radii of Loops and Corners.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - Power+Glider General Differences v3.pdf
    CIVA Judging Seminar - WAC-11 Free Unk-1 Form-B.pdf
    CIVA 4 minute Freestyle - Form A.pdf
    CIVA 4 minute Freestyle - Reference sheet.pdf

Please direct all questions and comments on this material to:
Nick Buckenham -   Email

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