SPJA Constitution and Rules of Conduct
Solo Piping Judges Association
- To form monitor and maintain a list of approved and graded judges deemed capable by an elected committee of peers of judging major solo piping competitions.
- To represent the interests and views of these judges to competition promoters and the Competing Pipers Association.
- To participate in and to organise training seminars for judges.
The judges whose names are on the existing list of judges maintained by the Joint Committee for Judging will be eligible to become members of the Association. Payment of a nominal fee (initially of £10/person) is requested to cover yearly expenses. This may be waived from time to time. This list will form the initial list of this Association. New applicants for membership to the list will apply in writing to the secretary. New applications will be considered by the general committee, in consultation with others if necessary.
The General Committee will be responsible for running the business of the association and annual review and maintenance of the judges list.
- Chairman – senior judge in both categories
- Secretary - preferably a senior judge in at least one category
- Treasurer (may be ex officio)
- Three representatives two of whom will be senior judges in both categories.
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer maximum term 5 years, re-elected annually. Appointed by nomination and election if more than one nominee.
Representatives serve a 3 year term, appointed in rotation after nomination and election if more than one nominee.
Recommended Practice for Judges
Judges must show integrity at all times and individual judges must respect the confidentiality of the bench.
2. Conflicts of Interest
The judge should not accept an assignment when it is known in advance that pupils or relatives will be competing. If judging a pupil or a relative occurs, interest must be declared to fellow judges. Judging should then take place as normal.
3. Feedback to Competitors
Judges should be willing to give comment on a performance when asked by a competitor. Critique sheets should be written for graded B, C, and junior competitions if supplied and requested by competition officials. At least one sheet from a joint bench should be written.
4. Willingness to Judge with others
Judges should be willing to judge with any other judge on the list.
5. Complaints about Judges
Complaints from competitors should be made in writing by the CPA, or directly by players not in the CPA, to the chairman of the judges committee, who in the first instance should investigate and raise the matter verbally with the judge concerned in order to try to resolve the issue. If this fails then the matter will be handled by the general committee as appropriate. Complaints by one judge against another judge should be made to the chairman of the Judges Association General Committee.
6. Public expression of views
A judge who wishes to express views in the media concerning a competition he or she has judged should state that the views are personal and not those of the panel judges.