Keith P. Myers wrote:The problem here is that people want to compete! How do you get a pool of good experienced judges trained up when they have to give up competing in the tournament in order to be a judge? Its tough. If someone isn't a fighter they can catch criticism as a judge for that. But if someone is a fighter, then they don't want to judge!
I like the idea of incenting people to judge in tournaments (and to do it well) somehow.
One thing I will note, is that there are a certain percentage of HEMA practitioners who don't love fighting in tournaments for any number of reasons. It would be useful to press them into service and get them trained up.
As an aside, if this starts to turn into a judging thread let's start a new thread.