OmniSkore! Coverage of the 2008 US Nationals.
Every competition needs fair and equitable judges. Events judged by video
live by the rule
Judges are people too and may or may not see something. That is why there is a panel of judges for each event. A consensus of the judges' opinion is required to make a point a point or make a bust a bust. Judges also show up a day or two early to practice judging dives from previous events. They train too.
The judges work long hours, showing up at the DZ at the crack of dawn and then working past the last jump landed to provide the evaluation of the jumps that happened that day. The next time you pass a judge on the DZ, thank them for their efforts. Without the tireless work and fair calls of the judges, competitions would not be what they are today.
Judges play several roles. There is a Chief Judge for each discipline that is in charge of recruiting the judges and assigning an Event Judge(s). Event judges work with the judges that are evaluating the jumps to make a judge team that provides a uniform concensus about the performance of a team or individual competitor.