Judges HierarchyThe NFRS has four levels of judges:
- Trainee judge
- Show judge
- Championship judge
- Championship judge & assessor
Trainee JudgeIn order to judge at the NFRS, members must successfully complete the initial judges' training scheme. Trainee Judges may not judge variety classes, but are learning about show management, the show rules, judging technique and the standards of excellence.
Show JudgeShow Judges may judge all variety classes at most shows (1- or 2-star shows). Show Judges are expected to stay up to date with developments and play their unique part in improving the rat fancy.
Championship JudgeChampionship Judges may judge all variety classes at all shows including 3-star cup/championship shows. Championship Judges are expected to stay up to date with developments and play their unique part in improving the rat fancy and the quality of judging. Championship Judges are approved by the NFRS Committee based on judging merit.
Championship Judge & AssessorIn order to promote best practice in judging and to assess judging quality, a number of Championship Judges will carry out formal assessments. Assessors are approved by the NFRS Committee based on ability to teach and communicate judging excellence.
Judges' Traning Co-ordinatorIn addition to the four level of judges, there is a committee position of Judges' Co-ordinator. If you wish to become a Trainee Judge or have any general enquiries about judging, please contact the Judges' Co-ordinator.
Requesting a Judge for your eventIf you require an NFRS judge for your event, please download the Judges Request Form and email the completed form to the Judges' Co-ordinator.
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