Ted Snazelle, Mississippi

Attention Daffodil Judges and Student Judges

February 20, 2008
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Categories: Show Prep and Exhibiting, Shows

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In the new Handbook (5th ed), there are two significant changes in how collections are to be judged.  First, the new Handbook  no longer says, ” . . . a collection is a good as its weakest bloom” (old Handbook p. 9-10).  Second, with regard to staging, the new Handbook no longer states, “If all other factors are equal, the the judge may make the award in favor of the exhibit most effectively staged.”
In contrast to the old Handbook, the new Handbook’s first section in Chapter 9 – Judging (P. 89) is POSITIVE JUDGING. Two significant comments are found in the first paragraph: 1) “. . . judges should use a positive approach to judging and not focus on minutiae.”” 2) “Good judging is recognizing and rewarding quality, not just finding every tiny imperfection.  Judge Carey Quinn set the standard for all of us who judge, or aspire, to judge daffodils when he said, “It is the responsibility of the Judge to award blue ribbons, not withhold them.”
Ted Snazelle
Judging Schools Chairman

Ted,
101 Water Oaks Drive
Mississippi

3 responses to “Attention Daffodil Judges and Student Judges”

  1. Bob Spotts says:


    Ted Snazelle and ADS Judges,

    At 08:06 PM 2/20/2008, Ted Snazelle wrote:

    In the new Handbook (5th ed), there are two significant changes in how collections are to be judged.  First, the new Handbook  no longer says, " . . . a collection is a good as its weakest bloom" (old Handbook p. 9-10).  "

    The previous editions of the ADS Handbook NEVER said " a collection is ONLY as good as its weakest bloom."  Saying "a collection is as good as its weakest bloom," does not preclude a collection being better than its weakest bloom. It just precludes the collection being weaker than its weakest bloom. This is not a change in judging method for collections – it is a clarification of wording that unfortunately was commonly misinterpreted.

      Bob Spotts

  2. Clay Higgins says:

    Ted,
    I’m so glad that I had you as my instructor when I was going through judging school.  It make me proud to see you take the lead on this.  I have always believed that, I as a judge, was there to award blue ribbons.
    Thanks,
    clay

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  3. Loyce McKenzie, Mississippi Loyce McKenzie says:
    I think the most important new paragraph in the current Handbook(5th edition) appears at the to pof p. 99–go read it before you judge the first show this year.
    It concludes with “There are sevral ways of effectively staging a collection: the only attribute common to them all is that they should look balanced.”
    I felt like cheering when I read it (I suspect Delia Bankhead of writing it). Common sense and artistic evaluation which covers a oft-debated subject.
    Loyce McKenzie

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