My First Review – George Gavrilita

Welcome back to another edition of My First Review. Looking back on the first two reviews we’ve featured, I noticed that both were longer than a typical first review. While their length is by no means a bad thing, I don’t want to give judges the wrong idea of what to expect out of their first review. Reviews don’t have to be long. In fact, last week on The Feedback Loop, wrote an article advocating that less is often more. This brief first review comes to us courtesy of of Torino,

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Compassionate Coaching

Communicating areas for improvement can be difficult. You want the judge you’ve been observing to improve, and you’ve got some ideas for them. Those ideas need to be communicated. But successful coaching takes more than that. If you want a judge to act on your feedback, they need to agree with what you are saying. You need them to buy in to the ideas you are presenting; otherwise they are unlikely to take any action, defeating the desired result of your coaching. This requires sculpting your

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Again

We all (hopefully) have goals. These goals have a variety of purposes, timelines, and success criteria. We will, invariably, fail at some number of our goals. It’s perfectly fine for this to happen. I started this year with the goal of writing at least one judge review at every multi-judge event I worked this year. As you can guess, I have failed at that goal.   Let’s explore the process of failing to achieve goals you’ve set, as well as how to reset and re-establish goals to ensure future

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My First Review – Joe Wiesenberg

Welcome back to another edition of My First Review. A judge’s first review usually comes from an event they’ve judged, but rarely is the event their first. Why is that? Perhaps there’s just so much going on when you judge that writing reviews falls by the wayside. It could be that, as judges, we have to go out of our way to observe our fellow judges. But what if there is another way to observe a judge? A way that doesn’t distract you from what you’re trying to do at an event? Despite

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Feedbag #3: Tough Situations

Hello and welcome to the third edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered reviewing as an inexperienced judge. This month’s question comes anonymously regarding how to approach providing feedback to a judge who has very obviously not been having a good day: “At a recent large event, I noticed that another judge was making mistakes. A lot of them. Other judges noticed the problems and offered assistance, but I could tell eventually that this judge was crushed, confidence shot for the rest

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My First Review – Adam Eidelsafy

Welcome back to My First Review! In last month’s introduction to this feature, I told you how the first review I received influenced the first review I wrote and ultimately began my interest in this project. Today, using my actual first review, I’m going to begin our series of features by showing you my first review. Let’s see what we can learn. THE BACKSTORY Two factors led me to get that first review done, a very enthusiastic , and my L2 Advancement. You can read the full story

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Leveling Up Your Verbal Feedback

As an educator, I constantly notice educational processes at work in the judge program. When we’re not learning how interacts with or what to do when a player doesn't discard a card to , we’re teaching players about why they receive a Warning for missing their trigger. In the realm of the ideal where judges and players alike are completely logical and absolutely confident that what the comprehensive rules literally say is literally true, these educational moments are straightforward. But

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The Changeup

I love baseball. This shouldn’t be too surprising if you follow my love of numbers and milestones, as baseball offers an unmatched history full of the greatest milestones in sports. [Image Source] Beyond the numbers, I love the intricacies of the game; among them, the changeup is the most bizarre. With pitchers being coveted for their ability to throw 100 mile-per-hour fastballs, the changeup, a pitch thrown intentionally slow in an attempt to deceive the batter, is a reminder that change

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Feedbag #2: Tips for New Judges

Hello and welcome to the second, extremely timely edition of The Feedback Loop’s monthly Feedbag feature! Last time, we covered the topic of self-reviews. This month’s question comes to us from a newer judge: I'm a fairly new L1, so when I work at events, I know I'm the least experienced judge on staff. As a result, I'm not sure how to offer feedback to more experienced judges. What kinds of things should I try to observe and record as a new judge/reviewer? Reviewing as a newer judge can

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Building a Review Dashboard

“I want to get better about writing reviews” is a good goal. “I want to identify what’s keeping me from writing reviews and fix that” is a better one. Moving from a good goal to a better one is partially a state of mind, but willpower can’t solve everything. For that, you need an analytical mind and Excel. IDENTIFYING WHAT MATTERS First, start with a little self-evaluation. Why haven’t you written a review this week? This month? This year? Have you written down any observations

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