In order to insure fairness of ranking and consistency of results, each AAKA competition uses certified judges to oversee each platform. A head judge oversees the entire competition and works with the event host to insure all lifters have a positive experience.
The Head Judge oversees the platform judges (those who count lifter repetitions), insures all rules and safety concerns are addressed, and acts as arbiter in the event of a challenge brought by a lifter’s coach to a score or platform ruling. The Head Judge works closely with the platform judges and event hosting organization to insure that everything runs smoothly during a competition. There is a lot going on simultaneously: Live internet feed, technical aspects of counters and clocks, recording of scores, announcement of flights, adjudicating discrepancies, printing of certificates, and so on.
During each competition, the Head Judge is very busy. The right time to approach the Head Judge with a question or concern is in-between flights or after all flights are completed. There is a period of time at every competition between the posting of preliminary results and the awards ceremony when the Head Judge is available to receive input and correct errors.
The AAKA conducts judging workshops at various locations and online throughout the year. In order to judge a platform, a judge must successfully complete an accredited workshop, show excellent working knowledge of the rules and lifts, and shadow other platform judges in order to develop confidence in their ability.
Because judging is both critical to the success of the event and can be very tiring, judges must insure they are both attentive to lifters and well-rested/prepared to count for 10-minutes before a break.
Platform judges are NOT coaches, although they may be in a position to provide thoughtful technique feedback to lifters after the event is completed. Platform judges are responsible for the safety of the lifters, for insuring lifters and their coaches comply with all rules of the event and lifts, and, of course, for maintaining an accurate count of lifter repetitions.