Even if you never serve as a judge, it will help your child if you participate in one of the judge trainings. If for no other reason, then you will at least understand what your child’s critic is going to be asked to do, in order to issue a decision. At tournaments, after students go off to their first round, parents, older students, and anyone else who would like are encouraged to stay in the general assembly area and participate in a judge training session. These sessions will be run by one or two of the coaches. There are certain guidelines that help judges to be optimally effective.