I do not know what all the hassle is about - the League rule has always been that the Adjudicator is not made general knowledge until the day of the contest. I sincerely believe that only the Chairman, Geo Bramfitt and the adjudicator of course are the only ones who are aware of this.
At the meeting on the 17th January, this matter was raised and was deferred for further discussin to the AGM which is to be held in September. If member Bands feel so strong about this then attend the meetings with a directive from your Band and then it can be considered as an item agenda at some earlier meeting.
At this point in time I feel that the officers of the Association need our help and support not criticism. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to wish them every success for the weekend and sincerely trust it is a very enjoyable day for all who attend.
I am with ray on this one. Contest is always well run and its easy to critisise without realising the unpaid time and sacrifice to run it. I haven't the time or inclination to give up so much of my own free time to help improve the contest. Its not perfect but nobody can express an opinion without putting the time in that this lot do for the benefit of everyone. Years and years of action as the present comittee have done is what is required to make your voice heard. They do it to the best of their ability and deserve praise for the job they do.
Doesn't matter in the judge is public knowledge or not. Sometimes if a certain judge is announced bands alter there performance to suit. keeping it secret to the day means that all bands are on a level playing field. Its a lottery in any case and as judges are impartial should make any differnce if band dont know who is ajudicating or if it a pre draw. Any system is open to fixing pre draw or not and swings and roundabouts if you win or lose. Contesting should be used to keep a band sharp and bands shouldn't take the result so serious. One mans opinion on variable musical parameters and depending if the band play an optimim performance. Hard work and ability is one thing but there is also an element of luck!!