Appraiser Position Descriptions

Praising the Teams

APPRAISAL POSITIONS

(All Appraising positions are for the entire day)

HEAD APPRAISER

THE JOB: Every Destination Imagination® Team Challenge Appraisal Team must have a Head Appraiser. This person is the site facilitator to help ensure the smooth running of the Challenge Site. The Head Appraiser is responsible for supervising the entire Appraisal Team at one specific site, and must be thoroughly familiar with the Destination Imagination® program rules, as well as the specifics of his/her Team Challenge. In most cases, the Head Appraiser, rather than the Challenge Master, is the person who presents and explains the raw scores to the Team Manager.

QUALITIES OF A GREAT HEAD APPRAISER: Has experience in overseeing Appraisal Teams; is friendly and has a sense of humor; has great leadership qualities; is diplomatic; is fair; enjoys children and young people; is well organized; is a great listener.

THE TEAM CHALLENGE APPRAISER
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INSTANT CHALLENGE APPRAISER

THE JOB: The Team Challenge is comprised of the Central Challenge and 2 Team Choice Elements. A Team Challenge Appraiser is a person who evaluates one or two of the required elements of a Team’s Presentation. For Instant Challenge, there will be several different elements to appraise in a shorter time interval.

QUALITIES OF A GREAT TEAM or INSTANT CHALLENGE APPRAISER: Enjoys children and young people; is friendly and curious; appreciates technical and artistic creativity in all its forms; is sincerely interested in the creative process and in understanding the efforts of the team members; is fair and consistent; can maintain consistent level of enthusiasm throughout a full day of Presentations.

THE PREP AREA APPRAISER

THE JOB: The Prep Area Appraiser is responsible for greeting the team members and Team Managers at the Performance Site; relaxing them and checking that required elements of the Solution such as props, paperwork, etc., are in order and in compliance with rules. This Appraiser is the first Tournament Official the team meets, and this is usually just before the team’s performance. It is VERY important that the Prep Area or Check-In Appraiser is able to set a Team at ease.

QUALITIES OF A GREAT PREP AREA APPRAISER: enjoys children and young people; is diplomatic, friendly, and has a ready sense of humor; is level headed and calm; is gentle and patient; is well-organized; is fair and understands the concept of keeping the playing field LEVEL.

This is the headingTIME KEEPER /ANNOUNCER (TKA)

THE JOB: The Announcer introduces each Team to the Appraisers and the audience. The TKA also keeps time for each team's performance.

QUALITIES OF A GREAT ANNOUNCER: Is upbeat, enthusiastic, and personable; is comfortable speaking in front of an audience; has a loud clear voice that carries across large spaces if there is no microphone; is able to maintain energy and enthusiasm throughout the Tournament day; understands that the last Team of the day deserves the same attention as the Team than performed first; is entertaining but never forgets that it is the TEAMS – not the Announcer – that should be the center of the audience’s attention!

STRUCTURE CHECK-IN AND WEIGH-IN APPRAISER (Structure Challenge ONLY)

THE JOB: This Special Appraiser is in charge of checking all Structures for compliance with the Team Challenge. This usually involves weighing and measuring the Structure and sometimes evaluating the design.

QUALITIES OF A GREAT STRUCTURE CHECK-IN APPRAISER: Must be calm, patient, and friendly; must understand that he/she should NEVER touch the Team’s Structure; must understand the specific procedures for this Challenge.

ATO (Appraisal Team Organizer)

THE JOB: The ATO’s job is to tally each Appraiser’s scores and enter on Master Score Sheet or into the computer; collect, organize and prepare paperwork for transportation to Score Room; collect and organize paperwork received back from Score Room so that it can be presented to the Team.

SCORE ROOM

THE JOB: The Score Room Team is responsible for entering ALL of the Teams Scores into our scoring program. You may be asked to bring a laptop with you for this job (the software will be installed and uninstalled that day).

QUALITIES OF A GREAT SCORE ROOM TEAM MEMBER: Good at Data Entry (10 keypad experience); accurate, organized, attention to detail.

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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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