Appraiser FAQs

What is an Appraiser?

volunteer who goes through our comprehensive training is called an appraiser. This person will volunteer on the day of the Regional Tournament. Every team is required to provide one volunteer.

The volunteer appraiser will be trained for a specific role and help with a specific Challenge. The volunteer might score teams, introduce them, process their paperwork, help in the score room, or usher teams to their sites. For a glimpse into the Challenges that the teams compete in click hereTeams who do not provide a volunteer will not be scored at the Tournament and may not move on to the State TournamentTeams who change their appraiser after January 15th will incur a $50 fee.



  • MUST attend training on Feb 9th.
  • MUST be at least 18 years old
  • MUST no longer be in high school
  • MUST be available the entire time on Tournament day (7am-5pm)
  • Appraisers WILL NOT be able to watch the team that they volunteer for.
  • Team managers cannot be appraisers!

When is the training?

Training dates is February 9th in Laguna Beach. Detailed information will be emailed before training.

What if our team cannot find someone to volunteer on our behalf?

ALL teams MUST provide an Appraiser. We cannot hold a Tournament without Appraisers. Teams without an Appraiser will not be scored and may not go on to the State Tournament. If you are having difficulty finding someone to volunteer under the requirements described above, please email Robbin HERE.

Our Appraiser was trained last year. Does he/she need to go to training again this year?

Yes, Appraisers  are required to attend training each year because the Challenges change each year.

Experienced Instant Challenge appraisers (3+ years IC experience) DO NOT need to attend training BUT MUST contact Robbin HERE so we know you are appraising!

Will our volunteer be able to watch our team perform?

NO Appraisers cannot leave their assigned room to watch other teams perform.

Our volunteer is not available for the entire Tournament day? Can two volunteers split the shift?

No, the volunteer MUST be available for the entire day. Part of what provides a level playing field for all teams competing at the Tournament is consistency in Appraisers. All teams competing in one room can expect to have the same Appraisers, serving in the same roles, as every other team that they are competing against. Appraisers are assigned to a specific scoring position and are responsible for serving in that position for the entire day. Appraisers are trained to be consistent with all teams they encounter. Changing appraisers during the day would affect this process.

What if we need to change volunteers?

This is usually only possible prior to Appraiser Training. The Appraiser information submitted with your Team registration must match the Appraiser’s registration information. If you need to change volunteers, please email Robbin HERE  Teams who change their appraiser after January 10th will incur a $50 fee.

What if an appraiser does not show up for training or at the Tournament?

If a team’s volunteer does not attend training or does not show up on Tournament day, the team will not be scored. Every one of the volunteers is necessary to hold a successful Tournament! IF you have an Emergency please email Robbin HERE ASAP.

When will appraisers know what their role will be?

Volunteers will be contacted a week prior to the February training dates and be given their Challenge assignments. Shortly after the training, Appraisers are given their specific role.

Can our volunteer appraise in the same Challenge in which we are competing?

No. Volunteers MUST choose a different Challenge.

What will Tournament day be like for the Appraisers?

Overwhelmingly, Appraisers find this to be an AMAZING experience.! It might be a long day, but Appraisers are treated to snacks, drinks, lunch and a free t-shirt. They are well-trained and have plenty of support from veteran Challenge Masters. Prepare to have FUN!

Who do I contact if…

You can contact our with any questions or concerns you might have.

Regional Director: Robbin Guy
Regional Appraiser Director: Shelley Larkin


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