In Iowa, all teams are required to provide a trained volunteer that will serve at both the sub-state and state tournament as an Appraiser. While you still have some time before Iowa Membership registrations are due to make a final decision about who will serve as the team’s Appraiser, we recommend recruiting an individual now. Check out the information below to get a better understanding about who, what, where, when, why, and how of being an Appraiser.
What is an Appraiser?
An Appraiser is an adult volunteer (18+ years) who assess the teams’ solutions at tournament after being trained to evaluate one or more DI Challenges
Why are Appraisers required?
Students for a Creative Iowa requires a volunteer from each team to ensure that all teams have an adequate number of well-trained Appraisers to watch, enjoy, and award points for team performances at each tournament. Each Challenge and Instant Challenge room needs its own Appraisal team and so each team helps fulfill that need.
What makes a “good” Appraiser?
A good Appraiser is comfortable working as part of a team, is able to appraiser without bias, enjoys working with students and celebrating their creativity, and honors their commitment to attend training and serve at tournament.
What is an Appraiser volunteering to do?
Each Appraiser makes a three-day time commitment to spend one full day of training, one full Saturday at the Sub-state tournament, and one full Saturday at the Iowa State tournament in Ames.
How does an Appraiser become trained?
Each Appraisers chooses to attend one of three different training workshops held Saturdays in January or February. There is a training workshop held in a Western, Eastern, and Central location respectively. Go to http://www.cre8iowa.org/current-season/calendar/ for more information.
Who do I recruit an Appraiser?
As with everything else in DI, team members are responsible for recruiting an Appraiser. Teams typically ask parents, other family members, or friends of the family to fill this role. But the volunteer does not have to be related to the team in order to serve. For example, you as the Team Manager can recruit individuals you personally know. For more ideas, please look at the How-to-Find-Appraisers document.
Do Iowa Appraisers serve at Global Finals in Knoxville, TN?
The trained Iowa Appraisers will NOT be required to appraise at Global Finals. If you are interested in appraising down at Global Finals, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can a Team Manager serve as the Team’s Appraiser?
If a team has only one Team Manager, he or she may not also be the team’s Appraiser or Volunteer since teams are not allowed to be at Tournament without adult supervision.
Can related individuals serve as Appraisers?
While related Appraisers may volunteer at the Iowa Tournaments, they may not serve on the same Appraisal team (i.e. not in the same Challenge or Instant Challenge room).
Will my Appraiser be able to watch our team?
The team’s Appraiser is NOT allowed to leave the assigned Challenge site to watch the appraiser’s represented team perform.
Why would I want to be an Appraiser?
Being an Appraiser is a very rewarding experience. We have Appraisers that volunteer each and every year, because they enjoy interacting with the teams so much. It is also a critical role as we would not be able to hold our tournaments without these very important volunteers. For more reasons check out Top Reasons to Be An Appraiser.
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