AVSA Shows and Judges
AVSA Standard Shows are governed by the AVSA Shows and Judges Committee.
This is a complex task and divided here into three tabs: Shows, Judges, and Judging Schools
Show Chairs who prefer to mail a paper copy of their affiliate show award winners should download and print this form:
is a show sponsored by one or more AVSA Affiliate clubs which conforms to the requirements as set forth in the AVSA Handbook for Growers Exhibitors and Judges and is judged by AVSA Judges.
An AVSA Standard Show is not an African violet section of a show sponsored by a garden club, horticultural society, or any other fair or exhibition.
The complete procedures and rules for sponsoring an AVSA Standard Show are found in the
Purpose and Value of Shows
The purpose of African violet shows is to challenge and encourage club members to grow better plants and to stimulate the general public to cultivate the hobby.
The value of African violet shows is to educate club members and the public in propagation, general culture, and the decorative uses of African violets.
Rules for an AVSA Standard Show
The reason for judging a show, even if there seems little chance of earning a Standard Show Award, is to improve the quality of African violet shows. By using the AVSA Standard Show point-score sheet as a guide, African violet shows will become more satisfying for the members and more interesting to the public.
An AVSA Affiliate may apply for either the AVSA Collection Awards or the Standard Show Award and the AVSA Collection Awards together. The affiliate must inform the Schedule Approver, when applying for the awards, if they want one award or both awards at the same time the two copies of the show schedules are sent. The name and address of the Show Approver is published in the African Violet Magazine.
Procedures for an AVSA Standard Show
Request the AVSA Standard Show Packet
The local show chair requests approval of the local show schedule from the AVSA Schedule Approver at least two months before the show. An email request should be sent to the AVSA Show Schedule Approver email@example.com. The message should include the following: (1) request for review and approval of the show schedule, (2) attach an electronic copy of the show schedule as a document file, (3) denote the AVSA collection class rosettes that are needed, and (4) payment for review and rosette ribbons, as appropriate.
Judges are important representatives of AVSA and great effort is made to standardize African violet judging. Until they reach the level of AVSA Master Judge, judges take a renewal examination at least every three years.
Qualifications of a Judge
Briefly, AVSA judges should have the following 6 qualities:
General Rules for Judges
Proof of three blue ribbons
If the awards are from one show, the information may be entered on one card.
EXCEPTION: Many shows now use the AVSA Entries Program which generates a check out sheet for each exhibitor, listing all awards earned for each entry. This sheet, if signed by the show or judges’ chairman, may be used in lieu of the methods listed above.
Categories of AVSA Judges
Student Judge – considered to be inexperienced or apprentice judges. When invited to judge, they serve on a panel with two experienced judges. They must serve three years before progressing.
Advanced Judge – considered to be experienced judges but must meet specific requirements described in the AVSA Judges Handbook
Senior Judge – experienced judges who have met a required course of study over six or more years. They are entitled to take their examinations by mail and meet other specific requirements described in the AVSA Judges Handbook
Master Judge – advanced through all the other previous categories and served as a senior judge for a minimum of 15 years.
First Step – become an
BECOME A STUDENT JUDGE
Requirements to Become a Student Judge
Sponsored by one or more AVSA affiliates, may be held anywhere a qualified teacher can be obtained, providing there is an enrollment of at least five AVSA members. At least three of the members must take the exam for the school to be processed.
Duties of Local Chair
When one or more AVSA affiliate(s) have decided to sponsor a judging school, they will appoint a local chairman.
The chair’s duties include:
The AVSA Shows and Judges Committee member will notify the local chair and the teacher when the school has been approved.
Rules for the Schools
Are knowledgeable and dedicated AVSA Senior and Master Judges who, in addition to serving as judges, conduct schools for prospective judges and judges who are renewing their certificates. They write examinations, provide instruction, and conduct the examinations.
General Rules for Teachers
Requirements for Teachers
AVSA members who meet the requirements above, shall submit a letter of application to the AVSA Shows and Judges Chair firstname.lastname@example.org which shall include:
Mail letter of application to: Mary Corondan, 434 Plumwood Way, Fairview TX 75069
When requirements have been met and the application is approved, a teacher’s certificate will be issued.
Guide and Resources for AVSA Judging School Teachers (password required)