I have been involved with organized athletics for 90% of my life. I have seen good and bad events. I have seen good and bad referees. This post is not meant to put any of the volunteers or judges down. I personally know many of them and know they are of the highest quality coaches and people.
Having said that i have never liked referees. They will make mistakes and sometimes that can determine the outcome of a game.
I don’t feel like that happened at the games. There may have been some inconsistencies but i think overall they did a great job with what they were given.
Now lets talk about what they were given. The overall organization of the event was pretty poor. The judges had no idea what was going on both with the time line for the day and the workouts coming up. Almost all announced times throughout the weekend were off by at least 20 minutes. This made it hard for competitors to plan for recovery and food. It also made it very hard to watch as spectators never knew when the next event was going to happen.
There was a big screen which would have been perfect for standings. Just a thought.
I was not impressed by the way this event was run. Next time i hope they get more help on the logistics side.