[DEL]I feel like a lot of pokeparents incentive for judging or staffing is "hey, I'll get cards for my kids who play" and whether or not that is true for everyone, it certainly looks that way. Especially in situations where a pokeparent is a judge and isn't even >75% sure on rulings, they are likely friends with the other pokeparents who run the tournament or whatever and that's how they got in a position to judge. It's sort of this understanding amongst all the older (no offense) adults in the community.[/DEL] And sure, I'm a 20 year old nerd who plays pokemon seriously who's opinion and/or perspective doesn't matter, I'm just calling it like I see it. In the history of me playing, I've played in a lot of States and experience a plethora of judges and judging styles. I've even judged myself and made silly mistakes in the past (nothing severe). But something I have noticed, the large majority of pokeparents who judge (not EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!!), just aren't that good. They don't have the time to slave over cards, rulings, compendiums, stay up to date with the gym or what's going on, they pretty much hear everything news-wise second hand from their children(s). And it isn't their fault. SOMEBODY has to judge! Unfortunately, the best judges I have seen are people who judge exclusively/very frequently and are very involved with the online community. (which can still be pokeparents!!!!!) OR the players themselves, people who would rather play than judge. I am very thankful we have people who will judge in the first place, this post is not me undermining them offering their time, I just wish there were a lot more requirements and pre-requisites to judge. People who take pokemon a little more seriously than me, take a judge's rulings EXTREMELY personally, and when a mistake is made, all heck breaks loose. This should not be happening for the judges or the players... So, I'm not really sure what I'm getting at. I just wish there were much more things in place to prevent mistakes (extremely important for top cuts). A ruling is made, the head judge needs to make the call and reference TEXT for it. If that means completely re-writing the rule books to clarify everything down to minute details, so be it, I'm sure there are TONS of players and people within the community that would work together to get stuff set right. Just look at these topics (read the discussion, not just the OP) A true active position? Opponent attaching/retreating rules Cheating players? Mr. Mime trick reveal? *and these topics aren't even a month old! It's many many things like this that aren't clear-cut, whishy-washy, up to the Head Judge's discretion. We Need official TEXT! And people claiming "that takes too much time to reference text" have no idea what they are talking about. Players would be much happier waiting a few minutes for the right call. And the judges can give a time extension, if needed. In Sports, particularly football, the referees make calls and when a Coach challenges it, the ref looks at replay after replay, from every camera angle available to him, even slowing it down to a frame-by-frame. And if a judge consistently makes bad calls where it is overturned by the head judge WITH TEXT, that judge needs to stop judging. Period.