From the "I'd like to know…." thread in the National Championships folder and the "Judge Quality" thread in TCG News & Gossip Discussion: I appreciate that these are open forums, and in no way do i want to stifle free and thoughtful speech; but reading over some of the comments left in some of the threads created after the US National championship, I have found a considerable measure of judge bashing, and almost what seemed to be piling on, in what I imagine is a disproportionate sentiment to that held by most of the players who played at this year's tournament. I was a judge in the Junior division this year, and bounced nearly every ruling off another judge before sharing it with the players involved. I had one ruling that I could see did not sit well with one of the players involved and asked him if he would like to appeal my ruling. I referred to the penalty guidelines, without exception, to determine the correct penalty any player earned during play, and I had access to the compendium at all times. My goal is to afford each player a fair and equal opportunity and have little to no impact on the game. I can say, with absolute knowledge, that every judge I served with in the Junior division had the same commitment to excellence, skill, and passion for the game and their role in it as judges. I am proud to have been included in this group of consummate professional quality solicited volunteers. I am certain that the quality in the Senior and Master division matched that in the Junior division, knowing and greatly respecting a good number of these judges from previous events worked together. I sat in meetings and listened to deliberations as penalties were discussed, and know the caliber of the people who others see fit to denigrate. Personally, I find a number of the comments left by some to be insulting to the judges as a whole. If you have a specific problem with a judge, a ruling, an attitude, a behavior, then write the powers that be and be as specific as you can; Customerservice@pokemon.com is where you send your message. While I am sure that TPCi gives every message sent complete consideration, sending a message intending to improve the game, as opposed to dripping with bitter complaint, will probably assure a more thorough complete consideration of your message. I am creating this thread as a counterpoint to the other threads that already exist. If you had a good interaction with a volunteer, staff, judge, or TPCi personnel, go ahead and leave a quick note here in the thread. I'm just trying to get a little positivity for those who gave up their week so that so many could have a great time playing this kid's game we all love so much. Thank you in advance for keeping this thread positive. Just a line or two, or a quick sharing, if someone helped make your tournament a little better.