Judging Guidelines & Information

NJCO Judging Guidelines

  • Two judges are appointed by the NJCO Steering Committee for each event.  Judges must be qualified in the content area.  Judges may be affliated with NJIT or another college, NJACS, or industry.  Coaches may not serve as judges.  The 2018 list of judges is provided on the Judging Panel page.  The list will be updated as changes are made to the list based on the decisions of the NJCO Co-Directors. 

  • The judges are charged with developing a rubric that details the specific criteria that will be used in judging his or her particular event.  This rubric must be made available to all schools by March 15.

  • The two judges work as a team to review the submissions made for their event. The rubric must be used in this review process.

  • Once the review is complete, the judges must submit a Score Report that ranks the top fifteen teams participating in the event from 1st to last place.  See more information at Scoring and Awards.

How to Request Event Clarification

Schools may request clarification for any of the events.  All requests must be posted on the NJCO Discussion Forum.  The discussion thread will be created once registration is completed; until then, please contact Dr. Miriam Gulotta for questions. Upon signing up for events, each coach will be emailed the password for the disucssion forum.  This will allow transparency with all questions.  

Each school may ask up to two questions per event.  (2 questions per school; not 2 questions per team).  Replies will be made within seven days.  Please use the discussion forum when posted.  Requests for clarification may not be emailed after the discussion forum is posted.

Only coaches may request permission to post in the discussion area.  Please access the "Read This First" post before posting a question to the discussion forum.



All disputes are to be submitted to the NJCO Steering Committee in writing prior to the posting of the final team score. All decisions of the NJCO Steering Committee are considered final.