National Judges course - BMX Freestyle

National Judges course - BMX Freestyle


Become a BMX Freestyle National Judge and support the growth of freestyle in the UK.

The role of BMX Freestyle National Judge is to assess the performances of all of the riders in the competition by delivering a numerical score corresponding to the quality of each rider’s performance. If you have a background in BMX Freestyle and want to ensure the sustainability of freestyle in the UK then freestyle needs you. Find out more here about what it’s like to be a National Judge from the UCI's Bart de Jong:

What does a National Judge do?

What does the training involve?

The National Judges course is two days, with a day of learning about the role and how to judge, followed by a day of judging a live competition under assessment. You will be supported throughout by a UCI National Judge and trainer.

Practical experience as a judge is then required before being award the qualification of National Judge.

Day 1

An introduction to British Cycling, the UCI and the BMX Freestyle rules; What is a judge; Position for judges; Judging etiquette; How to judge; Example scoring; Deductions; Using your range; Checking the rankings; Making notes; Criteria; Video judging ; Theory test.

Day 2

In person judging a mock contest with British Cycling riders under assessment. This will be a live application of skills learned on Day 1.

Practical event-based training

Once you have completed the course, you will be qualified as a Trainee National Judge. You can then attend events to shadow and gain experience under supervision; the Lead Judge will provide you with feedback and complete your assessment/feedback at the end of each event. You will need to be assessed supporting judging at a minimum of two events before you will be signed off as a National Judge.

Your Cycle Sport Developer can support you, or put you in touch with the right person, to arrange attending events. There may also be mentors available, as well as support and advice from your peer judges.

As your experience and confidence in the role develops, and once your assessments are satisfactorily completed, you can apply to become a National Judge.

How much does it cost?

The course is free as you will be supporting BMX Freestyle events as a National Judge in future.

How long will the course take to complete?

The initial training takes two days but completing the practical event-based training is dependent on the availability of events and the Trainee National Judge to complete.

What do I need to enrol?

A practical knowledge of BMX Freestyle riding techniques is essential to succeed in judging BMX freestyle competitions.

Judges must therefore:

  • Have experience as a rider in competitive BMX Freestyle;
  • Have gained some experience of judging or observing judges, or other event officiating or organisation experience;
  • have good communication skills to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and rationale for scoring.

Upcoming courses

Course Dates Places Booking

National Judges Course, Darlington

13th & 14th January 2023 12 By invitation to apply only. Please complete expressions of interest link below if interested in this course.

These courses are filled on a need basis and places will be confirmed two weeks before the first day.

If there is no course available nearby, please complete our short form to express interest. This will help us to plan for future courses and let you know when a nearby date has been added.

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