December 31, 1999

CPA Asks Members for Opinions on Judges

The Competing Pipers Association has distributed a survey to its members around the world asking for their feedback on their level of respect for and faith in piping judges who commonly adjudicate professional events.

The survey is thought to be a first in the history of piping, and is the first big move by the CPA’s new executive.

Members are asked for feedback on more than 50 judges in both piobaireachd and light music. Each judge receives a mark out of four options, from total faith to complete misgivings.

Also included on the list are several North American judges, including Archie Cairns, Bob Worrall, and Willie Connell. The inclusion of North Americans is seen by some as a move by the CPA to become more worldwide.

“This is a brilliant and extraordinary step by the CPA,” said one North American piper. “Major League Baseball asks the players who the best umpires are, and then assigns them to judge the World Series, so why can’t piping do the same?”

The CPA stresses in the survey that the results will not necessarily have an impact on who judges, and that all responses will be confidential.


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