KBF Judge Online Application

Keeping KBF Competition professional, accurate, objective and fair

KBF Tournament Judge Job Description

KBF Judges are independent contractors who enforce and explain rules and penalties while officiating in kayak bass fishing competitive events.


Oversee Competitive Events—Judges refer to photographs and the data accompanying them to make sure that Competitors comply with KBF Competition Rules, including both the foundational KBF Competition Rules Standard and the Event Rules Addendum for each Event they are officiating.

Follow Standard Operating Procedures—A Judge logs into KBF’s Tournament Management System (“TMS”) account, navigates to the assigned event, and evaluates each digital photo within one hour of submission to determine if it conforms to KBF Competition Rules. The judge verifies or corrects the photo’s score (length), accepts or denies each photograph according to scoring criteria. Judges communicate with Competitors whose photos are denied or penalized, citing the infraction and the relevant rule, so the Competitor understands why such action was taken. With other Judges, he/she will ask for or provide second opinions on photographs and will escalate issues as needed to the Director (either KBF Director of Operations or the designated Event Tournament Director), who will review judgments to determine if a photograph or situation has been correctly assessed.

Track Time and Work Flow—Kayak bass fishing competitions take place over a determined amount of time. A Judge may be assigned responsibility to confirm that the Leader Board is visible at the start of competition, track submissions and alert the Director if additional Judges are needed to maintain a one-hour response time, and hide the Leader Board public view prior to the end of competition.

Assist with Manual Photo Uploads—Competitors in venues with weak or non-existent data signal or no Wi-Fi, with inadequate or malfunctioning devices, or who experience application problems may require assistance in manually uploading photographs. A “Photo Upload Deadline,” manual submission process, and person responsible to assist are identified for each event. When photos transferred to KBF by the deadline, or the Judge has been alerted of the need prior to the deadline, the manual submission process starts. The Judge may be assigned responsibility for downloading these photos to his/her hard drive or a server and then using the TMS’s Manual Upload function to submit the photos and scores for the Competitor.

Job Requirements

  • Demonstrates good character, reliability, honesty and integrity.
  • Expert knowledge of KBF Competition Rules and scoring criteria in order to identify KBF Competition Rules infractions and correctly assess penalties
  • Has access to a laptop or desktop computer work station with few distractions and an Internet connection
  • Can dedicate blocks of time especially on weekends to judge assigned events
  • Proficient in written communication with decision-making skills
  • Remain alert and attentive to details, performing repetitive tasks efficiently and quickly over a protracted period of time in a sometimes stressful, fast-paced work environment
  • Can identify infractions, assess and explain penalties, answer questions, resolve disputes
  • Displays above-average customer service skills
  • Team-oriented; cooperates with Tournament Directors, Supervisor, and other judges; coachable, benefits from positive criticism; willing to constantly increase knowledge and hone judging skills
  • Can successfully complete the KBF Judge Certification program
  • Promotes the kayak fishing community and supports KBF competition by promoting and providing objectivity, professionalism, and a spirit of fair play.


KBF relies on the integrity and good character of each competitor, and even more so of its judges. Recognizing the potential of misuse and abuse of Judges’ access to confidential information, such as specific locations where fish were caught, KBF has implemented the following policy in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Policy: KBF Judges selected to serve in the 2018 Season and beyond must agree to (a.) not divulge confidential information to any competitors and (b.) not compete on waters where events they officiated were held or for which they have access to confidential Tournament Management System information.


Reports to Richard Penny, KBF Director of Operations


As independent contractors, Judges are not KBF employees but work independently, control their own work schedules, and provide their own work stations and tools. Compensation is “piece-work,” based on the number of photos correctly scored during each month and/or on a “batch rate” for performing event reviews.

Begin your application by carefully reading the job description above and then filling out the form below. Need more information, or have special capabilities or experience that equip you to serve? Add that in the final section below, and then submit by clicking the APPLY NOW button.