Waterslager Society puts on what are called open shows. In a closed show
the birds are staged in front of the judge in a room all by himself. Open
shows allow the public and the breeders to listen to the contestants.
All rules and suggested behaviors are intended to give all competitors
equal, fair and unbiased judging. Persons compromising this principle
could be asked to leave the judging room.
Enter and leave the room only when birds are being changed. Usually about
every 20 minutes.
2. Keep the identity of birds (including your own) confidential.
3. As the new birds enter the room and during judging, avoid talking,
distracting movements or rustling papers.
4. Do not interact with the Judge in any fashion. Ideally the Judge should
not know who is present. If the Judge chooses to interact with the audience,
take part in an unbiased manner and then revert to this rule.
5. Positive or negative comments concerning the judging are discouraged.
Good sportsmanship dictates acceptance of the Judges decisions as made
in good faith.
6. Direct questions or concerns to the Show Secretary. The Stewards will
be happy to find the Secretary for you. Written comments concerning show
procedures are solicited and will be reviewed with the Board of Directors
after the show.
7. Help the Stewards and other volunteers if asked.
8. Do not criticize entries when in the Bird room or Judging room; do
not praise your own birds.
9. Be a good sport. Be part of a solution, not part of a problem. Remember
we are judging Canaries, not the breeder.
10. Have fun, relax, listen and learn about Waterslagers.
Breeders only have one or two times a year in which they can get their
birds scored by certified judges. This equates to having a whole breeding
season come down to 20 minutes to be accurately scored. Distractions while
in the judging room can jeopardize the ability of the canary to sing his
Our judging rooms are open to all visitors; we just ask that you follow
these common sense guidelines to further a positive learning experience.