(Metagame Archive) Pro Circuit Indy Judge Sponsorships

By Toby Wachter

If you’re a judge and you’d like to be sponsored for Pro Circuit Indy 2006, Judge Manager Ian Estrin has posted the information you’ll need to apply. Check it out:

Hello Judges,

The next stop on the $1,000,000 UDE Pro Circuit will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from August 10-13, 2006. The UDE Judge Certification Program will be offering sponsorship for this event to a limited number of judges. This is a phenomenal chance to improve your judging skills and to work with some of the most talented judges and players in the industry.

If you are interested in applying for sponsorship, please email judge@upperdeck.com with the subject line, “Sponsorship for Pro Circuit Indianapolis 2006.”

This sponsorship opportunity will be open from Tuesday, June 13, 2006 through Tuesday, June 27, 2006. No sponsorship applications will be accepted after 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time, on June 27, 2006.

There are two types of sponsorship: full and partial. Please indicate your sponsorship needs in your reply. If you only require a partial sponsorship, please list the type you need. This will increase your chances of receiving partial sponsorship.

Full Sponsorship: Upper Deck Entertainment covers the full cost of your airfare and hotel for the duration of the event.

Partial Sponsorship: Upper Deck Entertainment covers the full cost of EITHER your airfare OR your hotel for the duration of the event.

If you are selected for sponsorship, a UDE staff member will contact you between July 5 and July 7, 2006 to let you know the type of sponsorship you have received and to arrange travel to the event.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Expertise in current Vs. System rules.
  • Proficiency with current UDE Tournament Policies.
  • Must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • Ability to work long hours with minimal breaks. Most days will be at least twelve hours long.
  • Ability to assist event staff with duties other than judging, including tournament area maintenance, player registration, side event logistics, game demos, and so on.

General Information

  • Pro Circuit Indianapolis 2006 will be held from August 10-13, 2006 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Last Chance Qualifiers will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2006. Sponsored judges will be expected to judge at these events.
  • We are looking for judges who have excellent player management skills, in addition to a baseline of rules knowledge.
  • If you are not available to judge on Thursday, August 10, you may still be considered for sponsorship.
  • Each judge will receive $50 cash (U.S. dollars) during each day of judging to offset the cost of meals, snacks, taxis, parking, etc.
  • A judge may be scheduled for work outside of the Pro Circuit area. Talented judges are needed for side events, particularly on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The dress code is a black and white UDE judge shirt, black slacks, and black shoes. If you do not have a UDE judge shirt, a shirt will be provided for you at the event at no cost.
  • If you are not selected to receive sponsorship for this event, please do not be discouraged. We receive hundreds of applications and only require a very small number of judges. If you continue to work hard and advance your skills, you will most certainly be considered for a future event.
  • If you are not selected to receive sponsorship but still wish to volunteer at this event, please send an email to judge@upperdeck.com with the subject line, “Judge Volunteer for Pro Circuit Indianapolis 2006.”


Include the Following in Your Email

Please email judge@upperdeck.com with the subject line, “Sponsorship for Pro Circuit Indianapolis 2006.” The following should be included in the body of the email:

  • Name
  • Sponsorship type requested (full, partial-hotel, partial-flight)
  • Date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • UDE number
  • Vs. System rules certification level
  • Days you are available to work
  • Email address
  • Mailing address (street, city, state, ZIP, country if from outside the United States)
  • Phone number
  • Events you regularly judge
  • List of premier events you have judged, if any (PCQs, $10Ks, Pro Circuits)
  • Any special requirements (hotel, flight, food, disabilities, and so on)


If You are Selected for Sponsorship

  • Judges will have to provide a signed copy of the judge waiver prior to attending this tournament.
  • Judges are expected to act in a professional manner at all times, and any judge not doing so will be asked to leave the venue immediately.
  • Judges will need a credit card to cover incidental expenses at the hotel (room service, movies, laundry, and so on).
  • Judges will cover their own transportation to the airport and hotel.
  • Judges may be assigned to share a room with one other judge.
  • Judges may not have friends, spouses, players, or volunteers stay in their rooms, for liability reasons.
  • Judges will pay any changes to the hotel or flight schedule that cost more than the original purchase price.
  • Many judges may wish to take the advanced level Vs. System Rules Knowledge Exam. While we will try to rotate judges so that they are able to take this exam, no judge is guaranteed a chance to take the exam at this event.
  • Bring comfortable shoes and socks.
  • Be prepared to work very hard for the duration of the event.


If you have any questions regarding this email, please email judge@upperdeck.com.


Ian Estrin

Judge Manager

Upper Deck Entertainment


Toby Wachter
Managing Editor, Metagame.com

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