Annual Training

Our training program sets us apart from many other sports programs and prepares our members to officiate to the best of their abilities.  Annual JAM member training is mandatory.

Topics covered at Northern and Metro Training include, but are not limited to:

  • Professionalism & Expectations
  • JAM Code of Conduct
  • MSHSL Score Sheet Criteria
  • Categorical Analysis of the Score Sheet
  • Minnesota Average Scale
  • Technique Demonstration & Difficulty
  • Dangerous Moves
  • Tabulation Procedures
  • Kick Counting & Timing
  • Trial Judging Using Current Minnesota Dance Team Routines
  • Mentoring Program
  • Rules Clarifications
  • Enforcing the Rules
  • Superior Judge Responsibilities
  • Superior Judge Shadowing Opportunities
  • Managing a Competition
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Analyzing Final Scores
  • Breakout Sessions


2017 Training Options

Greater Minnesota 

Date: October 14, 2017

Location: St. Cloud Tech High School

Time: TBD, Plan for an 8-10 hour training day.


Twin Cities Metro Area

Date: October 28, 2017

Location: Valley Middle School, Apple Valley

Time: TBD, Plan for an 8-10 hour training day.



  • NEW for 2017-2018: All members must present their MSHSL ID card on training day.  Please have this printed and prepared to show at the sign-in table.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time.  We will begin promptly on time.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided at Greater MN and Metro Full Membership training.
  • We will provide limited copies so be prepared with your own judging supplies (MSHSL rules book, score sheets, tally sheets, notebook, pens, calculator, lap counter, stopwatch).