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Judging Team Award Programs
- All 4-H members enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th school grade on January 1 during the calendar year of the state contest, and who have completed at least five months of club work during the current 4-H year, are eligible for all senior division judging teams on the state level.
- *Exception: Participants in the state land judging and forestry judging contests must be in the 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th school grade on January 1 during the calendar year of the state contest.
- Members of a team shall represent the same county and belong to 4-H in that county.
- Each county may enter three teams of three or four individuals in each senior judging contest on the regional level.
- Counties may enter one or two individuals in each judging area on the regional level when it is not possible to enter a team of three or four individuals. These individuals would be eligible for individual recognition and could serve as substitutes.
- In case a member of a regional judging team, eligible for state or national competition, cannot participate in the state or national contest, substitution may be made by the 4-H agent from other 4-H members who participated in the same regional judging contest either as an individual or as a member of a second or third team from that county. No more than two members may be substituted. At least two members of the original team must compete in the event. In case a county has three teams eligible for the state contest in the same judging area, no substitutions will be allowed unless they come from within those teams.
- Each region will send four teams to the state contest in all areas.
*Exceptions: Dairy, dairy products, and poultry are non-qualifying events. There is no limit as to the number of teams that may participate from a county.
Forestry – each region can only send three teams to the state contest.
- Members of each state winning team and the second place land judging team shall be ineligible to participate on the same team again; however, if still eligible, may participate on other teams.
- A state 4-H project winner may participate on judging teams if otherwise eligible.
- All team members who represent Tennessee in any national 4-H judging contest must have passed their 14th birthday and cannot have passed their 19th birthday on January 1 of the year the national contest is held.
- If regional contests are held in the same calendar year as the state contest, members who enter the junior high division must be in the 7th or 8th school grade on January 1. For regional contests held in the calendar year prior to the state contest, members who enter the junior high division must be in the 6th or 7th school grade on January 1.
*Exception: Participants in junior high land judging and forestry judging contests must be in the 6th or 7th school grade on January 1 during the calendar year of the state contest.
- State sponsorship funds to national contests will be forfeited unless a qualified team represents Tennessee in the national event.