Kenny wrote:The only concern that gets voiced from time to time is the notion of the design trophies becoming more of a "popularity contest." We haven't a great answer for that I'm afraid. I'm unaware of this being an issue thus far, but I suppose it could be a problem at some point.
One approach I've read about here (but never seen practiced) is to give each kid multiple votes that have to be used for different cars. With three votes, they can vote for their own car, their best friend's car, and the car they think is best. In the end, the self votes and buddy votes will cancel out, and the remaining votes will go to the car that deserves it.
Kenny wrote:How are your design awards administered? Scouts only vote? Leaders? A Design Czar?
We've always recruited neutral adults to judge the designs. The main qualification is that they not have any kids involved in the derby, and that they not personally know any of the kids involved in the derby.
*5 J's* wrote:Elder son took first place, but would have got two second place trophies in the construction/design categories if allowed. To me this would be TOO much.
I agree that one speed award and two design awards would be excessive. We've never allowed anyone to win more than one design award. But I don't think a speed award and a single design award would be excessive at all, even if a kid managed to win first place in both.