View Full Version : Score or Rank?

06-13-2012, 08:21 AM
When you are evaluating your performance over time, do you place more emphasis on scores or percentile rank? I look at both, but tend to find rank more useful. Just curious what others do.

06-13-2012, 09:29 AM
I can't use scores because of all the different regions I cook in a year.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
06-13-2012, 01:12 PM
Neither. Just look at your overall finishes.

Fatback Joe
06-13-2012, 01:15 PM
Rank, both in the individual categories and over all.

I'll take a low score that wins over a high score that gets me third.

06-13-2012, 01:16 PM
Trending over time, I look only at scores. Rank is useless to me because not every one's meat was sampled by the same judges and the same judges aren't at every competition.


06-13-2012, 02:00 PM
i look at scores

Red Valley BBQ
06-13-2012, 07:11 PM
I compare scores. A KCBS overall score of 650.0000 can win one week and be 10th the next. But to have a better chance of winning, you need the highest scores possible.

Also comparing the judges scoring can help you pinpoint what areas you may need to work on. I know every judge is different, but if you are consistently getting low scores in tenderness over time, it can point you in the right direction of what to work on.

06-13-2012, 07:51 PM
I have been wondering the same thing . One thing I have noticed, I've cooked at 12 comps here in the mid atlantic and have yet to see a 180 ..yet I hear of them happening ..but it seems like they "happen" in the south, midwest and west coast ... is that true?

Red Valley BBQ
06-13-2012, 09:51 PM
Not always, but there are more comps in the midwest than there are in the Mid-atlantic region, so it may seem that way. I know it's not KCBS, but Diva Q scored a 180 in the NEBS bacon category at Roc City over memorial day weekend. And I believe another team scored a 180 in the white hot category. So it does happen.

06-13-2012, 10:26 PM
180's don't exist up here. look at the KCBS board.

i look at scores to see what I did wrong. i look at rank to see what my peers did better.

it'd be an algorithm of both to gauge actual performance.

06-14-2012, 08:29 AM
Scores for me. It's the only thing that tells me if I'm improving and by how much. I only compete in 2 comps a year, so I can't really use rank as a reference. As the number of teams grow each year at the same events it brings in better teams and you may just be going backwards in rank.
Example: my best and 3rd best pork scores got me 5th place. At the last event my 2nd best pork score got me 20th place.