I judged my first comp this last weekend at Chesapeake and thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't go speak to the teams before the judging, but I did talk to the ones I knew and wanted to know after wards.
I was amazed at the number of judges that didn't know any of the teams and didn't go talk to them after the judging. I think the teams are great and very approachable. I enjoy talking to them and look forward to the day when I'm competing. I'm not in a position now to have my own team and my job doesn't allow me to plan on attending competitions except for the last minute.
I will continue to judge until I can cook on my own team and help on a team if I can't judge.