the GBA scoring system goes from 7 to 10 in each of the 3 criteria. A comment card is mandatory for any 7 or 8. Yes, there will be some judges who will not score low to avoid filling out comment cards. IMHO, the value of the comment cards outweighs the few judges who score up just to avoid writing a card. Judges are also encouraged to give "good" comment cards also. I do the scoring at a lot of GBA contests. There will normally be between 5-6 comment card for each of the three meats.
Jim Sewell -- GBA Vice President, Master Judge, Contest Rep & GBA Webmaster