Rodeo Talk: Judge's Hand Signals
Friday, 27 April 2012 03:55

Rodeo Judge Signals Rodeo Judge Signals

Often times at Rodeos and Bull Ridings, the rodeo officials and arena directors resort to hand signals to relay scores and stock to other personnel.  Many people starting out find these signals intimidating, and often times, when signing numbers, get confused or often hesitate.

Fans also find the signals confusing, mainly as they aren't necessarily as self explanitory as "Charging" or "Offside" calls in Football or Hockey.

Rodeo scores are in the double-digits, and a judge's score on a roughstock ride will anywhere from zero to fifty, with the score being half attributed to a rider's performance and half being attributed to the stock's performance.  Being as such, it would be a lot of "fives" to try and add up to a 49-point ride, and with live animals running rampid, only one hand is available while the other may hold a fence or clipboard.

The number sign system used is also referred to as "Sale Barn Numbers", and when used correctly, is an efficient and effective way to relay important information across a Rodeo Arena.

Here are some diagrams of Rodeo Judge Signals.

Judge's Signal - Slapped Horse Judge's Signal - Slapped Horse

Rider Touched

Judge taps the back of one hand with the other signalling that the rider made contact with himself, animal or other object before the 8-second time limit, resulting in disqualification.

Judge's Signal - Missed Out Judge's Signal - Missed Out

Missed Out

Judge taps the heel of their boot, signalling that the rider failed to keep their feet over the point of the horse's shoulder as the horse's front feet hit the ground in a Bronc Riding Event, resulting in disqualification.

Judge's Signal - ReRide Judge's Signal - ReRide

Re-Ride

Judge circles their finger in the air to signal a re-ride option is being awarded for either being fouled or inferior animal performance.

Judge's Signal - The Number 1 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 1 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #1

One finger outstretched to signal a number 1 as part of a double digit score.

Judge's Signal - The Number 2 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 2 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #2

Two fingers outstretched to signal a number 2 as part of a double digit score.

Judge's Signal - The Number 3 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 3 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #3

Three fingers outstretched to signal a number 3 as part of a double digit score.

 

Judge's Signal - The Number 4 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 4 - Sale Barn Number Style

 

Judge's Score #4

Four fingers outstretched to signal a number 4 as part of a double digit score.

 

Judge's Signal - The Number 5 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 5 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #5

Four fingers and Thumb outstretched to signal a number 5 as part of a double digit score.

Judge's Signal - The Number 6 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 6 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #6

A Thumbs-Up, palm towards judge, to signal a number 6 as part of a double digit score.

Hint: the viewer can trace a 6

Judge's Signal - The Number 6 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT Judge's Signal - The Number 6 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT
Judge's Signal - The Number 7 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 7 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #7

Index Finger Bent, palm away from judge, to signal a number 7 as part of a double digit score.

Hint: the viewer can trace a 7

Judge's Signal - The Number 7 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT Judge's Signal - The Number 7 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT

Judge's Signal - The Number 8 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 8 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #8

Index and Middle Finger Crossed, palm away from judge, to signal a number 8 as part of a double digit score.

Hint: the viewer can trace a 8

Judge's Signal - The Number 8 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT Judge's Signal - The Number 8 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT

Judge's Signal - The Number 9 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 9 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #9

Thumbs down, palm towards judge, to signal a number 9 as part of a double digit score.

Hint: the viewer can trace a 9

Judge's Signal - The Number 9 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT Judge's Signal - The Number 9 - Sale Barn Number Style - TRACE IT

Judge's Signal - The Number 0 - Sale Barn Number Style Judge's Signal - The Number 0 - Sale Barn Number Style

Judge's Score #0

A Fist in the Air, to signal a number 0 (zero) as part of a double digit score. (i.e. 2-0, 3-0, etc.)

 

Just remember, the numbers above 5, the viewer can trace... they're "little numbers".

Thumbs up!

View/Make Comments