Appraisers who are representing DI teams are crucial to the success of a tournament. They must be committed to appraising at the team’s regional tournament. If a team’s appraiser does not show up at the tournament for any reason other than an emergency, the team will not be able to proceed to the next level of competition, regardless of the team’s tournament placement. If the team you represent advances to the State Tournament, you must also volunteer to appraise or serve in another role at that tournament. If you do not do so and the team wins a spot at Global finals, it will not be permitted to attend. If you are unable to fulfill that commitment, inform the team’s manager ASAP so another appraiser can be identified.

About Appraiser Training

In order to ensure that the teams are fairly and consistently evaluated, every appraiser must be trained each year. Appraiser training dates, sites, and directions are below.  You will indicate your preferred training date and challenge preference when you register online.  

First-time central challenge appraisers will attend a full day of training and should bring a lunch with them. Training will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Veteran central challenge appraisers will attend training from 9:30 a.m. till noon.

Instant challenge appraisers will train in the morning. First-time instant challenge appraisers will begin training at 9:00 and veteran instant challenge appraisers will train from 10:00 to noon.

After the appraisers training, your regional challenge master will contact you by telephone or e-mail to finalize tournament plans.  Please notify your challenge master and/or tournament director if an emergency arises and you are unable to appraise at the tournament.  Thank you for your time and efforts on behalf Maryland’s DI kids.

January 25, 2020
Thomas Stone High School
3785 Leonardtown Road
Waldorf, MD 20602

If the Charles County school system publicizes that all weekend activities are canceled, then the training is canceled. If in doubt please check our website at An e-mail will be sent to all registered appraisers.

If the training is canceled, appraisers must attend the training at Kent Island High School on February 1st or at UMBC on February 8th. Contact your Regional Director to indicate which training you will attend.

February 1, 2020
Kent Island High School
900 Love Point Road
Stevensville, MD 21666

If the training is canceled, appraisers will be notified via email and must attend the training at UMBC on February 8th. Contact your Regional Director to indicate which training you will attend.

February 8, 2020
Univ. of MD Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Information Technology/Engineering Bldg
Baltimore, MD 21250


If UMBC is closed, training will be conducted electronically. An e-mail will be sent to all registered appraisers with details.


We Love Our Appraisers!
A successful DI tournament depends on the efforts of many volunteers. Each year we train over 600 volunteer appraisers to evaluate team performances and instant challenges at regional and state tournaments. Many of these appraisers are representing teams that are required to supply appraisers. Others are independent appraisers who just LOVE DI. They travel around the state in March and April to appraise where they wish. We love our wandering appraisers!
So, whether you are a first-time appraiser asked to represent a team at a regional tournament, or a seasoned independent appraiser, we appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of the kids.

Appraiser Newsletter – Fall 2019

Central Region
East Central Region
Eastern Region
North Central Region
South Central Region
Southern Region
West Central Region
Western Region

Shortly before your training date, you will receive an e-mail containing your challenge assignment from your regional appraiser coordinator. The e-mail will have two attachments – the challenge that you will appraise (unless you are doing Instant Challenge) and portions of the Rules of the Road.
All central challenge appraisers must bring with them a copy of their challenge and the excerpt from the Rules of the Road. Please read through them before attending training and bring them with you to the training. Advance reading of the materials will allow more substantive training and create a better tournament experience for the kids.