Oyster Shucking Rules

NATIONAL OUTDOOR FOUNDATION, INC.
NATIONAL OUTDOOR FOUNDATION, INC.

OYSTER SHUCKING
RULES AND PROCEDURES

  1. Judges select all oysters for use by the contestants and place them in a numbered container.  Contestants will shuck EIGHTEEN (18) oysters.  The oyster containers will be assigned to the contestants by lottery.
  2. Each shucking station is identified by a conspicuously positioned number.
  3. The shucker removes the oysters from his/her container and arranges them for shucking.  Any shucker may appeal to the Chief Judge any oyster considered of improper quality for the contest.  At his discretion the Chief Judge may substitute another oyster taken from an additional container previously provided by the judges.
  4. Each shucker is responsible to bring his/her own block.
  5. Shuckers may wear finger stalls or gloves, use their own knives and may also carry an extra knife for use in case the first breaks.  All knives used must have been approved by the Chief Judge prior to the start of the contest.
  6. Each shucker will have a separate timekeeper.
  7. The shucker will poise his/her knife at head height to indicate readiness.
  8. At a signal by the Chief Judge, previously demonstrated by him, simultaneously all timekeepers start their stopwatches and shuckers their shucking.
  9. Contestants place each oyster on an unbroken half-shell and arrange all neatly on the coded tray provided.  Oysters should be whole, uncut and free from soil.
  10. When a contestant has completed shucking and has arranged the oysters to his/her satisfaction, he/she will raise both hands overhead and step back from the shucking table.  The timekeeper will stop his watch immediately.  A shucker may not touch the tray of oysters after he/she has signaled completion.
  11. Timers will deliver the coded trays to the judges’ tables in such a manner that the judges will not be aware of whose tray they are judging.
  12. PENALTIES:
    A. An oyster not completely severed from its shell      ADD  3 seconds
    B. An oyster presented on a broken shell                        ADD  1 second
    C. An oyster presented with grit or
                   other foreign substance on the flesh                ADD  3 seconds
    D. An oyster cut                                                                      ADD  3 seconds
    E. An oyster not placed properly on the shell              ADD  2 seconds
    F. A missing oyster                                                               ADD 20 seconds
  13. Each timekeeper reports his shucking time (in seconds) to the Head Timekeeper.  Each Judge reports his Penalty Time to the head Timekeeper.  The head Timekeeper dictates these to the Chief Clerk who records them for each shucker is then computed by the Chief Clerk and the Head Timekeeper and recorded on the sheet with other contest winners to be announced later.  The winner in each heat is that contestant who has the lowest total seconds (Shucking and penalty seconds) and has not been disqualified by the judges for not complying with the rules.

ALL CONTESTANTS ENTER CONTEST AT THEIR OWN RISK.  THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR FOUNDATION OR THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR SHOW COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES OR LOSSES.

ALL DECISIONS BY JUDGES ARE FINAL

 

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