I think there are two schools of thought on chicken, especially the skin; one is to get the skin crispy (so you can bite through it) and one is to get the skin soft (so you can bite through it).
I believe for crispy you can put on the grill (direct) for a while before turn-in but watch the temp since it can burn easily at this time. For soft skin you can do as Matt suggests above - put it in an aluminum pan with sauce for an hour or so (this also tenderizes it).
Just my thoughts on comp chicken. For home I cook beer can chicken in the smoker or rotiserie chicken on the "Set It and Forget It" machine. If the skin is not right I discard it and don't have to worry about what some judge might think.