Getting Started: Why become a USSA judge or official? Taking part as a competition judge or official is exciting -- it brings you into the heart of the action! And it's a way of helping the thousands of young athletes who enter USSA competitions to have fun and to achieve personal goals.
It's simple to get started. Just join the USSA as an official. And work with your local USSA Division to participate in clinics and to volunteer at an entry-level position.
Who becomes a USSA judge or official? Oftentimes it starts with parents of young athletes who want to be more actively involved. Former athletes and coaches are also great candidates with their background in the sport. But it can be anyone who has an interest in helping young athletes and playing an important role in their success.
What Do Judges and Officials Do?
Judges and officials ensure that USSA competitions run efficiently and fairly by the rules. They are responsible for the safe conduct of the event and the accurate timing, judging and scoring. They also play a key role in ensuring that the spirit of the sport and competition is maintained.
In the end, judges and officials are responsible for providing the best possible experience for USSA athletes.
Advancement: Judges and officials are a lot like athletes. Once you start, you'll want to increase your level of expertise. The USSA offers a wide range of local, divisional and regional clinics where you can learn new skills and take on new positions.
Various levels of officials' certification are offered by the USSA in each of its sports programs.
As you grow in experience as a USSA judge or official, you may want to consider becoming certified internationally as a FIS (International Ski Federation) judge or official. FIS officials work international events domestically, and may be considered for international assignments.
If you are interested in becoming a judge, technical delegate, scorer or chief of competition, then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What: Eastern Judges' Clinic
When: September 24th and 25th (Saturday and Sunday)
Who: The clinic will be an entry-level clinic for parents, coaches, past competitors and just about any individuals that would like to be certified to judge this winter. We need you and all of your interested friends! (The clinic will also be a refresher for current judges that cannot make it to the A clinic in Montreal and the B clinic in Park City later this fall.)
Where: Timberloch Lodge (Jack and Cam Weir's cottages) located on Newfound Lake, NH. We are located approximately 12 miles south of Plymouth, N.H.
What else: The clinic will focus on the freeskiing events - half pipe, rails and slopestyle for one day and on freestyle events - moguls, dual moguls and aerials on the other day. Scott Lounsbury (Former Eastern Judges Chair) and DJ Montigny (Killington Mountain School) will be the lead proctors for the clinic.
LOCATION: TIMBERLOCH LODGE ON NEWFOUND LAKE
965 MAYHEW TURNPIKE
BRIDGEWATER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
DATES: SATURDAY, 9/24 & SUNDAY 9/25
PROCTORS: SATURDAY: SCOTT LOUNSBURY AND MIKE O'LEARY
SUNDAY: D.J. MONTIGNY AND SCOTT LOUNSBURY
CLINIC FEE: $50 PER PERSON. $30 FOR ONE DAY ATTENDANCE.
PRICE INCLUDES A LIGHT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH BUFFET
ON BOTH DAYS AND A BARBECUE SATURDAY EVENING.
COURSE MATERIALS TO INCLUDE SCORE SHEETS AND
VIDEO AND CD'S FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, 9/24
9:00 - 9:30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
9:30 - 10:45 MOGULS - TURNS AND LINE
10:45 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 12:00 MOGULS - AIR
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 1:30 MOGUL - AIR
1:30 - 1:45 BREAK
1:45 - 2:15 DUAL MOGULS
2:15 - 4:00 AERIALS
9:00 - 11:00 HALF PIPE
11:00 - 12:00 SLOPE STYLE & RAILS
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 1:30 SLOPE STYLE & RAILS
1:30 - 2:00 WRAP UP
CONTENT: AN INTRODUCTORY CLINIC FOR THOSE WANTING TO BE CERTIFIED TO
JUDGE B LEVEL EASTERN EVENTS THIS SEASON. ATTENDEES WILL STUDY,
DISCUSS AND SCORE VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM EASTERN LEVEL MEETS.
JUDGING BASICS WILL INCLUDE THE USE OF SCORE CARDS, TRICK ID,
TERMINOLOGY, RULES AND JUDGES CONDUCT.
LODGING: TIMBERLOCH COTTAGES CONSISTS OF 10 HOUSEKEEPING COTTAGES
THAT SLEEP 6-8 PEOPLE. FOR THOSE OF YOU STAYING FOR THE WEEKEND,
ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO RENT A FULL COTTAGE OR JUST AN
INDIVIDUAL ROOM. BATHROOMS WILL BE SHARED, BUT EACH GUEST WILL
HAVE A PRIVATE BEDROOM. SHEETS AND TOWELS WILL BE PROVIDED,
BUT NO DAILY HOUSEKEEPING.
RATES: $50 PLUS TAX PER NIGHT FOR INDIVIDUAL ROOMS
$75 PLUS TAX PER NIGHT FOR COUPLES
FOR ADDITIONAL COTTAGE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
JACK WEIR 207-749-7337 / email@example.com
PAYMENT: CLINIC AND HOUSING FEES SHOULD BE PAID BY CHECK TO
TIMBERLOCH LODGE, INC. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW LODGING NEEDS ASAP
SO THAT THEY CAN BE MATCHED TO THE GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL.
DIRECTIONS: FROM BRISTOL - 6 MILES NORTH FROM THE TRAFFIC LIGHT ON RT 3-A.
PASS NEWFOUND GROCERY ON THE RIGHT.
GO 1 MILE DOWN A LONG HILL AND CROSS A SMALL BRIDGE.
TIMBERLOCH ARE BROWN COTTAGES ON THE LEFT.
PLYMOUTH - PROCEED WEST ON TENNY MT HIGHWAY TO THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE.
HEAD SOUTH ON RT 3-A FOR 9 MILES. NEWFOUND LAKE WILL BE
ON YOUR RIGHT. TIMBERLOCH IS ON RIGHT JUST PAST THE INN
Please spread the word to all of your former athletes that are attending college in the New England area - it is a great job for college students!
Please let us know if you will attend via email or just contact us with any questions.
Hope to see you then!
Final Reminder for all Eastern Freestyle Officials/TDs:
This year’s Clinic will be held at the Killington Mountain School, Killington, VT, on Saturday, November 21st – 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Attendance is required for all returning TDs. Coaches, Chief of Competitions, Parents, or anyone interested in learning more about Freestyle Skiing are also welcome.
You must register with Ed Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org, to verify attendance.