Clinic updates from the AO Chairman
Alpine Officials clinic time is upon us and here are two developments that AO instructors and attendees need to know.
Also, keep an eye out for AO clinic announcements on the home page.
Youth coaches (15-18 years old) have been given venue access
At the 10/12/2018 ASC conference an update was made regarding youth coaches (15-18). They will be allowed venue access as coaches.
- Membership requirement is: Competitor or General Member
- They must be under the supervision of a current member coach or official
- Their venue access must be requested/signed for by the supervising current member coach or official
- They may not serve as Jury member or Course Setter
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is working on the exact wording, which will be included in the ACR Precisions.
Note: Instructors at IMD AO clinics, you need to be aware of this change. Prior to this, the requirement for coaches at events was 18 years old or older with a valid coaches license. An early slide in the Referee Powerpoint says that coaches must be 18 and have coach licenses. You cannot change the presentation, but you can point out the precision and what is correct.
Making equivalent electronic times (EETs), well ... equivalent
The current U.S. Ski & Snowboard EET presentation differs from the FIS procedure.
There are several examples of the difference in the T&C topic area.
If you are calculating EETs for a U.S. Ski and Snowboard event this season, IMD prefers the FIS Method. It is more fair and accurate. If you are working a FIS event, you must use the FIS procedure. Both Vola and Split Second calculate EETs for you using the FIS method. So, when you are checking EETs created with those software packages, you must use the FIS procedure.
Give the AOEWG update team a high five
Updating all of the training material, tests and keys every year is a HUGE task. Year after year this exercise takes place. Let Lucy Schram and Thelma Hoessler know what a great job they are doing.