Technical Delegate (TD)

USSA Alpine Officials TD Certification is required. This position is coordinated through Region 1. TDs are considered the highest ranking official in ski racing and they are the chairman of the Jury. They are responsible for overseeing that all rules and procedures are followed to run the race properly and fairly. They make sure that all timing/scoring paperwork and the results are correct before they get turned into USSA.

Chief of Race (COR)

USSA Alpine Officials COR Certification is required. This position is coordinated through Region 1. The COR is responsible for organizing and administering the race. They are one of three members of the Jury. The COR coordinates all volunteers through the Volunteer Sign-up on the Region 1 website; www.skifast.com. They send out the race schedule at least 1 week prior to the race.

Referee (REF)

USSA Alpine Officials REF Certification is required. This position is coordinated through Region 1. The REF is the athlete advocate on the Jury. Immediately after each race run, the REF is responsible for signing the Referee Report and posting disqualifications.

Assistant Referee

USSA Alpine Officials REF Certification is required. This position is coordinated through Region 1. The Assistant REF is another athlete advocate on the Jury, but used only during speed events. ONLY MEMBERS OF THE JURY ARE ALLOWED TO APPROVE A PROVISIONAL RE-RUN.

Race Administrator (RA)

USSA Alpine Officials Race Administrator Certification is required. This position is coordinated through Region 1. This is an all day job, but there is down time during the day while the race is going on for volunteers to go watch their athlete(s). The RA is responsible for coordinating with the Race Office Assistants on on-site registration, pace team, Volunteer lift tickets, copies, filling in the scoreboard and other duties during the day. They are responsible for working the computer in the morning, in between runs and at the end of the day. The RA is responsible for compiling all required paperwork and race results, including all signatures, on site and then turning everything in to the Region 1 Administrator for processing to USSA.

Chief of Timing and Calculations (COTC)

USSA Alpine Officials Timing and Calculation Certification is required. This position is coordinated through the COR. The Chief Timer is responsible for the overall timing of the races, including timing assistants. They set up and tear down all timing equipment and the PA system. They operate the primary timer system during the race.

Race Office Assistants

No USSA membership is required. This is mostly a morning job with brief needs in between runs and at the end of the day, so there is downtime during the day while the race is going on to go watch their athlete(s). The Race Office Assistants are responsible for helping the RA with on-site registration, pace team, Volunteer lift tickets, copies, filling in the scoreboard and other RA duties during the day.

Timing Assistants (up to 3 others)

No USSA membership is required. The Timing Assistants help the Chief of Timing with setting up the timing equipment and filling out their paperwork. They also will run the secondary timing equipment.

Start Referee

USSA Alpine Officials Membership is required; USSA Alpine Officials Referee Certification is encouraged. The Start Referee is a non-voting member of the Jury and is listed in the paperwork as a Jury Advisor. They are responsible for setting up the start area and helping Timing set up the start wand. They control the start area before, during and after the race run.  Skis are required at most race venues.

Finish Referee

USSA Alpine Officials Membership is required; USSA Alpine Officials Referee Certification is encouraged. The Finish Referee is a non-voting member of the Jury and is listed in the paperwork as a Jury Advisor. They are responsible for setting up the finish corral and helping Timer set up the finish timing. They control the finish arena before, during and after the race. 

Starter

No USSA membership is required. The Starter wears the headset during the race for constant communication with Timing to help keep the flow of the race going. They also give the start command to the athletes when they start their race run. Skis are required at most race venues.

Assistant Starter

No USSA membership is required. The Assistant Starter’s main job is lining up athlete so they enter the starting ramp in the correct order, so it is important for the person volunteering for this position has a strong voice. Skis are required at most race venues.

Hand Timers Top or Bottom

No USSA membership is required. Hand Timers run a stop watch that records times just in case the electronic timers don’t record one. Skis are required at most race venues for the Start Hand Timer.

Assistant Hand Timer Top or Bottom (Hand Time Recorder)

No USSA membership is required. As each athlete leaves the start/crosses the finish line, the hand timer will read the minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second for recording. At the end of the race run, turn in your recording sheets to the Start or Finish Referee. Skis are required at most race venues for the Start Assistant Hand Timer.

Chief of Course (COC)

USSA Membership is required. There is COC certification now and it is encouraged for all volunteers interested in this position. This position requires the person to be on skis all day and they should expect to work both genders’ races during the day. The COC is responsible for coordinating all the volunteer Course Crew people. They must coordinate getting all equipment to the top of the race courses first thing in the morning then strategically spread throughout the hill before the races start. The COC is responsible for making sure the Course Crew is slipping and fixing the course as needed or directed by the Jury. The COC is responsible for coordinating the cleanup of all equipment at the end of the race day.

Course Worker (Course Crew)

No USSA membership is required. This position requires the person to be on skis all day and they should expect to work both genders’ races during the day. The Course Crew helps set up the race arena and courses before the races start. During the race they are directed by the Chief of Course as to what they are to work on, including but not limited to: slipping, shoveling, resetting gates, and shuttling equipment. At the end of the race day the Course Crew helps carry equipment down off the hill and into the appropriate trailer. Skis and intermediate skiing ability are required for this position.

Chief of Gates

No USSA membership is required. This position requires the person to be on skis all day and have experience being a Gate Judge. The Chief of Gates needs to check in with the RA to get the names of the volunteer Gate Judges for reference and the number of workers. They will need to meet with the Gate Judges approximately ½ hour before the start of the first and second runs to check ability and explain the Gate Judge’s job then put them into position. The Chief of Gates collects all Gate Judge cards at the end of each run and takes the cards immediately to Timing.

Gate Judge (Gate Keeper)

No USSA membership is required. Those interested in volunteering for this position should read the Gate Judge and Correct Passage sections of the USSA Alpine Competition Rules. All Gate Judges must meet the Chief of Gates ½ hour before the first race run in the finish area. The Chief of Gates will explain the job of the Gate Judge then assign the positions on the hill based on skiing ability and gate judging experience. Gate Judges must watch each racer carefully to make sure they pass all the gates in their section correctly. If there is a question as to whether there was actually a fault or not, then the principle “IT IS BETTER THAT A MISTAKE GOES UNPUNISHED, THAN WRONGLY PUNISHED” is used; doubt is always in the athletes’ favor. Once the race run is finished, the Gate Judge must wait for the Chief of Gates to come collect the Gate Judge Cards and check to see if there are any faults. If there are, the Gate Judge must wait in the finish area until the 15 minute Protest Period is over in case there are any protests on their fault(s). This position requires the person to be on skis.

Scoreboard Recorder

No USSA membership is required. The Scoreboard Recorder is responsible for posting racers’ times on the scoreboard as they finish. Skis are not required for most race venues.

PA Announcer

No USSA membership is required. This person is in the timing building and announces racers’ names, bib numbers, and times as they finish the race course. The information is taken straight off of the secondary computer. Skis are not required for most race venues.