Hey SPAC Parents, Please consider getting USSS certified! We need you.
In order for SPAC to host ski races, a hand-full of jobs need to be done by people certified by USSS. The training for these certified jobs is only offered once a year and that time is coming up soon! Have you considered getting USSS certified? If you haven’t, you should!
Our team is committed to hosting 6 ski races this year. These ski races are a major source of revenue for the team. Please help make our ski races be successful by becoming a USSS certified volunteer.
When: Sunday 10/27 – 7:30am-4pm
Where: Microsoft Campus Building 88, 5069 – 154th Place NE, Redmond WA 98052
For more information and to register: http://www.pnsa.org/calendar/details/649/meetings–clinics–education
Why should you volunteer, be an official, or serve on a SPAC committee anyway?
When we first joined SPAC, I was overwhelmed by all of these amazing families, incredible skiers and athletes, and was intimidated about how our little family could break into what appeared to be a very tight knit community. What I found was that the more I volunteered and helped out as a parent, the more I met other parents. As other parents became friendly with me, there kids got to know my kids and we all felt incredibly embraced by this wonderful new ski family. SPAC is really an incredible club that fosters life long friendships. The best way to really feel apart of SPAC and to launch those amazing relationships is to volunteer. So please, sign up for a committee, volunteer at races, AND BE BRAVE AND CONSIDER BEING AN OFFICIAL. WE REALLY NEED YOU!!
Which class should I take?
Referee with Jury Advisor
This class teaches you how to be a Start Referee or a Finish Referee. Both of these positions are needed for every race, so having several people with this training is ideal. In my opinion, this is probably the easiest of the classes to pass. There is a test at the end of the course, so be sure to review the study guide prior to the class. They do extensive review of the study guide during the class too to prepare you for the test. The team could use at least 4 more people with this training.
Timing & Calculation 1
This class teaches you how to do the timing in the Timing Shack. It teaches you the basics of the rules, how to fill out the official paperwork and how to manually calculate times if the software is not available. It does not teach you how to use the timing software. That you can learn by shadowing people in the timing shack and by installing a trial copy of the software and playing with it. This course requires basic math skills and a comfort with computers. I’d highly recommend reviewing the study guide extensively before the class. The team could use at least 2-3 more people with this training.
Race Administration with Data Management
This class teaches you how to be the Race Administrator for the team. Currently, Jason Cohen, and Amy Forbes tag team this position, but as their athletes move up in the program we need new families to come in and shadow them so that they can get ready to pick up the reins. Plus, there are occasionally races when Jason or Amy’s kids are at an away race, and it would be amazing to have someone who can come and fill in so that they can attend their athlete’s race. Ideally 2 people would take this training and shadow Jason and Amy this race season to learn all the ins and outs of the role.
Chief of Race
There is only one Chief of Race job for each race, but it’s a key position for running the entire race. It requires years of experience and training. If you are interested in this position, I encourage you to talk with Stu Larson and consider shadowing during the race season before taking this course.
Once you’ve received USSA certification for any of these positions, you need to take the “Update Only” course every other year to stay USSA certified. It’s much shorter than the other courses and usually only takes about 2 hours to complete.
You can find more details about the Officials Clinics on the PNSA website here. The Officials Clinic will be offered in the Seattle area on Oct 27th on the Microsoft Redmond campus starting at 8am. Registration is now open.
If you have any questions about any of the courses and whether you should take them, feel free to ask Cathy Westman. She can tell you all the details about the ones she’s taken (Referee & Timing) or connect you with someone who has taken the other ones.
Once you are certified, please email our Volunteer Coordinator (Jakub Oleksy) to let him know what positions you are certified for so he can track who has qualifications for each position.