Attention all Parents that are currently Alpine Officials (AO's) or parents that are interested in becoming an AO. WPRC will be hosting the PARA Western Region Alpine Officials Clinic at 7 Springs on Sunday 12/3/17.
Please mark your calendars and keep 12/3/17 open. The clinic typically runs from 9:30 am to just after lunch. If you are looking to become a new AO, you will need to take the Jury Advisor (JA) exam, which typically starts at 1:30 pm.
The following is some background on USSA Alpine Officials:
WPRC needs more parents to become Alpine Officials (AO). There are two positions on race day, which require AO volunteers, and they are the Start and Finish Referees. Without parents with AO certification, we risk not being able to run races.
What experience do I need to become an AO?
You need not be an ex-racer to become an AO, but a basic understanding of the rules of ski racing help. Anyone who has had children in the program for a few years or has previously raced, is a good candidate for this role.
What does it take to become an AO?
In order to become an AO, you must first get an Alpine Official USSA license. Next, you must attend an AO Clinic, and then take / pass the Jury Advisor (JA) exam. Alpine Official Certifications are good for 2 years. To update a certification, an AO only needs to sit through an AO Clinic (no exam is required for an certification update).
Who pays for the AO Certification?
WPRC will pay the costs of the AO Clinic and exam. WPRC will also refund the USSA AO license fee once the AO Certified parent completes 2 additional volunteer duties above the standard WPRC family volunteer requirements.
When do the AO Clinics Occur?
PARA runs 3 AO Clinic (Western, Central, & East/Northeast) each fall, typically in the November / December timeframe. A person may attend any of the AO Clinics to receive their certification or update. The Western Region AO Clinic flip flops between 7 Springs and Wisp each year. WPRC will be hosting the AO Clinic this fall on 12/3/17. We strongly recommend WPRC parents attend the 7 Springs Clinic even if they were certified / updated last year, in order to reduce the travel requirements.
What should I do if I am interested in becoming an AO?
Please contact the WPRC Volunteer Coordinator, Mark Tulenko, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest. We will be in contact with you closer to the event to help coordinate USSA licenses and event registration.