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How to Become an Official
If you’re considering becoming an official the first thing you need to figure out is what kind of official you want to become. Since you’re in the MCWSA you’re most likely going to become an assistant judge, scorer, or driver.
a) Slalom judges are in charge of deciding how many buoys a skier went around and whether or not the skier went through the gates. The judge in the boat also reports the boat times to scoring.
b) Trick judges decide what tricks a skier did and whether or not they receive credit for them.
c) Jump judges either ride in the boat to check speeds, observe the boat path and alone determine if the skier lands and skis away in skiing position without falling, or they work the video system to determine how far a jumper went.
a) Slalom scorers are in charge of recording the scores the judges’ report and confirming boat times.
b) Trick scorers consolidate the judges’ calls and record the tricks in the computer.
c) Jump scorers record the boat times and distance of the jump.
Slalom drivers drive straight through the course. Trick drivers drive straight through the course. Jumper drivers drive straight through the course and patterns on the return path. Extensive experience is required to know how to drive beginner skiers and navigate turn islands.
Now that you know the differences between the disciplines you can start working towards your rating. At the bottom of the page are links to the forms that you need to complete in order to get your rating. You don’t need to do them all to become an official; if you only want to be a trick judge then you only need to fill out that section. Also realize that these forms are for you to become an assistant. What this means is that you are qualified to work at class C or lower tournaments. Every single NCWSA tournament is a class C tournament so this isn’t an issue. If you want to be able to work at higher level tournaments, such as summer regionals, you need to become a regular judge which you can become after you’ve been an assistant for a few years. Each individual form requires you to perform a certain amount of tasks at tournaments, usually with a rated official, in order to be eligible to become an official. For example, one requirement to become a slalom judge is that you must sit on a tower with a regular judge for the duration of an event.
If you have any questions about becoming an official you can email them to Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, read: USA Waterski’s Writeup on Becoming a Judge