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Race Worker Requirements & Jobs

It takes roughly 40 workers to run a race.  FSC has the reputation of running some of the best organized races in New Hampshire, a reputation which the club is very proud.  However, because there are only about 100 families with racers, it is imperative that parents volunteer to work rather than pay the non-worker fees.  Sign up for races will be handled electronically this year and will take place in early December.  Instructions for sign up will be emailed to all members in early December.

Please make note that there are several midweek races.  If you have a “flexible” schedule and can work those races it is a big help to the club. Club members with children in the race training program are expected to assist in the running of races . Each family will be required to fulfill a minimum number of worker credits.  For the 2020-2021 season anyone with a child U10 or older will be required to fill 6 credits.  The requirement for families who only have a child at the U8 level is 2 credits.


Families with special circumstances should speak with the President of the Club to make other arrangements.  Supporting members without children in the program are encouraged to volunteer but not required. 

Alpine Official Licenses

The club is currently recruiting members to become USSA Alpine Officials (AO). This status allows you to work many positions within the race environment. NHARA holds an AO Clinic in early December for those interested in getting their certification. Alpine officials are required to attend a day of training classes and earn “level” certification. Training opportunities are advertised on the NHARA website.

Any FSC member who attends an Alpine Officials clinic and obtains their certification to be a Jury Advisor (qualification as start or finish referee) will receive one worker credit.  This applies to new certifications only, not the required bi-annual recertification.

Description of Race Jobs

Chief of Race (A/O): The Chief of Race, a member of the Race Jury, must be a licensed USSA Alpine Official and is the official in charge of organizing the race, assigning the workers, directing and supervising the race and the work of all officials, etc.  In addition to his/her responsibilities to the Race Organization, the Chief of Race is a member of the Race Jury according to the International Competition Rules.  He/she must know and understand the rules and answer technical questions, participate in Jury inspections and other meetings, and vote on questions brought before the Jury.

Chief of Course (A/O): The Chief of Course is the official in charge of preparing the course and its safety features, working the event, and supervising the clean-up immediately following.  Successful completion of these responsibilities requires organization, leadership, personnel and equipment.  The Chief of Course will need to maintain communication with Ski Area Management in order to promote full cooperation between mountain and ski club personnel.  He will need to have capable assistants even for a small race.  The Chief of Course must understand course preparation and must be able to evaluate the courses set under his jurisdiction.  His/her responsibilities include the Start and Finish Areas as well as the actual race course.  He/she is often called upon to manage equipment, repair timing and communication systems.

Course Crew:  Strong skiing skills and ability to stay outside for long periods of time.  Should be booted up and ready to ride the lift at 7:15.  Work include installing, maintaining, and replacing of gates, maintaining the race course and installing and removing of B-netting.

Chief of Timing and Calculations (A/O): The Chief of Timing and Calculations (AO-TC 1 or 2) is responsible for supervising the timing, communications, and calculations, and oversees the timers, recorders, calculations, and coordinates the officials at the start and finish.  This is an extremely important job because the entire integrity of the race depends on the timing.  Accordingly, the CTC must have in-depth understanding of the timing equipment (both the primary and the backup as well as the stop watches), the rules relating to calculations in the event of a timing failure, the rules relating to racing in case there is an unusual event (e.g., overtaking racer), etc. and must have a cool head and diplomacy in the event of problems.  The CTC usually supervises the primary timer.  The timing personnel are as follows:

Primary Timer:  Knowledge with current timing software is necessary.  Confirms and maintains communication with the start ref through a headset, synchronizes timing equipment with the start ref and finish ref and communicates the proper race intervals with the starter.

Secondary Timer:  Responsible for running the backup timing computer.

Hand Timer (start):  Ability to stay outside for long periods of time and operate a hand held timer that communicates with timing.

Hand Timer (finish):  Ability to stay outside for long periods of time and operate a hand held timer that communicates with timing.

 Announcer:  Using a microphone, announce the athlete's name and time as they cross the finish line.  You will be reading their name and time off of the computer screen.

 Scoreboard:  Print the athlete's name on the scoreboard in the order they are listed on the start list.  Write down the athlete's times as they are announced for the first and second run as well as their combined time.

Chief of Gate Keeping: The Chief of Gate Keeping (CG) is in charge of all gatekeepers.  The CG holds a meeting of all gatekeepers at 8:45 AM (assuming a 9:30 Start) where they are given bibs, clipboards, pencils, and gatekeeping cards and the rules and procedures are reviewed.  The CG then meets all of the gatekeepers at the top of the course and assigns the gates.  Just before the Start, the CG checks that all gatekeepers are in place, that each gatekeeper understands which gates are his/her responsibility and that each gate has a gatekeeper.  During the race, the CG continually checks on the gatekeepers to be sure that everything is OK.  At the end of each run, the CG collects the cards and reviews them with the Referee to see if there are any disqualifications (DQ’s).

Gate Keepers/Judges:  Ability to stay outside for long periods of time.  Responsible for the supervision of one or more gates and should observe accurately whether passage of competitor was correct through the assigned gates.

Chief of Registration:  Responsible for the registration of all competitors, including the distribution and collection of all race bibs.  Should have a radio to communicate with Chief of Race.

Registration/Bibs: The personnel in charge of registration should arrive at Tina's Place on the Mittersill slopes by 7:00 AM to set up the registration building.  The Race Secretary will have several copies of the start order for registration purposes and Registration should be sure that copies are posted.  Registration will collect the race fees, hand out lift tickets and their designated bib. During the finish of the second run, registration collects the bibs.  Coaches will also sign in at registration and receive a Coach Ticket. Coaches must show their current USSA and NHARA Licenses (if they represent NH skiers) in order to get a ticket

Start Referee:  (A/O) is responsible for making sure the racers leave the start in a legal manner, notes the bibs in order of the start and notes any other rules infractions.

Starter:  Responsible for start command to the athletes as well as the accuracy of start intervals.

Round Up:  Calls out the names of athletes to line them up for their start.

Finish Referee:  (A/O) The Finish Referee stands at the Finish and checks off each racer as they finish, much like a gatekeeper.  Any racer who thinks he/she is entitled to a provisional rerun must make the request for the rerun to the Finish Referee who then speaks to the Technical Delegate for a determination as to whether the racer is entitled to a provisional rerun.

Crossing Guard:  Maintains the safe crossing of skiers through the race course when safe to do so. (Only required for races on Baron's Run)

Head Set:  Communicates with timing regarding the safe crossing of skiers through the race course. (Only required for races on Baron's Run)

Non-skier Jobs:  Workers who do not ski can help in the following capacities:

Registration, Timing, Announcer, Scoreboard,  Finish Referee, Finish Hand Timer or Gatekeeper on bottom section of course.