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Officials & Volunteers

ACA Race Officials Certification

Volunteers interested in working at race events should take an ACA Officials course. For most race volunteer positions, certification is mandatory. The certification program provides education, certification and standards that are essential for volunteers to become Officials. With the Officials certification and practical experience, volunteers can provide race organization, officiating skills and safety requirements to match the alpine ski competitors’ performance level and the athlete’s program goals.

Who should take the Level 1 Officials course?

All Race Parents of course! 

The Level I Alpine Officials course is an excellent introduction to the organization, rules and procedures for Alpine ski racing.  It is recommended for all parents who will ever be involved helping out with races (e.g. gate judge, timer or record keeper, or even coat runners to know how the race course is organized and where you can and cannot safely go), and especially for team managers (e.g. involvement in scoring and race DSQs, and generally helping to shift burden away from coaches to let them focus on the racers on-hill).  It is also a critical step to provide both the Alpine Officials and the racers access to the Canadian Snowsports Association’s  comprehensive liability insurance coverage should anything unfortunate happen during the conduct of a race.  It can also be a lot of fun and a great way to meet the your ski community.

Look to the Related Documents section to find information about the ACA courses to assist your learning requirements as a certified race official, detailed race organization information, official’s job descriptions and race forms to assist you with your race event. 

Visit the ACA website to ensure you  have the most up to date documentation including Alpine Rules, Course Materials, Timing, Gate Judge Materials and much much more.  

Objectives of the Officials Program 

  • To standardize the methods and techniques of organizing and officiating at ski races
  • To ensure that ski competitions are fair, safe and consistent with prescribed standards
  • To ensure uniformity with respect to rule interpretations
  • To ensure that required numbers of qualified Officials are available at all races.
  • To offer opportunities to anyone, anywhere to become an alpine ski Official
  • To offer opportunities, through established programs, for Officials to progress from club Officials to International Officials.
  • To establish criteria for Officials certification which reflects the current standards in racing
  • To offer recognition to Officials for their achievements 
  • To offer support to Officials as they apply theory to practice i.e.: The inexperienced become experienced.

A special thank you to all Ontario officials and volunteers for adding to a program that would not exist without the dedicated time, knowledge and help of all of you.

How do I pay my annual officials dues?

Most clubs will pay the annual officials dues for their race crews and volunteers so please contact your club race administrator to confirm.  Annual dues will ensure that you have insurance coverage while volunteering at a race. 

Where do I find out when, and where the Officials Courses are?

Locally, the LSDA will coordinate Officials courses, and they will be listed on the LSDA calendar. Courses are offered annually, usually in November or early December. Other Officials courses will be listed on the AOA Calendar 

How do I sign up for a course?

When local courses are scheduled, local contact information will be posted on this site.

For AOA courses it is the preference of AOA that all AOA members sign up online; however you may call AOA and register over the phone 705-444-5111.

To sign up online you must first sign a Waiver for the current season. You need to sign a waiver once a year to be covered by insurance as an Official. 

Step 1
:  Click on the Sign Waiver link on the homepage and fill out the form and submit.

Step 3: Once you are updated go the Events listing - find the Officials course you wish to take and click ENROL. You will be prompted to enter your credit card details and will be sent a confirmation email that you are enrolled in the course. Any questions email or call 705-444-5111

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