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USASA Judges

Judge Certifications

Judges must attend a USASA Judge Clinic in order to become a USASA certified judge.  USASA Judge clinics are held every year, in the Fall, at locations across the USA.

Please refer to the USASA website for clinic dates, locations and other details; https://usasa.org/events/event-schedules/clinic-schedules.html

  • Level C judges must re-certify annually.
  • Level B judges must re-certify every other year.
  • Level A judges must re-certify every three years.  

Please refer to the Freestyle Manual Page 3-5 for specifics; https://usasa.org/images/stories/FREESTYLE_MANUAL_10.pdf

If you have further questions please contact Zippy Neil at the USASA Nationals office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  tel. 775-580-7725
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John Schaal   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  tel. 616-560-4555.  


USASA Freestyle Commission

The USASA Freestyle Commission oversees all judging related activities within the USASA. The Freestyle Commission is responsible for preparing and updating the Freestyle Manual and other educational materials, educating and certifying USASA judges, answering questions pertaining to judging, and selcting judges for the USASA Nationals. The Freestyle Commission is comprised of a chairperson as well as 4-6 national educators/regional judge coordinators.

Any person may participate in a judging clinic and anyone over the age of 18 may become a certified judge.  USASA certifies three levels of judges.  Level A judges are the most educated and have achieved the highest level of certification.  These judges may judge the USASA National Championships and may be Head Judges at a USASA Regional Series.  Level B judges have some experience and may judge at the regional level.  Level C judges are entry level and may judge local events only.  

The Freestyle Commission puts forth manuals and guidelines to provide information on judging, competition formats and freestyle events in general.  Follow the links below to view the most recent version of the USASA Freestyle Manual and the Slopestyle Course Guidelines.

FREESTYLE_MANUAL_10.pdf

alt Slopestyle Guidelines 2008

International Judges Commission

The USASA works closely with the International Judges Commission (IJC). Information about the IJC can be found at http://www.ijc.info/. Most of the judge education materials used around the word are based on those created by the IJC. The IJC certifies Pro Level judges as well as National judges. USASA only certifies National judges.

Judge Levels

The goal of the IJC and USASA is to send the best possible judges to snowboard competitions. The certification is therefore based on the demand of judges. After the competition schedules are published, the IJC and USASA Head Judges determine how many judges are needed for the upcoming season. The best possible judges are then selected out of the pool of those who participated in the certification/re-certification process.

The certification process also includes regional aspects to meet the needs of the organizers. Therefore the competition between judges of a region is of great importance. The Worldwide and National Clinics are good platforms for you to present your knowledge and capabilities.

Judge Certification

 


National

 


 


International

 


C Level Judge

B Level Judge

A Level Judge

Pro

Age limitations

No

>16

>17

>18

Pre-qualifications:

 


 


 


 


Years Snowboarding

1

2

3

4

Years judging minimum

-

1

2

3

Regional competitions total

-

5

10

-

Regional events previous season

-

-

4

-

National events total

-

-

-

5

National events previous season

-

-

-

3

Team Player Qualities

yes

yes

yes

yes

Mobile phone /Email

no

no

no

yes

Certified Knowledge:

 


 


 


 


Knowledge of freestyle tricks and their difficulties

+

++

+++

+++++

Judging Systems & Rules

+

++

+++

+++++

Working procedures

+

++

+++

+++++

Judging capabilities

+

++

+++

+++++

Max. Competition Level:

Local

Regional

National - with scheduling guidelines.

All Levels of snowboard events – with scheduling guidelines.

Re – certification: (Pro level judges can use distance Learning for re-certification)

Every year

Every other year

Every three years

Every other year

Certification

National / regional Clinics

National / regional Clinics

National / regional Clinics

IJC pro Clinics

Staff Permitted to Certify:

National Judge directors.

National Judge directors.

National Judge directors.

IJC Pro Trainer

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