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Seminar Prerequisites

Prerequisites for Race Administration Offerings

 

General Information for all Offerings

Please read this first section which covers all US Sailing Race Administration Offerings. Then click the seminar type that you are registering for and read the additional information which pertains to that seminar.

Thank you for your interest in US Sailing Race Administration Offerings of Seminars and Clinics. All of our offerings are taught by certificated instructors and developed by the race official committees at US Sailing

Seminars are open to US Sailing members. Non-member are eligible for a Special Introductory Membership (SIM) when signing up for a Race Administration Offering. This special is applied to any membership level, and is processed before you can register for an offering. Membership includes the Racing Rules of Sailing(a $30 value), which is a requirement to have at all of the seminars. If you have difficulty with registration for membership, please contact the Membership Department for Assistance.

If you have a family membership, please be sure that each family member has their own Member ID to register. You can contact our Membership Department for Assistance.

Seminar Costs:

The cost of seminars will vary with its location. US Sailing does not set a standard rate to charge for a seminar, but we do have a minimum amount ($25) that covers administration for the seminars and course materials. Different hosts will have different costs, so if you see one fee for a seminar and a different fee for the same seminar, at a different location, the host may have added additional fees.

Refund Policy:

If you are unable to attend, you must contact US Sailing Race Administration at the earliest available time to properly withdraw from a seminar.

If you cannot attend a seminar, the following refund policy is in effect:

Up to 14 days before seminar date – full Refund (refund will be done after seminar concludes)
7-13 days before seminar date – Option to move to another seminar at same cost or pay difference or 50% refund
3-6 days before seminar date– Option to move to another seminar at same cost or pay difference or 25% refund
No Show or 1-2 Days before seminar date- No Refund

Optional Materials:

Optional Seminar Materials are offered for purchase when registering for a seminar. These materials are delivered to the seminar and distributed by the host.  If you would like to have the items sent to you prior to the seminar, you must order them in the US Sailing Online Store and not as seminar optional items. If you order the materials as optional items and then ask to have them shipped directly you, there will be a $20 shipping and handling fee.

A note on publications:

The current version of the Race Management Handbook and The Judges Manual are published as the 2009-2012 editions. They are in the process of being updated and contain current information for both race management and judging. If you purchase these items in 2013, you will have the option of being sent and update as a e-pub at no charge or upgrade to the next edition for a shipping and handling fee.

For information about each Course, Please click on the Seminar for additional information and prerequisites or Scroll Down:

Race Management

One Day Race Management Seminar (ODRMS)
Advanced Race Management Seminar (ARMS)

Judges

One Day Judge Seminar (ODJUS)
Advanced Judge Seminar (ADVJUS)

Umpires
Advanced Umpire Seminar (ADVUS)

 

One Day Race Management Seminar (ODRMS)

About: This seminar is designed for people who have some race committee experience, but newcomers are also welcome. The topics covered include: RC objectives, RC responsibilities, sailing instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, setting the course, starting system, starting penalties, before the start, during the race, finishing, and scoring. The changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 that affect race management will be discussed.

What to Bring: At the seminar you will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016.

Study Materials: To prepare for the seminar you should try to answer the Study Questions, which are available on the US Sailing web site at: One Day Race Management Seminar Study Questions.

The Club Race Officer certification test, which is given at the conclusion of the seminar, is optional. However, in order to be certified as a US Sailing Club Race Officer, you are required to attend a complete seminar and to pass the test. In order to be certified as a Club Race Officer you will also need to have your own copy of the current US Sailing Race Management Handbook, and meet the program’s other criteria. The 2009 edition of the Race Management Handbook is available from the US Sailing online store.

 

Advanced Race Management Seminar (ARMS)

About: This seminar is for experienced race officers who would like to refresh and increase their knowledge of such topics as: organizing an event, writing the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, RC equipment, race committee preparations, setting the starting line, setting the course, starting, finishing and scoring.

What to Bring: At the seminar you will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 and the US Sailing Race Management Handbook. The Race Management Handbook can be purchased in the US Sailing online store: http://bit.ly/vS76I1

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016

Study Materials: To prepare for the seminar you should try to answer the Study Questions, which are available on the US Sailing web site at: Advanced Race Management Seminar Study Questions.

People interested in becoming certified by US Sailing as Regional or National Race Officers must attend such a seminar and pass the associated test. Details of the other requirements for certification are available on US Sailing's web site at:
http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Race_Officers/CertificationTraining.htm.

One Day Judge Seminar (ODJUS)

About: This is a US Sailing One Day Judges Seminar required for initial certification as a US Sailing Club Judge. Some protest committee experience is helpful, but not required. The objectives of the one day judge program are to improve the quality, consistency and fairness of protest hearings and results, at the club level.

Topics in the one day judge program will include: deriving a set of facts from testimony, managing a hearing with proper procedures, applying applicable rules, and arriving at conclusions and a decision. The seminar will concentrate on three areas of development: Mock Hearings, Part 2 rules, Part 5 and Appendix M rules. A test and debrief will be conducted at the end of the day.

What to Bring: You need to have the current The Racing Rules of Sailing for this seminar.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016

Study Materials: An online presentation of the Rules of Part 2 needs to be viewed prior to attending the seminar. A link to this review and other information about the One Day Judge Program can found here:
http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Judges/Judges_Program/Club_Judge.htm

Advanced Judge Seminar (ADVJUS)

About: Seminar required for initial certification and re-certification as a US Sailing Judge or Senior Judge. For those that are not currently certified Judges, some protest committee experience is recommended but not required. It will cover topics involved in successful judging: rules and requirements for handling protests and requests for redress, techniques involved in running good hearings, writing up protest committee decisions, handling open hearings and arbitration.

What to Bring: You should bring the current editions of The Racing Rules of Sailing (and US prescriptions), US Sailing Judges Manual, and the US Sailing Appeals and ISAF Case Book. Hard copies only may be used during the test. These manuals may be purchased online from the US Sailing Store:

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016

The Appeals Book for 2013-2016 is not yet published in a bound paper version. It may be viewed online
or a PDF may be purchased and downloaded.

The Appeals Book for 2013-2016 Including ISAF Cases

Study Materials:
Study Questions are available on the US Sailing website. You can download them here:
2013 - 2016 Judge's Seminar Study Questions
We strongly recommend that you study and answer each question, and write down the relevant rule cites
prior to attending the seminar.

Advanced Umpire Seminar (ADVUS)

About: This seminar will focus primarily on match race or team race umpiring and will cover topics including the mechanics of umpiring; effective “umpirespeak”; umpire and wing boat positioning; handling protests and requests for redress.

What to Bring: Participants at the seminar will be required to bring the current Racing Rules of Sailing, and a copy of the appropriate ISAF Call Book. Call books (Team Racing and Match Racing) can be purchased here: bit.ly/djpiaW

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016

This seminar includes the test required for initial certification and re-certification as a US Sailing Umpire. For those not currently certified Umpires, some protest committee experience is recommended, but not required. Complete information, about the US Sailing umpire program, including certification requirements can be found here: http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Umpires/Certfication.htm