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Reference Form for Application for Judge at Any Level

 
The US Sailing Judges Program provides certification as a Club Judge, Judge or National Judge for qualified sailors who have substantial experience in hearing protests. The Judges Committee depends on information from sailors like you, who have had experience with candidates in protest hearings, to determine whether they are well qualified to become Judges.

To serve as a reference, you should have first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s capabilities as a judge, including his or her mastery of the rules, expertise in conducting protest hearings, and a suitable judicial temperament. You should also know the candidate well enough to confidently vouch for his or her maturity, integrity and objectivity.  

If you do not know the candidate well or have not served with him or her enough to be able to evaluate his or her skills, please submit this questionnaire without filling it in. If you cannot serve as a reference, but would still like to comment on the candidate, please feel free to comment in a separate email and return it with the questionnaire to raceadmin@ussailing.org.

If you know the candidate well enough to answer the following questions with confidence, please fill out the questionnaire. Please measure him or her against a theoretically perfect candidate. In order for your response to be useful, it must be completely candid. Be assured that the committee will keep your responses strictly confidential.

The US Sailing Judges Program Qualifications 2013-2016 contains more information about the requirements and qualifications for certification as a judge. Please feel free to refer to it as you complete this recommendation.

When you have completed the questionnaire, please review it for accuracy and then submit it. It will be forwarded to the appropriate Regional Administrative Judge (RAJ) for consideration.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and thank you for your contribution to our sport. 

Stephen Wrigley

Stephen Wrigley

Chair, US Sailing Judges Committee


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Name of applicant for certification:
Your name:
Your email address:
 
Best phone to reach you:
 
Your city and state of residence:
For what level of judge certification is the applicant applying?
How do you know the applicant?
If you do not know the applicant well enough to complete this reference, please stop here and submit this reference form. Thank you for your effort. If you do know the applicant well enough to continue, please complete each section as completely as possible. Please include specific examples to support your comments, as they help the committee identify areas in which the candidate has notable strengths or would benefit from improvement.
Approximately how many times have you served with the applicant as a judge?
(If you have not served with the applicant as a judge sufficiently to serve as a reference, please submit this form without filling it out beyond this point. We still welcome any confidential comments you have, but please submit them in a separate email to raceadmin@ussailing.org.)
Please list the most significant events where you have served together:
Event #1: (Please include name and location of regatta, dates, and protest committee classification (A, B or C))
Event #2: (Please include name and location of regatta, dates, and protest committee classification (A, B or C))
Event #3: (Please include name and location of regatta, dates, and protest committee classification (A, B or C))
Event #4: (Please include name and location of regatta, dates, and protest committee classification (A, B or C))
Has the applicant ever served as a judge in a hearing in which you were a party to the protest?
For each category below, please mark "Does Not Yet Meet the Standard," "Meets the Standard" or "Don't Know." Please make specific comments in each section, particularly in areas where the candidate has special strengths or would benefit from improvement. Fore more information about the qualifications for certification at each level, please refer to "US Sailing Judges Program Qualifications 2013-2016 on the Judges page (http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Judges.htm).
"Does Not Yet Meet the Standard" - You have evidence that the candidate does not yet meet the majority of the criteria listed in each section below, and that, in your opinion, he or she is not yet qualified to be a US Sailing Judge at the level for which he or she is applying.
"Meets the Standard" - You have evidence that the candidate meets the majority of the criteria listed in each section below, and that, in your opinion, he or she is qualified to be a US Sailing Judge at the level for which he or she is applying.
"Don't Know" - You do not have sufficient evidence to form a considered judgment for this standard.
RULES KNOWLEDGE - Does the applicant demonstrate: • good knowledge of the rules and a proper understanding of their application? • knowledge and effective use of ISAF cases and US Sailing appeals? • awareness of proper race committee procedures? • clear understanding of the definitions? • ability to identify the precise moment of rule transition? • willingness to accept the rules as written (including NoR and SIs)?
RULES KNOWLEDGE - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
RULES KNOWLEDGE - Please rate the applicant:
HEARINGS - Does the applicant: • arrive punctually at hearings? • understand and follow protest committee procedures? • identify the key facts? • ask pertinent questions to get to the relevant facts? • come to a logical conclusion and a proper decision? • contribute meaningfully to the discussions in hearings? • accept the decision of the team when it differs from his or her view?
HEARINGS - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
HEARINGS - Please rate the applicant:
COMMUNICATION - Does the applicant: • listen carefully and take into account the opinions and observations of fellow jurors? • use correct terminology? • demonstrate proper use of radio, including procedures and response to calls? • clearly describe an incident after the event, both afloat and ashore? • communicate clearly and calmly with competitors, fellow judges and organizers? • speak and understand English adequately to perform his or her duties?
COMMUNICATION - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
COMMUNICATION - Please rate the applicant:
TEMPERAMENT AND BEHAVIOR - Does the applicant: • learn and accept change? • work within a team? • remain open minded and accept the point of view of others? • empathize with competitors? • demonstrate lack of bias toward competitors, either negative or positive? • maintain good relations with judges, organizers and race committee? • communicate cordially and politely with competitors, while maintaining appropriate formality? • remain calm under stress and make timely and accurate decisions? • treat all jury room matters as highly confidential? • perform his or her duties punctually? • accept the RRS, US Sailing appeals and ISAF cases? • respect other people's property and equipment? • dress appropriately (on the water, in the jury room, socially after work)? • abstain from alcohol until the work of the day is done? • refrain from unauthorized communication with the media?
TEMPERAMENT AND BEHAVIOR - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
TEMPERAMENT AND BEHAVIOR - Please rate the applicant:
ON-WATER SKILLS - Does the applicant: • properly prepare the boat before departing? • skillfully and safely operate small power boats near small sailboats, including mooring, docking, and motoring to and from the race area? • properly position the boat on the race course to enforce rule 42? • correctly identify breaches of rule 42? • demonstrate sensitivity to wash, wake and windage?
ON-WATER SKILLS - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
ON WATER SKILLS - Please rate the applicant:
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES – • Is the applicant capable of going on the water in small boats for extended periods in a variety of weather conditions and then hearing protests at the end of the day (where and when appropriate)? • Does the applicant have any impairment that keeps him or her from serving effectively as a member of a jury?
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES - Please comment specifically on the standards above:
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES - Please rate the applicant:
Please comment on other special strengths or challenges for this applicant:
RECOMMENDATION - Considering everything I know about this applicant, I recommend that the US Sailing Judges Committee:
 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. After reviewing it, please click the "Submit" button. Your reference will be submitted to the Race Administration Office and the forwarded to the appropriate Regional Administrative Judge for consideration by the Judges Committee. Be assured that your comments and evaluations will be held in confidence by the committee.