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DEFINITION OF AN UMPIRE: An umpire is an individual who knows the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) and Appendices C, D and E of the RRS, the Match Race, Team Race, and Radio-Controlled Rules. He or she must understand their application and must be comfortable in making quick decisions on rule infringements.

US SAILING UMPIRE CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
To be appointed a US SSailing Umpire, a candidate shall:

  1. Be a member in good standing of US Sailing.
  2. Attend a current US Sailing or ISAF Judges seminar and pass the current written examination within the last four (4) years; this requirement is waived for people who are currently certified as a US Sailing or ISAF Judge.
  3. Have attended a US Sailing or ISAF Umpire Seminar within the last four years; this requirement is waived for people wo are currently certified as an IU..
  4. Have passed a current US Sailing or ISAF Umpire Examination within the last four years.
  5. Work a minimum of eight (8) events on the water umpiring match or team races with US Sailing Umpires and/or ISAF International Umpires within the last four years. A minimum of one day must be spent in both a team race and a match race. Two events must be principal events, or ISAF Grade 3 or above.
  6. Be recommended by at least three different US Sailing umpire evaluators. Evaluations must be from at least three different events.  Copies of evaluations must be sent electronically with the application. 
  7. Own and maintain the current version of the RRS, ISAF Match Race and ISAF Team Race Call Books, the ISAF Umpire Manual, the US Sailing Appeals Book and the ISAF Case Book.
  8. Be willing to serve actively at US events for a four-year term. 
  9. Possess "judicial temperament," have a reputation for mature judgment and have an outstanding reputation for integrity. 
  10. Be above reproach before, during and after an event; mature and temperate, moderate in the use of alcohol, especially careful of medications and in full control of their faculties.
  11. Have served as a race official in another capacity.
  12. Be an active sailor who has had racing experience. 
  13. Be endorsed by a yacht club or local sailing organization. 
  14. Be a minimum of 21 years old.
  15. Be willing to and be capable of submitting reports via email.

To be re-appointed as a US Sailing Umpire, a candidate shall:

A. Satisfy the requirements above for initial appointment except items 5, 6 and 13.
B. Work a minimum of eight (8) events on the water umpiring match or team races with US Sailing or ISAF International Umpires within the last four years. Two events must be principal events or ISAF grade 3 or higher.
C. Maintain a current, up-to-date SOARS log of his/her umpiring activity.

Certification is valid for four years.