Good question. I know what you are thinking, more certifications, more courses and really just “more to think about” BUT Officials certification is so important and also manditory for all MHRC Coaches. So here is what you need to know in a nutshell:
1. What is Officials Training & certifications? –> Here is what is posted on the alpine ontario website as objectives for the program:
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.
Basically, just think of it this way, how can you fight for your coaching rights, the rights of your athletes, how can you train them to know and understand the rules of the sport if you don’t understand fully? Understanding the rules of the sport goes far beyond just learning on what “command” you should leave the start gate, it goes as far as explaining the difference between types of netting and how they should be properly set, etc… Officials certification course can also count towards licensing credits to make your certification active for the season.
2. What types of certifications are there? They advance in levels very similar to the CSCF and the CSIA certification pathway. The only difference is that you can be a level 1 CSCF but a level 3 officials, therefore the relationship is not parallel between the two, you can advance in one without the other.
Now, most of you returning coaches should have already had taken your level 1 (minimum), this would have been manditory on your 1st season coaching at MHRC. Every year MHRC has a training session for new coaches, parents and coordinators/managers to attend, this training usually takes place in the clubhouse. The level 1 course is only 3 hours in length. Remember that this is MANDITORY for all coaches- last season I made it manditory for all coaches coaching a team but this season I would like to request that ALL MHRC coaches take a course.
Team leaders & coaches who would like to coach K1 and above MUST take their level 2 officials certification.
This season, we have arranged courses, with the help of one of our lifetime members who teaches the course, John Grell, to be held at the clubhouse at the end of November. We will be offering both level 1 and level 2 courses at the clubhouse at the end of November. You can register for courses at www.alpineontario.ca ; once you take the course and pass, MHRC will reimburse you for the fees of the course at the end of the season when reimbursing mileage for the season. Courses will be held at MHRC on the following dates:
Saturday, November 27th 9:00am-12noon LEVEL 1
Sunday, November 28th 9:00am-4:30pm LEVEL 2
Lastly, if you have taken a certification course a few years ago, you should log-in and see if it is still current, certifications expire after a few years. You should log-in and pay your annual officials dues ($11/year).
That’s all in the officials department, if anyone has any questions, you know how to get a hold of me!
have a happy Turkey weekend!