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Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

 






 

Chapter 2

1. Introductioncopy link

1.1 General

1.1.1 This chapter describes the USPA judging program.

1.1.2 Any USPA member wishing to be rated as a judge is required to follow the guidelines and procedures in this chapter.

1.2 Purpose

1.2.1 To ensure the highest possible standards of judging at the local, national and international levels for competition and records.

1.2.2 To provide a mechanism to train, rate and enable currency of USPA members interested in serving as judges.

2. Definitionscopy link

2.1 Regional Judge

2.1.1 Regional Judge: A judge who has met the qualifications outlined hereafter, successfully completed a Regional Judge Training Course, and is qualified to serve as a Principal, Event, or Chief Judge at local/regional meets.

2.2 National Judge

2.2.1 National Judge: A judge who has met the qualifications outlined hereafter, successfully completed a USPA National Judge Training Course, and is qualified to exercise the all privileges of a Regional Judge as well as serve as a Principal, Event, or Chief Judge at a USPA National Championships.

2.3 International Judge

2.3.1 International Judge: A judge who has met the qualifications outlined hereafter and in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Sporting Code, Section 5. Said judge is qualified to exercise all the privileges of a National Judge as well as the privileges granted by the FAI Sporting Code, Section 5.

3. Qualifications and Procedurescopy link

3.1 Regional Judge

3.1.1 To earn a USPA Regional Judge rating, a current USPA member must successfully complete a Regional Judge Training Course (RJTC).

3.2 National Judge

3.2.1 To earn a USPA National Judge rating, a candidate must meet all the following requirements:

  • be a current USPA member
  • have been a USPA member for at least one year
  • have met all the requirements to qualify as a Regional Judge
  • have successfully completed a National Judge Training Course (NJTC)

3.3 International Judge

3.3.1 To earn an International Judge rating, a National Judge must meet the following requirements:

3.3.2 (W) indicates requirements that may be waived by the USPA Competition Committee on a case-by-case basis.

  • meet the current FAI requirements as outline in Section 5 of the FAI Sporting Code
  • be a current USPA member
  • have been a USPA member for at least 24 months (W)
  • held the National Judge rating in that discipline for 12 months (W)
  • judged at least two USPA National Championships, two Second Category ISC Events, or one each in the discipline for which the rating holder wishes to be rated (W)
  • recommended by three International Judges (who need not be USPA-rated judges) and the USPA Competition Committee

3.4 Disciplines

3.4.1 Judges may be rated in the following disciplines, or combination thereof:

  • Accuracy Landing (AL)
  • Artistic Events (AE)
  • Canopy Formation (CF)
  • Canopy Piloting (CP) (includes Canopy Piloting – Freestyle
  • Formation Skydiving (FS)
  • Speed (SP)
  • Style (ST)
  • Wingsuit Flying (WS)

3.5 Procedures

3.5.1 Upon successful completion of a training course, candidates must submit the following to USPA Headquarters:

  • a completed Judge Rating Proficiency Card
  • all required fees
  • a 1.5 x 1.5 inch passport-type photograph

3.5.1.1 The Judge Rating Proficiency Card can be obtained from USPA Headquarters or online at www.uspa.org/downloads.

3.5.1.2 The initial judge rating fee is $35 and includes a logbook. Subsequent judge rating fees are $25 each. There is no annual rating renewal fee. Additional/replacement logbooks are available from USPA Headquarters.

3.5.1.3 Electronic submissions of the photograph are acceptable. These can be submitted to competition@uspa.org.

3.5.2 Any judge on the official panel at a National Championship will have their next membership renewal at no cost to the judge.

3.5.2.1 Judges not on the official panel but who have judged a National Championship at their own expense may receive the following year’s membership at no cost pending recommendation of the Chief Judge and the approval of the USPA Controller.

3.5.2.2 The maximum benefit in a single calendar year is one year of membership.

4. Authority of Judgescopy link

4.1 Regional Judge

4.1.1 A Regional Judge may:

  • serve as a Principal, Event, or Chief Judge at local/regional meets
  • judge state records in disciplines for which they are rated
  • serve as an additional judge on a state record for which they are not rated
  • serve as an additional judge on a national performance record for which they are rated
  • attend National Judge Training Courses.

4.2 National Judge

4.2.1 A National Judge may perform the duties of a Regional Judge and:

  • serve as a Principal, Event, or Chief Judge at a USPA National Championships
  • judge national records in disciplines for which he/she is rated
  • serve as an additional judge on a national record for which they are not rated
  • serve as an additional judge on an international performance record for which they are rated
  • train USPA National Judges in disciplines for which they are rated, with the approval of the USPA Competition Committee
  • train USPA Regional Judges in disciplines for which they are rated, as approved by the Director of Competition
  • apply for appointment as a USPA Judge Examiner

4.3 International Judge

4.3.1 An International Judge may perform the duties of a National Judge and—in accordance with FAI Sporting Code, Section 5—judge international records and at international competitions.

5. Judge Requirementscopy link

5.1 Currency

5.1.1 Regional Judges

5.1.1.1 A Regional Judge’s rating is permanent, concurrent with USPA membership.

5.1.1.2 Proof of currency is the judge’s USPA membership card and logbook.

5.1.2 National Judges

5.1.2.1 A National Judge rating, unless renewed as outlined below, automatically expires at the end of the fifth calendar year beginning in the award/renewal year. The first such expirations can occur no earlier than December 31, 2025. For example, if a Formation Skydiving National Judge rating was awarded on March 6, 2021, that rating could expire as early as December 31, 2025.

5.1.2.2 A National Judge rating may only be renewed prior to expiration as follows:

  • Upon successful completion of a USPA-approved National rating or FAI initial or renewal course.
  • Upon successful performance serving as a Principal Judge, Event Judge, or Chief Judge, at either a USPA National Championships, National Collegiate Championships, or an FAI First Category Event.
  • Upon successful performance as a Judge Examiner at an approved USPA course, or Chief of Judge Training at an FAI First Category Event.

5.1.2.3 If a judge is selected to judge at a USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships and that judge’s National rating expires in the same competition year as, that rating is automatically extended to include only the official competition days. Section 5.1.2.2 applies from the original competition year, not the extended days.

5.1.2.4 An expired National Judge rating cannot be renewed; A new application is required.

5.1.3 International Judges

5.1.3.1 International Judges must satisfy currency requirements as set forth in the FAI Sporting Code.

5.1.3.2 International Judges who are removed from the annual list for any reason shall be deemed to have an expired rating.

5.1.3.3 National Judge ratings are not affected by 5.1.3.2.

5.2 Active Judge List

5.2.1 To be included in the current USPA active judges list, all judges are required to contact the Director of Competition by December 1 and provide the following information:

  • name
  • address
  • day and evening phone numbers
  • email address
  • dates, locations, and disciplines of events judged in the last 12 months

5.2.2 The Chief Judge at any USPA National Championships will include a list of the judges and the event(s) judged in the after-action report for the meet.

5.2.3 The Director of Competition must submit the International Judges renewal roster, denoting disciplines, to the ISC Judge Committee no later than December 31 of each year, as required by the FAI Sporting Code.

5.3 Judging Logbook

5.3.1 All judges must maintain a logbook that contains all relevant personal data, to include a photograph and the ratings earned.

5.3.2 Each entry shall contain the name of event/competition, dates, and the number and type of skydives judged.

5.3.3 Judges conducting training courses are highly encouraged to record relevant data about all courses in their logbooks.

5.3.4 Principal or Event Judges serving at a USPA National Championships must have their logbooks validated by the Chief Judge.

5.3.5 Chief Judges serving at a USPA National Championships must have their logbooks validated by the Meet Director.

5.3.6 Any judge certifying a state or national record must have their logbook validated by another judge on the same record, an S&TA, a USPA Board Member, or USPA official.

6. USPA Judge Trainingcopy link

6.1 Introduction

6.1.1 USPA Judge Training Courses may be held at the discretion of Judge Examiners or as approved by the Competition Committee

6.2 Purpose

6.2.1 To present the best possible program to those candidates selected to attend each course.

6.3 Judge Training Authority

6.3.1 National and International Judges may apply for appointment by the Competition Committee as a Judge Examiner, if they:

  • have been on the USPA active judges list (see 5.2) for at least five consecutive years
  • have served as a judge (or participated as competitor) at three or more USPA National Championships or International sporting events in the last five years
  • have attended any Judge Training Course (JTC) or annual judging seminar in the last three years
  • have conducted three judge courses, one within the last two years, with satisfactory results, as determined by the committee
  • have a demonstrated background in instructional methods

6.3.2 Judge Examiners may conduct courses at their discretion but should notify USPA in advance and are encouraged to give the membership notice through the USPA website and Parachutist events calendar.

6.3.3 All Judge Examiner appointments will automatically expire with the election of a new USPA Board of Directors, except for those Judge Examiners who have either received their initial appointment, or taught or assisted with a JTC within the past three years.

6.3.4 Any rated judge may attend any JTC or annual judging seminar as a matter of continuing education.

6.4 Duties of a Judge Examiner

6.4.1 A Judge Examiner has the responsibility of ensuring that each candidate has adequate training and meets the standards expected of a judge for the rating sought.

6.4.2 A Judge Examiner must use standardized syllabuses, tests, and materials as available from USPA.

6.4.3 A Judge Examiner may dismiss from the course, without granting a rating, any candidate not able to fit in and function in the working environment.

6.4.4 A Judge Examiner must submit an after-action report to the USPA Director of Competition within 30 days after completion of the course.

6.5 Minimum Standards for Qualification

6.5.1 Cross Training: A current Regional or National Judge desiring to become rated in an additional discipline is required to complete only the discipline-specific requirements.

6.5.2 Regional Judge Requirements

  • receive a briefing on the General Competition Rules (SCM Chapter 1) from a Judge Examiner
  • receive a briefing on the State and National Records Program (SCM Chapter 3) from a Judge Examiner
  • demonstrate fundamental competence to judge competitions of the rating sought
  • achieve a minimum score of 75% on the written exam
  • achieve a minimum score of 80% on the practical exam

6.5.3 National Judge Requirements

  • assist an appropriately rated and current National or International Judge in judging one complete meet in the discipline sought
  • receive a briefing on the rules specific to the discipline sought by a Judge Examiner rated in that discipline, to include a review of the performance requirements for each event in that discipline
  • receive a review of the General Competition Rules (SCM Chapter 1) from a Judge Examiner
  • receive a thorough overview of scoring equipment necessary to judge the specific discipline
  • receive a briefing on meet administration and required paperwork from a Judge Examiner
  • receive a briefing on documentation of performance(s) and collation of scores
  • receive a briefing on the State and National Records Program (SCM Chapter 3) from a USPA National or International Judge
  • achieve a minimum score of 80% on the written test administered by a Judge Examiner
  • achieve a minimum score of 85% on the practical test administered by a Judge Examiner

6.6 Specific Competition Discipline Requirements

6.6.1 Formation Skydiving and Canopy Formation

  • Attain at least 80% of agreed faults.
  • Attain 80% of the principal judge’s agreed number of formations within working time.
  • The course should include a minimum of three complete rounds per event from the prior National Championships.
  • If the prior National Championships had a larger (or smaller) than normal attendance, a minimum of 100 jumps should be judged for FS and 60 jumps for CF.