5. Judge Requirements
5.1.1 Regional Judges
22.214.171.124 A Regional Judge’s rating is permanent, concurrent with USPA membership.
126.96.36.199 Proof of currency is the judge’s USPA membership card and logbook.
5.1.2 National Judges
188.8.131.52 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.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 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 18.104.22.168 applies from the original competition year, not the extended days.
22.214.171.124 An expired National Judge rating cannot be renewed; A new application is required.
5.1.3 International Judges
126.96.36.199 International Judges must satisfy currency requirements as set forth in the FAI Sporting Code.
188.8.131.52 International Judges who are removed from the annual list for any reason shall be deemed to have an expired rating.
184.108.40.206 National Judge ratings are not affected by 220.127.116.11.
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:
- 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.