Alpine Race Volunteer Roles

These are some of the volunteer roles typically needed at a sanctioned Alpine race:

The Chief Gate Judge’s responsibilities include:

  • Making sure all Gate Judges are adequately supplied with pencils, gate cards, bibs, and clipboards
  • Positioning the Gate Judges on the course well in advance of the start of each race, and
  • Collecting all Gate Judge cards at the end of each run and delivering them to the Referee

The Assistant Chief Gate Judge has three responsibilities:

  • Number the turning pole of each gate on the course prior to each run
  • Act as an alternate Gate Judge when required, and
  • Deliver sack lunches to Gate Judges and the timing crew

Gate Judges should meet the Chief Gate Judge no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of the first race. The Chief Gate Judge will provide clipboards and document packages and will assign your position on the race course. The Chief Gate Judge or Assistant Chief Gate Judge will collect your Gate Judge cards between runs. At the end of the day, return your document packages to race headquarters, which is usually located in the Mammoth Room on the second floor of the Mountain Mall.

Each gate judge who has recorded a disqualifying fault or who has been witness to an incident leading to a re-run must be available to the Jury until after the settlement of any protests. It is the responsibility of the Technical Delegate to dismiss a gate judge who is waiting to be called by the Jury. (ACR 666)

Watch USSA Alpine Gate Judge Video

Hand Timers should be in position at the start or finish of the race course at least 30 minutes prior to the start of each race. The Start and Finish Referees will have the respective Hand Timer’s document packets and stopwatches. Document packages and watches are to be returned to race headquarters in the Mammoth Room at the end of each day.

Watch A Hand Timer’s Introduction to the Stopwatch

The Starter is responsible for issuing the start command to competitors as well as for the accuracy of the intervals between these signals. The Starter coordinates with the Chief of Timing to synchronize the timing equipment prior to each run.

The Assistant Starter (also known as the Wrangler) is responsible for calling the competitors to the start in their correct order. In addition, the Assistant Starter will help the Starter and Start Referee setup and control the start area as directed.

The Scoreboard Recorder copies down times from the electronic scoreboard at the finish and relays times to the Scoreboard Poster. The Scoreboard Poster writes the times on the laminated plastic scoreboard. The Scoreboard Reporter and Poster and jointly responsible for a) cleaning the scoreboards and b) pre-populating each scoreboard with the names of the competitors prior to each race.

The Bib Collector is responsible for the following:

  • Collecting race bibs from competitors after the final run each day
  • Sorting the bibs by number, and
  • Notifying the Race Administrator of any missing bibs

The Race Administration Assistant is primarily responsible for helping the Race Administrator photocopy and distribute race documents including start lists and race results.

Members of the course crew report to the Chief of Course and are responsible for setting up, maintaining, and taking down the race course and related safety equipment.