PST needs family involvement to run a successful program and quality events. The races and social events are fun, you get to know other families in the program, and if you pick the right position to volunteer for, you’ll have the best seat on the mountain to watch your son/daughter compete.
Many clubs require a “work deposit” that is refunded to the family after so many hours of volunteer time is completed. PST removed this policy in 2015 and has opted to test an honor system, knowing that everyone’s commitment levels are different. If this new policy results in the lack of volunteers, the work deposit system will be re-instated. But by removing the deposit we are helping with the already high cost of ski racing.
So what does the honor system for volunteering mean?
Certain jobs take more time or require more expertise, so the volunteer time will vary. Depending on how much time you have to give will determine your job. We ask that everyone volunteers for something at some point. That can be anything from prepping for events, running events, cleaning up after events, helping with admin duties, coordinating team travel and lodging, selling team apparel, and much more.
Alpine Officials Needed:
Alpine/Competition Officials are needed on race day. The commitment to become a CO is not a big one, but the position is critical. Some positions on the hill require certified AO/CO’s and events can’t happen without them. If you’re interested in becoming an AO/CO, contact the Program Director to find out what needs to be done. http://rmsro.org/clinics/
ALPINE OFFICIAL- long term commitment options: Race Admin/start finish refs/timing assistance
Sign up for a Alpine Official's License from USSA. Commit to a 1-day USSA Referee/Jury Officials course. Pass test. You will then be qualified to work as Start Referee, Finish Referee, Head Gatekeeper and other certified Race Worker jobs.
RACE DAY JOBS
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SOUTHERN SERIES SG AND GS JANUARY 13-16, 2017
Greet racers, hand out bibs, assist the race administrator, etc. Indoors
Collect bibs in the finish area. Outdoors
Sort bibs into their appropriate order post-race. Indoors
Post times on the outdoor scoreboard. Report to timing building. Outdoors.
Prepare scoreboard for race. Write names and clubs of participants on board. Can be done the day/night before the event at home.
GATE JUDGES (GATEKEEPERS):
Record any missed gates by racers and help keep the course in good shape. You get to be at the best place to watch a race. Outdoors. On skis
Best job on the hill. Be on the lift early to help with hill set up, fencing, and general race prep before the event. Help with gate repair, slipping, and course maintenance during the race. Take down supplies, gates, and equipment after the race. Outdoors. On skis. See the race close up.
For those interested in learning about the timing of an event and wants to be a part of the crew in the future. Sit in on the events and learn how it’s done. Inside/Timing jobs include computer assistance, back-up timer assistant, and announcer. Inside.
Record racers back-up stopwatch times at the Start or Finish area. Outdoors.
The job requires you to be at the start and communicate with the timing crew and then signal the start for each individual athlete. Outdoors.
The job requires you to organize the athletes in the correct start order at the start area. Outdoors.
Bring coffee, hot chocolate, water, donuts, candy and hand-warmers to the on-hill workers (course crew, gate keepers, starters, etc.) during the race. Outdoors. On skis.
RACE MEAL DELIVERY:
Pick up lunches and deliver to the finish timing building. Collect and dispose of trash post-lunch. Outdoors. On skis.
Organize awards pre-race and distribute post-race.