Clinics for officiating to be held

Director optimistic classes will improve ski racing

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Chris Puckett, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alpine director, is optimistic that a pair of clinics to certify ski race officials will help improve the quality of ski racing in Steamboat Springs this winter.

"We are running these clinics in order to train any and all people who would like to be certified officials to help run our races," Puckett said.

The clinics are open to anyone, but Puckett is hopeful that parents and coaches will come out to the first clinic, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Fireplace Room at the Howelsen Hill Lodge.

The clinic is an introduction to ski officiating and will cover a wide range of topics that will help just about any race volunteer -- no matter if they want to work as gate keepers, timers or in the start and finish areas.

The clinic also will outline the procedures of what the chief of course and chief of race do.

The first clinic, which costs $5, will act as the starting point for many of the people who attend.

Puckett is hoping that some of those people will be inspired to attend a second clinic for referee certification.

This clinic will be more detailed and will cover the numerous rules that govern all ski races. The clinic costs $20 and will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the fireplace room.

Puckett said the Winter Sports Club tries to hold the clinics from time to time to infuse a fresh group of referees and race officials into the local community.

Having certified race officials in the community helps the Winter Sports Club host higher-level races, which are sanctioned by organizations such as the International Skiing Federation.

Puckett said the clinics are necessary to fill the spots left by race officials who have left.

"Many of our officials have children who are racing," Puckett said. "Once they stop racing, we normally have to find new officials."

The money for the clinic goes toward material and costs associated with running the clinics.

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