Seminar Prerequisites

Thank you for your interest in US Sailing’s Race Administration seminars. All of our seminars are taught by certificated instructors and developed by the race official committees at US Sailing.

Please read the information below on course prerequisites before continuing to enrollment.

 

 Introductory Membership:

You must be a US Sailing member to take a seminar. If you have never been a member, you may purchase a discounted Special Introductory Membership before you register for a course. The $10 discount is available for any membership level. Membership includes a print copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing (but please be aware that it can take up to four weeks for your rule book to arrive).

If you have a family membership, please be sure that each family member uses his or her own Member ID to register.

If you have any difficulty with this process, please contact our Membership Department for assistance.

 Seminar Costs:

The cost of seminars varies by location. US Sailing charges $25 per participant for administration and course materials. Additional fees may be added by the host to cover other expenses such as food and beverages.

Refund Policy:

Please contact Race Administration as soon as possible to withdraw from a seminar. Course fees will be refunded as follows:

  • 14 days or more before seminar – full refund after seminar concludes
  • 7-13 days before seminar – option to apply full credit to another seminar or 50% refund
  • 3-6 days before seminar – option to apply full credit to another seminar or 25% refund
  • fewer than 3 days before seminar – no refund

Optional Materials:

Optional Seminar Materials are offered for purchase when registering for a seminar. These materials will be delivered to the seminar and distributed by the host.  If you would like to have the items before the seminar, please order them from the US Sailing Web Store.

A note on publications:

The current version of the Judges Manual and The Appeals and Cases Book are available for purchase in print copy from the US Sailing Web Store or as free downloads from the Race Officials Publications page. The Race Management Handbook will be available in an updated version (sixth edition, © 2014) in the summer of 2014 from the same locations.

Please scroll down to read about the course offerings:

 

 

Club Race Management Seminar (CRMS)

… is for people who have some race committee experience, but newcomers are also welcome. Topics include RC objectives and responsibilities, writing sailing instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, setting the course, starting system, starting penalties, before the start, during the race, finishing, and scoring.

What to Bring: You will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing.

Study Materials: You should answer the Club Race Officer Study Questions, which will help you find your way around the rule book.

The Club Race Officer certification test, which available online at the conclusion of the seminar, is optional. However, in order to be certified as a US Sailing Club Race Officer you must attend a complete seminar and pass the test, as well as own a copy of The Race Management Handbook and meet the program’s other criteria.

 

Advanced Race Management Seminar (ARMS)

is for experienced race officers to refresh and increase their knowledge of such topics as organizing an event, writing the notice of race and sailing instructions, RC equipment, race committee preparations, setting the starting line, setting the course, starting, finishing and scoring.

What to Bring: You will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing and The Race Management Handbook.

Study Materials: You should answer the Advanced Race Management Study Questions. People interested in becoming certified by US Sailing as Regional or National Race Officers must attend this seminar and pass the associated test. Details of the other requirements for certification are available at the Race Officer section of the US Sailings web site.

 

Club Judge Seminar (CJS)

…is for people who are interested in initial certification as a US Sailing Club Judge. Some protest committee experience is helpful, but not required. The purpose of the seminar is to improve the quality, consistency and fairness of protest hearings and results at the club level. Topics include deriving facts from testimony, managing hearings properly, applying applicable rules and arriving at conclusions and a decision. A test and debrief will be conducted at the end of the day.

What to Bring: You will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing.

Study Materials: Please view the online presentation on the Rules of Part 2 before attending the seminar. A link to this review and other information about the One Day Judge Program can found in the Judge section of the US Sailing Website.

 

Advanced Judge Seminar (AJS)

…is required for initial certification and re-certification as a US Sailing Judge or National Judge. For those who are not currently certified Judges, some protest committee experience is recommended. Topics include handling protests and requests for redress, techniques for running good hearings, writing protest committee decisions and handling open hearings and arbitration.

What to Bring: You will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing, the US Sailing Judges Manual, and the US Sailing Appeals and ISAF Case Book. Only print copies may be used during the test.

Study Materials:
You should answer the Advanced Judge Study Questions. We strongly recommend that you study and answer each question, and write down the relevant rule citations prior to attending the seminar.

 

Umpire Seminar (US)

… is required to become a US National Umpire. It focuses on match race or team race umpiring and covers topics including the mechanics of umpiring, effective “umpirespeak,” umpire and wing boat positioning and handling protests and requests for redress. This is a one-day program.
What to Bring: Participants at the seminar will be required to bring and be familiar with the current Racing Rules of Sailing and the appropriate ISAF Call Books (Team Racing and Match Racing). It is recommended that participants also review the ISAF Umpire Manuals for Match and/or Team racing before the seminar. These books are available from ISAF.
This seminar includes the test required for initial certification and re-certification as a US Sailing Regional or National Umpire. Complete information about the US Sailing Umpire Program, including certification requirements, can be found in the Umpire section of the US Sailing web site.

 

Advanced Umpire Seminar (ADVUS)

…is designed primarily to provide certified Umpires with an opportunity for continuing education by getting them together to share their collective experience with their fellow umpires. A secondary purpose is to satisfy requirements for re-certification as a US National Umpire. The subject matter varies from program to program, but always focuses on umpire-related topics. Regional Umpires and interested non-certified individuals are invited to attend, but they will receive no certification credit from this program. The US Sailing Umpire test (Regional and National) is available for anyone who wishes to take the test.

This is a one-day program. Complete information about the US Sailing Umpire Program, including certification requirements, can be found in the Umpire section of the US Sailing web site.