Volunteer Opportunities

"We Love our Volunteers"

VOLUNTEER ROLES
New to ski racing? Fear not! We’re here to help, answer questions, prepare you and we’ll do our best to mix experienced and new volunteers. Take a look through a number of volunteer positions needed for 2020/2021 season below.


TAILGUNNERS (SNOWSTARS)

Committment: 1-3 full-days during ski season (for parents & guardians)

Role: To assist coach with keeping the snowstar group together while on the mountain and getting safely on & off the chairlift.

Duties: Have fun and assist the coach.

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SNOWSTARS AMBASSADOR 
Commitment: 1-2 hours per month during ski season

Role: Assist Liaise between coaches and parents (best suited for a parent at least 2nd year in the club)

Duties: Send texts/emails to parents regarding upcoming events/races. It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents in your child’s program and share your love and excitement of ASAY with others.
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SPECIAL PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

Commitment: 3-5 hours per month

Role: Organize, design, build, monitor and maintain ASAY shelters, equipment and strategic interests

Duties: Help with maintaining clubhouse, equipment and wax room, ancillary structures. Assist with construction and set-up of structures, tents, heaters, generators, lighting and snow removal as  may be required. Sign up by contacting TBD

COMMUNICATIONS & EVENT PLANNING
Writers

Research, write and edit content for news print, website and newsletter
Commitment: 3-5 hours per month
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Photographers/Videographers

Join the ASAY visual crew! Looking for photographers and videographers to help cover home and away events.
Commitment: 4-8 hours per month (ski season)
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Event Planners

Assist in developing schedules of events, race day notices, intenaries for out of territory competition

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RACE DAY CREW
As the season progresses, watch here for opportunities to volunteer. To start, you'll find descriptions of responsibilities to pique your interest!

 

Starter - is the person responsible for giving the correct start signal to each racer, in collaboration with the Chief of Timing, the Starter must ensure the course is clear of obstructions and safe. Must be comfortable with radios.

 

Start Referee – responsible for ensuring all racers start in the correct order and according to the established rules, including “Stop Starts.”Must be comfortable with radios.

Assistant Starters – responsible for getting the racers into the starting gate and insuring their bib number is on their helmet.

 

Floater – relief position for all team members at start. A person responsible for being on hand to help with getting materials to the start or finish area for timing. Also a great relief person for recorders or hand timers.

 

Hand Timer – times and records the precise starting or finish time using time of day timing. The watches used for hand timing are called “splits.”They are different from single event stop watches in that when the split button is pressed after the watch is started, the display is frozen to allow the display to be read and recorded. At the same time, the watch continues to run internally. When the split button is clicked again it shows the total time that has elapsed since the watch was first started. The manual start timer and the manual finish timer start their watches simultaneously before the race. The start timer presses the split button every time a racer starts and the reading is recorded. When the racer crosses the finishing line, the finish timer presses the split button and records the reading. The difference between the start and finish reading is the time the racer took to complete the course. In hand timing, times are measured only to the 100th second. This position is our back up plan for if the electronic system does not capture a racer’s result.

 

Time Recorder – responsible for recording the racer times. The electronic timing system we are using may do the recording automatically. The time recorder must ensure that adjustments are made for racers that pass each other in the course or do not finish. In addition the Time Recorder enters manual times if the electronic system fails. This position works directly beside the hand timers.

 

Gate Judge – A gate judge’s role is to make sure each racer passes correctly around the gates to have a fair race run by all. A skier passes correctly through the gate when both ski tips and boots pass between the turning and outside gate. The gatekeeper must be placed so they can properly observe the terrain, the gates and course sections which they are overseeing. They should have a clear view of the line between the turning gate and the outside gate for all the assigned gates The gate judge should be close enough to run to the gate(s) quickly in case it requires fixing or needs to look at the tracks that the racer made, before the next racer comes along. The gate judge must also ensure that they aren't in the racer's way and they are positioned that if the racer falls, the competitor won't slide into the gate judge (for safety and to avoid interference).

 

Finish Controller - is responsible for looking after the finish area, making sure that everything is set up properly at the finish, responsible for keeping the finish area clear of racers who have completed their run and spectators (aka coaches and parents), making sure that course workers and racers who Do Not Finish do not go through the finish line, and also make sure the finish is safe for all competitors. Must be comfortable with radios.

Finish Area Referee – is responsible for interfacing with the Chief of Timing for calling “approaches” and “tacks” for athletes crossing the finish line and breaking the timing beam. Also responsible for calling DNF or DSQ’s at the finish. You will have to be comfortable using a radio.

 

Slippers – work on course repair through side slipping or raking as directed to do so by the Chief of Course. Tear-Down Volunteers assist the Chief of Race in tearing down and putting away the course materials. Need to be able to move and lift gear while on skis. During the race assist in keeping the course clean with slipping between racers and cycling back up to the start. Set up and tear down banners.

 

Snack Helper – helps at the top of the course with food and beverage.

 

Results – work closely with Chief of Timing and the timing crew to get results compiled, posted to the Internet (if applicable) and produced in time for the race awards and presentations. Be comfortable working with computers. Skiing is not necessary for this role.

Bib Collector – collects bibs at the end of race.

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