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May 2018 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Congress and FIS Congress Update

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard, 07/10/18, 9:30AM EDT

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May 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress and FIS Congress Update

Membership Update
• Alpine Non-Scored Student Membership
The Non-Scored Student membership returns for the 2018-19 season. This membership
is designed for students aged 14-24 (prior to Dec. 31) and is primarily for interscholastic
and intercollegiate racing only. The Non-Scored Student membership provides access to
all levels of U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored and non-scored competitions at the local,
divisional, regional and national level. However, as the name implies it does not include
access to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard points list. Alpine Non-Scored Students age 18-22
may race in Alpine Masters races (excluding championships).

• Background Screening and SafeSport Training
New this year, Coach, Official and Club Volunteer members will be required to have
criminal background screening and SafeSport training every two years. Previously,
background screening was only required every three years and SafeSport training was
not mandatory for these members. We encourage Coaches, Officials and Club Volunteer
members to register early to comply with these new requirements.

Alpine Sport Committee Approved Action Items
• To approve the U16 Nationals selection proposal, allowing athletes who participate in
national European competition trips to be automatically qualified for U16 Nationals.
• To allow regions and divisions to host dual National Point/FIS SG and DH events
• To allow divisions to host ability class events at their discretion
• To allow divisions to approve athletes to ski down an age group
• To allow all race organizers to run dual single-pole slalom events that score to the SL
points list using the rules established for the test events in 2017-18
• To create a working group to develop a new dual paneled slalom category to score to
the National points system that will eventually replace alpine combined
• To continue combined-gender test races at the U10 and U12 level (giving awards within
year of birth rather than gender)
• To approve the U19 NPS quota proposal, allowing increased access for second-year
FIS athletes and to broaden selection for first-year FIS athletes across all three events
• To close FIS Intents 18 days prior to first team captains meeting. Confirmation deadline
remains 16 days prior to first team captains meeting
• To specify in the ACR that the GS vertical drop maximum is 450 m for men and 400 m
for women.

Exceptional Races Report
According to policy established by the Alpine Sport Committee, U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff can
withhold from processing, or adjust results after processing, any race that has the appearance
of deliberate distortion or produces results outside of statistical norms.
Additionally, staff and the Classification Working Group will review races which fall outside of
the norm of expected scoring opportunity and provide recommended sanctions to the Alpine
Sport Committee at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress for action, including adjusting the
penalty or invalidating the competition completely.
The following races fell outside of expected norms, and penalties were applied to the results as
follows:

• U0299 W GS – Vail
To apply an adder to U0299 so either the percent improvement or the percent of field
scoring do not trip the flag, whichever adder is lowest.
Point
Improvement
% Point
Improvement % of Field Scoring
Current Metrics 38 25 77
10-point Adder 32 20 68

• U1136 W GS – Sugarbush
To apply an adder to U1136 so either the percent improvement or the percent of field
scoring do not trip the flag, whichever adder is lowest.
Point
Improvement
% Point
Improvement % of Field Scoring
Current Metrics 43 30 79
18-point Adder 30 20 71
• U1055 W SL – Cochrans
To apply an adder to U1055 so either the percent improvement or the percent of field
scoring do not trip the flag, whichever adder is lowest.
Point
Improvement
% Point
Improvement % of Field Scoring
Current Metrics 42 29 65
17-point Adder 30 20 57
• U0301 W GS – Vail
To apply an adder to U0301 so either the percent improvement or the percent of field
scoring do not trip the flag, whichever adder is lowest.
Point
Improvement
% Point
Improvement % of Field Scoring
Current Metrics 32 22 68
4-point Adder 28 19 68
FIS Congress Action Information Items
Timing
No longer necessary to sync between runs.
Equipment
Plomb validity extended for season 2018-19 on speed suits; no new plombs will be affixed.
FIS Start Limitations
Will be recommendation but not a rule.
FIS Points List Schedule
Will change to every two weeks during northern hemisphere season (the National list
schedule will change to match FIS).
Minimum Penalties
During the 2018 FIS Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE), the Council agreed to the
proposal to change the minimum penalties for alpine competitions and eliminate the artificial
FIS points of the World Cup Start List top 30 athletes (starting 1st July 2018). However, they
did not agree to the retroactive application of that change based on the simulation list
prepared during the past two seasons.
Based upon that decision, the following procedures will be utilized in FIS alpine competition
for season 2018-19: the Base List, seeding of competitions, penalty and race point
calculations, and subsequent ranking lists will use the same system as in season 2017-18.
A parallel system will run (like the simulations that have been done) using the new minimum
penalties of 0/15/20/23/60. That parallel system will score every race using the new
minimums and ranking lists will be run with those results. The data developed under that
parallel system will be the basis for the 2019-20 Base List.
F-Values
Will change as follows
• DH 1250
• SL 730
• GS 1010
• SG 1190
• AC 1360