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2019 Interschools Rules of Racing

The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2019 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print.  Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.

2019 Interschools Rules of Racing

 

Here is a list of the major Rule Changes for 2019 (changes in bold):

1.16 - In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events. 1.16    In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events.

4.4 - If a competitor loses one or both of their skis, and/or comes to a complete stop, they must pull off to the side of the course and not complete the rest of their run. They will record a DNF for that run.

4.5 - If a competitor misses a gate but does not come to a complete stop, they can ski/snowboard back to the missed gate and both boots must cross the imaginary line to record a time for the run.

7.1 - From the NSW Regional Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top five NSW placed teams and the top fifteen individual NSW competitors from Divisions and disciplines will be eligible to race in the SSA Northern States Championships (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.5 - From the ACT-Southern NSW Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.6 - From the SSA Northern States Cross Country Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT, QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines will be eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.7 - From the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.14 - If a competitor is unable to attend a Regional or State event due to a clash with training or competition commitments, an exemption to compete at the National event may be considered. Applications will only be accepted by individuals who are currently part of an SSA Emerging Talent Program (ETP) and/or NSWIS Scholarship program or higher. No exemptions for medical reasons will be excepted.

An exemption application must be submitted to the National Interschools Committee prior to the close of entries for the Regional or State event.

Exemptions are discipline specific. For example, a Snowboard competitor will only receive an exemption for Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross and/or Snowboard Slopestyle.

Once an exemption has been verified by the SSA Performance Manager and approved by the National Interschools Committee, the individual can enter the National event as an individual entry for the discipline the exemption has been approved for, or the individual can be entered into a school team for any discipline that has already qualified as per Rule 7.8.

7.15 - Competitors must compete in the division that they qualified in.

7.16 - From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships. There are no team invites. For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition. Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45/100) and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55/100). The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field.  No National Championship points will be awarded to Slopestyle event results and only individual medals will be awarded at the National Event. 

9.13 - Alpine Race Suits are permitted in Divisions 1-4 only. No Race Suits are permitted in Division 5 and 6.

- The use of fluoro-wax is not permitted in all disciplines

Online Entries - close in 3 weeks

Online Entries for the Subaru ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships (July 24-26 at Perisher) and volunteer registration will close on June 26 at 10pm. 

 

How to Complete School Entries

School entries are completed online by the School Coordinator, who will have a login for the entry system.

The School Coordinator login username is your email address. If you have misplaced your password, you can retrieve it on the entry system home page.

If your school has previously entered the Interschools Championships and you are taking over the School Coordinator role in 2019; you can get a login for the Online Entry System by either;

  1. Asking the previous school coordinator to login to the Online Entry System and update the School Details tab with the new school coordinators email address. They can either set a new password for you or you can click 'Retrieve Password' on the login page to the Online Entry System to set a new password yourself.
  2. Email Interschools at info@nswinterschools.com.au to update the login. You must then login and update the temporary password you are given. Please update your details on the School Details tab in the Online Entry System. Ensuring that the School Details page is updated allows school coordinators to be sent SMS updates during the Championships and Interschools can contact the correct coordinator for any queries with your entries, etc.

If your school has not previously entered in the Interschools Championships you will need to register the school for the Online Entry System home page (click "register"). Please check with Interschools if your school is registered for the Online Entry System before registering the school as there cannot be multiple school registrations by emailing info@nswinterschools.com.au

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM

 

We highly recommend that you use Google Chrome as your web browser when registering and completing your school entries. You may experience difficulties If you do not use Google Chrome as your web browser. Click Here to download Google Chrome for Free

For help completing your entries, please read the online entry guidelines within the Interschools Handbook.

How to help your school coordinator complete your entry

School Coordinators have a big job in putting together school entries so here is a list of what participants, parents and carers can do now to make it easier for school coordinators to enter participants into the Championships:

  • All Participants need to have an active Snowracer SnowID. If you have entered the Championships before, you will have a SnowID already but it will need to be renewed and activated for 2019. New participants will need to sign up for Snowracer to receive a SnowID. To renew or register now, go to https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/. You can look up your Snowracer status to check if you are registered and renewed.
  • Pass on your SnowID to your school coordinator. They will need to know this number to be able to enter participants in the Interschools Online Entry System
  • Let your school coordinator know what disciplines you wish to enter and what year at school you are in. Start Lists will be available online from mid May, so you will be able to check that you have been entered into the correct disciplines and divisions.
  • Can you help the school as a Team Manager or Volunteer Course Official? Team Managers receive discounted lift tickets and Volunteers receive a free of charge lift ticket on event days. Let your school coordinator know if you are available for these roles as they will need to register this information in the Interschools Online Entry System.
  • Complete your Online Participant Waiver Form. Volunteers will need to complete the Online Volunteer Waiver Form.

Introducing Little Gliders

Little Gliders is a brand new participation product that introduces children to Cross-country and Alpine disciplines through game based learning with modified ski equipment. 

For term 3, Little Gliders will only be offered as a coach delivered package in the ACT area. Please register your interest for Little Gliders in 2019 by contacting us

2019 Amelia McGuiness Events

  • Amelia McGuiness XC Sprints, Perisher Trails – Sunday 18th August
  • The Amelia McGuiness Alpine GS, Ski Cross & Snowboard Cross Time Trial, Perisher - Monday 19th August
  • Amelia McGuiness Alpine ‘Masters & Apprentices’ Time Trial, Perisher – Monday 19th August

ABOUT

The Amelia McGuiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF) was established in memory of Amelia McGuiness who tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009.

All monies raised are distributed to our emerging athletes via the Amelia McGuiness Scholarship Program, applications to open in mid-September each year. This scholarship is dedicated to providing practical support (for equipment, training and resources), for up-and-coming winter snowsports athletes from the age of 10 to 18 years old, across all disciplines including Para winter athletes.  2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of Amelia’s passing and since then, the foundation has distributed $194,860 in funds to emerging athletes.

These events are the perfect opportunity to practice in Alpine GS, Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, and Cross Country events before the SSA Northern States Interschools Championship.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Online registrations for all Amelia McGuiness events will open via the SSA Events Portal on Monday 6th May and close on Monday 12th August.

Late entries may be taken on the day of the event, providing the maximum quota of participants has not been reached.

 

AMELIA McGUINESS CROSS COUNTRY SPRINTS & TEAM RELAYS

Amelia McGuiness Cross Country Sprints is an individual Junior event only.  The Amelia Cross Country Sprints are a chance to gain valuable Cross Country event experience before the SSA Northern States Interschool Championship, while raising funds to support emerging winter athletes.

Individual Cross Country Time Trials will be followed by Team Sprints (teams assembled by event organisers on the day based on Sprint times).  Bring your skate skis or your classics – whatever you will have the most fun on!

Location:          The Nordic Shelter, Perisher Cross Country Centre.

Date:                Sunday 18th August 2019

Course:            Perisher Cross Country Trails

Race Times:      1pm – Time Trial with the Team Sprints to follow

Cost:                $30 per entry.  $50 per entry if registered on the day of the event.

Entries:            Entries open Monday 6th via the SSA Events Portal and close Monday 12th August 2019. Late entries may be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times.

Bib Collection:  From 12 NOON at the Nordic Shelter.

Presentation:   Presentation will be held at the Nordic Shelter immediately after the Team Sprints.  Presentations are informal as this is a fun event that focuses on participation and gaining experience. Participation certificates will be available to download closer to the event.

Results:            Results will be available on the Interschools website after the event.

Contact:           Leslie Ludwig nswxc1@gmail.com

 

All Participants must have a current SSA SnowID in order to register.  If you do not have a SnowID or are unsure if you have a SnowID, please visit https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/  Once you have obtained a SnowID you will be sent a Username via email to use when you register.  Please ensure that your SnowID details are up-to-date and your membership is active.

 

AMELIA McGUINESS MEMORIAL TIME TRIAL

This fundraising event will only be open for school-aged participants and is an individual event. It is a great training opportunity for skiers and snowboarders in preparation for the SSA Northern States Interschools Championship while supporting emerging winter athletes.   The Amelia McGuiness Time Trial will be open to a maximum of 250 participants.

Resort:             Perisher

Date:                Monday 19th August 2019

Discipline:        Alpine GS, Ski Cross (Div 6 to Div 1) & Snowboard Cross (Div 5 to Div 1)

Course:            Front Valley and Centre Valley

Race Times:      9.00 am (subject to change)

Cost:                $40 per entry, per discipline (2 timed runs in each event).  $50 if registered on the day of the event.

Entries:            Entries open Monday 6th May via the SSA Events Portal and close Monday 12th August 2019. Late entries may be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times, providing the maximum quota of 250 participants has not been reached.

Waivers:            Each participant must complete a Interschools Participant Waiver at the time of entry.  

Bib Collection:  Bibs can be collected from the Interschools Race Room.  Times to be confirmed.

Presentation:   Presentations will be held at 4pm, location to be confirmed.  Participation certificates will be available to download closer to the event.

Results:            Results will be available on the Interschools website after the event.

 

Note:               Helmet use is mandatory for all participants (including adults) whilst on course for inspection and during the Time Trial. Any participants who arrive at the top of the course without a helmet will not be able to participate. Please note that race suits will not be permitted in all divisions at this Time Trial event.  Participants must have a valid Lift Ticket for the day of the event.  No discount tickets will be available.

 

Contact:           Wendy Olsen – SSA Northern Operations Manager wendy@nswinterschools.com.au

                        Cathy Lambert – SSA Northern Admin Manager cathy@nswinterschools.com.au

 

All Participants must have a current SSA SnowID in order to register.  If you do not have a SnowID or are unsure if you have a SnowID, please visit https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/  Once you have obtained a SnowID you will be sent a Username via email to use when you register.  Please ensure that your SnowID details are up-to-date and your membership is active.

 

 

AMELIA McGUINESS ALPINE ‘MASTERS & APPRENTICES’ TIME TRIAL

AMASDF and the SSA Northern (NSW/ACT) Alpine Community are pleased to announce the inaugural Amelia McGuiness Alpine ‘Masters & Apprentices’ Time Trial to be held Monday 19th August at Perisher.  The ‘Masters & Apprentices’ Time Trial will be held following the completion of the Amelia McGuiness Memorial Time Trials.

Have you left school, do you love to race, are you a tertiary student, parent, teacher, coach, Master-in-Charge or involved in Alpine skiing in any way?

Fun, prizes and lots of egos guaranteed!

 

Resort:             Perisher

Date:                Monday 19th August 2019

Discipline:        Alpine GS

Course:            Front Valley

Race Times:      12 NOON (subject to change)

Cost:                $40 per entry (2 timed runs in each event).  $50 if registered on the day of the event.

Entries:            Entries open Monday 6th May via the SSA Events Portal and close Monday 12th August 2109. Waivers must be submitted at the time of entry along with payment via credit card.  Late entries may be accepted at the bib registration desk during bib collection times, providing the maximum quota of 150 participants has not been reached.

Bib Collection:  Bibs can be collected from the Interschools Race Room.  Times to be confirmed.

Presentation:   Presentations will be held at 4.30pm. Location and time to be confirmed.  Participation certificates will be available to download closer to the event.

Results:            Results will be available on the Interschools website after the event.

 

Note:               Helmet use is mandatory for all participants whilst on course for inspection and during the Time Trial. Any participant who arrives at the top of the course without a helmet will not be able to participate. Please note that race suits will not be permitted at this Time Trial event.  Participants must have a valid Lift Ticket for the day of the event.  No discount tickets will be available.

 

Contact:           Wendy Olsen – SSA Northern Operations Manager wendy@nswinterschools.com.au

                        Cathy Lambert – SSA Northern Admin Manager cathy@nswinterschools.com.au

 

All Participants must have a current SSA SnowID in order to register.  If you do not have a SnowID or are unsure if you have a SnowID, please visit https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/  Once you have obtained a SnowID you will be sent a Username via email to use when you register.  Please ensure that your SnowID details are up-to-date and your membership is active.

National Event & National Rules Developments

National Event Directions: The NIC has determined to continue to develop the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships as an Aspirational event aligned with the sport pathway. During 2019, through a range of stake-holder consultation opportunities at the Sport, School, and Snowsports community level, the National Interschools Committee and the National Participation Committee (NPC) will develop a National Interschools Working Paper on: Rules / Event Scheduling / Teams Selection / Quality Events. The National Participation Conference in November will finalise adoption of the recommendations of the working paper.

  • National Rules: A National Rules Committee consisting of 10 representatives from the NSW / VIC / ACT State Interschools Committees (4), SSA (2) and the Resorts (4), will develop consistent AUS Interschools rules for implementation in 2020.
  • National Event Schedule: The NIC will review the 2018 & 2019 AUS Event Schedule, with an objective to develop a consistent AUS Event schedule for implementation in 2020. This will include a focus on minimising the number of days out of school for Division 1 competitors, minimising the number of days in attendance per division, avoiding event clashes where possible/practical, introducing twilight event scheduling to maintain the current 5-day program.
  • Team Selections: The NIC supports the view that building and developing a Team culture (both the individual small team and the specific larger school team culture) at participating schools is at the very foundation, the fabric of what Interschools Snowsports competition is all about. Accordingly, the current requirements of schools to nominate and select their participating teams will be supported through the development of a Teams Selection information document that will endeavour to support all school coordinators in their critical and key roles to create a competitive, cohesive and successful Snowsports team culture within their schools. We are in discussion with a number of schools across a range of states in the development of a best practice team selection document, which we will share with school coordinators in a variety of school settings.
  • Quality Events: The NIC Rules Committee will examine the alignment of National Interschools event course specifications, with SSA events for the same/similar age-group. The NIC will also look to develop competition-level appropriate Regional and State Event course specifications.           

2019 SSA National Snowsports Participation & Development Conference

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th + Friday 8th November

This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Since mid-2018, a small development group has worked on the Conference program and objectives. We anticipate a conference attendance of between 200 to 250, with the intended audience being school Snowsports Coordinators from across Australia, and industry representatives/leaders from the Resorts, the Clubs, the SIA, the APSI, and private providers servicing the Snowsports industry in Australia. The Conference dates are structured to coincide with the new Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards event to be held on the Thursday evening – 7th November.

The Conference Outline.

Day 1 – Thursday 7th November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm

  • Framing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry, including SportAUS, AOC, AIS, OWIA, SSA, NSWIS, Resorts, Clubs, Coaching, Training.
  • Developing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance, including OWIA, SSA, Previous Athletes, Interschools, Schools.
  • Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm

Day 2 – Friday 8th November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm

  • Planning Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, and Participation Event Rules & Guidelines, including SSA, Interschools, Schools, Resorts, Snow Sports Research Academics.
  • Inspiring Participation: Keynotes and Panel Presentations on the Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympics, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.  

The Conference and Awards evening dates are confirmed. The SSA working group is currently working through the finalisation of conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. Costings for the full 2-day Conference package, to include all Conference sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at the Thursday evening Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards, are between the $350 to $450 per participant, with the final cost to be released with the initial registration papers due out to schools in early May – the beginning weeks of School Term Two.

2019 Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Established to compliment the Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards being held in Melbourne on Wednesday May 1st, the Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards have been established to acknowledge and recognise athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs at the development and pathway level of snow sports. We anticipate a National audience of between 300 to 350 attendees.

The timing of the Community Sport Awards ties in with the end of the domestic winter season in Australia, is held outside of school holidays, and before many athletes and presenters depart for training and competitions in the Northern season. They are also being held during the 2019 National Participation Conference, also being held at the same venue in Canberra, with many attendees of the conference likely to also attend the awards.

An SSA working group will manage the development of this major initiative, with the wider Snowsports community now being consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.

This event is planned to develop into an annual and very significant Awards and Celebration evening that enables us to promote and acknowledge SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. There will also be a legacy component of this event, which will recognise previous and high-profile members of the Australian Snowsports community, in a National Snowsports Hall of Fame, a Legacy List, and enduring Life Membership.

Further details will be released mid-year.