Officials Level A Program

  
  


Welcome to a very important stage in your career as an official. When you reach level A, you have made the transition from a local and regional official to a national-level one, and you are immediately on the radar screen of the National Technical Commission and the staff of USA Cycling. This means you have access to higher level races and are offered the opportunity to apply for National Championships, UCI races, and NRC races.

However, we require a lot of our top officials, so do not take this step lightly. We assume a level A official is dedicated to being a professional cycling official. There will be more responsibility, more evaluations, and more continuing education. If none of that daunts you, read on.

Requirements for Upgrades

All of the experience requirements below are from the time a person became a level B official for road or track or a level C official for MTB. All requirements are also specific to the discipline (road, track or mountain Bike). In other words, if you have to have 25 races, then it is 25 races for road AND 25 races for track if you are doing both.

General Requirements for Road & Track

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • 25 races in any position
  • At least 4 of the 25 must be at the national level or higher (NRC races, National Championships, UCI races, etc.)
  • Two seasons minimum since reaching B
  • Take the level A upgrade clinic and pass the test with at least a 75%
  • Take level B module 0, and 10
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from any of the following:
    • Your USAC Regional Coordinator
    • Your Local Association Official’s assigner
    • Active Level A or higher officials

Road Upgrades

  • Of the 25* races since becoming a B, at least two must be stage races
  • Must be Chief Referee at 5 races minimum
  • Must be Chief Judge at 5 races minimum

* Only two cyclo-cross races count for the road upgrade experience.

Track Upgrades

  • Must be Chief Referee at 5 races minimum
  • Must be starter at 5 races minimum
  • Must be Chief Judge or Race Secretary at 5 races minimum

Mountain Bike Upgrades

Since there is no level B official for MTB, we've implemented the module system for the mountain bike level A upgrade. 

Module System
There are a series of modules to be taken, before moving up to level A. The advantages to this system are as follows:
  • The official controls their own pace of advancement
  • A lack of a clinic in an area will not be a hindrance
  • The process will make for a much better official
  • The checks will make sure that the official has learned the material and has the practical experience to upgrade.
  • Through this process, the official will be in close contact with a member of the USA Cycling Technical Commission, as well as the on-site Chief Referee, who will be able to give valuable mentoring and evaluation to the official.
Format of the Modules
Each module comes with several parts:
  • Introductory material that explains the goals of the module and any prerequisites, including required reading.
  • A module pre-test that you will complete and then check your own answers in the back.
  • The observed practical tasks of the material that you perform to pass the module.
  • A check-off sheet where the tasks can be documented by the Chief Referee of the race(s) where you complete the module.
Some modules are longer than others. Some could easily be done in one race. Others specifically require working multiple races. Some require tasks you might not see at every race, so you might have to work several before the situation presents itself. Some modules have more theory and less practical than others too.

To upgrade to level A for Mountain Bike, you must successfully complete the 8 required modules and exersices:
Module 1 - Customer Service (PDF)
Module 2 - Assitant Judge (PDF)
Module 3 - Assitant Timer (PDF)
Module 4 - Race Secretary & Registrar (PDF)
Module 5 - Endurance Events (PDF)
Module 6 - Downhill & Time Trials (PDF)
Module 7 - Cheif Referee (PDF)
Module 8 - Post Event (PDF)
Exercises - All mountain bike module (Excel 2010)
 


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