April 2013 Technical Director Update



April 2013 Technical Director Update

Dear USA Cycling Official,

Officials Clothing Program
Our new clothing program has been launched! We are enthusiastic about both the quality of the products and the value for the price. The new webiste can be viewed at http://usacycling.drivemarketing.com/. We do have a few items left of our sale merchandise. The attached list shows our remaining inventory. Please contact Valecia Frasier directly if you would like to purchase any of the remaining inventory.

Upcoming Webinars
Some of you may have missed our latest webinar about the new USA Cycling online post event process. Well never fear, it's been archived for your viewing pleasure. It can be viewed at http://www.usacycling.org/archived-webinar-the-online-post-event-and-you.htm. We also have 2 more webinars in the works. Both webinars will be worth 1 CEU. The dates are tentative right now, but if any changes happen they'll be reflected on the registration page for the webinar. The webinars are as follows.

May 22, 2013 4:00pm MDT: Concussions: Identification and Evaluation: presented by Steve Broglio, M.D. Steve is a member of the Medicine of Cycling Conference. Regististration for the webinar is at https://student.gototraining.com/r/1308934857714972672

June 5, 2013 4:00pm MDT: UCI Cyclo-cross Race Secretary Course: presented by Dorothy Abbott, UCI Commissaire Cyclo-cross, Road, Para and Track. This course will be mandatory for any person wanting to working a UCI event as a race secretary. Registration for the webinar is at https://student.gototraining.com/r/3087116739201030144

Also, we're looking for topics for future webinars, and we want to know what you'd like to learn about. Please send topic ideas to Tom Mahoney.

Rule of the Month
We're going to try something new this month with the Rule of the Month section. We're going to start posting the "Rule of the Month" to the Official's Blog. We've already got April posted, it can be viewed directly at http://www.usacycling.org/blog/usa-cycling-officials/april-rule-of-the-month.htm. The comments have been turned on, so if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or considerations please feel free to let us know about it.

New Online Tools
We've redesigned the Officials Working Forms page to be a little more user friendly. Tom and I will be working on getting this updated with the latest and greatest paperwork to make your life easier. If you feel you have a some form or document that needs to be shared with the officiating world, let us know! We'll take a look at it and post it to the website.

Meet USA Cycling's new Risk Protection Manager
A couple of months ago, USA Cycling hired Jonathan Whiteman to be its new Risk Protection Manager.

Jon will oversee USA Cycling's Safe Sport, Concussion Management, and Anti-Doping initiatives and he's looking forward to working with cycling clubs, local associations, and race directors to help ensure that all cycling participants have the best and safest possible experiences.

Click here to read why this role is important to him.

Officials Education
This year is going to be one of the biggest pushes ever in officials’ education. Last month I introduced the topic of continuing education. This month I would like to tell all of you who are looking to advance from level C to level B on the road that we have just finished modifying the level B upgrade process. To be honest, our first attempt with the B modules did not have the intended effect. We went that route because there was a big backlog of level C officials who could never find a level B clinic to go to, plus the level B test was really just rules memorization and had no practical application. We designed the modules to do two things:

  • Allow the official to take control of his destiny and the pace with which he upgraded
  • Have a system that documented what the official had learned and done and would be based on actual field experience.

Well, our first attempt was too ambitious. It was written by old guys like me who waxed philosophically about how back in the day we used to work 500-600 days a year (after we walked 20 miles to the race and back through ten-foot snow drift...) at bike races and we could have done all this in about two weeks. The unitended effect was very few people could get through them in a reasonable time period.

So, we have done several things to the new B modules to help with this:

  • We reduced the number of modules. There are now only 10
  • We made the pre-tests self correcting instead of having a bottleneck while you wait for someone else to look at them
  • We deleted much of the redundancy. If before you had to do job X 10 times, now you only have to do it 3-5 times, etc.
  • We deleted some of the things that sound cool or interesting to know, but in reality you might work 30 years and never see one. For example, I have been officiating since 1980 at all levels, and still I have never seen a level crossing that I had to do anything with. There was a level crossing requirement in one of the road modules.

It is our desire and goal that these new modules are more user-friendly and straightforward and can be accomplished in a season, or two at the most, by an official who is serious about working and advancing.

Next up will be the level B track modules, which will be launched this year.
That is all for this one.

Shawn Farrell
Technical Director


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