March 2013 Technical Director Update



March 2013 Technical Director Update

Dear USA Cycling Official,

Officials Clothing Program
We are still transitioning to our new company. We do have a few items of officials clothing left if any of you want to purchase some of it. Please find the remaining inventory list attached to this e-mail.

2013 Officials Summit
The second biennial officials’ summit has come and gone. I consider it another one for the victory column. Once the weather took its full toll, we ended up with 92 participants, and all of them seemed very happy with the results. Most felt the presentations were more interesting and relevant, and everyone appreciated the greater time allotted for networking.

For those of you who could not make it, we have filmed almost all of the sessions and posted them on our website. To access them, please got to the link below:

2013 Rulebook
The 2013 rulebook is out. I got mine in the mail a week ago, so most of you should have too, assuming you had renewed in time. From the moment we pulled the database to send to the mail room, anyone who renews or becomes a first time official will be sent a rulebook as a one off. This is a very new rulebook, and hopefully much improved. This will be a good year to take a cold night and curl up by the fire and read it cover to cover. We also hosted a new rules webinar earlier this month. For those who missed it live and have not taken your local association’s seminar on new rules, you can also watch this webinar by clicking on the link below:

Updated Policies

During the National Technical Commission meeting that preceded the summit, some important updates were made to some of the officials program.

Officials Code of Ethics
The NTC made some minor modifications to the Code of Ethics for officials. This code can be found at the link below:

Social Media Guidelines
The NTC and I spent quite awhile on this topic. Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc, represents a tremendous benefit to communication but also can be a burden. For officials, their presence on social media can be constructive or destructive. The guidelines spell out USA Cycling’s position of how officials should and should not use social media.

Continuing Education
We attempted to get this going last year, but were unsuccessful for a variety of reasons. We have updated our continuing education program, which can be found at the link below. This is the first year of tracking continuing education credits, or CEU’s. When officials renew in 2014, there will be a component where CE is taken into account. More details will be given later, but at a minimum, all officials will have to have taken a new rules seminar of some type. The new rules webinar will count for that as will any new rules seminar presented at the local association level.

National Level Assignments

Tentative national level assignments have been posted to the link below. Please keep in mind that these assignments will change as new information comes to us.

Upcoming Webinars

In case you haven't heard, we, at USA Cycling, have officially launched our new online post-event process. We will be hosting a free webinar on April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm to go over some of the nuances of the system. To register, please click on the link below. The webinar will count for one CE credit hour.

Rule of the Month

Here is the rule of the month:

The first set of changes has to do with a series waiver. This was a process formalized in MTB rules for decades, but never adopted into any other discipline. This year we decided to give it a try in other disciplines. Whenever there is some sort of series or awards for multiple events, it leads to challenges for riders in the middle categories that may upgrade during the series. It is as it becomes a strategy to see who can do just well enough to win the series without doing so well that they get upgraded. This series waiver attempts to give a rider the possibility to finish a series in his old category even though he may technically have the number of points to be upgraded.

Note that the caveats in 1E1(c) are fairly restrictive for anything but a MTB race. The reason for that is that some “series” such as a BAR competition may take all season. It is not fair to continue to allow a rider to ride down in category for two long. Thus this series waiver is only for a short series and can only be used once per rider per category. In other words, the same rider cannot start series A, then start series B and expect to be able to waive the upgrade for both of them.

In 1E2(a), we did a couple of things. First, some of the numbers were changed. Second, and most important, we removed the timeline for completion out of the voluntary points upgrades. For example, to upgrade from 4 to 3 on the road, you can request an upgrade with 20 points. It used to say 20 points in a 12 month period, but the timeline has been removed.

However, this rule took effect in 2013. We have decided that riders who were accruing points in 2012 could roll those forward and use them in 2013 and beyond, but we would not make this rule retroactive and consider points from prior to 2012. This was the reason for the addition of rule 1E1(d).

That is all for this one.

Shawn Farrell
Technical Director




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