May 2014 Technical Director Update



May 2014 Technical Director Update


It snows. It’s hot. It snows. It’s hot. You just gotta love springtime in the Rockies. For most, if not all of you the season is in full swing for all disciplines except CX. We are busy here with planning for the next 15 of 17 National Championships we host, with our gala Professional Road Championships right around the corner in Chattanooga, TN.  

National Elite Commissaire Class in MTB
The UCI commissaire division is trying to organize more English-speaking National Elite Commissaire courses, this time for MTB. This is an intense 4 day course that bridges the gap between local and national officiating topics and those at the international level. Such a course would serve to better prepare National Commissaire level candidates, both for work in their own countries and as a prelude to the next International course, which will probably be in 2015 or 2016. I am only mentioning this as I would like to start gauging interest in such a program.

Rule of the Month
May's Rule of the Month goes back to an oldy-but-a-goody, the CENTERLINE RULE. Recently it's become a question of at what point do you enforce the centerline rule, as soon as the cross the right edge of the line or once they go all the way over the line. Read the full blog entry at

NASO Summit and Membership
Last year I attended the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) National Summit in Grand Rapids, MI. There were two other cycling officials in attendance, and it was a really fun and informative time for all. This year’s event is in Albuquerque, NM, July 27-29. Please see the link below to check it out:

It is an amazing experience to be surrounded by hundreds of officials from fifty-something sports. You find out that whether talking local or the big leagues, we all have to face the same issues. I encourage those of you who can make it to do so. If we can get a good turnout, I will plan some social gatherings either just for us, or we may host a reception so the rest of the sports can get to know cycling. Last year I had the thrill of meeting Jerry Markbreit, the legendary NFL referee who changed the face of professional officiating, and the rest of the summit for me was emersion in who’s who of top level officiating. Tom and I will definitely be attending this year and hope to see many of you there. Drop me a line if you will go so that I can better plan for what activities we can develop.

We have created a registration page so that you can sign up through USAC. We have received a corporate discount by doing group registrations. The cost of the summit is $375 when we register you as part of our group prior to July 10. Individual registrations are $425 prior to May 16 and $475 after.

Also, we are beginning the renewal process for NASO members. If you are already a NASO member and would like to take advantage of this, you can still register through us and you will be refunded the portion of your unused membership and reset to have an account that goes through June 2015, which is our annual renewal period. Our corporate discount saves you $27 if you renew through us. NASO membership includes a variety of great benfits. Those benfits include liability insurance, educational and training materials, discounts and advocacy.

To register for either the NASO membership or the NASO Summit please go to the Officials clinics page. Please note that you must be logged into your USA Cycling account before going to the clinics page.

That is it for this one. Have a great spring.

Shawn Farrell
Technical Director




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