AWSA has unveiled it's latest innovation to boost our sport's growth - the Universal Slalom Course (USC).
Following the successful implementation of the mini-course into NCWSA competition, AWSA is introducing a similar concept with USC. Organization leaders claim the new design dovetails nicely with ZBS, allowing skiers of all ability levels to compete at their own comfort level. In addition to enhancing the competitor's experience, judging is touted to be much easier.
Changes to the course include:
- elimination of gate balls
- symmetrical - skier may start left or right
- additional balls: mini-course (1/4 point balls) and maxi-course (1 point balls)
- any combination of mini-, midi-, maxi-course balls may be rounded in a pass
- A complete pass must total at least 1.5 to continue on to next pass
Green mini-course and orange midi-course balls are at the same width as the current mini and standard course widths, respectively. Maxi-course balls are located 15m from the course centerline and are intended to stimulate competition at the highest levels for years to come.
USC has been approved for Class C,E, and L and can be used in R at the discretion of the LOC. Class F may opt to use the patent pending DRJM course adjustment system to reduce course difficulty for novice skiers. If DRJM is used, 1/4 point ball scores are reduced to 1/8 and 1/2 point balls to 1/4.
A new ZBS scoring chart will be distributed to align with the new course in 2018.