As you all know my son skis at the University of Iowa and is currently team president. One of the struggles the team has had with running tournaments (which both make money for the team and encourage participation in the sport) is getting enough qualified appointed officials. Thing is, there just aren't that many senior officials in the Midwest who are senior in all three events. Given that these are C class events and we want to encourage participation, I think we need to re-think class C requirements for three event tournaments at the collegiate level. I'd like those of you who are part of the AWSA hierarchy to consider options. For example, perhaps you could make becoming a senior less onerous, such that the collegiate kids could become seniors more easily and be less reliant on the goodwill of adults. Alternatively, perhaps you could allow these tournaments to be run with assistants as the appointed officials for some or all of the categories. The current situation is a meaningful impediment to the team's ability to run tournaments, gain participation, and fund their operations. When I look at what it takes to be a senior official I doubt that many college kids will achieve it in a single discipline before they graduate, much less in three events plus scoring and driving. @jdarwin
-- what say you?