There is a fair amount of bitching about how hard it is to become an official and or how hard it is to keep a rating. I 100% agree that the bureaucracy is silly but on the other hand I see SO MUCH bad judging. I used to not see it but as time goes on I see it more and more. Since the rankings list is now so important to the sport one inflated or deflated score can change how a skier is ranked.
I sat on shore last weekend and watched a MM skier clearly get wide of, past and around 5 at 39 but fall before the wakes. I look at the score book today and I see he was given 5.
I am totally conflicted because I am the guy to always says Class C is fine. I do not need ELR. Why would a 47 yr old level 8 need a Class L? A tiny percent of the skiers in the sport should ever need more than Class C.
So more clinics? No. Maybe better clinics and the balls to tell judges when they are clearly wrong. We need standardized clinics that focus on the nuts and bolts. The last clinic I went to was mostly a waste of my time because it was not about the nuts and bolts. It was about odd little rules that I do not remember anyway. I do not care if the average Regular Judge knows the odd parts of rules book inside and out. Just learn to count balls correctly and then learn the other bits.
Come one people it is really really easy.