I am posting this for judges, skier and Jeff Surdej's comments and clarifications.
Before I attended a Record Tournament this weekend, I was given a copy of the AWSA email below that was send to Technical Controllers. I discussed this with most of the 15 Senior Judges in attendance at the tournament, to be better prepared for an upcoming record tournament. Where I am Chief Judge. I may be misinformed or jumping to conclusions but… I have four major concerns:
1. This was only sent to TC, none of the judges I talked to received the email nor we they aware of the requirement for an additional monitoring of end course video.
2. There is not documentation or any discussion of this ‘requirement” on the IWSF rule book or on their web site, nor is in the Jan 2020 AWSA rule book, summary of changes, or on the rule committee web page. Given the situation above, the email is just a concept for a future rule change an has no official standing. I.E. Major process foul
3. I and others who discussed this believe this is a knee jerk reaction to an incident or incident(s) at a R tournament last fall. If so this is not the proper action, the occurrence of the incident should be made public (not hidden) , including suspension of any who purposely cheated, and at a minimum a warning for those “ who should have known or taken action”
4. I do not think adding additional requirements, cost and complications to holding record tournaments should be levied on the enter country in reaction to the action of a few.
Message from AWSA TC Committee Chair
I hope everyone is doing well! It sounds like we are ready to start back to skiing tournaments. Just a reminder to all TCs, we must think of the State Rules for Covid 19. We have the technology to use for maintaining social distancing, we just need to apply it. The Homologation Report has all the check list requirements that we use for normal setup, so you may have to take some extra precaution and setup equipment to meet the State Rules/AWSA guidelines.
Please make sure you read AWSA Social Distance Guidelines: http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/SocialDistancingGuidelinesForAWSATournaments.htm
I realize that this is lengthy, but please read ALL of it. I just want to point out a few reminders (errors/issues found last year) and new rules that we all need to follow. There will be amendments/new AWSA Rule book coming out.
DVRs: Ensure that the Capture rate is 30fps, minimum resolution 640x480 for Boat Video/Gate and EC. Make sure that the Time Stamp is correct, and that the scoring program time is correct.
Monitor Gates/Boat Video/EC: Ensure you have monitor(s) large enough to review (32" monitor should be used). Separate monitors for judges, if required, to ensure we maintain social distancing per the state rules for Covid 19.
End Course Camera: Ensure the camera is level and that the far gates can be viewed with boat pylon in clear view when entering the course (with camera too low, you cannot plot the pylon on far gate). Note that the EC camera position is part of the survey, along with the gate cameras. The far gate width should be a minimum of 1 /3 to 1/4 of the screen. The rule states minimum 1/6 but this is really narrow and hard to verify.
EC Monitor: Ensure that the EC is on a different monitor (not on same monitor as Gate/Boat video if using 4 channel DVR). Ensure that the CJ/CD always has an independent qualified person watching the EC . If not using a program like Splash EyeDrive, install a small line/string down the monitor so that it can be easily detected if the boat deviates more than 20cm (using the split windshield). Soon, it is going to be mandatory to use an Approved Boat Path Measurement System (Corson/Splasheye/GPS) for all class E/L/R tournaments.
Make sure you read IWWF Rule 8.15.
EC Upload: It is required that the EC video/Boat Path Measurement System Data for 38 off and shorter passes be uploaded to the drop-box. It is the Chief Judge's responsibility, but as TCs we normal take care of all the technical requirements. IWWF states immediately which means as soon as possible. Based on IWWF/PanAm current actions, AWSA Chairs are requesting a new AWSA Rule that requires the EC Video/Data (etc: SurePass) to be uploaded within a specific time, or the scores will not be posted until upload. IF not uploaded, the EVP to resolve/follow through. In 2019 the Southern Regionals only had 30% of tournament EC uploaded, where Western Region was 100%.
If TC/Chief Judge is having an issue with uploading, then send the memo card/flash drive to Bob Harris. He has agreed to upload all regions (excluding Western Region). For Western Regional if you cannot get uploaded, then send the memo card/flash drive to Will Bush. But please don't overload Bob and Will.
The Western Region has been uploading the entire tournament. Others have been selecting divisions/rounds (example OM/OW/MM/etc.). The bottom line is we need to upload per the rules and it must be maintained for one year by the organizer, if uploading all 38 off and shorter (entire tournament), it is being maintained for one year in the drop-box.
In addition to the EC Video/Data, the Slalom Detail Data excel file from the scoring program must uploaded. This provides the drivers/skiers/judge by timestamp. If the scorer did not score it live, you need a copy of the scorers' handwritten sheet with the time stamp/drivers/judges name and skier in the order as skied.
Video Files: Need to be saved as AVI/MPG/MOV, etc. If from DVR, need to convert to viewable file type before uploading.
Name: Name the file by sanction # and add short name afterwards (tournament name): 20SXXXR NAME. You can include the time stamp if more than one file (most DVR auto divides in segments).
Rope: Ensure everyone understands which ropes can be used in the applicable division - new addendum will be issued on which ropes can be used for each division to match IWWF and manufacture recommendations. Please read both, IWWF/AWSA Rule when issued to understand which division can use which rope (IWWF allows U14 and lower to use the mid-grade rope, called lighter line. W6 and older CANNOT use in Class L/R).
Monitor: Consider using different judges monitors. Spread out to ensure we maintain social distancing per the state rules for Covid 19. Remember that Chip Shand also has a Trick Program that can be used in addition to SplashEye or Corson.
Boat Camera: See last page from Donal (Splasheye). He is working on a system with auto tracking. I have actually used a Go Pro mounted on the windshield and it captured all the tricks and we were able to judge trick from the SD Card. Downside, it's too hard to change chip out for each skier. You must capture several skiers, then judge. You may want to test, so you do not have to have a camera person in the boat, avoiding Covid-19 issues.
Computers/Program: Recommend that we use Splasheye/Corson/Chip Shand new jump program. Recommend that we use two computer setups (separate grid or have one as backup). The monitor must be large enough that you can clearly identify the grid and jump. A laptop (15") with two grids setup/split screen is not acceptable.
The survey program must have the X/Y coordinates that are used in the jump program.
Jump Surface: Ensure that the jump surface is flat per the rules, set at the correct ratio, and it is documented in the TC Report. This must be checked prior to the tournament.
Survey Program/Homologation Report: We are requesting all TCs to use Emmanuel Lion's Homologation and survey programs. Download Emmanuel Lion's Homologation Program; it must be downloaded each year to obtain latest version. Please do NOT USE a copy from a previous tournament and change the name. The program needs to be used as a checklist.
See copy of Donal's email below. Thank you!
AWSA Tech Controllers' Committee Chairman
Not sure it's an issue in US but it's a big issue in Europe with the strict social distancing rules. Not allowed to have third person (cameraman) in boat. So I'm ready to test (testing is the problem - 60 mile travel restriction in place at the moment) an affordable box that will mount on the windshield and give a 1280x720 camera that uses the video to auto track the skier.
Video start stop with GPS.
Video available wirelessly or on a stick.
With further testing it will also give 60 frames per second video in slalom with video tracking.
With a custom frame by frame viewer for the shore judges.
I will keep you in the loop as it develops.