Volunteer Course Officials
This video outlines what each volunteer course official role involves:
Course Officials Guidelines
It is very important that Volunteers understand the various Course Officials positions undertaken at Interschools events before they volunteer. We recommend that all Volunteers read the Course Official Guidelines and/or attend a Course Official Briefing.
Volunteer Check In
All Volunteers must check in before making their way to their course. Check the Volunteer Course Officials Roster for Check in Locations. Please check in 30 minutes prior to the course inspection time of your event and be on top of the course at the course inspection time.
What happens on the day if I cannot Volunteer?
Volunteer Course Officials Lift Tickets
Volunteers are entitled to a free of charge lift ticket on the day they are volunteering. This lift ticket can only be used by the Course Official if they do not already have a lift pass or season pass. Course Official lift tickets at the Interschools Race Office at the resort.
How long do I Volunteer for?
Volunteers are required to be on course 10 minutes before the course inspection time until all competitors on the course have finished their race. It is difficult to estimate how long a course takes to complete as it is determined by the number of competitors on the course, snow conditions, etc but it can take anywhere between 1.5 to 3 hours.
Please be prepared for all weather conditions when you are volunteering on our courses and make sure you have clothing options for all conditions!
Gate keepers can be the most exposed to the elements and will be standing or sitting down for the duration of the course. You will be required to write notes in this position so please bring either inner gloves or similar that you can write with.
For any enquires in regards to volunteering, please contact Wendy on 0422 240 483 or email@example.com
Volunteer Course Officials Lift Ticket Collection
Volunteers are entitled to a free of charge lift ticket on the day they are volunteering. The Course Official can only recieve this lift ticket if they do not already have a lift pass or season pass.
Lift tickets are collected directly at the Interschools Race Office at the resort.
- Perisher – The Interschools Race Office is in the Perisher Skitube Terminal. A temporary Race Office is set up in the Blue Cow Bistro for any courses at Blue Cow or Guthega. If you are travelling from Bullocks Flat, approach a Perisher representative at the train entrance who will let you train, you can then collect your full day lift ticket (with return train ticket) from the Interschools Race Office at Perisher.
- Thredbo – The Race Office is located outside the ticket office at the Valley Terminal.
Volunteer Check In
Volunteer Course Officials must check into the Interschools Race Office at the resort at least 30 minutes prior to the course inspection time. Volunteers are required at the top of each course 10 minutes prior to the stated course inspection time.
When you check in you will be given a folder, official’s vest and an option to take a bottle of water and snack pack. Please bring a backpack to put these in. After you have finished your volunteer duties on course you will need to make sure that the folder and vest is returned to the Interschools race office.
You will be advised on where you need to go once you have reached your course and who you need to check in with. Start Marshall’s report to the Start Referee at the top of the course. Gatekeepers check in with the Chief of Gates at the top of the course. The Chief of Gates will allocate you the gates you will be judging and show you where you need to be positioned on the course. Finish Assistants can proceed to the finish area and check in with the Finish Referee.
If you have any questions on how to perform your role, the referee you check in with at your course will be able to answer them for you.
School Coordinators need to submit volunteer names into the Online Entry System before the close of entries. Schools need to supply 1 volunteer for every 8 entries. School Coordinators assign volunteers to a particular course to volunteer on (eg Division 1 Male Alpine).
Most volunteers prefer to volunteer on a course that they have a child in so that they can volunteer and watch their child compete. This works if there is a team manager and/or parent/guardian who can look after your child, or your child is experienced enough to not need your help for course inspection and their race starts.
Some volunteers prefer to volunteer on a course that their child is not involved in and will volunteer on a day they aren’t competing (eg on a snowboard course when they child is in the ski events).
The earlier you register the volunteers the better, as volunteer positions get filled as there is a quota for each event discipline and you may not necessarily get your first course preference.
You can assign volunteers to the 3 roles of Start Marshall, Gate Keeper and Finish Assistant. This position is not always what you will be assigned to but it does let us know your first preference.
All volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver. School Coordinators can check who has completed waivers in the online entry system.
Around the same time that the Race Schedule is released (typically 3-5 days before the event starts), the volunteer roster will also be available. Keep an eye out for it on the website. The roster will let you know what course(s) you have been assigned to, what time and location the course will be held and your volunteer role.
Course Officials Guidelines
It is very important that Volunteers understand the various Course Officials positions undertaken at Interschools events before they volunteer. We recommend that all Volunteers read the Course Official Guidelines.
If you have any queries about volunteers, please contact Wendy on 0422 240 483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The biggest tip is to be prepared for all weather conditions. Make sure you have clothing options for all conditions – sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, spare gloves, and extra clothing for those rainy days! A poncho is your best friend on a “wet snow” day!
Gatekeepers can be the most exposed to the elements and will be standing or sitting down for the duration of the course. You will be required to write notes in this position so please bring either inner gloves or similar that you can write with. Bring a square of cardboard to stand on, as this will keep your feet dry!
Bring a backpack so that you can put the items in that you receive at the Race Office to perform your role.
Please leave the video recording to another person as you wont be able to film, take photos and perform your volunteer role.
Have fun! You will meet some great people volunteering and gatekeepers get to watch the participants on the course from the best position!
What Happens if I can no longer Volunteer?
In the event that you cannot fulfill your volunteer course official’s position please make an attempt to replace yourself with another person from your school. If you find a replacement, please make sure that they are either aware of what duties they are fulfilling as course official or that they have read the course official guidelines. If you are not able to find a replacement for yourself, please let Interschools know as soon as possible.
How long do I Volunteer for?
Volunteers are required to be on course 10 minutes before the course inspection time until all competitors on the course have finished their race. It is difficult to estimate how long a course takes to complete as it is determined by the number of competitors on the course, snow conditions, etc but it can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours.
Do I need to ski/snowboard to be able to volunteer?
Yes. Most volunteer roles require you to ski or snowboard to the course and most volunteers need to meet at the top of the course.