Bob Corson                           Chairman Pan Am

Ageliki Andriopoulou         Athlete Represenative

Gillian Hill                              E&A

Stefan Rauchenwald           E&A

Bruce Cockburn                  AAO

Ron Fergusson                     AAO

Murray Eade                        AAO

Peter Person                        PanAm

Jeffry Armstrong                 PanAm

Candido Moz                        E&A present on Sunday only


Jim Grew                               Observing from World Disabled Council


Please note the minutes have been grouped into subjects and are not necessarily shown in the same order as discussed in the meeting.



New Tricks Submissions

Two new tricks had been received, duly accompanied by video.  The TC members reviewed both with the following outcomes:

1.                                                 New trick accepted - FFLBB front flip back to back.  900 points agreed. New trick number 63. 

2.                                                 New trick accepted - BFLSLBB back flip back to back ski line. 900 points agreed.  New trick number 64. 


Trick camera position in the boat

Bruce suggested we should give a guidline on where the trick camera should be sited.  We do not need to be too precise, but the rules say the view of the skier must be completely clear.  After discussion it was agreed a guideline would be added to the rules stating the camera should be situated approximately slightly higher than the top of the windscreen to give a clear view of the ski. 


Trick course width

At present there is nothing in the rules as to how wide the trick course should be.  However, for skier safety a 40 metre width needs to be found (by 230m long) that is clear of obstacles – jump ramp, etc…

The new Trick course configuration has give rise to a number of complaints from skiers.  It was AGREED to use one buoy only and the skier has the right to choose if the boat goes to the left or the right of that buoy.   It may be more difficult to judge the start but this was a compromise that was needed to give the skiers more security.


15.05: The Trick Course (2008)(2009) (2011)   CHANGE

Two sets of buoys approximately 230 meters apart shall establish the approximate area of the beginning of the trick pass from each direction (see Diagram 3).   and be configured as an entry gate. The boat shall pass either side of the entry buoy at the choice of the skier.  The end of the pass shall be signified by the 20-second time interval only.  




Boat video for Slalom

A suggestion not to require boat video when 2 judges are on one side of the lake was not agreed. 

Organisers have the choice to either use one judge on each side of the course or to use boat video with live transmission. 

If the live transmission breaks down then plan B would be to view on the camera itself.


A proposal to make Gate video and Boat video mandatory for Record Capability events was agreed.    If a slalom or overall record is set all videos must be submitted to the TC, (gate video, boat video and end course video).  


Rule 16 .07 change to

a)       Slalom. Boat video, Gate video and end course video will all be submitted with the record dossier.  End course Video will be taken from both ends of the slalom course centerline per the rules requirements. The event judges will examine the videos for compliance to the Rules 14.07 (straight path) and Rule 14.14 (boat path inside gates). The videos will be sent with the record forms to the chairman of the IWSF Tournament Council.


Change to Homologation requirements chart

End Course Video



Video method

minimum 1/6th screen width of end buoys, 1/3 recommended-one end only

Region Standard*1

Boat video



Gate video




A suggestion to not require recording slalom times found no favour at this time.  


14.03 Boat Times:  Proposed to add the following statement: 

"Boat Times when GPS Speed Control (is used) have been proven to within 0.02 second of actual. Boat times when GPS Speed Control (is used) must be verified by the Boat Judges to be within tolerance, but are NOT required to be recorded for each event with CJ concurrence."   Not Agreed. 


Rule 10.04e  

Shock tubes are mandatory and must be used. 

This is a MANDATORY rule. 



Following an interpretation of the Slalom Scoring Rules by AWSA, the World TC agreed the slack line rule for the end gate case is different because of the spacing.  The skier is permitted to have slack going through the exit gates.  If the skier skies away then they may continue.  If the skier does not ski away, the turn ends and the skier scores 6 provided they crossed the line of the boat buoys with or without a slack line.   The skier may exit the gate with slack line.  AGREED.  


RULE 14.11 – CHANGE shown in purple

The boat Judge shall observe the boat path. If any part of the boat deviates outside the bounds of the boat gates, the boat judge shall award an optional reride (with protected score) if the path of deviation was a disadvantage to the skier. If it was to the skier's advantage, a reride is mandatory.





INTERPRETATION OF RULES - Letters for jump in Zero Off

Because ZO is speed based it reacts to the skier pull. The letter chart is actually only a suggestion. There does not need to be a limitation on the number of letters up or down.  The TC agreed this is only a guide – and not mandatory.  The Rules would be changed to take out all reference to 3 letters up and down for ZO. 



The starting point for ZO in jumping remains an issue around the world.  Different drivers and skiers are experiencing different start points.   Bob agreed to follow this through AGAIN with ZO.   There may be a cheap remedy for this and we should investigate anything to make the system start at the same place each pass.   The TC feels it is vital to make progress with this issue – we are now a year further on and nothing has changed.   Bob would review his correspondence on this issue.


The following day Bob advised he had asked the USA boat testing group to establish where the speed control is starting in jump.   There is an issue with the combination of timing, pull and switch. 

The TC wished to specify that the start is within 1.5 metres of the course entry buoy.

Agreed to wait until the boat tests are over and then write to ZO with the results and ask them to make it start within the 1.5 metres. 


The chart for 51 and 54 jump times needs to be finalized. 

For Record Capability, Ranking List and Elite events the published 3 segment times for 57 kph must be used for distances over 60 metres (men) and 45 metres (women). For distances below 60m (men) and 45m (women) , the 1st segment tolerance check is not required. Segments “1+ and 3 must be in tolerance in all cases except as otherwise noted in the appropriate Jump Timing Reride Chart.


For women the published 3 segments times for 54 kph must be used  in the case of a record application. For all other cases, the 1st segment tolerance check is not required.  Segments “1+ and 3 must be in tolerance in all cases except as otherwise noted in the appropriate Jump Timing Reride Chart.  

Times must be recorded to the 100th of a second.


TIME CHARTS – JUMP 54 and 51 kph

The revised times for 54 and 51 kph jumping can now be published.  Research has shown the estimated figures quoted last year can be published as fact.

Boat Timing (Reference 11.02)



1st segment

Times must be within this range


1st+2nd segment


3rd segment




































































Boat path in jump

Ageliki said the athletes would like end of course video for jump, to ensure a straight boat path.  The issue for the TC is that that would mean setting a tolerance.   There was a strong feeling that we should test this out before mandating a rule.  It was agreed that end course video taken from the front should be tested at World, Confederation and Elite events tournaments as a mandatory requirement for the 2011 season.  Tapes to be submitted and monitored by Confederation Council. 




IWSF Tournament Council Issue: 184  Alizee Cup  

This concerned the failure of the organizer to supply a working second display for an Elite tournament.   The TC members saw this as a disregard for the requirements of the rules.  It was agreed the organisers would receive a warning letter from Bob stating they are on probation for 2011 and must ensure that this did not occur again next year.  If the organisers fail to meet all the rule requirements in future they will not be allowed to hold the competition as an elite event.


Driver selection Rules and Procedure review

It was noted that the procedure for appointment of drivers for World Titled events differed from those for appointment of Judges.  After discussion the TC decided there was no move to change the existing procedures.



A proposal had come forward to change the measurement from Handle CentreLine to the INSIDE of the ski handle to inside of the loop.  All ski handle measuring devices are made to measure from the inside of the handle.  If someone has a handle that that was determined to be too long at the starting dock, we have to re-measure it from the handle C/L and in most cases we have found it acceptable.  If we just measure from the Handle Inside,  it would eliminate this error/problem.  The proposal was to change diagram 9.  A bigger handle does NOT provide any advantage under the existing or recommended rule change.   This proposal was agreed. 


Formalisation of World Cup and Elite Competition rules    

A proposal from the E&A TC for the World Cup and Elite Competitions Rules to come under the direct control of the World TC was not accepted. 


The E&A TC had also suggested the judging panel for the World Cup should rotate as much as possible and be appointed by the World TC.  In subsequent discussion with the World President he asked the TC to allow the World Cup to run as it was doing now.  The separate World Cup committee is dealing with everything. 



The E&A TC proposed that when a run off for FIRST place is between more than two skiers, all the places equal to the number of skiers in the run off are DECIDED by the run off with no reversion to the Preliminary Round score.  

The Preliminary Round score would be used ONLY if two skiers are still tied for 2nd and 3rd places after the run off.


Rule 8.02 Re-Ride Criteria   

The last paragraph of this rule needs clarification.  It was agreed the 10 minute delay should be timed from the moment the problem occurs, or the boat is stopped whichever comes first. 

Rule change:

If a skier's turn in jump or slalom or tricks is interrupted between passes due to the above listed circumstances, and the interruption causes a delay exceeding ten (10) minutes, then the skier shall be allowed a free warm up pass/ jump with a protected score on passes already completed. The warm-up pass is not scored although the skier will be given the distance in the case of jump. The timing for the 10 minutes shall be from the moment the problem occurs or the boat is stopped (whichever comes first).


Technical Requirements at World Championships  

It is the responsibility of the Organisers for World Titled events to ensure all the technical requirements set out in the rules are provided on site and ready for the competition.  Either the organisers provide everything, or hire someone to do it.  This is clear in the LAO.


Second Boat Display for the Judge

The 2nd boat display remains mandatory when GPS is not being used and for Titled and Elite events.  

No change to existing rule. 


World Junior, U21 and 35+ Championships – seeding of skiers 

This item arose from the World Junior Championships in Italy 2010 where the May 2010 Ranking List was used for seeding purposes and start order in reverse from the RL.   It was found that this was not, in fact, the fairest way to deal with these age category events where several skiers had lower scores in the May RL than they had performed during the current season.  Therefore it was proposed to use the best scores (entry scores) that can be found for seeding purposes (not the previous RL).   This was agreed.

A further proposal was that once the seeding has been done from the entry scores the draw for start order is drawn randomly within each series (rather than reverse order from RL or entry scores).  

The TC agreed with this idea for all the Age Category World Championships (Junior, Under 21 and 35+). 

There was no intention to change the Rules for the Open World Championships.


Data submission for the Ranking List

Candido reported this was working fine EXCEPT where the rules in (say) Europe are different – ramp height 1.35m – and these have to be filtered out before trying to upload to IWWF. 

It was noted that the Lion programme needed to produce 2 sets of uploads of data – 1 for IWWF and 1 for E&A. 

There are other small changes needed to be made.  The data must meet the specifications in the rule book for IWWF. 


Rule book tidy up

·                                                   It was agreed take out all old year change references and keep only the last 4 years changes showing. 

·                                                   Remove all items under REVISIONS on the first page.

·                                                   Remove all references to the 2009 World Championships in Calgary.

·                                                   Remove Rule 5.06 Overall Finals – no longer needed.

·                                                   Rule 7 Safety, needs to be changed to reflect what is actually happening at competitions.  Swimmers are used rather than rescue boats in some cases.  Medical cover needs to be appropriate to all competitions (not just the World Championships).  Words need to be found to cover this.

·                                                   Rule 13.02 Description of the Jump Ramp, “wrong list numbering".  It starts with a), b) and after a Table again a), b), c), etc. These should be a), b), c), d), and so on.  So a small correction only – agreed. 

·                                                   Jump tables – remove return to baseline rule.


Confederation Championships within a World Championship

Is it correct to allow a Confederation Championships to run at the same time as the World Championships?   The World 35+ Championships were being run in conjunction with the E&A 35+ Championships.  At this moment in time the TC felt this was not a special problem, however, the situation would be monitored.  Perhaps bids for this event will now come from outside Europe in which case another Confederation might like to also run its own Championships at the same time.  This problem did not exist in the other age category events.


Standardisation of Officials Qualifications. 

As a point of principle it was agreed that the officials qualifications should be similar (if not exactly the same) worldwide.   The theoretical and practical exams should be similar (and eventually identical) worldwide.   All accepted this would take a little while to achieve, however, it was agreed to start at the top level – in that officials for World Championships should be of the same standard.


It was agreed to establish a worldwide top level exam for judges – with one person from each Confederation forming a sub committee.   Candido – Bruce – Jeffry – Ageliki.   Bob would assist them with technology as needed.   This group would be responsible for putting together a final proposal to the 2011 World TC meeting.   The various exam papers and videos from each Confederation would be supplied to this Committee.



Judging at competitions must be done whilst the competition is in progress.   For example, video footage is not meant to be used as a method of judging the event later (after skiing has finished).  When skier/judges are being used at an event, they cannot judge within their own age/sex category and the schedule should be worked in such a way that they judge the whole of a series or age/sex category. 



The World Ranking List is a list of the best men and women skiers in each event ranked by performance. A Junior Ranking List is also produced for skiers meeting the Junior age criteria and based on skiing under junior rules. An Under 21 Ranking List is also produced for skiers meeting the Under 21 age criteria and based on skiing under open rules. A 35+ ranking list is also produced for skiers meeting the 35+ age criteria and based on skiing under 35+ rules.  The ranking is based on the average of each skiers' two best scores from two separate tournaments and two separate sites. Only one score in each event is considered from each tournament. Each IWSF Federation sanctions Record Capability or World Standings List tournaments from which the performances are taken. Performances are taken from score books and submitted by the sanctioning Federation or Region. Any trick score over 11,000 points must be performed in an R tournament to be qualified for the Ranking List.


Bob would examine the 35+ ranking list to see what the minimum score necessary should be to appear on the list.   This would be finalized by postal voting.



There being no further business Bob thanked the members for attending and closed the meeting.


The next meeting would take place in Dubna Russia on the afternoon of Saturday 16th July and continue on Sunday 17th July 2011.