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Judging is a science in itself and has always been a controversial subject. How can you evaluate a sport like freeskiing? You don’t want to introduce rules carved in stone or point lists for tricks like in ski acrobatics or figure skating. There should be no right or wrong, you want to keep the “free” in freeskiing. That’s exactly why you don’t pursue strict rules as a judge, but a philosophy.
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This philosophy is called “Overall Impression”. Its purpose is that the sport can develop continuously and is not influenced by any rules or barriers. This kind of evaluation can be very subjective. But it should also, because the opinion of the judges should be as free as the sport itself. Thus there are no restrictions and the development of the sport lies in the hands of the athletes and not of point tables.
What does “Overall Impression” mean for the work of a judge?
The Overall Impression does not follow a fixed list of tricks with prescribed points. Instead, you follow guidelines that offer a lot of creative space for the riders. You evaluate the run as a whole and not according to individual tricks.
The Overall Impression consists of the following guidelines:
So the overall impression is very general, so that the judges have as much leeway as possible for the evaluation – and the riders for their run.
Execution: How is the trick executed? Jump, grab, control, style and landing.
Difficulty: How difficult is the trick? It doesn’t necessarily depend on how many spins or flips are shown, but much more on the combination with grabs and various axes. So a simple trick with a special combination can become a difficult affair.
Amplitude: How is the trajectory? A good trajectory is half the battle for a perfectly executed trick. However, this does not mean that the further the better. You don’t want to encourage riders to go beyond every landing. A good amplitude includes a clean jump, a nice round trajectory and a landing in the so-called “sweet spot” in the middle of the landing area.
Variety: How many variations does the run have? Different rotation directions, axes and grabs are essential for a good run and show how complete a rider’s trick repertoire is.
Progression: Is the trick new? Progression is what drives the sport forward. This includes new and unusual tricks, grabs, variations and line selection through the course.
These guidelines are used to evaluate a run and compare it with the previous ones. Of course, judges cannot memorize all runs in a contest. Therefore all judges lead the so-called “Steno-Sheet”. These notes consist of abbreviations that document a rider’s run. So you can compare and place the different riders directly. Finally it depends in the first line on the placement and not on the points. “At the end it depends on the placement and not on the points!
Before the contest all judges have to watch the training closely to assess the level of each run correctly. You create a so-called range. You divide the level of the runs into three groups: below average, average and above average runs. The judge awards points between 0 and 100 to place a run below the better runs and above the worse runs.
The first five to ten runs at the beginning of the contest are called “Anchor Scores”. Based on these scores you place the remaining runs above or below and create a ranking. If two runs are at a very similar level, the five guidelines determine which was the better one.