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National & Club
Judges Programme

The Hong Kong National & Club Judges Programme provides a framework for individuals wishing to develop their protest committee skills. It is intended that this will not only ensure a supply of properly qualified protest committee members for Hong Kong events, but allow people interested in becoming International Judges to present a qualification which will help them in attending International Juries overseas, and qualifying as IJs.  

What do Judges do?

At the core of sailing competition is the Racing Rules of Sailing which all participants abide by. The Judges role is to offer a range of services (related to these rules) to competitors and organising authorities. These including the hearing of protests and requests for redress, appeals, equipment compliance, and on-water judging (watching for rule infringements).

Training

There are two progressive courses within the HKSF Judge Program. Occasionally the HKSF also host World Sailing Seminars and Clinics for race officers, including National Judges.

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    There are two progressive courses within the HKSF Judge Program.   

    HKSF National & Club Judges Scheme (PDF) 

    Club Judges (CJ)

    Club Judges are qualified to chair protest committees for ordinary Hong Kong club events, and to provide arbitration services when required.

     

     

    Qualification as a Club Judge


    To be appointed as an CJ, a candidate should:

    a) Be a member of HKSF

    b) Have completed the HKSF Club Judge or National Judge seminar, or an IJ seminar package, conducted by a suitably experienced person. The instructor of the course attended would be required to confirm that the attendee had successfully completed the course and passed the CJ test.

    c) Have in the 24 months prior to application sat on protest committees at 4 CJ qualifying events **including at least one national jury during which they heard a minimum of 4 valid protests with at least one chaired by the candidate.

    d) Have their performance when sitting on a national jury assessed by an NJ or IJ as being of the level expected of a CJ.

    e) A person who has passed the written test but not yet obtained the experience required in c) or d) above may be qualified as a Provisional Club Judge (PCJ)

    National Judges (NJ)

    National Judges are qualified to chair protest committees at Hong Kong National events, or major club events. National Judges are also qualified to assess the performance of Club Judges and expected to help in the development of their judging skills.

    Qualification as a National Judge


    To be appointed as an NJ, a candidate should:

    a) Be a member of HKSF.

    b) Have completed a World Sailing (WS) National IJ clinic or IJ seminar, or attended a seminar based on the WS IJ seminar package, conducted by a suitably experienced person (such a seminar to be approved by the HKSF J&U committee in advance) or have attended the HKSF National Judge training seminar. Unless judging Rule 42 is included in such a seminar, have attended an HKSF approved seminar on that subject.

    c) The course instructor of the course attended would be required to confirm that the attendee had successfully completed the course.

    d) Pass an approved written test to demonstrate rules knowledge at the required level.

    e) Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the course instructor or another IJ or IU that his/her on the water Rule 42 judging is at the level expected from an NJ.

    f) Have in the 24 months prior to application sat on protest committees at 8 NJ qualifying events* in Hong Kong or overseas during which they heard a minimum of 8 valid protests.

    g) Have sat on at least one International or National Jury in Hong Kong or overseas which heard at least one valid protest chaired by the candidate and have had their performance in that hearing assessed by an IJ as being at the level expected of an NJ, or have achieved the passmark for part 2 of the examination following the World Sailing NJ Course.

    h) A person who has passed the written test but not yet obtained the experience required in e) or f) or g) above may be qualified as a Provisional National Judge (PNJ)

    If you are interested in supporting our sport and becoming a Judge please get in touch.

    Bi-Annual Renewal

    Club Judges

    Initial qualification would be for a period of 24 months.

    To renew their qualification a CJ would be required to sit on the protest committee for at least 4 CJ qualifying  events** including at least one NJ qualifying events during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 4 valid protests, with at least two chaired by the candidate.

    Details of these events, together with a report from an NJ or IJ of an NJ qualifying event on which they have sat in the year confirming that they have performed at CJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request to [email protected] before the expiry of their judge status.

    National Judges

    Initial qualification is for a period of 24 months.

    To renew their qualification an NJ would be required to sit on the protest committee for at least 8 NJ qualifying events* during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 8 valid protests, including at least one National Jury which heard at least one valid protest chaired by the candidate.

    They should also have acted as Chairman for at least two of the protest committees they include as qualifying events.

    Details of these events, together with a report from an IJ of an International or National Jury on which they have sat in the year that they have performed at NJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request to [email protected] before the expiry of their judge status.

    It is the intention of the renewal criteria that a person seeking renewal should be able to demonstrate that they have been active in judging at an adequate level during the year. Based on experience in operating the scheme, the HKSF J&U committee may modify these criteria in the light of maintaining adequate standards  and of practicality.

    **For a CJ qualifying event, it must:

    Be organized by an HKSF Member Club or Association Have issued proper NOR and SIs
    Be properly organized, including formal entry and protest procedures

    *NJ qualifying events include the following:

    a) Southside Regatta (ABC)
    b) HK Race Week (RHKYC)
    c) Open Dinghy Regatta (HHYC)
    d) HKODA Nationals
    e) HKLCA Nationals
    f) Regattas with International Juries
    g) Keel boat regattas with over 30 entries
    h) L1, L2 & L3 events stated in Race Official Roles, Qualifications and Competences (World Sailing)
    i) Delivering one CJ course will be counted as one qualifying event
    j) Other NJ qualifying events shall be subjected to approval by J&U Committee.