2018 JUNIOR FREEDOM SERIES

Information and Rules

The Junior Freedom Series is brought to you by Snowsport Scotland in association with British Freeride.

DATES & VENUES:

Sun 25th Feb - JUNIOR GLENSHEE FREERIDE

Sun 18th Mar - JUNIOR COE CUP

(If in the lead up to the event it is deemed that the weather or conditions will be unsuitable on the Sunday, the event may be moved to the Saturday. If this happens, all competitors will be notified of the change by the Thursday of that week.)

JFS IS OPEN TO:

Male and female skiers and snowboarders aged 12-17yrs on the date of the event.

Please note that every competitor must be accompaied by a responsible adult or supporting coach who is reponsible to:-

  1. Ensure that the competitor is of adequate ability to participate
  2. Ensure the competitor understands the need to carefully choose and ride a safe line
  3. Ensure the competitor carries, and is familiar with the use of, the mandatory safety equipment

Parents and coaches will be asked to make a declaration confirming the above at event sign-in

COMPETITION FORMAT:

JFS events are judged off-piste competitions, whereby riders are scored by a panel of judges on their ability to select a safe line and ski or snowboard competently with style, technical ability and in control, down a designated competition face.

JFS events follow a 2 run format whereby run 1 is a qualifying run, and run 2 a final judged and scored run that determines a rank.

RUN1 - The QUALIFIER, takes place on the “Qualifying Competition Face”. On this run riders must demonstrate sufficient fluidity, technical ability, skill and control to get A GREEN FLAG from the judging panel, to progress to Run 2 – The FINALS. On completing their qualifying run each rider should visit the judging panel to collect a sheet offering critical feedback on their run.

RUN2 – The FINAL is a judged run on the “Finals Competition Face”. Using standard SFS competition judging criteria and scoring systems, riders gain an overall impression score out of 100 from each judge and are ranked on the sum of their judges scores.

The criteria are:-

1. LINE - The level of interest creativity and hazard of the line chosen

2. FLUIDITY - Speed and fluidity

3. AIR/STYLE - Amplitude, complexity and execution of jumps & tricks (no inversions permitted ** )

4. TECHNIQUE

5. CONTROL

** Please note that in accordance with latest World Freeride Junior Tour rulings, for safety reasons events for U18 competitors do not now permit inverted tricks. Should the bindings of a competitor rise above their head in an aerial move they will now be disqualified.

GUIDELINE EVENT TIMETABLE 

The timetable will vary slightly at each venue but generally follow this approx format:-

0815 Rider Check-In opens in the base cafe

0845 Rider Check-In closes

0900 Rider Briefing followed by practice on the qualifying face

1100 Qualifying Runs start in bib order

Lunch and Inspection of Competition Face

1400 Judged Runs on the Competition Face start in bib order (for qualified competitors)

1630 Prize Giving

24-36hrs ahead of event a weather and conditions based ON/OFF decision will be announced on facebook and the website and emailed to all registered competitors.

MEDAL CATEGORIES:

Gold Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded in the following categories

- Male Ski

- Male Board

- Female Ski

- Female Board

COST:

£20 per head competition entry. PAYABLE IN CASH ON THE DAY at registration/ bib collection (No Cards)

PLUS, if the event is based at a ski centre with uplift, once you have your bib, you will need to buy your uplift pass direct from the mountain at the normal rates.

ENTRY:

Entry is in advance by online entry form only.

Entries will be limited to 55 competitors per event.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

In accordance with standard back-country and off piste safety protocols the following equipment is

MANDATORY:- Helmet and back protection (A back plate is ideal but a backpack with stiff back protection panel is adequate)

RECOMMENDED: Transceiver probe and Shovel

Competitors MUST wear their BIB and carry all this safety equipment at all times.

It is the responsibility of the accompanying coach or adult to ensure that all riders are familiar with the use of equipment carried.

RISK

It is the responsibility of competitor’s parents, or their accompanying coaches, to decide whether of not competitors are adequately skilled to participate in the competition.              

In no way can the organiser be held liable should a competitor of insufficient ability ride a competition face and become injured as a result of their lack of skill or ability.

Parents must confirm that they understand the risks associated with freeride competition prior to their child competing, and they willl be asked to sign a statement of acceptance of liability at registration.

ADVANCE TRAINING:

Each JFS competition is scheduled to take place on a Sunday. It is preceeded on the Saturday by a junior freeride training session organised by the British Freeride coaching team.

The Saturday training is optional but strongly recommended for each competitor and will cover items such as:-

  • Line Choice
  • Offpiste Technique
  • Offpiste Safety
  • Understanding freeride competition judging and scoring

To find out more about the Saturday training session visit www.britishfreeride.co.uk

Any questions about this series please email enquiries@freedomseries.co.uk