Great Lakes Snow Series-USASA

Information on how to get started in competitive snowboarding & freeskiing




How to get started in competitive snowboarding & free skiing!

The USASA -Great Lakes Snow Series (Snowboard & Free-skier Series) offers opportunities for riders & skiers of all ages to compete against one and other in Slope-style, Boarder & Skier Cross, Half-pipe, Rail-jam, GS & SL ( GS & SL are snowboard only).   If you’re not ready to compete it might be better for you to spend more time practicing and honing your skills with a club or a coach until you’re ready to show us what you’ve got.

But if you’re good to go, been working hard in the park & pipe, got some spins down solid, sliding the rails is cake and now you want to throw down in one of the local contests!  Here’s what you’ll need to do before hand and what you can expect.

Before you can register for an event:

To compete in the USASA events at the Huck Finn Series you need to be USASA member registered with the Rocky Mountain Series.  The only way to join the USASA is online, go to for more information or to join / renew today!

You must hold the proper credentials in order to compete in an event.  There is NO ONSITE membership registration for USASA. This membership must be obtained well in advance of a contest, so don’t wait until the week before the date.

The burden of proof is that of the athlete.  It is strongly suggested that you bring your membership card with you when attending a riders meeting or picking up you bib.  If your membership is in question, you will NOT be allowed to compete.

You’ve got your USASA membership………Now what?

The Huck Finn Series hosts numerous events all season long.  If you want to see how you measure up against the best athletes in Michigan with an opportunity to qualify for the USASA Nationals at Copper in the spring, you’ll want to register for USASA events!  This is a great spot to start!

1. HOW TO ENTER: In accordance with the schedule listed on website. A contestant can enter a contest by completing the appropriate Entry Form and the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (to be signed by contestant’s parent or legal guardian if contestant is under 18 years of age) and are available online and only during the registration times listed on .   Registration for each event closes promptly at the time specified. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

• USASA Eligibility requirements apply

~USASA ELIGIBILITY: The USASA Huck Finn Series events are open to all current USASA Members in the following age categories for both men and women:

Ruggie (7 under), Grommet (8-9) Menehune (10-11)
Breakers (12-13) Youth (14-15) Juniors (16-17)
Jams (18-22) Senior (23-29) Master (30-39)
Legend (40-49) Kahuna (50-59) Methuselah (60 & over)
Open Class Snowboarder * Skiers 9 under Skiers 10-12
Skiers 13-15 Skiers 16-18 Skiers 19+
Open Class Skiers * Adaptive Snowboarder Adaptive Skiers

RailJam Classes:

13-Under Male & Female, Snowboarder and Skier

14-Over Male & Female, Snowboarder and Skier

First time competitors, new to the USASA and registering in the USASA OPEN CLASS for boardercross & skiercross only, must have a demonstrated record of achievement in their USASA AGE CLASS or a history of USSA / NORAM / FIS experience before being approved to compete in the open class.  Riders can submit their request along with their coaches recommendation to the Huck Finn series Director Greg Flowers. The request will be reviewed by the competition committee.  Requests to be moved to the OPEN Class must be made in advance. NO “DAY OF” REQUESTS will be considered or granted. NO EXCEPTIONS

‣ Competitors must complete the resort release and waiver of liability, image release and rider / parent contract before being permitted to participate at any USASA competition.

‣ Competitors must have a current medical insurance policy.

‣ Competitors must complete the resort release and waiver of liability, image release and rider / parent contract before being permitted to participate at any USASA / USSA competition.

Refund Policy:

Entry fees will be refunded only if requested 24 hours prior to the close of registration. Participants must have valid medical reason and each case will be reviewed. Refunds are at the sole discretion of the Series director. Riders may be required to provide proof of medical excuse and each case will be reviewed.  A $10.00 processing fee per entry will apply to all refunds; however we’ll gladly transfer your entry fee to any other Huck Finn Series event and waive the fee

2. HOST PARK RULES: These rules are general guidelines to competing at a Huck Finn “Great Lakes Snow Series” Event. Rules are subject to change and can be different at each park. Violations are subject to disqualification and forfeiture of entry fees. The Huck Finn “Great Lakes Snow Series” and its host parks reserve the right amend the rules if need be.

• Competitors must be current USASA Members

• Competitors (If online registration is used) must enter a valid / current USASA Membership number at time of online event registration or they will not be added to the start list, will not allowed to compete and will forfeit their entry fee.

• Competitors / Coaches may be required to provide to show PROOF of USASA, USSA / FIS Membership & or Accreditation in order to gain access to a venue.  The burden of proof is that of the competitor & or coach.

• All contestants must wear an approved helmet.

• All USASA contestants MUST attend the Mandatory riders briefing at the top of the course

• Cursing, fighting or rough play is not acceptable at any Huck Finn event.

• All contestants must respect the direction of the Huck Finn staff.

• Please respect other riders, as to avoid collisions.

• No smoking or alcoholic beverages at any of the venues.

• Competitors may be required to pay a onetime park usage fee prior to being able to gain access to certain features at various terrain parks, if the rider wishes to practice prior to the day of the contest. Competitors will not be subject to usage fees the day of a contest.

3. DISQUALIFICATION: A competitor shall be disqualified and will forfeit their entry fee:

• For not wearing a helmet or if a helmet comes off during a run (broken helmet consideration)

• If there is an infraction under:

USASA Competition Guide Click on the link to access the rule book

• If false information is presented to the USASA the Series Director, any official or the Organizing Committee.

• For un-sportsmanlike conduct including but not limited to:

‣ foul or obscene language

‣ making foul or obscene gestures toward USASA judges or officials

‣ shadowing a competition course

‣ coach/parent shadowing with a competitor

‣ modifying the setting of a competition area

‣ disrupt an event by destructive means, such as destroying or moving a safety fence or changing a gate setup

‣ competing in a bib other than their own or letting another competitor compete for them

‣ borrowing or lending of bibs

‣ For intentionally pushing, holding, or hitting another rider in boardercross.  The rider will not be allowed to start in the next event of the same level or above

‣ A rider disqualified (for pushing, holding, or hitting) will not be allowed to advance to a further round at this race and may be sanctioned.

‣ A rider disqualified (for pushing, holding or hitting) will not receive any rank or points at the race in which the infraction occurred. If this occurs during a KO Final the offending rider will be listed at the end of all other riders in the KO Final but with 0 rank and 0 points.

‣ In the eventuality of a rider being disqualified for “pushing, holding, or hitting” the heat in which the infraction occurred can be re run with ALL the riders excluding the disqualified rider.

• For not wearing a bib properly during inspection, competition, or official training

• Accepting assistance during a run

• For not starting properly

• For not passing the finish line with at least one foot fixed in a binding at Alpine and boardercross races

• For not respecting the host resort regulations.

4. HERE’S THE DETAILS ON THE CONTESTS: At the times as set forth on the posted start list, eligible contestants will have the opportunity to participate in a warm-up / course inspection.

Judges will have extensive snowboarding experience, knowledge of current snowboarding trends, will hold current USASA / IJC Judges Certification.  Judges will NOT have a relationship with any of the contestants.  Judges may be nominated by the Coaches Committee to fill vacancies prior to an event. Each class will be judged separately based on the same criteria as outlined in the USASA Rule book.

At each USASA event three (3) winners will be selected from each of the age classes among all of the eligible contestants in each such class. Selection of the winners will be determined at the sole discretion of the Judges. Contestants will be advised of any additional rules pertaining to the contest prior to participation.


• Judging Criteria / Overall Impression

‣ Overall Style

‣ Landing

‣ Variety of Tricks and Park Usage

‣ Amplitude

‣ Technical Difficulty

‣ Consistency

‣ Attitude

Each judge will rate each contestant as to which contestant he/she feels best meets all criteria as set forth above, including notes on each contestant.

• Scoring: At the conclusion of each contest, the head judge will meet with the judges to review their ratings and comments and then choose the winner(s) for each class as a group.  Un-official scores will be posted at each venue and are subject to error and change.  Official scores / results will be posted as designated on the official start lists.

• Prizes: Medals will be awarded to the (3) winners from each of the age classes for both men and women.  In the event of a cash purse, the prize winner will be solely responsible for paying all applicable federal, state and local taxes on prize(s); if applicable, winner may receive an IRS Form 1099 for the prize retail value. All contestants, as a condition of entry, agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges that shall be final and binding.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: The results of each contest will be posted at the official designation once the judges have selected the winners.









Best 3 out of 4 Series results will be used to calculate winners for halfpipe.

Best 3 out of 4 Series results will be used to calculate winners for slopestyle.

Best 3 out of 4 Series results will be used to calculate winners for boardercross.

Best 3 out of 4 Series results will be used to calculate winners for railjam.

Best 2 out of 2 Series results will be used to calculate winners for gs & sl

Division Winners are the only athletes awarded a guaranteed spot to compete at the 2012 National

Tie Breaking Procedures : Ties are broken using the best result, 3rd best result, 4th best result then total points.

  1. Direct Comparison of finish results  Rider A has a 1st, 2nd & 4th Rider B has a 1st, 2nd & 3rd Rider B wins tie breaker via direct comparison of finish results (3rd beats 4th)
  2. IF RIDERS ARE STILL TIED I go to the Judges Sheets and get the scores for the events that were used to calculate the rank and perform a Sum of Ranked Scores comparison.
  3. Sum of Ranked Scores= Rider A has scores of 24.6 + 20.9 = 45.5 Rider B has scores of 18.6 + 31.6 = 50.2   Rider B wins the tie breaker based upon the Sum of Ranked Scores.
  4. If still tied after the Sum of Ranked Scores, I add the next highest score from the next highest rank that was not used in the regional ranks in order to break the tie.


2011 National Overall & Venue Champions are automatically “pre-qualified” for the 2012 National Championships.

8. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: All winners, by acceptance of a prize, agree to release the applicable Resorts, Huck Finn ‘Great Lakes Snow Series’., the Sponsors and their Promotion Parties from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or from any prize-related activity or any typographical or other error in these Official Rules or in the announcement or offering of any prize. Sponsors make no representation or warranty of any kind concerning the appearance, performance or safety of any prize. Winner bears all risk of loss or damage to prize after it has been delivered. Upon request, winners must consent (and confirm such consent in writing) to the use of their name, voice, picture or other likeness in any without compensation for promotional purposes in all media as determined by Sponsor.


• All protests must be submitted in writing on the form provided by the Series Director along with the appropriate deposit.

• A protest that is not submitted within the required period of time or without a deposit shall be invalid when received.

• The deposit will be returned to the competitor if the protest is upheld, otherwise it will be forfeited to the sanctioning body.

• Only a USASA competitor, Certified USASA Coach or USASA Riders Representative are authorized to present a protest.

• Protest payments must be in cash

• Any protest against another competitor shall be invalid. An exception exists in boardercross where:

‣ A rider intentionally obstructs (pushes, holds, or hits) his opponent, this is considered as an “obstruction fault”

Types of Protests

Deposit Deadline Submittal Settlement
Start List $0 Riders Meeting Verbal Startlist
Course $50 30 minutes after start of course inspection Written/ Starter Posted on Official Notice Board
Disqualification $50 15 minutes after official posting Written/ Starter Posted on Official Notice Board
Timing / Tabulation $50 15 minutes after official posting Written/ Race Department Posted on Official Notice Board
Jury Decision / Sanction $100 24 hours after official posting e-mail to Posted on Series Website

Settlement of Protests

• Responsibility

‣ The Jury, consisting of the TS, the Series Director, Head Referee or Head Judge, Starter and Finish Referee has the responsibility to issue a ruling on protests. They shall announce at the Riders’ meeting the time and place for such determinations.

• Evidence

‣ In making its determination, the Jury shall include statements from officials who worked at the competition and others whom it considers to have pertinent information.

• Final Decision

‣ Only members of the jury will be present when they make a final decision on a protest.

The Series Director will act as chairperson of this meeting. Minutes shall be kept of this meeting and they must be signed by the TS. The decision requires a majority of all voting members of the Jury, whether or not they are present. In case of a tie, the TS’s vote shall be the deciding vote. Jury decisions are final.

• Disciplinary Sanctions by the Jury

‣ The Jury may impose disciplinary sanctions for the duration of a competition, the event, or the remainder of the season. The Series Director may impose disciplinary sanctions for the duration of a competition, the event, or the remainder of the season. All sanctions will be communicated in writing to the Competitor and to the USASA Executive Director.

The Huck Finn ‘Great Lakes Snow Series’ and its Host Resorts reserve the right amend this list of rules if required.  12/29/2011

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