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Excerpt from the PSIA-NW Bylaws, ARTICLE XIII, published in the Summer 2010 issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor. These Bylaws were published as a followup piece related to another article in that same issue. You can download a PDF of the Summer 2010 Issue here.
As a member of the snowsport teaching profession, an instructor becomes obliged to fulfill the responsibilities that are serious, sometimes complex, and diversified. As a professional, the instructor is a part of a rapidly growing industry. The instructor has much contact with the public, government agencies and other segments of the industry. As a teacher, the instructor can and will influence students in many respects. Because of the desire of the snowsport teaching profession to maintain respect and confidence in its relationship with others, this code of professional responsibility has been formulated to provide incentive for the highest degree of ethical conduct. Loss of that respect and confidence is detrimental, both to the profession and its members. This code is designed to provide an inspiration guide and as a basis for disciplinary action when the conduct of an instructor falls below the required minimum standards established hereby.
(1) An instructor should assist in maintaining the integrity and competence of the snowsport teaching profession.
(2) An instructor shall not:
(3) Instructors should assist the snowsport teaching profession in fulfilling its duty to make qualified and competent instruction available to the public. Recognizing that snowsports involve certain inherent risk of injury or harm to participants, instructors shall not:
(4) An instructor should exercise independent professional judgment on behalf of customers. Instructors shall:
(5) Instructors should assist in improving the snowsport teaching and educational system. Professional instructors shall participate in continuing educational programs designed to maintain and improve their professional competence.
(6) Instructors shall enthusiastically support other elements of the snowsport industry and related service organizations so long as such is not incompatible or in conflict with obligations imposed by this code of professional conduct. Other elements in the industry include equipment manufacturers, distributors and retailers and area operators. Related service organizations include the United States Coaches Association and its regional divisions, the National Ski Patrol System, and agencies of federal, state and local government responsible for the management of public lands committed to snowsports.
It shall be grounds for censure, reprimand or expulsion from this association if a professional instructor is:
The Board of Directors shall establish and publish rules and regulations for implementing appeals and grievances under the Code of Ethics, which rules and regulations shall be uniformly applied to all members and which shall afford members a hearing on the issues raised.
The final event of the Spring season was the 2010-2012 Clinic Leader selection. More than 55 individuals spanning the Alpine, Snowboard and Telemark disciplines converged at Mt. Bachelor to show their stuff. The weather was more Winter-like than Spring and the conditions were both fun and challenging. We are proud to announce the following individuals will be serving as your PSIA-NW clinicians for the next 2 years.
Stan Aunan, Betsy Baker-Bold, David Beckwith, Michael Birch-Jones, Sean Bold, Jeff Cordell, Sam Cordi, Michael Drake, André Heiber, Brad Jacobson, Gavin Kerr-Hunter, John May, Garth McPhie, Larry Murdoch, Janet Nelson-Shofstall, R.J. Nichoalds, Marty O’Connor, Steve Olwin, Russ Peterson, Kim Petram, Mike Phillips, Tara Seymour, David Tewell and Charlie Wolff
Brooke Bolin, Rick Brown, Roark Congdon, Steve Frink, Mike Hamm, Chris Hargrave, Luke Mason, Hilary Mosich, Steve Muise, Nate Peck, Ryan Pinette, Dustin Semb, and Shawn Semb
Roger Bailey, Catherine Crim, Greg Dixon, Petra Hilleberg, and Nils-Erik Riise
Bret Alumbaugh, Phil Armiger, Roger Bailey, Mike Browder, Steve Hindman, David Lawrence, Don Portman and Tim Ray. Note: Track selection held earlier
Todd Gits, Trudy Parcher, Kathleen Priest, and John Stevenson. Note: Adaptive selection held earlier
by Nick McDonald
The PSIA-NW Technical Team tryout was held in late April of 2010 at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon. I would like to introduce you to your team, but before I do let me describe a little bit about how they got here.
The tryout is like, and unlike, an exam; like an exam where participants are evaluated by a group of selectors (examiners), in regards to teaching skills, skiing skills and technical knowledge. Unlike an exam where it is a competitive situation for a limited number of positions verses a level of proficiency such as a certification. Not to mention that a successful tryout has a shelf life meaning being on the team is only good for 4 years, so if you want to continue to be on the team, there’s going to be another tryout.
At the tryout event a group of some of the best clinicians in our division gathered for what some outsiders would call nothing less than a torture test of resolve and endurance. But they come willingly because they each have a common goal in mind which is to help the future development of our division.
The first two days all participants go through a number of skiing tasks, teaching situations and indoor presentations. It was very inspiring watching all of them rise to the occasion. Each individual was interviewed on their motives for wanting to be on the team. The candidates were on the go from 8am to 7pm with very short breaks. On the morning of the third day a cut took place with an announcement of who will continue on to the final selection; not all names are called.
Further skiing tasks are required and more delving into the participants knowledge and abilities takes place. At the end of the final day an announcement is made of the selection of the team. One out of three from the original tryout group makes the team. It’s quite an accomplishment considering the competition.
So without further ado, during this tryout selection, in their first term on the team are Nils-Erik Riise, Scott Weimer and Jeremy Riss. For his second term is Tyler Barnes, and on their third terms are Linda Cowan and Kate Morrell. Congratulations to your new team members for 2010.
You will see them and the rest of their teammates, Terry McLeod, Rick Lyons, Dave Lucas and Karin Harjo out on the hill this coming winter along with Lane McLaughlin, Dave Lyon, Chris Thompson, Calvin Yamamoto, as well as myself representing our division. Already I can’t wait for winter! Pictured above from left to right are Nick McDonald, Rick Lyons, Chris Thompson, Karin Harjo, Lane McLaughlin, Kate Morrell, Linda Cowan, Scott Weimer, Tyler Barnes, Nils-Erik Riise, Jeremy Riss, and Dave Lucas. Not pictured are: Terry McLeod, Dave Lyon, and Calvin Yamamoto.