The FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission seeks more volunteers for Jury & Stewards
Under FAI regulations, set out in the General Section, all FAI First Category events shall have an International Jury to deal with protests and monitor the conduct of the event, and at least one Steward, as adviser to the Event Director. These important FAI officials are appointed by the respective commissions, according to the specific terms set out, in our case, in Section 7 of the Sporting Code. The Jury positions are entirely voluntary; no remuneration is paid. In 2009, the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission elected to recompense Stewards a small daily allowance for their work during the events. However, all reasonable expenses for all officials are paid by the competition Organisers.
They watch over the conduct of the event and report any unfairness or infringement of the Rules and Regulations or behaviour prejudicial to the safety of other competitors or the public or in any way harmful to the sport. They assemble information and facts concerning matters to be considered by the International Jury.
The Jury is the neutral and independent element between the organiser and the competitors. The Jury will rule on protests which may affect the outcome of individual pilot or team scores. The normal composition of a Jury is: A very experienced Jury President, an experienced first Jury member and a trainee member.
In addition to being the Chairman at Jury meetings, the Jury President has the right to require the Organisers to abide by the FAI Sporting Code and the published rules and regulations for the event. If the organisers fail to do so, the President of the Jury has the power to stop the event until a Jury meeting has considered the situation.
Jury President reports are published after each Category 1 event.
Steward reports are made available to Delegates of the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission.
Further information on the role of Jury and Stewards can be found in the FAI/CIVL Jury and Steward Handbook (see below). This package includes the FAI/CIVL Jury and Steward Application Form.
Competition organisers should also be familiar with this document, and see further guidance available in the Practical Guidelines for Organisers of CIVL Competitions.
The FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission is constantly looking for more volunteers to train to become Stewards and Jury Members. Candidates should have some relevant experience, such as key member of a competition organising team, senior Judge or Cat 1 competition pilot.
The usual start point is a Training Seminar – these are generally held during the annual Plenary Meeting. A seminar can also be organised at other times by arrangement. Anyone wishing to train to be a Jury member or Steward should complete the Application Form contained in the Jury & Steward Handbook and send it to the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission. Applicants are then entered on the FAI/CIVL Jury & Steward database (online version currently under construction).
The usual progression is to start as a junior Jury member, and working at several Cat 1 events before tackling the role of Steward. Trainee Stewards normally ‘shadow’ an experienced Steward at a Test Event or Category 1 event, before taking on the role themselves. More information is set out in the Jury & Steward Handbook.
The Bureau of the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission is empowered to appoint the Jury and Stewards required for FAI Category 1 competitions, and Stewards for Test Events. The process commences soon after the Organiser Agreement has been signed, normally just after the Plenary meeting where bids are presented and selected.
Normally, once a year, the FAI/CIVL Jury & Steward coordinator contacts all personnel on the database asking them to verify their availability and interest in the events requiring FAI officials coming up in the next one or two years. If there are insufficient volunteers for an event, s/he will contact all appropriately qualified people individually, to find suitable officials.