Judges and Judging

What are the judges looking for?

In the Kicker and Rail trick the judges are considering criteria of Difficulty, Execution, Amplitude, and Landing, before awarding a single score out of 100. The Ex (Execution) trick is slightly different in that judges will only consider Execution, and Creativity, not technical Difficulty, before again awarding a score out of 100. As a guide the Ex trick could be considered 50% creativity and 50% execution. The judges are able to reward both creativity within the trick itself and in the feature. Set ups, obstacles, apparatus, or features, must remain within the bounds of the CSS team facility and must also remain within their safety/liability policy.


What do those judging criteria mean?

The technical difficulty of the trick, including rotation, direction, axis, grab, risk, and progression. Judges also consider the difficulty of the rail a trick is performed on. Single bar is considered harder than a box or corrugated pipe. Height and length, a gap on or off, or transfers/combos also add difficulty of course.

How well performed the trick was.
For example: length of grab, tweak on grab, pop off the jump, slid the whole rail, good stable body and board/skis position on the rail.

How big the trick was, including height as well as distance down the landing.
Because CSS judges compare tricks from multiple angles they are focused on airtime rather than the physical size of the jump.

How clean, stable, soft, and controlled the landing was.
Judges can only consider what they see. So if the rider/skier leaves the frame or the clip is cut short and does not show their runout, the trick is likely to be poorly scored. Generally speaking, a trick is complete when the rider/skier has regained and displayed complete control after landing.


What do the judges see?

Every judge is sent a link to each individual unedited trick that is submitted. They simply click on it and watch the trick then give it a score. Judges scores immediately come up on our CSS system and are logged and verified by the CSS admin and Head Judges. At the same time the CSS editing team are working to create the match edits.

Do the judges compare every rider/skier equally?

YES. Rather than using different judging scales for each category (open, women, and kids), CSS judges use a single scale for everyone equally. The same scale is also used regardless of whether the trick took place on artificial or indoor snow and remains for the duration of the season.


Do the judges award the outcome of each match, or consider which teams are competing?

NO. The judges simply score the individual tricks. The CSS system then computes the 4 separate judges scores and calculates the outcome of the match, before finally logging the scores into the CSS stats tables. The judges scores are averaged together and if one team’s total match score is very close to the other, the match can be called a draw. Draw tolerance is set at the beginning of each season by the CSS judges and head judges.


Who are the judges?

Our judges are national and international judges who are used to working at a world class level. On the snowboard side they include: Colum Mytton, Gareth Vogan, Ben Kinnear and Kevin Mills. And for ski they are: Dave Young, Rob Taylor, Chris Mavin and Pete Speight.


Who are the head judges and what do they do?

CSS head judges are GB Park and Pipe national team coaches. They remain available to the CSS judges throughout the season for consultation where necessary.

Where can I ask more questions?

Please feel free to ask us any questions by email info@cssleague.co.uk

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