And thank you too nolobolono. Your site provides many great perspectives and excellent information.
I received my Full-Cert pin in 1988. I set the Tech Team as a goal before that time, as my cadet trainer (Dee) served on it and my subsequent trainers/TDs did as well. I tried out for the Team for the first time in 1992, then made it in 1994. At the end of my term in 1998 I elected not to try out, citing personal problems (divorce with child) which made it difficult to ascertain if I could truly uphold the commitment of serving our membership through the team.
Our duties are many. We have an extensive schedule of educational events staffed from the Team, multi-day ski improvement camps, race camps, teaching camps and clinic leader training. We train Divisional Staff and TDs. We work as the body for the brain (Education, Technical and Certification Committee(3 VPs))
Our first assignment is to create a bank of questions from the new Core Concepts & Technical manuals for written Cert tests. We start this week. Our NW traning program curriculum is in the works and many of the Team are directly involved. I am spearheading the development of Park & Pipe Curriculum/Clinics, though this may fall outside my Team responsibilites for a time until it develops some credibility.
On the Scoring I can't give you specifics of scoring weight, but we had 1 day of skiing tasks followed by a cut, then a personal interview.
A day of teaching followed by a cut and an indoor presentation.
A day of selected teachers and on-snow group presentation development and execution.
It is hard to estimate the time dedicated to tasks, since there is standing around while others perfom.
teaching segments were 45 minutes & 15 minutes on the first teaching day and 1 hour on the second teaching day.
The 45 was "improve the skiing of your peer group, real outcomes required."
the 15 was "Choose 3 tasks to develop an assigned Efficient Movement Pattern and work the group through these tasks." We got no advance notice on the movement pattern. It was assigned at the beginning of the segement --AND-- the assigned MP was our own MP weakness ("we teach best what we most need to learn", eh?)
The one hour was to teach to 2 assigned students from our peer group, real outcomes required.
The on snow presentations were set up as follows. "You have 1 hour. Next Week we have TD Training. Select a Skiing Task and work cooperatively with 3 other team members to develop a presentation." Required elements being: 25% input per member,
one or more movement patterns selected and commonly demonstrated, a focus selected and commonly demonstrated, a consistent image a result of the presentation.
Indoor presentatoins were 15 min. and impromptu. We all tossed 2 topics into a hat and then drew one 15 min. prior to our turn.
The on snow performance in skiing and teaching is still only a part of the selection decision. What the team needs as far as diversity and focus is considered. The overall professionalism and representation a member will bring to the team, (not limited to while in uniform) also figures in.