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12 January 2004, 04:58 pm
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International Umpire's Conference
Southampton

Following the success of last year's International Judges Conference, which focused upon the application and development of RRS 42 among other issues, ISAF is to hold a first International Umpires Conference in Southampton.
Taking place from 26-28 March 2004, the Conference is open to all International Umpires (IU) from around the world. ISAF hopes to see as many as possible in Southampton to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with other IUs and further develop their skills and knowledge through planned exercises, lectures and participation in group discussions.

The Conference will be chaired by John DOERR (GBR), Chairman of the International Umpires Sub-committee (IUSC), with presentations by a number of IUSC members and IUs with expertise in specific areas.

While not yet finalized the programme will include:

Rules:
· Existing rules and calls
· Rule 42: experiences with the rule under the interpretations: problems and solutions

Procedures:
· Recently introduced procedures and techniques
· New procedures and techniques

Disciplines and Development:
· Match, Team racing and switching between
· Fleet racing, sailing for the blind, radio controlled umpiring

Training and Umpire Development:
· Seminars & Clinics and Developing IUs
· Chief Umpiring (will also be the subject of a seminar in 2005)

Administration and Appointments:
· Umpire evaluations & feedback
· Events: grading and appointment of umpires


The sessions will be a mixture of workgroups and short reports, exercises and lectures. All material presented will be made available to delegates soon after the Conference.

ISAF recognises that travel costs will be higher for some IUs required to travel long distance in order to attend the Conference, and that some of the material presented will be of interest for national programmes. Therefore, ISAF is offering MNA's from certain geographic locations the opportunity to apply for travel grants for IUs nominated to represent the MNA. In turn, upon return to their home country, these IUs will be required to disseminate the material via a national conference.

Further details about the Conference are available by following the link below:
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