Judges are hand-selected for their level of expertise and professionalism. The judges are a diverse group of men and women from various countries across Europe and North America.
Snowboard Live Scoring System "SLS"
The Snowboarding Live Scoring System, or SLS, is now in its fourth year of being on the leading edge of judging high level snowboard competitions. First launched successfully during the TTR 6 Star Arctic Challenge slopestyle held in Oslo, and the first halfpipe at the 5Star BGOS in New Zealand in 2010 there now have been numerous competitions for the SLS to develop. In the TTR competition seasons since 2010 the SLS was used at all 6-star events that featured slopestyle and halfpipe. The past years have seen the SLS refinement include (two judges per feature/hit) and (default scores) based on rider feedback and will be in place for the TTR and Burton events for the upcoming 2012 -2013 season. The SLS system combines a sharp focus on individual tricks combined with overall impression. There are dedicated Trick judges and OI (Overall Impression) judges. The combined result of Trick and OI scores gives a detailed overview of a rider's performance per Trick, their overall run impact, and the effect it has on their ranking. The SLS system allows an easy to follow scoring path delineating how the run result was achieved, a result that can be compared trick by trick, from run to run.
By determining values for each trick and the OI performance judges, riders and spectators can best evaluate the run for excellence. Each TRICK judge (in teams of two) will focus on just one obstacle in the slopestyle, and one hit in the halfpipe. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Amplitude, Difficulty and Execution. Each OI judge (Overall Impression) will focus on the overall impact of the run over the entire course. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Variation, Style and Combinations. In slopestyle, the SLS system takes a defined number of obstacles and allocates two dedicated judges per obstacle (rails may be judged as a single obstacle or a set). Each specific obstacle (or rail set) is scored by two judges. Each feature will have a set feature value. Based on the maximum feature value for each feature, a trick score is calculated then for that feature. The individual Trick scores are then added up for a Total Trick score. For the OI (Overall Impression) score, two additional judges are dedicated to focusing solely on the usage and composition of the slopestyle run. The two OI scores are then averaged for a Total OI score. Total Trick + Total OI score results makes a Run score, which defines a rider's ranking.
In halfpipe the new SLS revised judging system will still use eight judges in teams of two, but will focus exclusively on separate evaluation areas across the entire run. These four areas to be evaluated are the four main elements in the evaluation of a pipe run: Amplitude, Trick Difficulty, Execution, and Overall Impression. The new revised SLS Pipe judging format will evaluate entire competition runs (not specific tricks) but highlight the four main elements that comprise the complete run which will continue to provide riders, media/public, coaches and judges' immediate feedback.
• Two judges will be used to evaluate Amplitude (unless stand alone technology is developed) for the complete run.
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Trick Difficulty for the complete run.
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Execution for the complete run.
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Overall Impression for the complete run.
Each area of evaluation (or "components") will have equal weight and will represent 25% of the total overall score. All four components will be scored from 0-100 by each of the individual judges. All component areas will have two scores that will be averaged together for a total component score. A Run Score is composed of Amplitude Score + Trick Difficulty Score + Execution Score + Overall Impression. The Run score is the average of all the component scores added together to give a total evaluation of the run. The total run score defines a rider's ranking within the competition.