Ski Race Help for New Timers


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Update: 11/20/12


This page is meant for people who have never timed a race before in their life, but will be expected to do so this coming season.


On 12/15/12 I will be hosting (at BMA) my annual hands-on clinic for "never-evers." We'll actually set up the equipment and go through an entire simulated race. This page is mandatory homework for people who plan to attend. Working through this material will get you most of the way to where you need to be. Clinic attendees must RSVP to skiracehelp@gmail.com.


Equipment you need:

1) A laptop (running Windows), with power cord.

2) The latest version of Split Second installed on the laptop.

3) A paid and working version of the software dongle from Split Second that allows you to access the timing features.

4) One of the electronic timers that you will be using during the race season.

5) The proper cables to connect that timer to the computer.

6) A start box.

7) The proper cables to connect the start box to the timer.

8) One set of finish eyes.

9) The proper cables to connect the finish eyes to the timer.

10) Fresh batteries all around.

11) The latest Master Packet of alpine forms downloaded onto your computer.


Most questions on this material are answered in my videos. Please email me if you have any questions.

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There are approximately six hours of video you should watch ahead of time. I know that this is a lot, but it's better than being hit with this same six hours of information in one continuous live session. Here are the four video playlists you should watch:

1) Basic equipment: timers, start gates, finish eyes, wiring.

2) A Simulated Race: Running the first and second runs, work to do between and after.

3) Split Second Software Tutorials.

4) Calculations and Timing Forms.

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