qualified USA examiners?

I was wondering if there are any in NZ. Will I have to venture to the US or to
UNICON before I can get examined for any of the skill levels?

Dana’s recent success has got me motivated to get practicing again. Its amazing
how things sneak up on you, level 5 suddenly looks feasible (level 9 and 10
still look impossible though:-)

Any one in NZ with a USA level ranking? If you haven’t sat the exam what level
are you up to anyway?

            o Peter Bier - computing student o O o pjb10@waikato.ac.nz o(|\o
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Re: qualified USA examiners?

Peter Bier (nospam-pjb10@waikato.ac.nz) wrote:
: I was wondering if there are any in NZ. Will I have to venture to the US or to
: UNICON before I can get examined for any of the skill levels?

: Dana’s recent success has got me motivated to get practicing again. Its
: amazing how things sneak up on you, level 5 suddenly looks feasible (level 9
: and 10 still look impossible though:-)

: Any one in NZ with a USA level ranking? If you haven’t sat the exam what level
: are you up to anyway?

Hi Peter.

I should be in New Zealand this Summer (your seasons). I’m a USA member, and
by the old skill rankings, I’m a level 3 rider. Does this qualify me to
supervise level skills tests? If not, I will be visiting Minneapolis before I
leave for NZ, and can probably manage to get checked out, if that’s possible.

I will probably be in New Zealand for about 2 months, from the middle of
December through sometime in February. I expect to spend most of my time in
Paparamau (near Wellington), but expect to play tourist a bit and visit both
the North and South islands. I’ll definitely be looking to find any
unicyclists around Wellington; I’ll probably have to borrow or purchase a uni
while I’m there. I gather you’re in Waikato; alas I don’t have a map with me
or remember exactly where that is (North Island, South of Tauranga, maybe?).

Robert Herndon rh@central.sun.com Colorado Springs, CO (USA)

Re: qualified USA examiners?

> Hi Peter.
>
> I should be in New Zealand this Summer (your seasons). I’m a USA member, and
> by the old skill rankings, I’m a level 3 rider. Does this qualify me to
> supervise level skills tests? If not, I will be visiting Minneapolis before
> I leave for NZ, and can probably manage to get checked out, if that’s
> possible.
>
> I will probably be in New Zealand for about 2 months, from the middle of
> December through sometime in February. I expect to spend most of my time in
> Paparamau (near Wellington), but expect to play tourist a bit and visit both
> the North and South islands. I’ll definitely be looking to find any
> unicyclists around Wellington; I’ll probably have to borrow or purchase a
> uni while I’m there. I gather you’re in Waikato; alas I don’t have a map
> with me or remember exactly where that is (North Island, South of Tauranga,
> maybe?).

Close! West of Tauranga. Middleish of the North Island. I also spend a fair
amount of time in Rotorua (1 hour South). Haven’t we met before:-)
>
> Robert Herndon rh@central.sun.com Colorado Springs, CO (USA)

Make sure you check out the NZ juggling festival if you can (sometime in
February). There are plenty of unicyclists in Wellington, get in touch with
Harold Jarvie, hjarvie@central.co.nz He also runs the NZ unicycling web pages
(check them out if you haven’t already).

Catch ya Peter

            o Peter Bier - computing student o O o pjb10@waikato.ac.nz o(|\o
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Re: qualified USA examiners?

Peter Bier <nospam-pjb10@waikato.ac.nz> wrote in article
<nospam-pjb10-0710971154170001@lab2-149.cs.waikato.ac.nz>…
> I was wondering if there are any in NZ. Will I have to venture to the US or to
> UNICON before I can get examined for any of the skill levels?

I’m not sure of the official IUF position on level testing but for the
Unicycling Society of America (USA), we have a set of guidelines we use. Up to
level 5 (meaning level 5 and above), the USA does not ask for any verification
from the rider. Meaning that we assume that the rider is in good faith testing
the right way. After level 5 we ask that an ‘official’ level tester administer
the exam. Any of the the USA clubs are ‘offical’ testers. Also, any officer of
the USA is an offical tester. We even have a policy for level testing by video
taping. What I would suggest is read the rules on level testing, ask questions
when needed, and have someone test you. If you want level achievement cards and
level patches, you can get them from the USA.

Level testing is not as uniform as it should be even in the USA. Club to club
can vary (much more than it should). Our club is more stringent then most. In
the higher levels, (8+) at least two people test the person. As for hard stuff
to test (pirouetting forward and backward), we have three people watch and two
out of three have to agree (it is really fast and can be tricky to tell if it
done properly). The levels are a great way of achieving an all around unicycle
rider. It is also a great way of getting ideas on what to work on next.


cotter@skypoint.com Andy Cotter Unicycling Society of America - Vice President
USA home page http://www.unicycling.org/usa/