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The E-Newsletter of the USA Swimming Officials Committee
Congratulations to Al Kurth of Ohio Swimming as the March
recipient of the Maxwell Excellence Award for service to local
swimming. To learn more about the award and to see a list of
On-Line Testing Subcommittee
Don Hougardy (IE) and Bruce Ludwig (OR) have been added to the
On-Line Testing Subcommittee. Congratulations to both of them on
Mary Jo Swalley will be representing USA Swimming as a judge at
the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships in Manchester, UK, April 9-13.
There will be a FINA Extraordinary Congress in Manchester immediately
after the Championships. Representatives of the over 190 member federations
will meet to consider certain rule change proposals. For more FINA news,
Officials Tracking System
Last call for all officials who were “grandfathered” at the N2 or N3
certification level: these certifications expired on December 31, 2007.
If you have not recertified by March 31, you will be dropped one level.
April 12-Midwestern Swimming (Lincoln, NE)—Officials presenter is Jim
Sheehan. April 19—Iowa Swimming (Cedar Rapids, IA)—Officials presenter is
John Wilson. April 19-Kentucky Swimming (Louisville, KY)—Officials presenter
is Frank Ching. April 26-Border Swimming (El Paso, TX)—Officials presenter
is Dan McAllen.
A number of documents on the Certification pages of the Officials
section of the USA Swimming Web site, have been revised to better reflect
the use of the online Officials Tracking System (OTS). In particular,
the FAQ's have been edited to include some additions and some no longer
relevant questions and answers have been deleted.
So far this year 65 meets have been approved as "Officials Qualifying Meets"
while over 700 applications for recertification in and, or, advancement to N2
and N3 positions have been submitted and processed though the OTS. Please
remember that it may take a week or two for the approval to be processed
into the membership database and for a card to be mailed.
During the Girls 10& Under 200-Yard Medley Relay Final at a Championship
Meet the breaststroke swimmer completes her leg, exits, and then sits on the
edge of the pool with her feet dangling in the water. In the excitement of
cheering her team to an upset win she inadvertently kicks the finish pad
resulting in a timing error of several seconds. The Stroke and Turn Judge
did not observe this conduct, but the Relay Take-Off Judge on that side
of the pool did, and immediately raised his hand. Upon investigation, the
Deck Referee is told of the “reentry” violation by the swimmer that the
Relay Take-Off Judge observed. The Deck Referee does not accept the call.
Correct ruling? For answer,