Keeping Track of Sessions
PVS will now be using the Officials Tracking System to maintain the records of sessions worked by officials at PVS meets. The PVS Officials Committee has carefully reviewed and tested the OTS, and beginning this month will authorize the Meet Referee at each PVS meet to gain access to the meet in the OTS. A member of the PVS Officials Committee will establish the meet in the OTS and then the Meet Referee will be responsible for recording the sessions worked for all officials at the meet.
It is recommended that you verify your record in the OTS a week or two after the conclusion of the meet at which you work, to be sure that the information is correct. If there is a discrepancy, please contact the Meet Referee. Until the use of OTS is fully implemented, you should also maintain your record of sessions worked on the PVS Official’s Record Card and have this card signed by the Referee at the conclusion of the session.
The complete User’s Guide for the Officials Tracking System can be found on the USA Swimming website. Information for Meet Referees regarding the simple procedures for recording officials’ participation at your meet can likewise be found on the USA Swimming website.
You Make the Call
Spring Championship Meets
PVS Senior Championships will be held March 12-15 at George Mason University. Officials wishing to work at this meet should submit the application found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than March 5 for specific deck positions. However, late applications and walk-ins are also welcome and will be assigned to available positions.
On the following weekend, March 19-22, PVS 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships will be held at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, adjacent to FedEx Field. The application to work at this meet can likewise be found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than March 12 for specific deck positions. Once again, late applications and walk-ins are welcome and will be assigned to available positions.
The Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Montgomery County will be the site of the Eastern Zone Southern Sectional meet, March 26-29. This meet is part of the Speedo Championship Series, and will feature elite swimmers from several states. You can apply to work and/or be evaluated at the Eastern Zone Southern Sectional meet by completing the application on the Eastern Zone website. This application must be received by the Eastern Zone Officials Chair no later than February 25 in order for the applicant to be considered for specific assigned positions (Deck Referee, Starter, Chief Judge, Admin Ref). Assigned positions will be notified no later than March 5. Applications for other deck positions will be accepted anytime.
All of these meets are “Officials Qualifying Meets,” offering the opportunity for formal evaluation at the N2 level (Juniors, Seniors) and the N2 and N3 levels (Sectionals). Any official interested in being evaluated at these championship meets must apply in advance.
Experience is the Teacher
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Our Unattached Officials
Why are they important to PVS? These officials bring a wealth of experience to our meets. Potomac Valley has a number of unattached officials with over a dozen years of experience; several have worked 20 years or more on deck. They regularly serve as mentors to less experienced officials. PVS is indeed fortunate to retain a large number of officials whose children no longer swim competitively – some are affiliated with a team and some are unattached. Many of our meets rely on these officials for key positions such as Referee and Starter. They are visible proof that you don’t need to leave the deck just because your children are no longer competing.
For many of these folks, officiating at a meet is an empty nest passion. Many see it as one way they can give back to the swimming community. Dick Griffith explains: “Swimming has been great to our family. It provided my daughter with an opportunity to compete in swim meets in different parts of the USA and the world. Swimming gave her the opportunity to make friends in different states and other countries. When she finished college swimming and coaching, I felt I had the obligation to give back to the sport which had given so much to our family.”
“Before I knew it, my grandchildren started swimming,” Dick continues. “Staying with swimming is a way for me to be involved with all of them.”
There are currently 19 active unattached officials on the PVS roster. Why aren’t they affiliated with a team? There are probably 19 different reasons. “In my case,” says Jack Neill, “my daughters swam for four different PVS clubs during their swimming careers. I can’t choose one over another at this point.”
But without exception, these experienced officials—whether affiliated with a team or unattached—all say they enjoy the camaraderie and friendships that were built over the years. “Some of the nicest people you meet are involved in swimming,” says Dick Griffith. “It becomes a great network.”
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