the Championship Season
March means championships — and lots of them! PVS athletes
of all ages have been working hard and gearing-up for these meets all
season. There will definitely be some fast times and memorable races
this month! We need you to make the meets a success for our swimmers.
Championship meets require championship officiating — can we count
on your help?
Spring Championship Meets
course season culminates with several championship meets this month.
Many of these meets are “Officials Qualifying Meets” (OQM)
offering the opportunity for formal evaluation at the N2 level (Seniors,
Junior Olympics) and the N2 and N3 levels (Sectionals). Any official
interested in being evaluated at these championship meets should apply
in advance. While walk-ons are always welcome it is especially helpful
to have the roster completed before the meet. If you know if and when
you can help, please get in touch with the Officials Contact Person.
The month begins with PVS
Junior Championships, held March 4-7 at the Martin Luther King,
Jr. Swim Center in Silver Spring. For many of our swimmers, this meet
will be their first “Prelims and Finals” championship meet,
and officials are still needed. Contact
to volunteer your services.
Senior Championships will be held March 11-14 at George Mason
University in Fairfax. Officials are still needed
for this meet. Those wishing to work at this meet should submit
the application found on the PVS
website. You must apply no later than March 4 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 18-21, PVS
14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships will be held at Fairland
Aquatic Center in Laurel, MD. Officials are still
needed for this meet. The application to work at this meet can
be found on the PVS
website. You must apply no later than March 11 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 25-28. This meet is part
of USA Swimming’s Speedo Championship Series, and will feature
elite swimmers from several states. This is a terrific opportunity to
officiate at a National-level meet that’s close to home. 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 March 10 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 17. Applications for other deck positions will be accepted
anytime. And… you guessed it… officials
are still needed for this meet.
Wait . . . There’s More
Are your children swimming at the RMSC Mini Championships, MSSC
Spring Championships, or the MAKO Spring Invitational? We need your
help at these meets also. See the schedule above to contact the meet
Uniform for Championship Meets
The PVS Officials Committee has established a standard uniform
for PVS Championship meets: white polo shirt over navy blue shorts,
trousers, or skirt for Prelims; light blue oxford shirt over navy blue
trousers or skirt for Finals. Please note:
this will be the uniform for PVS Senior Championships and PVS Junior
Mark your calendar now for the 2010 PVS Officials Social, April 18 at
River Falls in Potomac, MD. All PVS officials and their “significant
others” are invited to this informal social event that will recognize
PVS officials for their efforts this season. Check your email and the
PVS website for more information soon.
You Make the Call
A coach says, “My swimmer is 10 years old and would like to achieve
a time in the 200 yard Butterfly, but the event is never offered for
10 year-olds. Can I enter him/her with the 11-12 age group, which does
offer the event?” What do you tell the coach?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
New Officials / Advancing Officials
We’d like to welcome these new officials—and congratulate
advancing officials—who have recently completed the requirements
for first-time PVS certification in the following positions.
|Stroke & Turn Judge:
Do you have a question about officiating or a tip you’d like to
share? Is there a rule that you’d like to have clarified? Do you
have a suggestion for a future item in this newsletter? If so, please
send your questions/comments to the newsletter editor, Jack
Potomac Valley Swimming endorses two specific warm-up formats: Assigned
warm-ups and Open warm-ups. It’s important for all officials —
especially referees — to understand both formats and to enforce
the warm-up provisions at all sessions.
Assigned warm-ups are where teams are assigned to specific
lanes, for specified periods of time, in proportion to the number of
their entries. Open warm-ups are where there are no team lane assignments
and lanes are designated for a specific activity for a specified period
During Assigned warm-ups, each team may conduct their own warm-up
routine provided that a team certified USA Swimming coach is stationed
at the starting block of each lane assigned to the team, and that coach
assumes the duties of a Marshal in supervising the warm-up in that lane.
During Open warm-ups, periods are divided equally between general
and specific programs. The first half of the of warm-up will be dedicated
to general warm-up and the last half of the warm-up will be dedicated
to specific warm-up. During the general warm-up, no pace work or sprinting
will be permitted. During the specific warm-up, the outside lanes will
be designated as pace lanes and lanes 2 & 7 of an eight-lane pool,
2 & 5 of a six-lane pool, etc. will be opened for sprinting. Marshals
shall clear the lane of all swimmers before opening the lane for sprinting.
All sprint lanes are one-way only and the swimmer must exit at the opposite
end of the pool. The use of kickboards, handpaddles, and similar training
devices, are not permitted in open warm-ups.
All warm-up periods shall be supervised by the appointed marshals
and officials. Coaches shall not permit their athletes to enter the
pool until the officials have declared the pool open for warm-up. No
entry is permitted across lanes, from the pool side, or from the non-start
What is an Officials Qualifying
Officials Qualifying Meets are approved by USA Swimming for the evaluation
of officials seeking advancement and re-certification at the N2 and
N3 levels. They may include Regional, Zone, Sectional, Grand Prix, and
other meets which satisfy the criteria set by USA Swimming. Among the
criteria: The meet format must include at least 4 sessions with prelims
and finals. It must include a broad range of senior events, and it must
be expected to attract and include national caliber swimmers (capable
of achieving National Championship and Junior Championship qualifying
times). National Evaluators must be present during all evaluation sessions.
There are requirements for minimum numbers of officials, as well as
for the Meet Referee’s qualifications. The meet announcement must
contain a notice that the meet has been approved, or application has
been made for approval, as an Officials Qualifying Meet as well as information
outlining how officials will be considered for evaluation.
Resolution to ‘You Make
You should tell the coach “No,” a swimmer many not participate
in an age group which does not correspond to his/her age. Article 205.2.4
states “A swimmer must compete in the age group events according
to the swimmer’s age.” In addition, any time achieved while
swimming in an age group that does not correspond to the swimmer’s
age would not be a valid time and would not be eligible for entry into
USA Swimming’s SWIMS database.