Course Season Begins
There’s a lot to like about long course: No longer do
you need to determine “Which end is the girls’ course?”
The swimmers have only half as many turns to drench your pants and shoes.
And think of the calories you’ll burn while walking the sides!
As we reconfigure the pool, there are big doings occurring at this time
of the year.
Online Tests Unavailable
April 15, the online officials certification tests will be deactivated
for the annual revisions to bring the test up to date with the 2010
rulebook. Before April 15 continue to use the 2009 edition of the
USA Swimming Rules and Regulations when taking the tests. When the tests
are activated on May 1, 2010, you will then use the 2010 copy of
Did You RSVP Yet?
The PVS Officials Social will be on April 18 from 6-8:30 pm at
Falls. If you have not received an Evite, contact the PVS
Administrative Assistant. Hope to see you there!
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:
You Make the Call
The coach of a hearing impaired swimmer requests that she be seeded
in an outside lane near the starter’s strobe light. Should this
request be granted?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
The 15-Meter Rule
all know that, in the Freestyle, Backstroke, and Butterfly, a swimmer
may be submerged at the start and after each turn, provided that the
swimmer’s head surfaces by the 15 meter mark. Why was that
rule established? It was after the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. David
Berkoff, of the U.S. developed a technique in backstroke that enabled
him to dolphin-kick underwater on his back until well past the 35-meter
mark. He would disappear at the start and reappear a body length ahead
of the rivals almost at the end of the first length. He arrived in Seoul
as world record holder and favorite for the 100m Backstroke. However,
Daichi Suzuki of Japan had been practicing the technique in secret,
and beat Berkoff at his own game. Fearing a race in which all eight
finalists would spend much of the race out of sight, FINA, the world
governing body, adopted the rule to require the swimmer to surface no
more than 15 meters from the wall out of starts and turns.
Meet Manager 3
Meet Manager 3.0 is now being used at many meets. This new version includes
many new and useful features that can make a HyTek Operator’s
life easier. The complete User’s
Guide is available on the PVS website. Check it out!
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
Finish Sweeps by Morgan Hurley
One of the duties of the starter at national-level
and NCAA meets is to record the order of finishes for each heat. Generally,
this task would be performed by an off-duty starter so that the on-duty
starter can focus attention on the next heat or athletes.
Recording the order of finishes is a good practice at LSC level
meets when meet conditions allow. Prior to the start of each session,
the starter should confer with the referee about whether finish sweeps
will be performed. The determination as to whether or not to record
the order of finishes will be based on factors such as how many starters
will work the session and whether dive-over starts are used. If only
one starter is available and dive-over starts are used, it might not
be desirable to record the order of finishes, since the athletes will
finish one heat at about the same time that it will be necessary for
the starter to announce and focus attention on the next heat.
When finish sweeps are used, the starter should record the
order of finishes for each heat on the starter’s program. When
there is a change in starters, the outgoing starter should record the
order of finishes for the last heat that he or she started so that the
incoming starter can focus on the next heat of swimmers.
The order of finishes as observed should be recorded. Only
the places about which the starter is certain should be noted.
The record of finish provides another resource for the timing
judge in cases where it is not possible to determine an athlete’s
finish time from available primary, secondary and tertiary timing data.
Examples where this might be necessary include cases where there is
only one manual or semi-automatic time, and it differs from the automatic
time by more than 0.3 seconds, or when the data from the manual, semi-automatic
and automatic timing systems are otherwise inconclusive.
Resolution to ‘You Make
Yes. Rule 105.3 states: “The Referee may reassign lanes within
the swimmer’s heat, i.e., exchanging one lane for another, so
that the strobe light or Starter’s arm signal can more readily
be seen by the deaf or hard of hearing swimmer.”