Into the Summer!
Summer may “officially” begin with the summer solstice.
But swimmers and their parents know that summer really starts
with that first dive into the outdoor pool, probably sometime around
Memorial Day weekend. The PVS summer schedule includes a number of competitive
long course meets, including several championship meets. We’re
looking forward to seeing you on deck this summer!
In April, the PVS Board of Directors adopted a new policy to help protect
the safety and privacy of our swimmers: “The use of equipment
capable of taking pictures (eg., cameras, cellular phones, PDAs, etc.)
will be banned behind the starting blocks during all meets sanctioned
by PVS. Use of these devices will not be permitted behind the blocks
during warm up or competition.” The following guidelines have
been issued to help officials in enforcement of this policy:
and Timer Briefing Update: “Use of cell phones and cameras in
deck area behind the starting blocks is prohibited during warm-ups
and competition. Report any violations to the Referee.”
Referee directs the person to put the device away or leave the deck
area immediately behind the starting blocks. If an athlete is involved,
work through the coach for enforcement.
of this restriction does not extend into raised spectator areas that
are directly behind starting blocks. However, Officials shall continue
prohibiting the use of flash photography from any location during
the time swimmers are on the starting blocks.
Make the Call
In the girls 10 & under 50-yard breaststroke, the starter has just
finished giving the command “Take your mark” when the swimmer
in lane 4 comes down and immediately falls in the water headfirst. The
referee could not tell why the swimmer went into the water. However,
the starter indicated he/she thought the swimmer had lost her balance
when she came down for the start, before assuming a starting position.
What should occur and why?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
Did You Know . . .
The USA Swimming website has been completely
redesigned—have you seen it lately? All of the information, but
now with improved visual display. Check it out at www.usaswimming.org.
Open Water Swimming
water swimming is different. No lane lines. No starting blocks. No stripe
to follow on the bottom. Unseen creatures lurking beneath you. Seen
creatures kicking you and flailing their arms all around you. Cold,
choppy water trying to splash in your mouth on every breath. But it’s
also a chance for swimmers to get out and simply enjoy the great outdoors.
It is to pool swimming as trail running is to track running.
Open water swimming reached a new level of international exposure
by becoming an official event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
And now PVS swimmers have an opportunity to participate in this unique
event at a nearby location. The Eastern
Zone Open Water Swimming Competition will be held Sunday, August
15 at Bay Ridge Beach in Annapolis. The event includes a 1K for 10&U,
a 2K for 11-14 year olds, and a 3K for 15-18 year olds. Officials are
needed, both on the water and on the beach; contact the meet referee
for more information.
The top open water swimmers in the U.S. will compete June 4
and 6 in Long Beach, California, at the 2010 USA Swimming Open Water
National Championships. The competition includes both a 5K and 10K race,
and will serve as the selection meet for the 2010 FINA Open Water World
Championships and the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships.
Education Travel Reimbursement
Did you know that Potomac Valley Swimming will contribute to your travel
expenses for working at national level meets? In March 2007, PVS
instituted the Officials Education Travel Reimbursement program. This
program is intended to encourage PVS officials to further their skills
by participating in national level meets. Complete details can be found
on the PVS
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
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:
Resolution to ‘You Make
The starter should “Stand up” the remaining swimmers. If
the referee agrees that the swimmer fell before becoming set and that
this was not a starting motion, the swimmer should be allowed to swim
with the heat.