to the New Season!
The kids are back in school, and a new season of swimming is
upon us. Hopefully, you’re ready to dive in for another season
of officiating. Volunteer officials are the lifeblood of Potomac Valley
Swimming. Check the schedule below and contact the official-in-charge
if you can help. We hope to see you at one of the many PVS Officials’
clinics during the month of October. And we look forward to seeing you
on deck throughout the 2010-11 season!
||Free For All
Ready to Move Up?
So, you’ve been a Stroke & Turn Judge for about a year
now. Are you ready to move up to a bit more responsibility on deck?
Have you considered becoming a Starter? Or maybe a certified Chief Judge?
The Stroke & Turn Judge is definitely the most
important and crucial position on deck—and we’re all Stroke
& Turn Judges. But you gain additional insight and appreciation
for this sport when you advance to Starter, Chief Judge, Referee, etc.
You also become more versatile and valuable to your club.
For all positions except Referee, when you feel you are ready
to advance, you may attend the appropriate clinic and begin to fulfill
the requirements for certification in that position. For advancement
to Referee, the first steps include nomination by your club’s
officials chair or a member of the Officials Committee, as well as an
invitation from the Officials Committee.
Complete requirements for advancement to other positions can
be found at http://www.pvswim.org/official/certification_requirements.html
The Fall schedule of PVS
Officials’ clinics has been posted on the website. There are
clinics in both Maryland and Virginia for Stroke & Turn Judges,
Starters, Chief Judges, Referees, Timing System Operators, and Hy-Tek
Operators during the months of September and October. Pre-Registration
for the clinics is encouraged, but not required. You can just show up
on the date and time of the clinic. Article 102.12.2 of USA Swimming
rules states: “All officials acting in the capacity of Referee,
Starter, or Stroke and/or Turn Judge at a swimming meet shall be certified
in such position by their LSC prior to being assigned to officiate in
that capacity.” Attendance at a clinic at least once every two
years is a requirement for your certification. Be sure to check the
website throughout the year for additional clinics.
Evaluating Our Performance
One way to improve as an official is to honestly evaluate your
performance after each session. Did you do your part to provide safe,
fair, and equitable conditions of competition? Were you attentive to
the participants and respectful to the integrity of the sport? Was your
demeanor professional and courteous throughout the session? Did you
consistently maintain high standards? What did you learn during the
Bill Russell, the legendary center for the Boston Celtics,
used to keep his own personal scorecard. He graded himself after every
game on a scale from one to one hundred. In his career of more than
1200 games, including a run of eleven championships in thirteen years,
he never graded himself higher than 65. It was his constant striving
for the highest standards, and recognizing that he could always do better,
that made him one of the greatest basketball players ever.
You Make the Call
In a 200-yard freestyle event, a swimmer asks the referee if
he can swim the backstroke. The referee replies that he can but that
the time can only be used as a freestyle time. At the referee’s
long whistle the swimmer enters the water to do a backstroke start.
The referee signals to the starter that the field is his and the starter
starts the race. Was this correct?
See the answer at the bottom of this
Did you know that swim fins were invented by
Benjamin Franklin? Franklin grew up in Boston near the Charles River,
and learned to swim at an early age. Wanting to increase his speed,
Franklin devised fins (in the year 1717, according to his journal) that
he wore on his hands. Although his original design of wooden fins wasn’t
very practical, he set the invention in motion for others to improve
upon it. Franklin consistently promoted the health benefits of swimming
in his later writings.
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:
A reminder that after you have received a successful evaluation at a
National Qualifying Meet, you are not automatically re-certified or
advanced. There are other requirements that may also need to be met.
These include participation in LSC meets, continuing education as an
official, mentoring of other officials, National Championship meet experience,
depending upon the position and the level of certification sought. Specific
requirements can be found on the USA Swimming website. National Certification
also requires that you submit the online Application for Certification
found within the Officials Tracking System on the USA Swimming website.
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
Chief Judge Certification -
by Steed Edwards
We officials all seem to have a good idea of the responsibilities
expected of a Referee, Starter, S&T Judge, Colorado Operator, and
HyTek Operator. But do all of us know what is expected of a Chief Judge—especially
at a national-level meet?
That question has been raised not only in Potomac Valley, but
at the national USAS level.
Did you know that the CJs on a national deck are expected to,
a) assign the S&T positions on deck, b) do all the stroke briefings
, c) ensure that all necessary supplies for the various officials are
in place, d) deliver all protocol briefings, e) take all calls from
their S&T officials and report them to the Referee, as well as many
Well Potomac Valley has taken on the responsibility of defining
a process for becoming certified at the CJ position, at least at the
LSC level. The process will include the implementation of CJ-specific
clinics taught by experienced N3 Chief Judges, plus an evaluation process,
including a minimum number of meets to be worked at the LSC level in
the position. Successful completion of this process will result in certification
at the LSC level as a Chief Judge.
We know that at the LSC level we often do not have a full complement
of officials to guarantee a full team (5) of Chief Judges. However,
it is important in PVS, as one of the leading LSCs in the country, for
our certified Chief Judges to know what the expectations are should
they be selected to the position on a national deck. Of course, at our
own PVS meets any, or all, of these duties may be requested at any meet.
The process will kick off this Fall/Winter season.
Resolution to ‘You Make
No, this is not correct. In the freestyle events the forward start must