Happy Holidays from the PVS Officials Committee!
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s may be
the busiest of the year. In the midst of all the holiday activity, a
number of PVS meets (including several high-level invitational meets)
are scheduled for December. Championship meets require championship
officiating — can we count on your help?
May your holidays be slightly hectic and thoroughly enjoyable!
USA Swimming recognizes two distinct levels of National Certification
for officials: N2 and N3. N2, the first National level in a position,
is administered by the National Officials Committee and recognizes that
an official is experienced and has been evaluated as capable of working
the position at Sectional, Zone, Grand Prix and similar higher profile
meets. N3, the second and highest National level in a position, is likewise
administered by the National Officials Committee and recognizes that
an official has the experience, skills, and knowledge to be considered
for selection to work National Championship level meets in the position.
Requirements for progression to N2 and N3 levels in the positions of
Stroke and Turn Judge, Chief Judge, Starter, Deck Referee, and Admin
Referee can be found on the USA
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:
|Adi Van Krimpen
N2 or N3?
The Tom Dolan Invitational Meet has been approved by USA Swimming
as an Officials Qualifying Meet for N2 and N3 certification. The meet
will include opportunities to be observed for N2 and N3 certification
in all positions
Why would you want to attain National certification as an N2
or N3 official?
- To have the satisfaction that you’re recognized as
a highly motivated official who demonstrates superior performance
standards on deck.
- To receive practical constructive feedback regarding your
performance from very experienced nationally-recognized officials.
- To qualify to work at higher level meets. N2 certification
recognizes that an official is experienced and has been evaluated
as capable of working the position at Sectional, Zone, Grand Prix
and similar higher profile meets. N3 certification recognizes that
an official has the experience, skills and knowledge to be considered
for selection to work at National Championship level meets in the
- To be viewed as a mentor by your fellow officials.
- To help insure that all swimmers, from novice to Olympian,
will have the most professional, most consistent, and fairest officiating
Requirements for progression to N2 and N3 levels in the positions
of Stroke and Turn Judge, Chief Judge, Starter, Deck Referee, and Administrative
Referee can be found on the USA
Make the Call
A coach approaches the referee prior to the woman’s 100-yard
breaststroke. The coach indicates that the stroke and turn judge with
jurisdiction over lanes 7-8 had previously disqualified his swimmer
in lane 7 for a breaststroke infraction in the 200 yard IM—a questionable
call in the coach’s opinion. The coach asks that the judge be
moved to a different lane stating that the swimmer would be “psyched
out” by his presence at the end of the lane. What should be done?
See the answer at the bottom of this
Are You New?
It can be easy to get lost if you’re a new PVS official, but your
first point of contact should be your club’s Officials Chair.
If you don’t know who that individual is, you can find the listing
Club Officials Chair can provide you with additional information on
what officiating positions are available, as well as when and where
training clinics are held.
Just because your club doesn’t host meets doesn’t
mean that you’re not needed. Many of our clubs don’t have
enough officials to host a meet on their own. By working together and
working at each other’s meets, we all make sure that we have a
sufficient number of officials and that no particular individual is
Did You Know?
The first recorded swimming competition in the United States took place
in 1883 at the New York Athletic Club.
Track of Sessions
Potomac Valley Swimming uses USA Swimming’s Officials Tracking
System to maintain the records of sessions worked by officials
at PVS meets. For each meet, the Meet Referee or the host club’s
Officials Chair is 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.
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. View your history of meets, tests, and other
activities by logging in to your account, and going to Member Resources
> Officials Tracking System > View My History.
is the Teacher
The new or inexperienced official often asks, “How long
will it take me to become a good Stroke and Turn Judge?” It depends
upon the individual, but it won’t happen overnight or without
effort. Knowing the rules and attending clinics are a start, but experience
gained by regularly working at meets is the only real teacher. Only
experience can build the confidence the Stroke and Turn Judge requires
before his/her performance becomes “automatic.” Even then,
a continuing review of the rules and regular attendance at officials
clinics are essential.
Feet First for Warmups
Did you ever wonder why we ask the swimmers to jump in instead of dive
in during warmups? By jumping in feet first, your child is significantly
reducing his/her chance of being injured. Although accidents are very
rare in swimming, injuries do occur. The practice of jumping, rather
than diving, is simply a safety precaution and a safety policy of USA
Swimming. Diving is permitted only during coach-supervised sprint lane
practice. It’s all about safety.
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
Resolution to ‘You Make
We cannot assign officials on the pool deck to fit the wishes of a single
swimmer or coach. Presuming that the referee was involved in the previous
call and supported it, there is no reason to change the assignment of