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Spring Championship Meets
PVS Senior Championships will be held March 10-13 at George Mason University. Officials wishing to work at this meet should submit the application found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than March 3 for specific deck positions. However, late applications and walk-ins are also welcome and will be assigned to available positions. Our lead evaluator for this meet will be Pat Lunsford. Pat is a long-time official who has held many leadership positions in USA Swimming. He has served as National Officials Chair, as Program Operations Vice President, as Meet Referee for several National Championships, and was the Starter for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Concurrent with Senior Champs, PVS Junior Championships will likewise be held March 10-13 at George Mason University. Officials wishing to work at this meet should submit the application found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than March 3 for assigned deck positions. This meet is separate from Senior Champs and is held under a separate sanction, although the finals sessions will be swum combined with the finals of Senior Champs.
On the following weekend, March 17-20, PVS 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships will be held at Fairland Aquatic Center. The application to work at this meet can likewise be found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than March 10 for specific deck positions. Once again, late applications and walk-ins are welcome and will be assigned to available positions.
PVS Senior Championships and PVS 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships are “Officials Qualifying Meets,” offering the opportunity for formal evaluation at the N2 level (JOs) and the N2 and N3 levels (Seniors). Any official interested in being evaluated at these championship meets must apply in advance.
New Officials / Advancing Officials
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Why N2 or N3?
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 Swimming website.
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The Timeline - by Morgan Hurley
Hy-Tek prepares the timeline based on a number of factors. Each heat is estimated to finish within the seed time of the slowest athlete in the heat. Additionally, Hy-Tek uses an estimation of the time from when one heat finishes to when the next heat begins. This time, called the “interval time,” is usually set at 15 or 20 seconds when dive-over starts are used. An additional 15 seconds is usually added for events that use backstroke starts. These interval times are user-adjustable.
Prior to the start of a swim meet, the timeline is used by the meet manager to ensure that the meet can be conducted within the time that the pool is available and that sessions can start at the times advertised in the meet announcement. In some cases, warm-up times or the times when a session will begin may be changed based on the estimated session lengths in the timeline. Positive check-in may be used to minimize the number of open lanes. Any such changes would be communicated to coaches and other meet personnel and posted on www.pvswim.org before the date that the meet begins. Another adjustment that the meet manager might make is to reduce the interval time in the timeline, although it would usually not be reduced to less than 15 seconds.
Where an event is subject to positive check-in, the number of heats in events that are not seeded will be noted with a “u” on the timeline - which stands for “unseeded.” Timelines prepared before events subject to positive check-in have been seeded can be based on the maximum number of heats that could be swum if all entered athletes were swim. Alternatively, a “no-show” factor can be established, e.g., 5%, 10%, etc., based on the number of athletes that are not expected to swim. These are choices that can be made by the Hy-Tek user.
Prior to beginning a session, the deck referee should check the timeline to determine the interval time that was used. (The interval time is printed near the top of the timeline.) The interval time provides a target for the deck referee, although a shorter interval time might be desirable if the session is scheduled to end after the subsequent session’s warm-ups are scheduled to begin. During the meet, the actual times that events start should be marked on the timeline. The referee might perform this task or delegate it to another official such as the starter or the timing system operator.
There are a variety of reasons that a session can get behind the times in the timeline, such as delayed start of a session, equipment malfunctions, or a large number of disqualifications that require the attention of the referee. Tools that are available to the referee to “make-up” time include combining heats that are not full, particularly for longer distance events, or processing disqualifications while a heat of athletes is in the water. In no case should the referee and the starter rush a start before the athletes are ready.
For more information on timelines, see the Hy-Tek User Manual.
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