the Championship Season
March means championships—and lots of them! PVS athletes
of all ages have been working hard and gearing-up for these meets all
season. There will definitely be some fast times and memorable races
this month! We need you to make the meets a success for our swimmers.
Championship meets require championship officiating—can we count
on your help?
Short course season culminates with several championship meets
this month. It all begins with PVS
Senior Championships, March 10-13 at George Mason University
in Fairfax. 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.
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.
But Wait . . . There’s
Are your children swimming at the RMSC Mini Championships, MSSC
Spring Championships, or the MAKO Spring Invitational? We need your
help at these meets also. See the schedule above to contact the meet
For Your Information
Recently there have been some questions regarding the legality of swimmers
wearing two swim caps in competition. The Chair of the USA Swimming
Rules and Regulations Committee, Dan McAllen, has replied that “wearing
two caps is NOT a violation of USA Swimming rules.”
Make the Call
A coach tells you that his swimmer has sprained an ankle and is unable
to turn his foot out in the breaststroke kick. The coach says that,
because of this sprained ankle, the swimmer should be considered disabled.
Should the swimmer be disqualified for not turning his foot out in the
propulsive part of the kick, or is he excused because of a disability?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
Did You Know . . .
In some volcanic areas such as Iceland, the
temperature rises beneath the surface of the earth as high as 680 degrees
F (360 degrees C) that engineers can tap the geothermal energy by piping
hot water from underground to warm nearby homes, offices and factories.
An outdoor swimming pool in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is heated
so effectively by this method that it remains open and in use all year
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
is an Officials Qualifying Meet?
Officials Qualifying Meets are approved by USA Swimming for the evaluation
of officials seeking advancement and re-certification at the N2 and
N3 levels. They may include Regional, Zone, Sectional, Grand Prix, and
other meets which satisfy the criteria set by USA Swimming. Among the
criteria: The meet format must include at least 4 sessions with prelims
and finals. It must include a broad range of senior events, and it must
be expected to attract and include national caliber swimmers (capable
of achieving National Championship and Junior Championship qualifying
times). National Evaluators must be present during all evaluation sessions.
There are requirements for minimum numbers of officials, as well as
for the Meet Referee’s qualifications. The meet announcement must
contain a notice that the meet has been approved, or application has
been made for approval, as an Officials Qualifying Meet as well as information
outlining how officials will be considered for evaluation.
Resolution to ‘You Make
The swimmer should be disqualified. A sprained ankle does not qualify
as a disability, which is defined in Article 105.1.1 as “a permanent
physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more
major life activities.” No exception to the breaststroke rule
is warranted in this situation.