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 months of October and November. And we look forward
to seeing you on deck throughout the 2011-12 season!
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, Referees, Timing System Operators, and Hy-Tek Operators during
the month of 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
You Make the Call
A swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle notifies the deck referee that he
will be trying for a 100-yard initial split. After completing the first
100 yards, the swimmer exits the pool. Does the 100-yard split time
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
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
Timing Judge’s Manual
Lanes 3 and 7 both exceed a .30 second difference between the pad time
and the button time. A late touch is reported in lane 7, but timers
report nothing out the ordinary in lane 3. Could it be a defective pad?
A missed touch? A late button? Exactly how do we determine the official
time for both lanes 3 and 7? The PVS
Timing Judge’s Manual can help. You’ll find it on the
PVS website, along with dozens of other helpful training resources.
Reviewing these documents on a regular basis can sharpen your skills,
regardless of your level of experience.
reminder to officials applying for National Certification (N2 and N3):
Don’t forget to add clinics, mentoring experiences, Swimposium
participation, etc. in the Activity History area of the online
certification application. The requirements for National Certification
include continuing education, mentoring and training. These experiences
are listed in the Officials Tracking System as “other activities,”
and are generally added by the official himself/herself. If you forget
to include these activities, your application for N2 or N3 certification
will be rejected. You’ve attended the clinics, you’ve helped
mentor new officials on deck — make sure you get credit for these
activities by adding them to the Officials Tracking System.
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. At your next meet, during warmups help to ensure that all
swimmers enter the pool feet first for warmups. It’s all about
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
No, the swimmer left the pool prior to the completion of the race and
is disqualified for failing to complete the prescribed distance. Article
102.16.4 A (1) (d) says that an initial split time is considered
official only if the swimmer completes the event in compliance with
all applicable rules. When a swimmer notifies the referee that he/she
will be attempting an initial split, it’s helpful if the referee
reminds the swimmer that the entire distance of the race must be legally
swum in order to achieve the initial split.