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?
Officials Qualifying Meet
Welcome, New Officials
Types of Referees
A reminder: In order to renew your USA Swimming membership for 2012, all non-athlete members are required to complete an Athlete Protection Training course. The course is available online and accessed through the USA Swimming website. The course is free of charge, and it takes less than an hour to complete. It is very engaging, thought-provoking, and well worth your time. Successful completion of the online course will automatically be reported to the PVS Registrar.
If you have not yet completed the course, please do so soon to ensure that your USA Swimming registration does not lapse. Athlete protection training can be accessed and additional program information is available at http://www.usaswimming.org/protect USA Swimming membership cards for 2012 will be sent out during the month of December.
You Make the Call
to Fill-Out the DQ Slip
Report from the National Officials Workshop
- by Barb Ship
First, I learned that I am lucky to be part of an LSC that has good cooperation among its clubs and officials. PVS often is a leader in many ways. We are often the first to initiate new training or certification procedures, such as our Chief Judge certification process. We are one of the few LSCs that use certified officials for table positions, and one of the very few that require referees to become certified at these positions. Teamwork was an important theme for the weekend, and PVS does that very well, too. I learned that PVS does a superb job at training and mentoring its officials. Compared to other LSCs, however, there are some things that we can do better, especially when it comes to effectively utilizing chief judges. We lag behind other LSCs in that we have not used radios in many of our meets, especially non-championship meets. In addition, many other LSCs more effectively use marshals, especially given the emphasis on athlete protection. Many LSCs use marshals to monitor locker rooms to ensure athlete safety.
At the workshop, we spent some time reviewing and discussing rules, especially ones that are often misinterpreted or misapplied. Nowadays all technical swimming rules come directly from FINA, the governing body for international swimming. Once FINA makes a rule change, it is automatically incorporated into the “blue pages” of the USA Swimming rulebook.
Certain themes prevailed during the weekend. The concept of Teamwork was mentioned over and over. Not only do clubs need to work well together for the benefit of the swimmers, officials needs to work together to ensure fair and successful swim meets. The athletes always have to be our #1 priority, and the coaches, our #2 priority. Preparation was also a recurrent theme. Officials need to be well prepared. In some cases, this may be as simple as reviewing the rulebook and rules prior to a meet. In other cases, it may require much more comprehensive work, such as preparing adequately as meet referee beforehand. Communication was also stressed during the workshop. Effective and accurate communication is important, including such things as accurate meet announcements, accurate officials’ briefing, and accurate communication between chief judges and deck referees. Finally, we were encouraged to Make it Fun for all! Officials will be much more willing to volunteer if they are enjoying themselves on deck.
Brian and I appreciated being able to attend this workshop. Feel free to ask us about our experiences and share information when you see us on deck!
Questions? Suggestions? 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 Neill.
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