Course Season Begins
There’s a lot to like about long course: No longer do you need
to determine “Which end is the girls’ course?” The
swimmers have only half as many turns to drench your shoes. And think
of the calories you’ll burn while walking the sides! As we reconfigure
the pool, the Officials Committee would like to thank you for your generous
donation of time and effort on behalf of our athletes throughout the
Online Tests Unavailable
Friday, April 13, the online officials certification tests will
be deactivated for the annual revisions to bring the test up to date
with the 2012 rulebook. Before April 13 continue to use the 2011
edition of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations when taking the tests.
When the tests are activated after May 1, 2012, you will then use
the 2012 copy of the rulebook.
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:
You Make the Call
An 8-year-old swimmer leaves the pool after 25 yards, believing that
he has finished his 50-yard freestyle race. Discovering that he has
not swum the correct number of lengths, he enters the pool again to
finish. Is this legal or should he be disqualified?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
Report of Occurrence Form Now
Online - by Kurt Thiel, PVS Safety Chair
Referees please add this to your quiver of important stuff:
If you haven’t seen it already; the Report
of Occurrence has joined the “modern world” and is now
available online: www.usaswimming.org/ROO
. The Report of Occurrence can be filled in electronically and submitted
all without lifting a pen, or it can be submitted the old-fashioned
fax or snail mail way. The beauty of doing it on-line is that it is
distributed automatically to all the required players, you (the submitter)
get a copy back to serve as your proof of submission. The online version
also has buttons for most items to be filled in that provide you detailed
instructions if you hover the cursor over them. It was easy to do and
worked like a charm in my test submission.
Changes to USA Swimming Rules
- by Morgan Hurley
September, the USA Swimming House of Delegates adopted several changes
to the USA Swimming Rules. A complete listing of these changes can be
found on the USA
Swimming website. Most of the changes are effective May 1,
One of the changes has to do with where the starter may stand.
Previously, the rule stated that the starter must stand within 10 feet
of the starting end of the pool. Effective May 1, the rule now requires
that the starter stand “within approximately five meters of the
starting end of the pool,” which essentially requires that the
starter stand no further than the backstroke flags from the starting
Several changes, which are also effective May 1, have to do
with the timing rules.
A change to rule 102.24.4.C.1 provides some flexibility regarding
timing judging. Previously, one of two things had to occur to indicate
a possible malfunction of the primary timing system: the difference
between the primary and backup time had to be at least 0.3 seconds or
it had to be reported that the athlete missed the touchpad or had a
soft touch. Now, the rule states that a difference of “approximately”
0.3 seconds indicates a possible malfunction. Also, a possible malfunction
can be indicated if the place judges observe a different order of finish.
The impact of this change will be minor, since in most cases the Meet
Manager software will be the main indicator of a possible problem (i.e.,
late or missed pad touch), and Meet Manager still uses a difference
of greater than 0.3 seconds to flag a possible malfunction.
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
Do Swimmers Qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team?
Here is the basic rundown on how you make the
- Athletes must qualify for and compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic
Team Trials – Swimming, held June 25-July 2, at the CenturyLink
Center in Omaha, Nebraska. If you don’t compete here, you cannot
make the Olympic Team in the pool events. Open Water Trials are a
separate affair and have already been contested.
- Swimmers who finish in the top four of the 100- and 200-meter
freestyle at Trials, along with the first-place finishers in all the
other events are named to the team first.
- A maximum of 26 men and 26 women can be named to the Olympic
Team, so provided all the spots have not been filled by the top four
finishers in the 100 and 200m free and the first-place finishers in
all the rest of the events, the second place finishers in each of
the other events may be added to the team.
- If, after adding the second-place finishers from each of
the other events there is still room on the team, the fifth-place
finishers from the 100 and 200m free are added.
- If, after adding the fifth-place finishers from the 100m
and 200m free there is still room on the team, the sixth-place finishers
from the 100m and 200m free are added.
Ever since the Olympic Trials have taken on this format, the
top six swimmers in the 100m and 200m free, along with the top two swimmers
in each of the other events, have always made the U.S. Olympic Team.
So that’s pretty much what it takes. You must be one of the top
two swimmers in your event (or top six in the 100m and 200m free), or
it’s back to the drawing board for the next four years.
Some interesting facts:
- Number of swimmers in USA Swimming: About 250,000.
- Number of swimmers expected to compete at Trials: About
1,250, or .5 percent of the swimmers who are members of USA Swimming.
- Number of spots available on the U.S. Olympic Team: 52
- Maximum percentage of swimmers competing at Trials who can
make the Olympic Team: About four percent. That’s the maximum
possible percentage. The actual percentage will probably be lower.
- Maximum percentage of swimmers from USA Swimming who will
be named Olympians at Trials: About .02 percent. Again, the actual
percentage will probably be lower.
Resolution to ‘You Make
He should be disqualified. USA Swimming Rules and Regulations states,
“...a swimmer must not leave the pool, or walk, or spring from