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The E-Newsletter of the USA Swimming Officials Committee
2008 Olympic Trials
The team of officials selected to work the 2008 Olympic Team
Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska this year has been finalized.
For a complete list,
Applications to Officiate
Applications to officiate at this year’s national meets have
been posted. They include applications for the U.S. Open Championship
and the Speedo Junior National Championships, both in Minneapolis, MN,
and the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships in December
in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, applications to officiate for the summer
zone and sectional meets can also be accessed.
National Officials Certification
A reminder to those officials who were “grandfathered” until
December 2007 for N2 and N3 certification. The deadline has been
extended until March 31, 2008. You can apply for recertification
through the on-line Officials Tracking System. Just log in with
your USA Swimming website account and then access the system by
clicking the Certification Application link. Remember, you are
responsible for applying for recertification, it is not automatic.
If you have questions about the system, a list of Frequently Asked
Questions with their answers has been prepared,
Congratulations to Boots Hall of Potomac Valley Swimming as the
January recipient of the Maxwell Excellence Award for service to
local swimming. To learn more about the award and to see a list
of previous recipients,
Officials Online Tests
The new combination tests for recertifying Starters and Referees
satisfy the requirements for the minimal testing guidelines.
to access the officials on-line test site.
The Safety Card Checklist for Referees on the USA-S website has been updated.
A recently certified Stroke and Turn official working a 10 & under
backstroke event raises his hand to signal a possible disqualification.
When approached by the Chief Judge to discuss the observed infraction
the official explains that the swimmer in lane 3 is wearing nose plugs,
which constitutes using an artificial device to enhance performance.
When the call and explanation are relayed to the Deck Referee the
disqualification is not accepted. Correct ruling? For the recommended
resolution to the situation,