As we turn the calendar to 2010, the PVS Officials Committee
would like to thank you for your participation and hard work at swim
meets throughout 2009. Your role as a volunteer swim official is essential
to our sport. You are actively involved in your child’s swimming
program; at the same time you are instrumental in strengthening competitive
swimming in the United States. Who knows which swimmer at the next PVS
Mini-Meet or Open will make it to a future Olympic Games? You
play an important role in that swimmer’s accomplishments by serving
as a deck official. We are grateful for your dedication and generous
donation of time in support of our athletes.
We wish you health, prosperity, good fortune, and fast times
in the New Year!
Several officials clinics have been scheduled for Saturday, January 9
at the Takoma
- Stroke & Turn: 8:30-10:30
- Colorado Timing System:
Need re-certification? Looking to upgrade your current certification?
Here’s your chance. Pre-Registration
for the clinics is encouraged, but not required. You can just show up
at the time of the clinic. Attendance at a clinic at least once every
two years is a requirement for your certification. Be sure to check
the PVS website throughout the year for additional officials clinics.
It’s a Fact!
In 1961 at the Indoor Nationals at Yale University,
the 1500M freestyle final was one of the last major races conducted
without lane lines. Avoiding head-on collisions was a part of the race.
Looking for something different? Check out the
IM Xtreme Games, held locally at the Takoma
Aquatic Center, February 26-28. The IMX Games promote and reward
versatility in age group swimming. Swimmers aged 11-14 from Maine to
Florida will be participating a wide variety of events in a test of
all-around swimming talent. 11- and 12-year olds will compete in 500 Free,
100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, and 200 IM. 13- and
14-year olds will compete in 500 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast,
200 Fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Each swimmer’s time
will be given a point value; swimmers scores from all events will be
combined for an overall IMX point total. Age group winners will be determined
based upon their total IMX points. Officials are still needed for this
Where Do New Officials Come From?
Question: What group of parents at a swim meet most clearly exhibits
the qualities of volunteerism and dedication that we look for in officials?
Answer: The timers! The next time you give a Timers’ Briefing,
you might also want to include a thirty second plug for becoming an
official. Let the timers know that we’re available and willing
to answer any questions they might have.
You Make the Call
college coach is attending a local meet to observe some swimmers, and
he is videotaping several events. A stroke disqualification is called
in one such event. The call is accepted by the referee but protested
by the swimmer’s coach. The college coach tells the disqualified
swimmer’s coach that he has the swim on tape and
he believes it shows that there was no DQ. The protesting coach demands
that the referee review the tape and reverse the decision, or else convene
a meet jury. What should the referee do?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
Did You Know . . .
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enlarged the west wing of the
White House, including the addition of an indoor swimming pool. The
March of Dimes funded the pool so that FDR could exercise, given his
disability. In 1970, the swimming pool was closed as part of the renovations
that resulted in the present-day Press Briefing Room and press corps
offices. Parts of the swimming pool still exist, accessible through
a trapdoor in the floor of the Press Briefing Room, according to whitehousemuseum.org.
An outdoor pool was built during the Gerald Ford administration; President
Ford once held an impromptu press conference while he was swimming in
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
A reminder that after you have received a successful evaluation
at a National Qualifying Meet, you are not automatically re-certified
or advanced. There are other requirements that may also need to be met.
These include participation in LSC meets, continuing education as an
official, mentoring of other officials, National Championship meet experience,
depending upon the position and the level of certification sought. Specific
requirements can be found on the USA
Swimming website. National Certification also requires that you
submit the online Application for Certification found within the Officials
Tracking System on the USA Swimming website.
Resolution to ‘You Make
The disqualification should stand. A meet jury cannot adjudicate judgment
decisions — only the referee may adjudicate judgment decisions.
In addition, USA Swimming has not approved the use of videotape devices
to resolve such protests.