The PVS Officials Committee would like to thank you for your
participation and hard work at swim meets throughout the short course
season. When the inevitable call goes out for officials, you always
respond. You are absolutely essential to our sport, and we are grateful
for your dedication, your professionalism, and your generous donation
of time in support of our athletes.
Judging uses four stroke judges, two judges walking each side of the
pool. When there are sufficient judges, this method insures more consistent
observation of all swimmers. How does it work? In a typical wall-to-wall
jurisdiction, the lead judge normally starts at the 15m mark while the
lag judge is positioned between the 15m mark and the start end. As the
heat begins, the lag judge watches the initial strokes and kicks while
the lead judge observes that the swimmers conform to the 15m rule (except,
of course, in breaststroke). Once the swimmers have all passed the 15m
mark, both judges follow them down the course, observing strokes and
kicks. As the swimmers separate, the two judges likewise separate to
maintain balanced observation, typically with lead judge observing the
two lead swimmers in the jurisdiction while the lag judge observes the
two lag swimmers (assuming an eight-lane pool). As the swimmers approach
the turn end of the pool, the lag judge stops at the turn end 15m mark
while the lead judge continues the observation into the turn and the
initial actions of the second leg of the race. As the swimmers head
back toward the start end, the lag judge becomes lead and the lead judge
becomes lag. This coordination continues until the race finishes.
Make the Call
A preliminary heat of a 100-yard butterfly event is started. Immediately
after the start, the swimmer in lane 8 pulls up, stops and exits the
water. After the race the referee checks to see what happened and the
swimmer states that he thought he heard a recall. The referee checks
with the starter, timers, and other officials to see if they heard anything.
No other person heard any recall or other noise going off at the start.
What is the ruling?
See the answer at the bottom of this newsletter.
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
Where Do New Officials Come
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 sixty second plug for becoming an official.
Let the timers know that we’re available and willing to answer
any questions they might have.
You Know . . .
In 1923, Henry Sullivan was the first American
to swim the English Channel. He first tried to make the crossing in
1913, but was forced to abandon the attempt a mere five miles from the
French side of the Channel. During the next nine years, five unsuccessful
attempts followed. Sullivan started his seventh attempt on the afternoon
of August 5. Though the straight-line distance is 22.5 miles, choppy
waters and strong tides forced him to swim an estimated 56 miles. He
reached the French shore 27 hours and 25 minutes later, on the evening
of August 6. Until 2007, Sullivan held the record for the longest time
to make the Channel crossing successfully.
New 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:
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 or comments to the newsletter editor, Jack
Resolution to ‘You Make
The referee performed an appropriate investigation into the incident
and having found no corroboration of a recall or any other sound that
could be construed as a recall, the swimmer would be disqualified for
not completing the race.