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2012 Final Update

2012 Final Update

In this Issue:

Season End Results

Thanks

Lessons Learned

Final Questions

Next Year

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Season End Results

Congratulations to Mercerwood Shore Club as Midlakes League Champions.  Also, congratulations to the following Division Champs winners: Div I – Edgebrook, Div II – Klahanie, Div III - Kingsgate Royals, Div IV - Kingsgate Monarchs, Div V – Woodridge.  Job well done to all.

Thanks

Thanks to all of the officials (especially USA Swimming officials) who stepped up to help with the post-season events, including Division Champs.  And special recognition goes to a few officials for going above and beyond: John Lynn (EB), Avnish Patel (COL), Paul LeBar (NH), Kevin O'Shea (NH), John Childress (FW), Dave Bublitz (FW), Margaret Brunke (KG), and Frank Castro (KL).  Thanks for all of your support!
 

Lessons Learned

While this repeats last year's message, a number of officials commented on how true these things are, and can be best summarized by saying "be prepared":

  1. Always attend training as you always learn something new, every year.  Even if you're not planning on filling that role (like starter), attend anyway.  You never know when your club will need you to fill in (due to unforeseen circumstances).
  2. Starters are responsible for more than just a fair start.  They are also responsible for recording order of finish, organizing relay take-off judging, answering questions of the Stroke & Turn officials, as well as handling any DQ protests.
  3. Practice using the words of the rules (alternating kick not "flutter" kick, butterfly kick not "dolphin" kick, etc.).  That way everyone can understand more clearly what we're all talking about.
  4. Walk, Walk, Walk - don't just stand in one place, thinking that you can "see" the swimmers in your jurisdiction.  Make a path and clear people and objects from it so you can do the best job you can in observing the swims.

Final Questions

Q1: A few times (usually the same swimmer) while doing backstroke, a swimmer (8 and under) has bumped up against the side wall.  He then would brace his foot on the wall and push off down the pool.  This is obviously a forward propulsion and a DQ but I’m not sure how to write it.  He did not push off the bottom and I haven’t seen a “pushed off the wall”  infraction.  Can you advise?

A1: You've correctly distinguished between bumping against the wall and pushing off the wall.  We treat it the same as if they were to pull on the lane line - and it basically falls into the "other" category.  You'd simply write it up by saying "pushed off side wall".

Q2: Does Midlakes allow (or encourage/discourage) "over the water" starts?  Our meets have been running very long due to the max # of heats and I'm looking for ways to speed up the process but still be safe and in compliance.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!

A2: We refer to "over the water" starts as those starts where the swimmers in the prior heat stay in the water until the next heat has been started.  While I understand the desire to speed up your meet, the starter should have swimmers exit the pool for 2 main reasons: 1) as we have inexperienced swimmers in the water and on the blocks, the distraction factor causes this to be a less than ideal situation for a fair start and 2) as Midlakes requires recalling a heat in the event of a false start, you'd need to have those swimmers out of the water anyway.  It's better to just clear the water after the heat with the long whistle (swimmers out of the water, next swimmers up on the blocks) and have the starter encourage those still in the water to hurry up if they are not moving fast enough.

Next Year

Please watch for updates for next year’s season – Officials Training announcements will be made sometime late March/early April.  In the meantime, if you have friends who would like to be included, please pass along their email address and I’ll add them to the distribution list.  And if anyone is interested in becoming a USA Swimming certified official, please contact me as training sessions are being scheduled now for September and October.

Thanks to all of you and your involvement!  Your efforts have made a difference in supporting kids and their athletic efforts in swimming.  On behalf of the board, it is much appreciated.


Regards,

Scott Allen
Officials Chair
Midlakes Swim League