2011 Update #3

In this Issue:

Officials Shirts Update

Meeting Topics - Coaches and Officials
In The Water Starts (for Relays)

Officials Shirts Update

Officials shirts are here and are being delivered to club pools.  Please check with your pool office to get yours.  We anticipate getting all shirts delivered by the end of this week.

Meeting Topics
A number of folks have asked "What topics should be covered in a coaches meeting prior to the meet?" and "What about the officials meeting?"  Here is a suggested outline for each:


Expectations - swimmers ready to swim, responding to starter instructions (coaches can help by letting the starter know of any scratches)
Reminder about suits and caps rules
Address in the water starts for shallow-end relays
Confirmation of any special athlete needs (any type of disability concerns)


Expectations - jurisdiction, walking the sides, processing of DQs
Reminder about raising hand high when making a call
Mindful of the 2 rules - "have to SEE it in order to CALL it" and "benefit of the doubt goes to the swimmer"
Review of rules (as needed)
How coverage will work for relays

In The Water Starts (for Relays)

As a reminder, pools with less than a depth of 4' at the turn end are not allowed to have swimmers dive during the 100-yard relay exchanges.  Officials should keep an eye out for this from a safety perspective. Swimmers need to start from in the water, and their hand must remain in contact with the wall during the exchange.  Coaches need to be sure to work with their swimmers on these exchanges.  This will be particularly important for the 8&U and 10&U girls as this year's Junior Girls Prelims will be held at Newport Hills where the water depth is less than 4' and all of these exchanges will require "in the water starts".


Q1:Who takes the Order of Finish, where does this get recorded and who does the reconciliation in scoring room?  Is that required for every meet?  If a time is faster, but OOF has different order - which time is used?

A1: The order of finish is taken by the starter for every heat of every event.  The starter can simply keep track by writing it down on their starter's heat sheet (where they are noting their starts of each race).  Stroke & Turn does not have jurisdiction to judge OOF and often it's tough to judge.  The only time OOF would be used is if there is a failure of the timing system - in otherwords, there is no time available for that swimmer.  In fact, the rules (in section 102.24 of the rulebook) indicate there should really be 2 judges looking at OOF for situations such as this - but as Midlakes typically doesn't have the personnel to staff this, it should only be used as a last resort to determine a valid time and place for a swimmer.

Q2: In the medley relay, the free style swimmer made an underwater pull down as you would for breaststroke, floated to the top and swam freestyle the remainder of the event.  The Stroke Briefing states, "the freestyle segment may not include complete strokes/cycles of breaststroke or butterfly."  Is a pull down considered a cycle of breaststroke?  The rules of freestyle say "some part of the swimmer's body must remain on the water surface throughout the race, except for the first 15 meters after each turn."  What about at the start? This swimmer was under the surface briefly.  Is this a DQ?

A2:No, this would not have been a DQ as the complete cycle in breaststroke is 1 armstroke/1 leg-kick.  Nor would have been a DQ with regard to the surface of the water, from the rulebook: 101.5.2 ....Some part of the swimmer must break the surface of the water throughout the race, except it shall be permissible for the swimmer to be completely submerged during the turn and for a distance of not more than 15 meters (16.4 yards) after the start and each turn. By that point the head must have broken the surface.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  If you know of others that would like this information or if you are no longer interested in receiving these, let me know and I'll update the distribution list.


Scott Allen
Officials Chair
Midlakes Swim League