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2011 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 – Rolling Hills, Div III - Kingsgate Royals, Div IV - Phantom Lake, Div V – Woodridge.  Job well done to all. 

Thanks

Thanks to all of you for your involvement - especially when things didn't go as expected.  And even though we are all volunteers, we're all doing the best we can - and can all learn from one another.  I've always said that you learn something new every time (I know I have, even this year) - we just need to be open to those learning opportunities!  If you have any experiences you'd like to share, send me a quick email and I'll see about getting them addressed for next year.


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 Connie Sholdra (RH) who worked all League Champs Prelims and Finals meets.  Thanks Connie!

Lessons Learned

A couple of things that your fellow officials learned this year that they wanted everyone to be aware of:

  1. Always attend training - even if your not planning on filling that role (like starter).  You never know when your club will need you to fill in (due to unforeseen circumstances) and you need to be prepared.
  2. Starters are responsible for more than just a fair start.  They are also responsible for organizing relay take-off judging, recording order of finish, 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: When can a DQ call be protested?  And who does that?
A1: The coach is responsible for questioning and ultimately protesting a call.  The coach should ask the starter/referee for clarification about a call and would only protest based on the rules (interpretation, application, jurisdiction) not simply because they didn't like the call.  If the call is protested, this should be done in writing so the lead official can make a decision based on the nature of the protest and the rules, and then respond appropriately.

Q2: Who is the "meet referee"?  And who can overturn a call?
A2: The meet referee is the lead official at the meet, identified by the host club/organization.  In Midlakes (for dual meets and Division Champs), it's usually the person performing the duties of starter/referee - and some clubs have gone to having 2 people in those roles, one starter (to keep the meet moving) and one referee (to tackle the administration side of things).  This is acceptable (if you have enough folks willing to serve) and the meet referee would be the final decision maker regarding any calls that would be overturned.

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.

And before I forget, it has been a pleasure serving as Midlakes Officials Chair - 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