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2012 Update #4

2012 Update #4

In this Issue:

Some Quick Pointers

Officials Shirts Update

Questions

Some Quick Pointers
Walking the sides of the pool- a Stroke&Turn official has jurisdiction over half of the pool.  As part of that, it's important to be sure that you are not stationary in your position but moving to be sure that you can see all of the swimmers in your area.  It will be challenging when they separate during the swim, but you'll want to be where you can have the best vantage point, in particular for the turns and finish.  And of course, you'll want to mirror the other official - so if the pool configuration limits their ability to walk the entire side of the pool, then you'll need to adjust accordlingly (and they to you, as necessary) to walk only as far as each other can.

Raising your hand- as discussed in training, your hand should be raised when you see the infraction (except for relay take-offs).  In the same way that the same set of rules apply at our meets, regardless of age, type of swim (exhibition or scoring), or meet (B-meet, A-meet, or champs), the same protocol is followed at all meets too.  Coaches, parents, and your fellow officials are counting on you to help provide consistency in our officiating work - doing your part helps us all.

Efficient Starting - The "dance" between the starter and announcer will determine the length of your meet - and the starter sets the pace.  It's important for the starter to blow the whistle when the last swimmer is finishing (just about under the backstroke flags). The announcer then does their part in announcing the heat, after which (after all swimmers have completed their swim, giving the timers just enough time to write down times and reset their watches) the starter can blow the long whistle indicating the swimmers should get up on the blocks (or in the water for backstroke).  This is also the signal to those swimmers to clear the pool - the starter shouldn't wait for swimmers to exit the pool on their own.  If the swimmers don't move quickly enough, additional verbal commands can be given to speed them up and help your meets end on time.

Officials Shirts Update
All officials shirts have been delivered to either the main office or swimming pool office of each club.  Thanks again for your patience with the delivery delays.

Questions

Q1:As a starter, I had a swimmer who swam in the wrong heat.  They swam one heat early, realized it after they swam, then got back into the heat they were supposed to swim in.  My understanding is that this should be a DQ.  What would be the proper way to handle this?

A1:If the starter allowed the swimmer to proceed, it's not the swimmers fault (so no DQ) and an adjustment in Meet Manager would be all that's needed.  However, if the swimmer swam where they were not assigned and interfered with another swimmer, preventing that athlete from swimming, then yes, it would be a DQ.  Based on your description, it sounds like the swimmer swam twice and didn't cause any interference.  And if so, the swimmer who they swam in place of doesn't deserve that time - and their only difficulty is they likely swam slower the second time.  I'd probably use my discretion to manually adjust their time crediting them with the first swim.

Q2: In the 100-yard relays (which at most of our pools require "in the water" starts at the turn end), I saw a parent hold a swimmers hand on the wall.  I know this is in violation of the rules but wasn't sure I should call it as a Relay Take-off judge.  Who should?
A2:  You are correct as this is an interference call and is a valid DQ.  In this case, either official could make the call as there are overlapping jurisdictions - Stroke&Turn for the swimming, Relay Take-off for the exchanges.  Even if both of you see it, you could each write up a DQ and send it into the Referee/Starter to determine which slip to process.


Thanks for your work in support of swimming.  If you have any questions, feel free to send them them on!

Regards,

Scott Allen
Officials Chair
Midlakes Swim League