2012 Update #5
In this Issue:
Good or Great Officiating
Champs week starts this Saturday, July 14, with Division Champs (also known as B-Champs). Any and all officials are welcome to help officiate - so if you are attending or have some time, please do offer to help out. Each host club will appreciate the help - feel free to contact your volunteer coordinator or club parent representative for more information.
Next week, Prelims for the League Championships begin on Monday with Finals a week from Saturday. USA Swimming Certified Officials are used at these events and a separate email has gone out to them regarding their participation. If you are one of those officials and did not receive that email, please let me know.
Good or Great Officiating
One indicator of differentiating "good" versus "great" officials is the willingness to learn. Almost without fail, regardless of the number of years officiating, there is always something new to learn at every meet (yes, every meet). Being open-minded to constructive criticism and adjusting your officiating practices goes a long way in contributing to development of the sport - both your personal development as well as building the "team" of officials. Each "head official" might do things a little differently (depending on how their club is configured and processes DQs) but the approach to officiating (core concepts such as knowing the rules, your jurisdiction, raising your hand when you see an infraction, and efficiently documenting DQs on the slips) should be things we all know - but might need to be reminded every now and then. So if you are approached with some suggestions or requests to modify your approach, don't be offended, and use the feedback as a learning opportunity to do a better job as a swimming official.
And speaking of great officials, if you have some officials who have gone above and beyond, please send them to me so I can acknowledge them in next week's Update.
Q1:The rules indicate that interference applies to swimmers:
.3 Any swimmer who acts in an unsportsmanlike or unsafe manner within the swimming venue may be considered for appropriate action or penalty by the Referee.
.6 Obstructing or otherwise interfering with another swimmer shall disqualify the offender, subject to the discretion of the Referee.
But what about others who might interfere with swimmers or officials?
A1:Referees are responsible for the successful conclusion of each swimming heat. As part of their jurisdiction, they are responsible for addressing any fouls that occur during the heat.
From the glossary: FOUL — an instance of obstruction, interference, collision, or equipment malfunction which prevents the successful completion of a race.
So any interference - either by a swimmer or coach or even spectator - would be handled by the referee in an appropriate way, which may range from a warning, to a DQ, or even expulsion from the meet.
Q2:How many entries are allowed in a dual meet?
A2:The Midlakes Swim Plan allows only 120 swimmers per meet. And of those swimmers, they are limited to a total of four events, inclusive of relays, where it's either 2 individual and 2 relay swims or 3 individual and 1 relay swim. You would have to do the math for a particular meet - but if each swimmer has the maximum number of entries, there would be 480 swims, probably less entries based on your relay configurations.
Thanks for your work in support of swimming. If you have any questions, feel free to send them them on!
Midlakes Swim League