OFFICIALS UPDATE #5
In this Issue:
Good or Great Officiating
Do you have some great officials who have gone above and beyond this season? Please let me know so I can acknowledge them in my final Update.
Champs week starts this Saturday, July 13, 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.
Q1:I saw a swimmer consistently stand in the shallow end during the IM turns (fly-to-back and breast-to-free). Is this a DQ?
A1:USA Swimming rules allow for a swimmer to stand during the turn, once a legal touch has been made, swimmers are allowed to turn in any manner. As long as they then leave the wall properly (not pushing off the bottom), no DQ should be called.
Q2:How many entries are allowed in a dual meet? And what about Champs meets?
A2:The Midlakes Swim Plan allows only 120 swimmers per dual 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. For Champs meets, the limit is based on the number of swims for each swimmer - typically 3, but in rare cases 4. All the details are in the Midlakes Swim Plan Section G.3.b. (http://www.midlakesswimleague.org/reclmslwa/UserFiles/File/League%20Documents/2013%20Operating%20Plan.pdf)
Thanks for your work in support of swimming. If you have any questions, feel free to send them them on!
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