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2013 FINAL UPDATE

OFFICIALS FINAL UPDATE

In this Issue:

Season End Results

Thanks

Next Year

Future USA Swimming Officials

Final Questions

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Season End Results

Congratulations to Mercerwood Shore Club AND Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club as Midlakes League Co-Champions.  Also, congratulations to the following Division Champs winners: Div I – Edgebrook, Div II – Klahanie, Div III - Kingsgate Royals, Div IV - Kingsgate Monarchs, Div V – Woodridge.  There were also a number of records broken this season - check out the Midlakes webpage for more details (http://www.midlakesswimleague.org/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=reclmslwa&_stabid_=86936).  Job well done to all.

Thanks

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 a few officials for going above and beyond: Holly Alleva (SW), Kate Badiozamani (EB), Lisa Thiel-Sloan (FW), Elly Winer (MSC) and Steve Anderson (NYC).  Thanks for all of your support!

Also, special thanks to Frank Castro (KL) for his willingness to take on the role of Officials Chair for next year.  As I transition this job to Frank, I want to especially thank all the officials, parent representatives, coaches, and board members who have made this work very rewarding - even when it was challenging and sometimes frustrating.  I have appreciated the learning moments and the honor of serving the League and swimmers.  I will miss you all!

Next Year

Please watch for updates for next year’s season – Officials Training announcements will be made sometime late March/early April.  Once the schedule for training is announced, if you CAN NOT attend any of the sessions, please be sure to contact the Officials Chair so alternate arrangements can be made for training.  In the meantime, if you have friends who would like to be included for notification for next year, please pass along their email address and I’ll add them to the distribution list.

Future USA Swimming Officials
If your swimmer has decided to pursue year-round swimming, don't forget that we're also looking for officials for USA Swim Meets.  Anyone interested in becoming a USA Swimming certified official should bookmark the Pacific Northwest Swimming Officials Clinic page (http://www.pns.org/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=pnws2&_stabid_=49350) and check regularly for updates as training sessions typically are scheduled for September and October.

Final Questions

Q1: I saw a backstroke swimmer flip over as he approached the wall but then he didn't execute a flip turn.  He just touched the wall and then pushed off on his back.  I wasn't sure what to do.  Is this a DQ?

A1: If he flipped over with his arms outstretched in front (no pull) and was pretty much at the wall when he touched, then generally I'd overlook this infraction, but technically it is swimming on the breast.  If he pulled and then reached forward to grab the wall (a recovery of the arms), then it would be a DQ as that is clearly taking a stroke while on the breast.

 

Q2: What are the requirements and permitted use of relay alternates?

A2: Relay alternates must be listed on the meet entry file and are subject to the maximum event entry limit.  In the event there are two or more full relays, all relay entrants are treated as potential alternates - however, in order to use an alternate, the swimmer scratched for a medical reason can be replaced by an alternate (and the scratching swimmer is then scratched from all of their events).  Any other reason for a swimmer to scratch from a relay then scratches the entire relay (which may be swum as an exhibition swim provided there are available alternate swimmers)

 

Q3: I was working as an official judging relay starts and, with the other official teamed with me, we were talking about using hand gestures to each other to indicate when we might have an early take-off.  I understand that an official shouldn't use hand gestures and instead should verbalize an infraction.  But how should we communicate when we're on opposite sides of the pool?

A3: You are correct that officials should be able to articulate verbally the infractions observed.  While there is no "rule" regarding this, hand gestures are discouraged.  It is better to try to catch the eye of the other official or for both to agree to meet half-way behind the blocks after each heat to compare notes on their relay take-off slips.  This is the type of subject that should be covered in your officials meeting so everyone knows what process will be used.
 

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

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