October 4, 2018
Hello Pike swim parents,
I wanted to let you know of a few upcoming officials’ clinics. If you are interested in attending any of these, please make sure you RSVP. If you want more information about officiating, scroll down.
If you’ve attended a swim meet, you know they can be long, crowded, and quite hot when you’re sitting in the stands. As a certified official, you can be on deck with the swimmers and the excitement! That’s why I became an official—I couldn’t stand watching from the bleachers. Plus, officials don’t have to pay admission get free heat sheets, and free food!
Officiating is also a great way to learn more about the sport of swimming. Most kids do get disqualified from races at some point---by becoming an official, you’ll understand the reasons for this. And you can be a part of making sure the races are fair for everyone.
Finally, officiating is a great way to complete the Pike swim volunteer sessions. We need officials, especially for our home meets! We have home meets in October and December. If you would like to start officiating at the Pike meet October 26-28, be sure to attend one of the clinics that are happening in the next week in Terre Haute and Brownsburg. If these dates don’t work, you can try again in the spring.
Types of officials
You might have noticed there are two clinics coming up in Brownsburg---one is for Stroke and Turn and the other is for the Administrative. These are two different positions, but both are ways to get started for interested parents. Stroke and Turn officials stand on deck making sure the swimmers are doing the strokes correctly. Administrative officials work at the head table near the computers and timing system, helping to make sure the timing system is working correctly, and getting stopwatch times from the timers if there is a problem. Both positions give you “prime seating” for the meet, and both are needed for us to run great meets!
If you’re interested and have more questions, please feel free to email or call me.
Thanks for considering this opportunity to help our Pike swimmers,