May 25, 2017
Hello Barracuda families! Welcome to the 2017 season. One of the key elements of running this league is that each team has sufficient Stroke and Turn judges. Judges stand on deck for all swim events to ensure all swimmers are executing the proper strokes. It is the duty of a judge to fairly judge all swimmers in accordance with our league rules.
If you are someone who 1) can attend one of any 2 hour training sessions offered prior to the first meet, and 2) be able to fairly judge any swimmer in your assigned lane; we encourage you to become a judge. Swimmers must receive fair judgment, meaning you must be comfortable calling a disqualification if the swimmer clearly violated a stroke. This HELPS the kids to improve their strokes. If we don't call out bad strokes, kids do not learn to improve. Likewise, any doubt in whether or not a violation occurred goes to the benefit of the swimmer. Judges are to call disqualifications on clear substantiated violations.
If you are interested in becoming a judge or have been a judge previously and wish to do so again, please email Guy Pilkington at [email protected] The schedule for trainings thus far are:
Spring Ridge Visitor Center (their pool house): 5/31, 6/1, 6/6, 6/7. 7-9pm.
Village of Urbana - Harris Street Community Center: 6/6. 7-9pm
Frederick YMCA: 6/3. 1-3pm 6/9. 6:30-8:30pm
More dates may be released. No need to sign up to attend any of these, just show up. Please inform Guy once you attend a session. YOU MUST ATTEND A SESSION TO BE A JUDGE. No exceptions. Rules can change annually, so even if you are a seasoned judge, the league requires annual training.