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Officiating Info

Officiating

PARENT OFFICIATING COMMITMENT

Introduction
The success of a Swim Team is dependent on active parent involvement and participation. Officiating is
the main volunteer commitment required of swim families.

There are 5 levels of training. It is expected that every parent train to be a Level 1 official, thus preparing them to volunteer as a timer at their child’s swim meets. Level 2 officials take on tasks such as Chief Timer (makes sure all lanes are timed consistently), Strokes and Turns Judge (makes sure all turns are properly done), Clerk of Course (makes sure that all swimmers are in the correct heat and lane), etc. Level 3, 4 & 5 Officials are more involved in overseeing the management, safety and quality of a swim meet.

KBM is fortunate to have many parents and volunteers certified at a range of levels. Becoming involved in
this way not only enhances the capacity of the team but increases the understanding and enjoyment of
the volunteer. Swim meets cannot be run without officials and KBM-hosted swim meets are an important
part of our team’s program. Meets are a significant fundraiser, as they help to keep your swim fees as low
as possible, and they provide quality competition for our up-and-coming swimmers without the added cost
of traveling to an ‘away’ meet.

How to Get Started

Contact our Officials Coordinator by emailing officials@swimkingston.ca

Check out these Officiating Training Clinics:

Volunteer Commitment Fee

In order for our meets to run effectively and therefore be successful, we need the ongoing support of our families on meet days.  KBM has adopted a minimum participation policy for the Main Competitive Program swimmer families (as is common practice with other teams) to ensure that we have the help we need each swim season. Therefore, as part of your registration, you will be required to agree to meet the volunteer commitment or pay by the end of the season a Volunteer Commitment Fee amount, (refer to chart below).  The chart indicates how many sessions (typically ½ of a competition meet day) you must volunteer for and the level of officiating required.  Below are the number of sessions that are typically available at our KBM hosted swim meets to provide opportunities for families to fulfill their volunteer commitment:

Oct 2017 Pentathlon Meet - 1 session
Dec 2017 Distance & Development Meet - 3 sessions
Feb 2018 SC Heats and Finals Finale 6 sessions
May 2018 KBM Finale - 4 sessions

Swim Group

Minimum Volunteering Sessions

Minimum Officiating
Level Required

Volunteer Commitment Fee

Single Swimmer Family

JD

4

Obtain Level 1 (Red Pin) by Pentathlon

$300

J

5

Obtain Level 1 (Red Pin) by Pentathlon

$400

JP

6

Obtain Level 2 (White Pin) before Feb

$400

SP1 SP2

7

Obtain Level 2 (White Pin) before Feb

$500

Multi-Swimmer Family

Any swimmer in JP, SP1 or SP2

8

Obtain Level 2 (White Pin) before Feb

$600

Any swimmer in J

7

Obtain Level 1 (Red Pin) by Pentathlon

$500

Swimmers in JD or below

6

Obtain Level 1 (Red Pin) by Pentathlon

$400

FAQ's

Can I reduce my volunteer commitment?
As recognition for the volunteer hours contributed, Executive Board Members can reduce their minimum session requirement by 4.

Both my partner and I are working at a session. Does that count as 2 sessions?
Yes.

Can I work at two sessions in 1 day if possible?
Yes.

What if my child is not competing in the meet(s)?
Your parental commitment to the team is not contingent on the participation of your child at any particular
swim meet. We need your help regardless.

Can I leave my officiating until the last meet or two?
Yes you can, but please be advised that this is the minimum commitment and if something beyond your
control happens and you cannot fulfill your requirement, you will be charged the Volunteer Commitment Fee.

What happens if something beyond my control occurs?
See question above.

Can I do a portion rather than my full requirement?
The requirements, as established, constitute the minimum commitment per family. There will be some
families working much more than the minimum commitment required simply to provide their swimmer, and
yours, with a great program. We need your help too.

Can I get someone else to work a shift for me?
Certainly. Any number of family members may help out. A senior swimmer may work a session at which
they are not swimming or you may bring multiple family members to the pool to share the commitment.
You may also ask another swim family to work for you; however, both families must declare their intent at
least two weeks prior to the meet.