By clicking our Official's tab you have just completed the most difficult requirement on becoming an OFFICIAL!!

To become an Official, no previous experience is required.  In fact, you don't even have to have a swimming background yourself.  An enjoyment from watching our kids swim competitively is the only prerequisite..... 


To all returning PCY Tigersharks Officials, we sincerely thank you & appreciate your past Officiating at our PCY Swim Meets. This year we’ve decided to enhance communication among the Officials Group through this page.


Here are a few great reasons to become a PCY Swimming Official:

1. Being on deck at swim meets gives you the best "seat " at the meet

2. Learn and understand the subtleties of the sport: stroke technique, meet preparations & procedures

3. Free Heat Sheet

4. Fun way to satisfy PCY Tigersharks Meet Volunteer Requirement

5. Training is self-paced; materials provided with reimbursement of any certification fees

6. Rewarding way to get involved

7. Opportunity to Officiate at away meets

8. Our "apprentice" approach will give you ample opportunity to partner-on-deck with an experienced  official.  You decide when your ready to Officiate "solo".



Ready to move forward?


It's EASY:


Step 1)

Register yourself on the YMCA Swimming link below:

YMCA Swimming Registration


Step 2)

Take a few minutes to check out some of the YMCA Officials Resources on the YMCA Swimming Site:

YMCA Officials


Step 3)

Review the on-line Official's Certification Test.'s "open-book" and done at your own pace!  

Official's Certification Test is found at the following link:

YMCA Officials


Step 4)

Attend one informative Official's Clinic that's offered a few times during the year.  

Click on the following link to learn about and sign up to attend the next Level I & II YMCA Swim Official's Clinic:

YMCA Swim Official's Clinic October 14, 2015

You can attend an Official's Clinic after you Register and take the Certification Test.


Want more information, or have some specific questions about Officiating?  Email me, Steve Connock, directly at


For those returning Officials seeking further certification please click on the following links to learn about upcoming Clinics:

October 11, 2015 Starter / Referee Clinic

October 14, 2015 Fall Officials Clinic

April 17, 2016 House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting 



Education, Training & Reference


"Da Rules"

Here are a few quick links on "Rules and Regulations:


USA Swimming Rules and Regulations

FINA Medley Interpretation-9/8/15

Breaststroke / Butterfly Separate Hands Interpretation



The new USA Swimming Official's Training Videos have just been released.

There are 6 videos in the series and you can view them at the link below:


USA Swimming Official's Training Videos


If you prefer, click on the following link to download the videos:


USA Swimming Official's Training Videos "DOWNLOAD"


These videos are a great way to review

all four strokes, relays, and individual medley!



Check back to your "Official's" page often as we will post additional beneficial resources including more training videos, upcoming Official's Clinics, along with many other topics.


Spring’s in the air,  the “bubble” is off and the 2016 LC Season is underway! 

Now’s the time to check your Y Official Certification.  Need certification or re-certification??  The next SWOYSL YMCA Swim Officials Clinic is fast approaching…..May 18, 2016.
Click on the following link to learn more about the May 18, 2016 Officials Clinic:
You must register by May 10, 2016.  
Click on the following link to register now:
Let me know if you should have any questions, or need any additional information.

Click on the link below to read a very creative Rhyme to help get us in shape as we fast approach the 2016 LC Meet Season:

A Stroke Briefing in Rhyme

By John C. Gagliardo

(With sincerest apologies to Dr. Seuss and real poets everywhere)



Effective May 1 2016, anyone working in meet manager using USA-S rules should be choosing the FINA rules for timing adjustments bottom right hand corner of set up screen

Click the following for an explanation:

Timing Adjustment Rule Change effective 5/1/2016



The PCY TIGERSHARKS OFFICIALS group trialled during the 2015 SC Season to communicate.  

You can click on the following link to see Wiggio: Wiggio

Upon evaluating Wiggio at the end of the 2016 Short Course season, we determined to suspend it's use due to numerous email related issues.

The PCY TIGERSHARKS OFFICIALS group will use "good old-fashion email"  to communicate along with this website.


Thanks to all that Officiated this past weekend’s PCY Winter Invitational ’16 Olympics!! 
Here’s a handy reference listing our remaining 2016 Short Course Season Meets with links to “Meet Details”:
CAC Winter Invitational
                                                        January 29, 2016 - January 31, 2016
Blue Ash YMCA Teddy Bear Splash
February 5, 2016 - February 7, 2016
OH SW Regional Meet
February 18, 2016 - February 21, 2016
PCY Championship Qualifying Meet 
February 23, 2016 - Estimated timeline: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
GMVY Yahoos Last Chance Meet
February 28, 2016 - Estimated timeline: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
CM Championship Qualifier Meet
March 1, 2016 - Estimated timeline: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
SWOYSL “A” Championships
March 4, 2016 - March 6, 2016
SWOYSL “AA” Championships
March 11, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championships
March 18, 2016 - March 20, 2016
YMCA Short Course Nationals
April 4, 2016 - April 8, 2016
YMCA Masters Nationals Championships
April 14, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Please accept this cordial invitation reminder to join us on deck for this year’s 

Blue Ash YMCA Teddy Bear Splash
February 5, 2016 - February 7, 2016
Please contact Rob Schramm (rschramm1@fuse.netdirectly if you are able to officiate.
Here's a rewarding Officiating opportunity.....  


I've officiated this event and found the experience to be second-to-none!
Para-Swimming Open May 6-May 8, 2016
TO:      LSC Officials
FROM:  John Loria, Referee, Para-Swimming Open 
For those of you who are not aware of this meet, the Cincinnati Para-Swimming Open (and it's predecessor the GTAC Disability Open) has been the first meet for more members of the U.S. Paralympic Team than any other development meet in this country.  This year's meet will be held May 6 through 8, 2016 at the University of Cincinnati Keating Aquatic Center in Cincinnati, OH. 
For a limited number of officials, who choose to become certified as US Paralympic officials, there will be course taught with class work done on Friday, May 6 and again first thing Saturday morning.  Meet sessions will be held Saturday, May 7 morning and late afternoon with one session Sunday morning.  There will also be a limited opportunity for an athlete and coach workshop that will be held on Thursday, May 5.
As this is a Paralympic Games year, we will see athletes from a number of countries other than just from the United States.  To give you an example, in 2012 we had athletes from 19 countries attend this meet.  This is due to the fact that many countries treat this as their Paralympic Trial meet since they do not run one of their own.  To volunteer for this meet brings a whole new level of awareness to those officials that have worked this meet in the past.
Thank you in advance for any consideration you can give to this request and if there are any questions, my contact information is listed below.
John Loria
2016 Cincinnati Para-Swimming Open
1-734-425-6778 Home
1-734-744-5150 Office
1-248-763-4909 Cell


2016 Sectional Meet fast approaching....

Speedo Sectional Meet March 31-April 3
TO:      LSC Officials
The Speedo Sectional Meet will be held on March 31-April 3, 2016 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH.  Officials are needed in all positions.  Click on the link below to sign up to work the meet.   
The meet information is also included.
Pam Birnbrich
Officials Chair
Ohio Swimming
  Meet Information 


Ohio Swimming Fund Raising......pass it on !!


Together, we are Feeding Children Everywhere.
Please pass along to athletes and families to help get the word out!!
On behalf of Ohio Swimming, the athlete committee would like to ask for your donations as we team up with Feeding Children Everywhere to host a Hunger Project.

Feeding Children Everywhere is a non-profit organization that mobilizes and empowers people to make a difference by giving healthy meals to hungry children. The USDA estimates that 16 million kids are hungry in the USA, and Feeding Children Everywhere wants to help solve that problem.

What is a Hunger Project?  A Hunger Project gives Ohio Swimming the chance to give back to the community by packaging meals for local food banks in Ohio.  We need YOUR donations to help us fund-raise money so that we can successfully host the Hunger Project on April 17th at the Mason Community Center, location of the Spring House of Delegates Meeting.

We also would love for all athletes to come to the Hunger Project to help package meals. This is a great opportunity for the swimmers of Ohio to come together, get to know each other and have fun while doing community service. Each dollar raised provides 4 meals that we will package.

We will also be selling t-shirts for $15 to also help raise the funds for the project.  You can order a t-shirt online or buy one at one of the upcoming swim meets.

Donation boxes will be available at some of the meets.  A link for private donations will also be available on the Ohio Swimming website.

Our goal is to raise at least $4000 to provide around 16,000 meals.  We need your help and your donations would be greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the athletes of Ohio Swimming:  THANK YOU!
Swimmingly yours,
Rina & Jessica
Ohio Swimming Athlete Representatives 
Feeding Children Everywhere's Lentil Casserole is made up of 50% lentils, 30% rice, 15% dehydrated vegetables, and 5% pink himalayan salt      
The Meal:
Feeding Children Everywhere has a commitment to those served - to provide the healthiest meal possible for children and families around the world. The organization works directly with a nutritionist to put together the ingredients for their famous lentil casserole.

The meal is all-natural with NO ARTIFICIAL flavorings or vitamin mix. The meal is also a sustainable addition to the daily diet. With natural ingredients, there is no concern about eating the lentil casserole each and every day.
T-Shirt Sales:
T-shirts will be sold for $15 to help raise funds for the Hunger Project.  T-shirts will be available at the following meets:  
  • TYR Feb meet
  • All Regional meet sites
  • JOs
  • Senior Circuit Meet
Or they may be ordered online (and shipped to your home).  Link for ordering is on the Ohio Swimming website or click here

Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League



Championships Meet Information - Please Read

We are approaching Championship season!  Meet packets for “A “ and “AA” meets are finalized and posted.  Please read the following information carefully to help the meets run smoothly.

“A” Champs will be held on March 4, 5 and 6 at three sites – ME Lyons, Countryside and Trotwood.  CY will not run a Friday evening session.  The “central teams” will be divided between north and south for that evening; CY, LAKY and GMVY will compete at ME Lyons Friday night.

As we did last year, the Saturday and Sunday sessions for the 11 & Older swimmers will be run as prelim-final. The finals will be hosted at one site, PCY, both Saturday and Sunday evenings.  By the way, Friday night events are all timed finals.  8 & Under and 9-10 events are all timed finals.  The scratch procedure for finals will be explained at each prelim site.  The meet directors for each prelim site will send out worker assignments soon and I will send out assignments for finals.

“AA” champs will be held on March 11, 12 and 13 at Miami University.  The format will be similar to last year.  I will send out worker assignments soon, along with an invitation for officials.

Here are two other important items:

  • If you anticipate, for either As or AAs, a significantly smaller or larger number of entries, let me know immediately because it may affect timelines at sites and worker assignments.
  • You will see a statement in the meet packet provided to us by Y National.  Coach certification procedures will be enforced so if your name does not appear on the approved list, you will be denied access to the deck and will have to remain in the stands.

We’re working hard to make this a great champs season for all!


Jon Saxton

Champs Meet Director



Please find quick-links to these Championship meets below:



 SWOYSL 'A’ Championships  

Meet Packet quick link:


SWOYSL 'AA’ Championships 

Meet Packet quick link:


Below please find the application to officiate at the US Masters Swimming Spring National Championship in Greensboro at the end of April. Please share this with the officials in your LSC. Applications should be submitted to Tom Cox at the address on the form. Deadline for assigned team is March 14 and April 1 for all others.
Gina Mensay
Member Services Program Manager
USA Swimming
APRIL 16, 2016:  Ohio Swimming Recognition Banquet (Mason, OH)
APRIL 17, 2016:  OSI House of Delegates Meeting (Mason Community Center)
  • General HOD Meeting 1:00 pm
  • Tentative Workshops in the morning prior to the General Meeting:
    • Officials workshop
    • Meet Director workshop
    • Meet Operations workshop
    • Club registration chairs workshop
    • Club Board Member Roundtable
    • Coach Panel Discussion
    • Club Leadership Business Management School (CLBMS)