Please contact Carolyn Kotarski, Officials Chair, with any questions or concerns.

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2017 Welcome Letter

Hello York Parents!

Summer is over, school has begun and the 2017-2018 YORK Swim season is just around the corner. Whether you are new to YORK or a seasoned parent, please consider becoming an official. PVS meets are entirely run by volunteer officials. PVS is constantly trying to make the process of becoming an official more convenient. Currently, you can take online clinics for 2 positions: Stroke & Turn and Electronic Timing System Operator. For more information, click HERE.

 As your Officials Chair, I am here to help you navigate the process of becoming an official. I promise to be honest about the pros and cons of each position and help you find the one that is best for you. I hope will you consider joining our great community of volunteer officials this season. The process of becoming an official is not difficult. To assist you, I have created How to Become a Potomac Valley Official: A Step by Step Guide. It is posted on YORK’s website under the “Officials Information” Tab so that you can reference it at any time.

I will be at the YORK Parents Night on Sunday, September 10, at Providence Recreation Center, from 5-6pm, to answer any questions. Look for me- I will be the one wearing the PVS Officials uniform (white top/navy bottoms). If you cannot attend, please feel free to call  (571-521-9025) or email me ( at any time with your questions and -concerns.


Carolyn Kotarski​

New Officials Clinics  for Fall 2017 have been posted! You can now attend online clinics for 2 deck positions: Stroke & Turn and Electronic Timing System Operator. Please check out the schedule on the PVS Website:

2017-2017 Officials Clinics/Training Schedule

Now is also a good time to make sure all of your certifications are up to date. Login to the Officials Tracking System (OTS) and view "My Certification Card" to verify that all of your credentials are current for 2017. These credentials include:

1. USA Swimming registration. Click HERE to register.

2. LSC certifications. Click HERE for PVS recertification requirements.

3. Athlete Protection Training. Click HERE to renew your APT.

4. Background Check.Click HERE to renew your background check.

You will not be allowed to work on deck until your credentials are up to date.


Important Links

HOW TO BECOME A PVS OFFICIAL: This is an PDF file with interactive bookmarks and  links. Downloading this document to your computer provides the best user interface.

PVS Officials Page:




Welcome Letter 8/25/2016

New local Officials Clinics 1/5/2016

Upcoming Officials Clinics 9/24/2015

Welcome Letter, 9/5/2015