Barrington Officials

Barrington Officials:


The people on the pool deck who wear white shirts and dark shorts and are adorned with a badge are crucial -- they are our Officials!  The Colonial Swim League (CSL) meet officials include: Starter, Referee, and Stroke & Turn Judge.  Swim meets cannot happen if there is an insufficient number of officials at a meet.  We are in need of more parents to serve in an "official" capacity.  As officials with swimmers age out of the team or team members relocate, we must re-supply our ranks. 

These officials are certified by the CSL after attending league-provided training, passing an exam, and then spending three meets shadowing a certified official at the level of certification they are seeking. 

The CSL Officials Information page contains some handy FAQs and certification requirements. You will need to print off a CSL certification form and every time you shadow get page one signed by the meet referee.  This form is located on the link listed above in the folder "Year Officials Test".  You will submit this completed form and your test to the CSL person listed on page one of the form.  Steve Van Beek and Brian Jones are happy to answer any questions you might have about this process.   We can use the time trials for shadow training as well as regular meets.  Certification is good for two years and then you must attend the training and take the test again. 

If you are already certified for Stroke and Turn, we encourage you to continue your training for Starter and for Referee.  These are incredibly important positions and we want to have people in training so we will ensure we have coverage in these posts in the future.

How will official's certification work for the 2020 season:

There will be no officials training or new certifications awarded in 2020.  It is understood that CSL Official certifications are good for two years.  However, all CSL officials last certified in 2017, 2018, or 2019 will be granted one extra year of eligibility.  Those who use their PVS (Potomac Valley Swimming) certification to qualify as a CSL official will have to rely on PVS recertification to remain eligible.  Your CSL certification end time is determined by this adjustment:

Last Certified by CSL in 2017 - Certification Now Good Through First A-Meet in 2021

Last Certified by CSL in 2018 - Certification Now Good Through The Last A-Meet in 2021

Last Certified by CSL in 2019 - Certification Now Good Through the Last A-Meet in 2022.

The Barrington parents who are certified (or currently shadowing to get certified) through the CSL appear in the chart below. Thank you for all of your help!  

Name Certified For Certification Year
Brian Jones Referee certified in 2019
Steve Van Beek Referee certified in 2018
Amy Biehl Starter certified in 2018
Scott Castleman Starter certified in 2018
Chris Brown Stroke & Turn certified in 2019
Dana Carnaggio  Stroke & Turn certified in 2019
John Clark Stroke & Turn certified in 2018
Joel Hill Stroke & Turn  certified in 2019
Kasey Hill  Stroke & Turn certified in 2017
Gopal Sharma Stroke & Turn certified in 2019
Ron Smetek Stroke & Turn certified in 2019
Bill Waldron Stroke & Turn certified in 2019