2013 Official's Planning
In this update:
It is that time of year to start planning for the upcoming summer swim season. With this year's calendar and the way the season is mapping out, it will seem very short - as start when school is still in session and one of our weeks has July 4th on a Thursday. But before we get there, there are a couple of updates I wanted to share with you.
The Midlakes Official's Training dates have been scheduled and are:
Wednesday May 22 6-9pm Newport Hills
Tuesday May 28 6-9pm Newport Hills
Saturday June 1 9am-12noon Samena (returning officials)
Thursday June 6 6-9pm Mercerwood
Per Midlakes By-Laws, all officials are required to attend one training session per year. Returning officials who cannot attend the designated returning officials session are welcome to attend any other session. Please mark your calendar now for one of those sessions!
Please note that this year, the Board is requesting that all officials wear a white polo shirt when officiating that does not have any year-round club/team names/logos on them - shirts that have USA Swimming sanctioned meet logos are fine. Midlakes will provide a "Midlakes" logo polo shirt for you. If you need a shirt, prospective officials will need to attend one of the trainings offered on Wednesday May 22 or Tuesday May 28. If you are a returning official who needs a new shirt and cannot attend either of those sessions, please contact me to make alternate arrangements. The order deadline is Wednesday May 29 9AM - no late orders will be able to be accommodated.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce Frank Castro (Klahanie) who is going to be the "Midlakes Officials Chair Trainee" this year as I transition out of this role. My son, Ben, will be swimming his last season this year - so it's time for me to "retire" and let another parent with swimmers involved take on this position. In fact, Frank will be your trainer at the returning officials session at Samena - so go easy on him (at least for now!).
The Championship Meet schedule should also be on your calendar as well:
Division Champs (aka B Champs) - any official may participate:
Saturday July 13 (various pools - check the calendar)
League Champs (aka A Champs/Prelims & Finals) - USA Swimming officials only:
Monday July 15 Senior Prelims (MIBC)
Tuesday July 16 Junior Girls (Newport Hills)
Wednesday July 17 Junior Boys (Mercer Island Country Club)
Saturday July 20 Finals (King County Aquatics Center - KCAC, Federal Way)
More details will be sent as those dates get closer - but please reserve your calendar now!
If your officiating status has changed (obtained USA Swimming Certification, expired credentials, etc.) let me know so I can update my lists accordingly. If you are no longer planning on officiating this year, also let me know and I'll gladly remove you from this distribution list.
Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification. Spread the word to your clubs - and if you have new officials who need to be added to this distribution, please let me know.
Thanks and regards,
Midlakes Swim League