Swim meets are an essential part of the sport of swimming, allowing athletes to test their skill and reach their swimming goals!
Swimming officials implement the technical and administrative rules of swimming and ensure the competition is fair for all athletes. Officials’ positions are filled by volunteers including parents, family members, and individuals dedicated to the sport of swimming. To qualify as a swim official, individuals attend clinics, receive on-deck training, and are certified by Swim Saskatchewan.
Officiating at meets relies heavily on parents participating as officials. In fact, a swim meet will not run without the assistance of certified parents. Many parents complete the Level 1 Introduction to Officiating Clinic and the Stroke and Turn Clinic and spend their time on deck as Timers, Head Lane Timers, Stroke Judges or Turn Judges. However, all volunteers are encouraged to move beyond these entry-level positions. Being certified beyond these positions will add variety to the volunteer experience and help fill an ever-present need to develop deck officials.
A reminder that the RODS Volunteer Policy for 2015-2016 swim season, states that each competitive family agrees to volunteer for officiating, office work, clothing sales, or food service for a minimum of 15 sessions at the RODS hosted swim meets. This minimum has been calculated to ensure all of the sessions have enough volunteers.
RODS is hosting several Officials Clinics on November 7th. Please check the Officials Clinic event on the RODS website. You are welcome to sign up for as many clinics as you want to take. A typical pathway for new people is Level 1 and Stroke and Turn on the same day. For people who are certified in the entry level positions, there are 4 other clinics to choose from. Please take advantage of these clinics as we don’t know when they may be offered again during this season.
For most of the meets we host in our pool, the following officials are on-deck at each session:
Referee: 1 or 2
Starter: 1 or 2
Clerk of Course: 1 or 2
Chief Timekeeper: 1
Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics: 2
Head Lane Timer: 8
Turn Judge-turn end: 4 - 8
Stroke Judge: 4
Timers: 8 – 16
This gives you an idea of how many people are needed for each session, and how important it is that you take the clinics and become certified. Officiating is a great way to be involved, meet other parents from your club and from other clubs, and watch the swimming. Officiating at meets is a rewarding way to be involved in the sport while your children are involved in swimming. Becoming certified as a referee is a rewarding experience and staying involved in the sport.
BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE - From time to time the RODS will put on classes to help get parents certified to all levels of officiating. Swim Meets cannot run without the involvement of officials therefore all parents are encouraged to get involved with some form of officiating. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org