In order to provide a top quality swim experience, many officials are required. Swim officials are never paid, instead they are volunteer parents and enthusiasts. There are a number of different types of officials required; timers, stroke and turn judges, marshalling, etc. These positions are all within the capabilities of any parent, and short training clinics are provided to train the inexperienced. These clinics teach the basic skills and can lead to S.N.C. officiating designations.
Officials at swim meets in Alberta are to wear black pants or shorts and a white shirt if possible. Unless working at a Provincial or National level meet, this is just a recommendation.
Official courses are available online at http://swimming.ca/en/clinics/ . The first one every parent should take is the Introduction to swimming official. Anybody 14 and older can become a timer. Once you have completed the clinic, you need to register it with Swim Alberta here. You also need to email email@example.com to let us know so we can credit your account with points.
Classroom Course dates will be posted below as they become available (you can also look on the Swim Alberta website, under officials, to see what clinics are coming up. Typically, Northern Region offers classroom clinics at a session in the fall, and again in the spring. Clinics like the Level 2 Stroke and Turn are better if they are taken in a classroom.
Official Certification Form
Print this document and bring with you when you time at meets. You will need to get it signed off 3 times by the Meet Referee. Once your form is complete, give it or email it to the Official's Chair so your records can be updates, then you will be able to move on the next course.
- Our club is in desperate need of more officials trained in Clerk of Course, Recorder/Scorer, CJE and CFJ. If you want to learn, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let you know how to proceed.
Remember to sign up for Spring Champs (March 2018). OSC is hosting this meet and it is going to be our biggest meet of the year. Swim Alberta requires that we provide at least half of the volunteers for that meet and I know as a club we can do it. Let's show some OSC pride and sign up for a wonderful meet where swimmers will be attempted to qualify to National Meets in April and July.
See you on deck!