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Officials

OFFICIALS

To play a big role in the functioning of a swim meet, parents are encouraged to become an Official. Please contact the Officials Coordinator Heather Longmore to get started. 

First time families are exempt from Officials courses for the first year ONLY. Once your first year is complete, we encourage parents to take the Introduction to Swimming online course through Swim Alberta. Then, each year, Officials are encouraged to proceed to the next level of courses.

 

How to become an Official:

 

1.  Take a course 

 

2. Mentor at a swim meet

  • Email Officials Coordinator at least 2 weeks before swim meet to confirm you are interested.
  • Or sign up via the Okotoks Stingrays website.
  • The mock meet is a good place to begin with your mentor shift.
  • A request will be sent to the Meet Manager to assign you with an experienced Official.
  • Come prepared - please print off a copy of the Officials Certification Card to obtain Referee signature at the end of your mentor shift.

 

3.  Continue with Deck Evaluations

  • All Officials positions, require you to complete two deck evaluations.
  • Again, email the Officials Coordinator 2 weeks before a swim meet to confirm availability.
  • Or sign up via the Okotoks Stingrays website.
  • A request will be sent to the Meet Manager.
  • Depending on the Officials position, there maybe loads of spots to fill or there maybe one spot to fill. A request to the Meet Manager does NOT garantee that you will fill that spot.
  • The Officials Coordinator will contact you a few days before the swim meet to confirm you have a shift.

 

4.  Submit your documents

  • Ensure you have had your Officials Certification card signed by Referee.

  • One mentor shift and two deck evaluations.

  • Send a scanned copy of the card to the Officials Coordinator who will update your Swim Alberta Officials record. Congratulations on becoming a certified official!