Team officials requirement:

For both home and away meets, each team is responsible to supply a certain number of trained and carded officials. The number of officials is based on the number of swimmers the team has entered in the meet. Those teams who have not provided a sufficient number of officials may have their swimmers treated as “exhibition only”, which may prohibit them from earning points, awards, ribbons, or swimming in finals. The requirement applies to each session of the meet.

 

If you are interested in volunteering as a WAC official for the 2022-2023 season:

  • (IMPORTANT) SNS Officials Clinic details now posted below:

  1. SNS Officials Clinic: Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

This is the BIG Clinic!! Primary Zoom Format Clinic for ALL New/Prospective and Returning Officials

Registration is REQUIRED to attend this Zoom Format Clinic

Zoom Registration Link:

You are invited to the SNS Officials Clinic (Zoom Format)
When: Oct 1, 2022 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvc-ChrzkuG9Arv9Apa546aZpuQZC7Ygjs 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  1. SNS Meet Referees Clinic: Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Clinic for ALL Returning SNS Meet Referees

Topics Include Changes to OTS Coinciding with the SWIMS 3.0 Platform Rollout

Registration is REQUIRED to attend this Zoom Format Clinic

Zoom Registration Link:

You are invited to the SNS Meet Referees Clinic (Zoom Format)
When: Oct 1, 2022 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pc-2qqzMoGdJ8kMyy5uiNUcVQBHK1GcaP 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  1. SNS Administrative Officials (AO) Clinic: October 4, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Zoom Format Clinic

For ALL New, Prospective & Returning Administrative Officials (AO)

Zoom Login Info will be Released Soon.

  1. SNS Administrative Referees (AR) Clinic: October 11, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Zoom Format Clinic

For ALL Returning Administrative Referees (AR)

Zoom Login Information for the Meeting will be Released Soon

  • After the Oct 1 SNS clinic, the next SNS clinic will be January 3rd. A specific WAC only clinic in the Fall is still being looked at.
  • If you have any questions, please contact our our Wolverine Officials' Coordinator:

 

Steps to become a USA Swimming Official in Sierra Nevada Swimming:

  1. Attend an annual clinic

  2. Register and pay for USA Swimming non-athlete/Officials membership (~$70)

    • Follow instructions from https://www.teamunify.com/team/snwac/page/new-families/usa-swimming-registration

    • Per SNS registrar Mark Brown, it is VERY VERY important that you correctly state whether you are a new or returning member!  If you click New when you are Returning, there will be glitches and delays and require sorting out. If you have been a USA swim member before, you are Returning!

    • Please remember that last year's registration is good until this December 31, 2022.
    • In step 2 of instructions, ensure

      • LSC:   Sierra Nevada Swimming (SN) 

      • Club:   Wolverine Aquatics (WAC)  

        If the above doesn't match - DO NOT MOVE FORWARD, you will register to a different team. Work with USA Swim Support to resolve.  

    • In step 3, select membership type as Official

  3. Complete a Level 2 Background Check (~$40) (From usaswimming account, and click Education > Course Catalog)

  4. Complete Athlete Protection Training (From usaswimming account, and click Education > Course Catalog)

  5. Complete Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibility Training (From usaswimming account, and click Education > Course Catalog)

  6. Complete Concussion Protocol Training (From usaswimming account, and click Education > Course Catalog)

  7. Order/Download Rule Book

  8. Complete Stroke + Turn test (or corresponding tests for other positions). This will be done via Google test; you'll need to send the results to [email protected] since it won't be sent automatically

  9. Complete 6 training sessions with a mentor

    • This can be done at any Sierra Nevada swim meet, it does not even need to be a meet that WAC is attending. Email the Meet Referee (listed in the Meet Sheet) to let them know to expect you.

    • The Meet Referee will assign a mentor for that session during the session Officials Briefing. Note the time of the Officials Briefing in the meet sheet (usually 1hr before the session start). When you arrive at the meet, be sure to sign in.

    • You can expect to complete 6 training sessions in 2-3 meets. Typically a 3-day meet would be considered as 3-5 training sessions (Fri PM, Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun AM, Sun PM). If sessions are especially short, the Meet Referee may consider 2 meet sessions to equate to 1 training session.

    • Print form found at: https://www.snofficials.com/s/StrokeTurn-Training-Slip.pdf (S/T official)

    • Print form found at: https://www.snofficials.com/s/Admin-Official-Training-Slip.pdf (Admin official)

  10. Uniform: white sneakers, blue chinos/shorts, white polo shirt, clipboard

 
Notes:
  • Please check your junk folder, and add [email protected] to your contacts so that you get updates.
  • Please remember that last year's registration is good until this December 31, 2022
  • Print out your new card. Don't worry about the Mandatory Reporting class saying Incomplete at this time, you have until November 3rd to take care of that. We will show you how to take the course at the clinic.  
  • If you have an OLD membership card from last year, please bring your OLD card and your NEW card to the swim meet.  The old card has the positions that you are certified to work and the level that you are at for each position. The new cards do not list that information. They don't really list much information but do have your new ID number that Meet Refs will need to enter you into OTS in December when they are able. Meet Referees will be checking to see that you are certified for the position being requested, they will look for your new ID number, and if you have completed training for a position, they will be looking at your signed off form as well as proof that you had completed the test. So please bring everything you need to work a meet. 

 

Cell phone USASWIMMING App:

All members of USA Swimming received an e-mail last week about the new USA Swimming app that will be taking the place of Deck Pass. AFTER you have set up your USA Swimming account, download the app and sign in using the same login info. Here is the link to download:
 
Click here to download from the Apple App Store 
Click here to download from the Google Play Store
 
 

Useful links:

  1. USA swimming site: https://www.usaswimming.org/officials/

  2. Sierra Nevada Swimming site: https://www.teamunify.com/team/snslsc/page/home (Officials and Volunteers)

  3. Sierra Nevada Swimming officials site: https://www.snofficials.com

  4. Training videos: https://www.youtube.com (search USA Swimming officials training video)

  5. Stroke briefing: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/officials-training-resources/clinic-resources/officials-briefing.pdf

  6. Stroke clinic: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/officials-training-resources/clinic-resources/stroke-and-turn-judge-clinic-powerpoint.pptx

  7. Guidelines (“Professional” Stroke & Turn Official): https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/national-certification-and-evaluation/professional-official/professional-stroke-and-turn-official.pdf

  8. Guidelines (“Professional” Administrative Official): https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/national-certification-and-evaluation/professional-official/professional-adminstrative-official.pdf

  9. Guidelines (“Professional” Chief Judge): https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/national-certification-and-evaluation/professional-official/professional-chief-judge-07-22.pdf
  10. Sample situations and resolutions: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/officialsdocuments/officials-training-resources/situations-and-resolutions/situations-and-resolutions-stroke-and-turn.pdf

  11. Supplies (not mandatory):

 

Top-10 reasons to be a WAC swim official:

  1. The best way to support your kid's passion and the team. Be a part of the team that makes a swim meet happen. You’ll be the first to know all the deets of the meet (timeline, breaks, program changes, why the FW warm-up pool was closed, was it a muffin or something else, etc.) And just wearing the white shirt will qualify you as an expert to answer any question, big or small. 

  2. You will learn the rules of a legal swim stroke. Ever wonder what a crossover turn is? or what the Ryan Lochte rule is? You'll learn the answer. It may be the one thing your swimmer will acknowledge you know more about than they do (swim-related). 

  3. Be involved in your kid’s swim, but not too involved. You'll learn to watch 3-4 other swimmers and monitor your swimmer from the corner of your eye. You won't be focused on whether your kid breathed inside the flags or should have taken one more stroke into the wall.  

  4. The friendships - meet similar parents from other teams and LSCs; this is the best support system around. Some of the officials have built many lifelong friendships through officiating. 

  5. When you see all those brawls on TV about youth sports (parents disrespecting officials), you won't find that on the pool deck. 

  6. The team - especially in JOs, if a team does not have enough officials working for the meet, the kids won't get ribbons and medals. We had an official drive down to Fairfield on his weekend off (he had no kids in the JOs), so our little ones could get ribbons and medals. 

  7. The food - they take good care of you, seriously. Get all the best food around Elk Grove, Clovis, and Morgan Hill without ever leaving the pool complex. 

  8. The swag - get the same bagtags as your kids, and cool meet polos and sweatshirts for free! 

  9. Access to the pool deck - closed deck? No problem. No longer worry about marshals telling you where you can and cannot stand. Sometimes you even get reserved parking. 

  10. Best seat in the house – on a hot summer day you will appreciate the splashes while others are sweltering in their tents. Also affords you the opportunity to see the technique of all the swimmers up-close.

Many people think they don't have the heart to DQ a swimmer. As officials, the last thing we want to do is to DQ a swimmer. Under our breaths we are silently cheering for the littles to stay on their back all the way to the finish, or hoping they keep their arms simultaneous until they are at least out of our jurisdiction. But it’s important to realize, officials don't DQ the swimmer. A swimmer DQs themselves by performing the stroke incorrectly; the official is there only to ensure a fair meet for ALL swimmers. Second, a DQ is an important part of the learning process, it’s the feedback on what the swimmer needs to work on in practice. Would we rather a swimmer repeatedly swims the stroke incorrectly and then gets DQed at a championship or travel meet?

And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a swimmer or a stroke expert to be an official. Believe me, some of us are neither. You will get all the training and mentoring before you are asked to be on your own.