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 Archived Officials' News

Updated January 6, 2017

This page contains the Officials' News items from 2010 through 2015 for your reference.

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2015 News


December 16 - With the end of the year now upon us, all officials must submit their 2016 registration forms and payments before working on deck in any meets after December 31st.

You can download the form here.

Also, please make sure your Background Check (Level II) and Athlete Protection Training do not expire on the 31st as this will delay your 2016 membership approval.

  • USA Swimming's Athlete Protection and Background Check Information  Link
  • FL Swimming Athlete Protection Training information.  Download.pdf


December 9 - Officials' Chair Steve Plapp has clarified the Administrative Official re-certification process for this year as follows:

This year (2015) is a re-certification year for all Administrative Officials (AO) ONLYMeet Referees do NOT have to take any re-certification exams in 2015. To get all officials on the same re-certification schedule (the even years), the FL Officials Committee decided to require that all Administrative Officials only take the online ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL RE-CERTIFICATION EXAM by the end of this year.  If you were certified as an Administrative Official during 2015, you do not need to take the exam.

Beginning with the 2016 recertification cycle, ALL officials will be required to re-certify and that process will include the online test as well as participating in the re-certification clinics.  From that point, all officials will be on the same even year re-certification schedule.

Information on the 2016 re-certification process include clinic dates and test requirements should be available by May of 2016.

12/24 - Open Water Event Prep - It Doesn't Just Happen Overnight

By Matt Wilson

Our own Matt Wilson had this article posted on the USA Swimming "Official Blog" in the Officials' section of the USA Swimming web site.  Matt is widely recognized as on of the top Open Water officials in the U.S. and, if any of you are interested in this aspect of our sport, this article and Matt are excellent resources for more information - click here to go to the article on USA Swimming's web site.

12/21 - The 2015-2016 National Officials Committee Named

Congratulations to our own Bob Griffiths and Melissa Hellervik-Bing for being re-appointed to the National Officials' Committee.  All of the FL officiating community benefits from their continued efforts at the National level and are grateful for all that they do in our LSC as well.

12/18 - Officials' Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes of this past Tuesday night's Officials' Committee Meeting/Teleconference are now available - click here to view or download them.

11/24 - The GSC Holiday Classic has been approved as an OQM.

UPDATED 11/24 Details

7/7 - Officials Committee Meeting at Sectionals View

7/1 - FHSAA Officials Registration Information View

6/23 - Invitation to Officiate FLAGS View

5/1 - Officials Meeting details

4/9 -  Official's Application for 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - View Application:  .doc   .pdf

4/9 -   Online testing will be down at USA Swimming...details

4/7 - Clinics offered at Sr. Circuit Meet Details

3/26 - USA Swimming Deck Change Policy here
3/10 - Minutes from Officials Committee Meeting in Orlando, 2/28/15 here
2/12 - Please take this short Volunteers Survey for USA Swimming here
2/11 - NFHS Rules-wrting Survey for Officials here.
2/10 - Background Screening Fees Reduced here
2/6 - Background Screening Changes here
1/26 - Officials needed for USMS Spring Nats - Clinic on 4/23-26 more

APT Training Now Valid for Two (2) Years

The Safe Sport Committee voted to make the Athlete Protection Training good for two years instead of one year.  As a result, we have pushed all the 12/31/14 APT expiration dates to 12/31/15. 

Effective on September 1, 2014 the APT expiration date is based on the year that the training was taken. For example, if you complete the training anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2015, the APT expiration date will be December 31, 2017 (if completed in January, you essentially get three years). Anyone completing the APT after September 1, 2014 and until January 1, 2015 will have an APT expiration date of 12/31/16.

Official's Dry-fit Shirts:

Many of you have requested a dry-fit, moisture wicking shirt to be available for purchase. We are pleased to announce these shirts are now on the USA Swimming Officials attire website.

Click here to view the new dry-fit Officials shirts.

Car Rental Deal for All Members

In an effort to maintain a high level of benefits and service to member clubs, USA Swimming is extending its negotiated rental car, van and SUV pricing with National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to all USA Swimming Member Clubs. This discounted rate is valid during USA Swimming sanctioned events, meets, practices or approved social events. Not only does this deal include a very good rental rate, but this negotiated pricing also includes full insurance.

Click here for more details.

2014 News
12/2/14 - Officials Committee Meeting on 12/9 here
11/26/14 - Application to Officiate at the OGP here
8/12/14 - Officials Committee Meeting on 8/24 here.
7/23/14 - FHSAA Officials Registration is open as of July 1st here.
7/3/14 - Application and Evaluation Form for FL Summer Senior Champs App   Eval
6/30/14 - Application to Officiate 2014 Southern Zone Senior Champs here
6/17/14 - Application to Officiate 2014 Masters Nationals here .
4/2/14 - Officials Committee Meeting on 4/8 at 8 PM here.     Minutes
4/2/14 - Officials Online Tests will be unavailable from Apr. 15-30 here.
2/11/14 - Application and Request for Evaluation for 2014 Spring Senior Champs here.
2/4/14 - Policy and Procedures are now posted under the Governance tab here.
1/30/14 -Feb. 6th Committee Meeting agenda, proposal, and call-in instructions have been added to the Event Page.
January 2014 - Breaststroke, and Butterfly Hands Rule Information

2013 News

December 2013 - Meeting Minutes from 12/4/13 Minutes
November 2013 - Quick Guide to Rule Differences between Swimming Organizations  *NEW*  Download
October 2013 - October Officials Committee Meeting  Minutes
September 2013 - September Officials Committee Conference Call  Minutes
September 26, 2013 Officials Conference Call -- Open to Everyone!  Information and Agenda
September 2013 - September Officials' Newsletter and Invitation to Conference Call and FL Officials Cmte. Meeting  Download
September 2013 - Changes to Technical Rules effective September 23, 2013 Download
September 2013 - *NEW* 4-Hour Rule Interpretation  Download
September 2013 - *NEW* Fina Rules for Swimming and Open Water
September 2013 - *NEW* NCAA Rules for Swimming  Link
September 2013 - *NEW* NCAA Rule Book Link
September 2013 - APT Certifications Extended to Dec. 31, 2013 Info
May 29, 2013 - Newly approved Arena Suits

April 2013 - NFHS Rule Changes Link

2012 News

Fall 2012 - Officials Committee Meeting Minutes  Download
Apr. 2012 - 4 Hour Rule Clarification. Download.pdf
Feb. 2012 - Breaststroke Underwater Pull Rule Clarification.  Download.pdf 
The most recent Florida Swimming Officials Newsletters can be found here - September 2013

2011 News

10/6/2011 - Link to Athlete Protection Training - Go here
10/6/2011 - 2011 Officials Committee Meeting Minutes - Read here
08/12/2011 - New USA Swimming APT requirement for all Non-Athletes - Read here
Apr. 2011 - Interpretation/Clarification of Breaststroke Pull -Out.  Download.pdf

2010 News

2010 - Officials Survey Results.  Download.pdf

12/9/2010 - Background Check Information - Download .pdf

11/03/2010 - Information on Personal Athlete Assistants - Download .pdf

Oct. 2010 - Officials Committee Policies & Procedures.  Download.pdf

01/10/2010 - USA Swimming Background Check  for Non-Athletes FAQ's - Download .pdf

01/07/2010 - USA Swimming Background Check Summary for Non-Athletes - Download .pdf

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