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Guide to swimming officials
(Added by WebMaster on 02/11/2011 at 08:11:28)

As the St Ives SC Officials Co-ordinator I would like to encourage parents - particularly those in the Minnows and Marlins squads to apply for a Judge Level 1 training course. The JL1 training gives you a full and comprehensive understanding of all the strokes your child may swim, will help you have more awareness of why they or other swimmers may get disqualified, and ensures that you get involved in meets so those weekends at the pool pass faster.

In addition, each club champs run by the club requires a minimum of 11 officials and  preferably 15 officials each time.  All the officials must have undertaken formal training and be licensed with the ASA.  At the moment the majority of our officials are parents of children in the Sharks squads.  Minnows and Marlins squads are far less qualified at the moment, and yet the parents of the Sharks swimmers often need to officiate where their children are not swimming.  So we would like to up the numbers!

Please join our team of qualified officials.  The more officials/judges we have, the more the work can be distributed evenly. Download the application form here.  Please return the form to me (SISC noticeboard box or in person) and I will send off all applications to the regional officer with payment from the club.

If you would like to discuss this further please speak to me directly or email me at Webmaster

Mark Smith
SISC Officials Co-Ordinator

TIMEKEEPER
This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. The Timekeeper is responsible for recording race times manually and operating the manual override on the Automatic Officiating Equipment (AOE), where available.
Training covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment. The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and all need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliates club.

JUDGE LEVEL 1
This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.
The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates may undertake some instruction and will be required to complete a course workbook, after which there will be a practical assessment.
There is no formal theory examination. However, during the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer questions orally. Upon qualification candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database and will be encouraged to become a Licensed Official.

JUDGE LEVEL 2
This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.
The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates may undertake some instruction and will be required to complete a course workbook, followed by a practical assessment.
As with Level 1 there is no formal theory examination. However, during the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer oral questions.
When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.

STARTER
Candidates wishing to qualify as a Starter will be required hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and be a minimum age of 15 years. Training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.
Successful candidates will be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2S.

REFEREE
Candidates for this course are required to be qualified at Judge level 2S, and may register to start training aged 17 years but must be 18 years at 30 November in the year of the course.
This course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences. It is followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee.
Several months have been allocated between registration and the formal examination to enable candidates to undertake all the practical experience required to complete the course as well as the theoretical instruction.

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