|Officials, Officials, WE NEED MORE OFFICIALS!|| |
Apr 26, 2011
Middle Atlantic Swimming will be conducting two clinics for new swim meet officials in May. Both of these clinics are being held in a location very convenient to GPAC parents (one just over the Delaware Memorial Bridge and one at Jersey Wahoos in Mt. Laurel). In addition, there will be a clinic for Starter certification in May as well. To become certified as a starter you must have one year of experience as a certified USA Swimming Official.
What is required to
become an official?
1) Attend the 1 day class (usually lasts 2-3 hours)
2) Take and pass the online (open book, open notes) certification test
3) "Shadow" at USA Swimming sanctioned meets for 6 meet sessions
4) Take and pass the online background screening check through USA Swimming
That is it! No prior swimming/coaching experience is necessary.
The cost of the background screening is covered by Middle Atlantic Swimming. The $60 USA Swimming officials registration fee is covered by GPAC.
We will be losing a few of our certified officials heading into the Fall season. We have a lot of great parents who volunteer as officials at our meets (including sessions their children are not swimming in), other team's hosted meets, and Middle Atlantic hosted meets. I would love to have more of our parents join these great volunteers. If anything, the more officials we have, the more the assignments can be spread out among more people. At this time we really need officials from all age groups equally.
Here is further information about the clinics taken right from the Middle Atlantic Swimming website (www.maswim.org). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAY 7TH CLINIC IS THE SAME DAY AS THE GPAC LONG COURSE DERBY MEET:
Middle Atlantic Officials Clinics
2011 There are two upcoming Stroke
& Turn clinics scheduled for new Officials. These
clinics are open to anyone interested in becoming an Official. We
prefer you to pre-register but it is not required. If you have any
questions, please contact Fred Killian at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kent Steeves at email@example.com
Option #1: Saturday, May 7, 2011; 10 am at the Middle Atlantic Office 2150 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you interested to attend
Option #2: Sunday, May 15, 2011; 1:00 pm at Jersey Wahoos
4101 Church Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Please contact us at email@example.com if you interested to attend
Starter Officials Clinic
There is one upcoming Starter clinic scheduled for new Starters. These clinics are limited to USA Swimming registered Stroke & Turn Officials that have at least one year experience. If you have an interest to explore the possibility of becoming a Starter, please contact us at Officials@maswim.org and we can discuss any questions you may have and determine together if the timing is appropriate for you to take the Starter clinic.
Starters Clinic: Sunday, May 22, 2011; 11:00 am at the Middle Atlantic Office 2150 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720