The OAC has created a Meet Referee Checklist and Information Document to offer guidance to our senior officials at our larger meets.Read More
Here’s your chance to get training in Open Water officiating! Open Water is growing quickly and is in need of qualified Swim Officials. Training Clinics are rare. However, Swim BC will be hosting an Open Water Training Clinic during the forthcoming Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, BC. Here are the details:
Trainer: Cynthia Pincott
Location: Pacific Dogwood Room, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Victoria, BC
Date and Time: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:30-4:30 pm
Clinic Size: Limited to 30 Officials
Registration: To Register, click here. Spots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Swim BC Officials will have until March 27th to register, then the clinic will be opened to all Swimming Canada Officials.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
There have been many discussions regarding the issue of Swim-offs and, more specifically, when they should occur. We have provided our thoughts on the matter along with some recommendations with the hope of providing guidance in the decision-making process.Read More
Interpretation and Understanding of the Swim Suit Rule under GR 5
In an effort to further bring consistency across swim officials in the province of BC, the Swim Suit Rule under GR 5 has been reviewed.Read More
This Para Swimming Newsletter is mostly intended to address information related to the schedule of Para-swimming Meets in 2016-2017, Para-swimming Officials Pathway and IPC Approval Para-swimming Meet Process.Read More
"At the Symposium, we spent quite a bit of time talking about recruiting and retaining swim officials and it got me thinking about why I officiate. I started working on this article a few months ago, but decided to finish it up Sunday night. I've given it to our club and we are sending it out to the Langley/Abbotsford parents this week as a way to try and promote interest in officiating."Read More
Calling all Senior (Level 3-5) Swim Officials, Club and Regional Officials Directors!
Are you passionate about swimming and interested in getting to know other officials in the province, staying up-to-date on changes in swim rules and interpretations, interested in problem-solving or in sharing tips and officiating experiences, finding out how to move up the ladder as a swim official, or contributing to the development of officiating in your club, region or the province as a whole? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please attend the 2016 Swim BC Officials Symposium.Read More
Swim BC is now accepting nominations for 2016 Official of the Year.
Nominations for this awards will be accepted through Sept 2, 2016, and will be presented at the 2015 BC Swimming Awards Banquet, September 24, in Richmond.Read More
Meet Management will try to accomodate official splits that are requested by teams, however, in some instances - due to the type of automated timing equipment used (e.g. pads available on turn ends, Colorado timing equipment), or the ability to fill the required amount of timekeepers (Relay splits), as per CSW 13.3 et al.., official splits may not be available to swimmers and coaches. Meet Management reserves the right to decline requests for Official Splits.
The OAC has created a document to help officials who started their officiating career in BCSSA but are now wanting to be involved with officiating at SCN sanctioned meets.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Regional Director of Officials.
Message From the Board President (ISC)
In every swim club, there’s those parents who volunteer at every meet, including other clubs’ meets. When you become a “veteran volunteer”, you quickly figure out the best meets and the Victoria Masters is one of them! I would like to send a shout out to everyone who inspired me last Saturday.
First, my thanks go out to Hope Milloy, for her tireless dedication to every ISC volunteer AND because she had the brilliant idea in 2015 that our teenagers should give back to their sport as volunteers; to Betsy Dunphy who trained them last year, and came back to train the 2016 wave of teenagers; to Andrea Nugent who took the older swimmers and trained them as Stroke & Turn Judges; to Alan Monks our Referee, who worked with them, giving them the confidence
to be officials; to Cam Ross and Kristen Sinats, who never settle for less than perfection, coming in early & staying late, sometimes when they aren’t scheduled to be at a meet at all; and to the countless individuals who dedicated a full day and the families who put in multiple shifts, together.
The magic of this meet is in the generations. I watched the dedication of our teenagers: how gallantly our timers helped a 93 year old onto the blocks...she could probably do it herself, but she graciously accepted the help; the intense look of concentration of our adult Chief Timers with our teen timers as they prepared for a swimmer in their lane coming in for a World or Canadian record – a few times it was 4 lanes in the same heat! I watched our Stroke & Turn teens, who undertook a challenging job, and brought their DQ slips to Al, with conviction but also compassion, knowing how it feels to be DQ’d.
Two years ago when the Board came up with the slogan #Lane4ForLife, we didn’t fully appreciate swimmers, like “Betty” who at almost 93, swam multiple events, starting the day with the 400 Free and the 90 year old gentleman, who came in at the end of his 800 Free to cheers from everyone!
I would also like to celebrate our ISC athletes at the Masters. I watched many ISC parents compete, as their children volunteered... AWESOME when the tables turns. Congratulations also to of our former ISC swimmers. I’d especially like to congratulate Coach Sarah (Blue Group), former Coach Cindy and Referee Leon, who swam, and we cheered for you!
Saving the best for last, Coach Avila is an inspiration to us all, as a coach to our youngest swimmers; as a mentor to the ISC teenaged coaches she trains; and finally her focus and dedication as an athlete, which I witnessed first hand, she’s amazing. Avila achieved a world record in the 100 Breast, a Canadian record and BC record in 2 other events. Congratulations Avila, you inspire us all.
If you’ve never volunteered for the Masters Meet, we’ll see you there next year, if you sign up early! See you at the next Time Trial next week or May Medley Challenge.
Jody Kitts, President, Island Swimming Club (and volunteer in the booth!)