Officials' Bulletin - October 2017

Here is the Officials Bulletin for October 2017, this includes message from the OCRC Chair, National Officials Clinics information as well as the procedures for updating the clinics, updated national certification pathway, FINA Rule Changes & Updated Canadian Rulebook, National Officials Symposium, E-Learning Launch, Competition Improvement Plan, Para-Swimming Officials Training, National Meet Schedule and Domestic Officials Assignments, Canadian Record Applications and the new Level 5 Officials.

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Memo from Swimming Canada - New Rules (Sept 2017)

The new FINA rules for swimming (SW rules, GR rules, and Open Water rules) were approved in July 2017 in Budapest and are posted on the FINA website.  Once they are incorporated into the Canadian rulebook and translated, together with the Canadian CSW, CGR, CFR, COW. and PARA rules, the new Canadian Rulebook will be published. That process is nearing completion. Of course, there is still ongoing consultation with the coaches, the SNC staff, EDs, and senior Officials as we put together SNC's CSW, Facilities, Open Water, Para, and National Meet Rules. 

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Officials' Open Water Clinic

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

Cost: Free

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

Great Article for Promoting Officiating in your Club

"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."

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2016 SWIM BC Officials Symposium

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.

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