Officials

Qualified Officials at the Club

 Timekeeper *Judge level 1Judge level 2StarterReferee
Tony Davenport
Jeni Colbourne  
Karen Tuddenham  
Kate Steele    
Paula Bell    
Angela Porter    
Heather Edwards      
Edwina Attwood      
Julie Wilkinson      
Juliet Cliffe      

* A list of current Club Timekeepers is kept by the Wey Valley Officials Co-Ordinator

Process of Official Provision

  • Club Timekeepers: WV run an internal course to encourage parents and older swimmers to learn the techniques of timekeeping. A booklet, based on ASA guidelines, is given to each prospective timekeeper. They shadow timekeepers at club events and then undertake a practical assessment.
  • Judges / Starters / Referees: WV initially offer a shadowing system at galas to introduce the protocol and set up mentoring links. We encourage prospective officials to take the next step of enrolling on Officials Training Courses run by the ASA. The relevant workbooks can be downloaded from the ASA website.
  • Initially all enquiries are through the Wey Valley Officials Co-Ordinator

Qualification Path

Club Timekeeper

This will cover 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. All candidates do need to ensure that they are registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or a member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS)

Judge Level 1

This is the first level of British qualification. This will encompass the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. The minimum age to commence training is 15 years. Candidates may undertake some instruction and will be required to complete a course workbook, following which a practical assessment will be undertaken. There is no formal theory examination however, during the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer oral questions. 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. This will encompass the role and duties in relation to all aspects of Judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter. The minimum age to commence training is 15 years. Candidates may undertake some instruction and will be required to complete a course workbook, following which a practical assessment will be undertaken. 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 who wish to qualify as a Starter will be required to 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. A candidate may register to commence training aged 17 years but must be 18 years old at 30th November in the year of the course. This course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences and is followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates will undertake 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.

Surrey ASA Training

Judge Officials Training Courses are run in the Surrey area with each session limited to a maximum of ten people.

The cost for each course is around £10 per person and workbooks are supplied on the day.

Course Dates

See Officials section of Surrey Website for local courses.

Officials Updates

It was 'im what disqualified 'im

... or 'er what disqualified 'im, or 'er what disqualified 'er . whatever.

In fact it wasn't. Only the Referee can disqualify a swimmer, never a Judge (or the Starter, or anyone else). It's the Judge's duty to report to the Referee any competitor who doesn't comply with the ASA Technical Rule for the stroke. The Referee may have seen the same infringement himself, in which case he will disqualify the swimmer anyway, but if he didn't see it, he'll discuss it with the Judge and will only disqualify if he's quite convinced with the explanation. The Referee will always feel happier if more than one person saw the infringement.

In summary, the Judge reports what he sees, the Referee decides if there's to be a disqualification. If there's any doubt, the swimmer is given the benefit of that doubt.

Going Round in Circles...

...or occasionally dancing a doh-si-doh.

You may have noticed that the Judges at a Gala don't stay in the same position for long. A bit of variety helps us to concentrate! The Lead Referee works it all out beforehand. A common practice is for the Judges to move one or two places clockwise after so many Events. If there are lot of Heats in an Event, like in an Open Meet, it could be move after every Event; or if it's something like the Rother League, where each Event only has one Heat, it could be move after 10 Events.

Stand down swimmers!

This question arose after a swimmer (from another club) was disqualified at the Start of a race at a gala we took part in recently. Can a swimmer (or relay team) be disqualified for a false start after the referee or starter has said 'Stand down swimmers'?

No, they can't. As soon as the swimmers have been stood down, the Start has been negated - even if they didn't hear the Referee - he knows he's negated the Start. A false start is when a swimmer starts before, or is moving when the starting signal is given. The Referee disqualifies a swimmer if they make a false start.

However, there are other reasons than a false start why a swimmer may be disqualified at the start. These are delaying the start, wilfully disobeying an order at the start, or any other misconduct taking place at the start. It's the Referee's decision to disqualify for any of these reasons.

Upcoming Events

DateEvent
23 SepRother League round 2
30 SepJunior Cup
14 OctNational Arena League round 1

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