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Leadership Change
Posted by administrator | Views: 548
27/September/2017 at 5:59am

Leadership Change

Joel Black - Joel is finishing his second term as Chairperson of the YMCA National Officials Committee, and following tradition, he is stepping down as Chairperson. We want to thank Joel for sharing with us his extensive knowledge and experience, as well as his calm demeanor and his warmth in dealing with the officials and officiating matters. Everyone who worked with Joel did become a 'cousin'! Joel has agreed to continue to serve on the Committee to give us the benefit of that knowledge and experience. Thanks Joel for a job well done!

Charles E. (Eddie) Hughes - Eddie Hughes has agreed to take over as the National Officials Committee Chairperson. Eddie is a long-time YMCA and USA-S swimming official from the YMCA of Spartanburg (SC). He has been a member of the YMCA National Officials Committee and a deck referee at our national championship meets for the last twelve years. He is also a former USA-S Officials Chairperson for the South Carolina LSC, as well as being nationally certified by USA-S. In addition, he is a college swim official and a high school swim coach. 

Edited by administrator on 10/October/2017 at 9:06am

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USA-S Timing Adjustment Rule Change
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27/April/2016 at 7:05am
USA-S Timing Adjustment Rule Change

For YMCA Level II Officials, Administrative Officials, Meet Manager Operators

Effective May 1, 2016, USA-S  is making a Timing Adjustment Rule Change. The new USA Swimming rule change in 102.24.4B involving a possible Lane Malfunction in the electronic timing system eliminates the need for complicated calculations by the Administrative Referee, Administrative Official, or Scoring Operator.

Quick Guide: This is a link to a Quick Guide that provides detailed instructions for adjusting the time when there is a heat malfunction.

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Clarity to the Use of Tape in Compe... 
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14/June/2016 at 8:32am

Clarity to the Use of Tape in Competition

Article 102.8.1E states in part, "Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Referee."

Common sense should prevail. The following uses of tape are generally permitted in competition:
  1. Wound protection and closure. Band-Aids, dressings, "Butterfly" type, etc. are normally permitted with no advanced notification to the Referee. When the tape to hold a dressing in place completely circles a major limb or the dressing is exceptionally large in size, advanced notification to the Referee is recommended.
  2. Taping of fingers or toes. "Buddy Taping" no more than two (2) injured fingers or toes together should be permitted. Advanced notification to the Referee is recommended.
  3. Tape to secure medical alert bracelets and pendants, religious objects, etc. should be permitted. Advanced notification to the Referee is recommended.
  4. Tape to secure medical devices. Example insulin pumps, ostomy bags, etc. should be permitted. Advanced notification to the Referee is required.
The following uses of tape are not permitted in competition "irrespective of whether a Doctor" note has been presented.
  1. Elastic Therapeutic Tape is never permitted.
  2. Kinesio Taping is never permitted.
  3. Any other taping intentioned to provide compression or support to muscles, ligaments, tendons or joints (except as stated above) is never permitted.
Link to formal Rule Interpretation Notice: Rule Interpretation

Edited by administrator on 10/October/2017 at 9:13am

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Becoming a Swim Official or Recerti... 
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10/October/2017 at 9:44am

Becoming a Swim Official or Recertifying

To become a Swim Officials or to renew your certification (every three years), you must complete the following: 

  • Attend an appropriate Swim Officials training class: Level I, Level II, or Admin Official by registering on the LCDC training site and selecting the class you want to attend
  • Complete a Swim Official Certification Test by registering on the Swim Officials Test Site and taking the appropriate certification test

Register for an upcoming Swim Official Training Class: If you are currently not a swim official, you should register for a Swim Official Level I class.  If you are interested in becoming an Admin Official, register for an Admin Official training class.  If you are recertifying, register for the class appropriate for your recertification.  (e.g. Level I, Level II, Admin Official, etc.)

You can see upcoming classes at this link.  This information is automatically updated as training classes are schedule by the Trainers

To register for an upcoming swim official classes: 

1. GO TO: to log in.

If you are a new user, you will need to create a user name. 
You then set up a user name & password. After you have the password, return to the website & log in.

2. Scroll down & on the left side of the screen

  • Click on Learning & Career Development (LCDC).

3. Under Search & Register for Classes

  • Under Course Category, select "Aquatics"
  • Under Course Code, select the name of the class you want to take - (e.g. Swim Officials Level I)
  • Click "Search"
  • Select the class you'd like to attend

4. Follow additional prompts to register for the course

Successfully pass the corresponding Certification Test: 

To complete your certification test:

1. Got to to login

If you are a new user, you will need to register as a new user.  Please note: this web site is different than the LCDC web site.  New users will need to complete a new registration on this site

2. After registering on this site, click the link on the left side menu under FOR OFFICALS,  TAKE OFFICIAL TEST.  Further details about taking the officials test are listed on the main page of the web site or at this link

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Instructions: Online Swim Officials... 
Posted by twarrick | Views: 10379
27/April/2016 at 8:40am

Online YMCA Swim Officials Certification Test

Access the site

  • If you have previously received an email from "YMCA Swimming", this email will contain a link that says "Click here to be automatically logged in and view the article on the YMCA Swimming Web Site"
  • This link will take you to the web site and automatically log you in.  You are already setup as a registered user.
  • If you have never received an email from "YMCA Swimming", go to  Immediately under the logo (left top corner), you will see two links: Register and Login.  Select Register.
  • This will bring up a registration form. Click Agree to the terms and fill in the information on the form. 
  • If you are currently an official, make sure you select the role, Swim Official - YMCA.  If you are not currently an official, select, Officials Class Attendee
  • Once you receive the successful registration message, select, Take Officials Test from the left-hand menu.  It is under the section, For YMCA Officials

Beginning the Test
  • Note: You can not take the Online Officials Test without attending an Officials Training Class.  Even if you are recertifying, you must attend an officials training class.  Certifications are good for three years
  • Once the YMCA Officials Online Test screen appears, you will begin by verifying and updating your personal information in the first section.  Most of this is the same information you entered when registering.
  • In the Update Your Class Information portion, you will select the instructor/class date of the class you attended.  If your instructor/class date is not in the list, follow the instructions on the screen
  • In the Select The Test portion, select the test that you want to take.  Certification test are for people who are not currently certified at that level.  Recertification tests are for people who are currently certified at that level
  • When you completed all the information, click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen 
  • This will take you to the first question of the online test
Taking the Test
  • On the the screen of the first question of the test, you will see two links at the top of the page.  Print a Copy of the Test link will open up a separate small window where the full test can be viewed.  If you work better with paper, you can print off the test and use it to help you through the online answers
  • Access Online Rule Book link will open another window where you can see the reference material for the test - The USA-S Technical Rules.  This will have the same content as the rule book you should have received during you class 
  • When you are done answering the question , click the Next button.  Your answe will be recorded and saved
  • Also notice, further down the page are additional options you can select.  If you want multiple questions display on each screen, click the appropriate button.  You can move to the first question, last question, or update the information you provided when you began the test.
  • All answers are recorded immediately upon clicking the Next or Previous buttons (or any optional buttons) 
  • You can leave the test at any time (and the web site) and return to it by returning to the web site and logging in. When you return to the online test, a notice will be displayed indicating that your session is in progress and which question you are on.  You will be able to pickup the test where you left off.
Test Scoring 
  • After you answer the last question of the test and press Next, you have reached the end of the test.  Click Score Test and the process will begin to check your answers and score the test.
  • To pass the test, you must receive 80%
  • If you passed the test, you will be informed of your score.  In addition, an email will be sent to both you and your instructor confirming the test score.  The email will also contain the questions that you answered incorrectly (however, the correct answer will not be provided).  If you want, you can then recheck these questions against the reference material.
  • If you did not passed the test, you will receive notification of not passing.  To be certified, you must take the test again.  There is no waiting period for retaking the test.  However, your previous answers will not be available.  You must retake the test from scratch.

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