Somerset ASA Officials are co-ordinated by Graham Cockill who also chairs the Officials Panel and was our President in 2012.
86 new qualifications were gained by our swimming officials in 2016/17, including 50 Timekeepers, 25 Judge Level 1, 10 Judge Level 2 and 1 Referee. Thank you to everyone who has helped with their training.
Although we have 200 qualified officials in Somerset, there is constant turnover and fewer than 100 are active at County level so we need a constant supply of new officials to maintain our numbers and ensure that competitions can take place.
Please encourage adults in your club to become officials. The minimum age at which the Judge Level 1 course can be started is 15, so it need not be solely the preserve of adults. Indeed, a number of our young volunteers take the J1 course. If you would like us to train new officials for you, please contact Graham.
The Officials Exam Framework changed to allow for more practical and assessment based awards. A licensing system was introduced, and has been a requirement since 2012 for all officials at our County Swimming Championships.
View Training Notes for those undertaking study towards the British Swimming Referee qualification.
Can you help?
ASA SW Region would again like to request help from our officials to run their events in 2017 and also other events at which the Region is asked to provide officials. This year the Para Swimming CPD ran before the event on 12 March 2017 with lunch provided for everyone to gain experience at the gala in the afternoon.
Download the Notice from Lynne Elliott, Secretary SW Region Officials Committee and advise her which sessions / CPD you can attend.
Officials are not only required around the pool but for Open Water events. ASA SW Region ran a development course for new open water officials during the 2017 season:
- Saturday 27 May – Wells Leisure Centre : classroom workshop sessions
- Saturday 3 June — Weymouth : practical sessions on beach and boat.
with opportunities to officiate at the SW Region and Somerset Open Water Championships on Saturday 24 June 2017 at Preston Beach, Weymouth.. View course details,
Officials are also required in Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming. County Technical Secretaries for all disciplines would also be delighted to hear from volunteers who wish to help officiate. Our Disability Swimming Co-ordinator would also be pleased to hear from anyone interested in becoming an official at Disability Events. Contact details are here.
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For a link to past Swimming Officials newsletters and other information available nationally in relation to courses and examinations click here.