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Membership cards are not being mailed this year. 
Click HERE for instructions on printing your Membership Card
 
 
 

ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING - BROWSER

Windows 10 was released last week, and the APT is not currently compatible with the browser, Microsoft Edge, that comes with it.  There have been a few reports from members about this. Praesidium (the APT provider) is working toward a more permanent solution, but the temporary work-around is to use Google Chrome from a desktop or laptop computer (not a tablet or mobile device) to complete the course.

 

 

ONLINE TESTING NOT AVAILABLE APRIL 15-30

As happens every year, the officials’ online tests will be unavailable from April 15-30, 2016. All of these tests are being updated to allow for the May 1st rule changes and to align with the 2016 Rulebook. Tests will be back online on May 1.

 

If any test-takers have not completed their tests by April 15th, the uncompleted tests will be deleted and they will have to be taken over from the beginning on May 1st. COMPLETED tests will not be deleted. Note: NCAA tests will not be affected and will still be available from the NCAA testing link on the website.

 

The Rules and Regulations for Swim Coaches test will be unavailable from April 15-30. The officials’ online tests will also be unavailable on these dates. All of these tests are being updated to allow for the May 1st rule changes. There is no grace period for coaches; they cannot be on deck at practice or meets until they meet the education requirement. The Rules and Regulations for Swim Coaches test is part of the 2nd year coach membership requirement. You may get calls from panicked coaches but there is nothing they can do until the updated tests are back online May 1st.

 
 

 
Upcoming Officials' clinics: (updated Mar 20, 2016)
See Clinics/Training page for calendar and detailed information.

Administrative Official Clinics

 MA will be hosting online AO Clinics on the following nights:

 

Sun Apr 24, 2016  7 PM

Tue  Jun 7, 2016  7 PM

Wed July 13, 2016  7 PM


Click Here for the Presentation

Click Here for the class handouts

 

 Notify Kent Steeves and David Blake of your intent to attend one of the AO clinics.

.Stroke & Turn Clinics
(clinics are open to attendees from any club)
 
 
Look under Clinics/Training for additional information on these clinics.

Please email Betsy Champagne if your club would like to host a clinic.

Starter Clinics 
 
New Starter and new Referee clinic in conjunction with House of Delegates forum
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:30 am to noon
Upper Dublin Community Center
801 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, PA  19034

 

Please contact Mark Geleskie if you plan on attending



If you are interested in becoming certified as a starter and have been certified as a stroke & turn judge for at least one year, please email Mark Geleskie to inquire about a clinic. An "invitation" is not required to attend a starter clinic.

Referee Clinic

 

 

New Starter and new Referee clinic in conjunction with House of Delegates forum
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:30 am to noon
Upper Dublin Community Center
801 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, PA  19034
 
Please contact Mark Geleskie if you plan on attending


 

Look under Clinics/Training for additional information on these clinics.


Please email Betsy Champagne if your club would like to host a clinic.

UPDATES AND NEWS 
 
From the USAS Officials Committee
Pertaining to the freestyle portion of the medley events.  Determination of the body position during the freestyle portion of the medley events (individual and relay) should be judged in a similar manner to other body position calls. Namely, the shoulders must be at or past the vertical toward the breast when the swimmer leaves the wall. The judge should watch the swimmer’s feet leave the wall and then look up to gauge the relative position of the shoulders to onen another. It is important to consciously think about the position of the shoulders from the point of observation – forward in time and not project back in time to where the shoulders might have been between the time the feet left the wall and the observation was made.  As always, the benefit of any doubt goes to the swimmer. This is particularly true when the judge is observing more than one lane as it may be quite difficult to ascertain the position of the shoulders when observing from a different lane.

Suggested language for the disqualification slip
Use Miscellaneous-Other (7T) “Swimming more that ¼ of the race in the style of backstroke.”


A reminder that Officials will NOT receive a laminated card for 2016.  Officials will need to print out a membership card from OTS (officials tracking system).  This card will show your current membership, expiration dates for background check and athlete protection training and list the your Officiating certifications (e.g Stroke and Turn, Starter, etc.).
 

 

 

USA Swimming article on Cecil Gordon from Worlds


Re-Imbursement Information:

Please use this Re-imbursement form for Background Check or other re-imbursements.  Please follow the instructions on the form to submit the completed form to Kent Steeves.

Read the new IM Interpretation letter here.

APT UPDATES:

To:      General Chairs

Safe Sport Chairs

Membership Chairs

All Staff Members

USA Swimming Safe Sport is excited to announce the release of the Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course! 

- It is a brand new, 30-minute, scenario based course

-  It will be required of all renewing non-athlete members when their current APT certification expires

-  For members whose APT certification expires in 2015, the deadline to renew is 12/31/15

-  The requirement will be good for 24 months from 12/31/15

If you don’t know when your APT certification expires, check your Deck Pass.

The course is available now at www.usaswimming.org/apt.  Fill in your first &  last name and birthdate and follow the prompts.  You will be redirected to Praesidium’s site.  The name of the course is “Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course”.  Select the course and complete it all the way through to the quiz.  SWIMS will update your member record.

Contact us at safesport@usaswimming.org or mvail@usaswimming.org if you have questions.


 



 
Open Water Swimming in Middle Atlantic:
Link to most current information on MA Open Water Swimming

Find more information here:
Open Water Safety Plan and Guidebook
Open Water Sanction Application Checklist Guidebook
Open Water Emergency Legislation


 
OFFICIALS WANTED:
2015-2016 SC/LC schedule

Thank you for your help during the 2015-16 season!
If you would like to add your meet here for sign-up, please send a sign-up link to David Blake

Click for Meet Sign-up
 
 
 
5/7-11/2016  -  Invictus Games - Orlando
 
 
 
 


For info on how to create or edit your sign up sheet, click 
sign-up.
If you are in need of a clinic for new officials in your area, please contact Kent Steeves.

Meet Directors/Officials' Coordinators: Please contact Kent Steeves for instructions to access the most current officials' distribution list.

Looking for Open Water swimming info? Scroll to the bottom of this page.

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