An extremely important part of competitive swimming is the officiating. The officials are trained, certified volunteers who guide the meet, and make sure the swimmers are doing strokes "legally". This helps the swimmers to learn from their mistakes, and to run a fair meet. Our team has generally been well represented in the swimming community in this regard. However - swimmers grow up and move on ... as do their parents!
So, we are looking for the "next generation" so to speak. Remember - you are at these meets anyway, and this does fulfill your volunteer commitments for WWRX.
If you think you may have an interest in officiating rec or USS swim meets please continue reading.
Interested participants need to attend one Connecticut Swimming Stroke and Turn Clinic. There is generally one scheduled nearby. Upon completion of the 4 hour Clinic a new official has to take an online (open book) USA Swimming test. They will also need to attend and train on deck for 4 sessions at a USS Certified meet. Once this is all completed, they become an Official Official.
The board would encourage anyone interested to find out when the class is and sign up for the Stroke and Turn Clinic as this will give anyone interested time to complete the on-line test and then be ready to be on deck to train and then officiate at our meets.
It is much more exciting being on deck than sitting in the stands for 4-6 hours (and always free food and beverages). I always feel like it is an easy way to give back to the team and the swimmers. It is very rewarding. WWRX has historically been well represented with a number of trained and dedicated officials. Without officials we are unable to conduct sanctioned meets.
If anyone has an interest and needs more information, have them reach out to the board for more information.
It would be great to get at least a couple of new officials.