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    Posted: Nov/03/2013 at 10:28pm
I'm a bit surprised that there hasn't been any discussion of the administrative official requirement. Our only source of training so far would have required me to pay $100 to join USA swimming and spend over 9 hours round trip in a car.

A level II official who lives a couple hours away shadowed two meets this weekend. So she's now okay to handle it. And to get other people the required shadow experience, for a while we'll be down two level II officials at every meet.

What are other places doing? We can't be the only area that has these issues. Even the USA teams in the state are scrambling.

Will the Y have a training program available soon so that we can certify the people who run the timing system directly?
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Quote Ed Miller Replybullet Posted: Nov/09/2013 at 9:47am
No one should be surprised about this rule at this time, as it was passed by the USA-S House of Delegates in September, 2012, with a deferred implementation date of September 1, 2013. Moreover, in the 2013 Rule book, it is highlighted as a major change.

When the rule was passed, it was agreed that YMCA Level II officials were qualified from their training to act in the role of the Administrative Official, without additional training, at all sanctioned and approved meets, as are USA-S referees. This has been confirmed several times by the Chairpersons of the USA-S Rules, Officials and SWIMS Committees. If the local LSC is requiring a shadowing procedure, then that is their prerogative and you will have to comply with it.

In response to requests from YMCA officials around the country, we are currently developing a YMCA Swim Officials training course solely for Administrative Officials to certify people who want to serve in that role, but not in the role of a Level I or II official working on the deck. We hope to launch the program in the Spring of 2014. Until that time, you will have to make due as best as you can, primarily using Level II officials in the role of the Administrative Official.

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Edited by Ed Miller - Nov/09/2013 at 9:48am
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Quote daolson Replybullet Posted: Nov/15/2013 at 1:04am
Maybe no one should have been surprised, but this fall's state-level coaches meeting sure had a lot of surprised coaches.

Thank you for the clarification that for YMCA purposes, any level II official can fill the role. That was not communicated clearly, in part because many clubs are combination Y/USA with different rules for officials.

And thank you even more for news of the planned AO training course, which is very welcome. The people who run the timing board and computer do most of the work (now under constant direct supervision), and they don't want to learn how to work on deck. I'm looking forward to having them certified as AO's.
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