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The purpose of officials at a swimming event is to ensure that all swimmers are provided a fair and level playing field. In other word, the purpose of an official is not to chastise or punish a swimmer, rather it is to ensure that no one swimmer obtains an unfair advantage over another. In order to do this, the official is expected to know the technicals rules as they apply to each stroke. In addition meet referees are expected to have control over the deck at all times and be aware of all aspects of operations of the meet.
While this may seem a daunting task at times, it become easier with practice. We certainly hope that each event is run in as professional and objective manner as possible, however it is understood that mistakes will be made. Officials should strive to learn from mistakes and increase their confidence and abilities each time they serve as an official.
One way to improve is to use all available resources to reinforce your training. If you have any questions, contact your league coordinator, or any member of the NJSDC Executive committee. If we don't have the answer, we will get it for you or direct you to the appropriate resource.
Our goal is consistancy, your participation is crucial to that end!
Stroke & Turn Official Training Presentation