Hey Barracudas parents!
It doesn’t take long to realize that (competitive) swimming is a lot of work, and that includes all that it takes to put on one of our meets. For parents looking to perhaps take a next step into the world of swimming, learning how to be an official might be a great next step.
Our meets actually cannot run without officials (a critical and oft-criticized job I might add), yet believe it or not, it’s not as hard as it looks. And as it turns out, there is currently in our league also a fairly urgent need for some Barracuda parents to step up as officials, particularly parents of swimmers who are 10 yrs and younger. Every team with at least 25 swimmers is required by our league to provide at least one official for each session, and right now BCCY only has one official who ever works the afternoon session – that would be yours truly. Since I have to miss this weekend’s meet due to a death in our family, normally the league would by rule prohibit our team from even competing when we are unable to provide an official for each session. Thankfully I believe they have given BCCY an exemption for this particular meet due to our family’s circumstances, but there are at least two other teams which were NOT able to compete at a meet this season for this reason. The reasonable expectation in play is that each team will do it’s fair share in the running of the meets – timers, ready bench help, and officials.
But again it is not as hard as it may look, and there is excellent training. I personally found it to be a great way to learn more about what my child needs to be learning in order to be legal in each stroke. What’s more, every session we officiate allows our (1) child to swim that meet for free!
There is a training session for new officials being offered at this Sunday’s meet. The class will start at 8am on Sunday morning the 21st of May at the Town North YMCA, and then you could “shadow” an experienced official during the afternoon session. It’s a great way to get up to speed in short order.
You may register for the class onsite, but ideally they would like everyone to get registered prior to the class. You can use the link below to register (where you will need to set up an actual login with the YMCA):
If you are interested but this weekend doesn’t actually work for you, we will be trying to schedule another class in the not-so-distant-future.
Please feel free to use the comment section below if you have any questions.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and to consider possibly jumping in as a volunteer. We’ll see you at the pool!
Chris Lipp (Coach Bug’s husband and official YMCA-trained swim official!)