What is an official?
Officials are volunteer parents who have taken formal training offered through Swim Canada and Swim AB to help run swim competitions. We like to think of it as having the best seat in the house! You will be on deck helping in one of many important positions that are needed in order for the competition to go off without a hitch! Each position requires a different skill set, so there will always be a position that helps you play to your strengths! Officiating at competitions hosted by the Olympian Swim Club will help contribute to your volunteer commitment (or Member Participation Points commitment).
Below, please find more information regarding the Officiating policy and what is required of parents year over year.
I'd like to help officiate...what next?
We are grateful our swimmers will have the opportunity to train and race again this year. In order for swim meets to happen, we need your help!
STEP 1: Check that you have an active Swimming Canada officials account and that you are able to login. If you do not have a Swimming Canada officials account and/or you’re unable to login, please email email@example.com to get this set up.
STEP 2 (IF YOU ARE NEW TO SWIMMING OFFICIATING): Once you’ve activated your Swim Canada Officials account, you’ll be able use your Swim Canada login to access the Swimming Canada Education page. Start by taking the Introduction to Swimming Officiating and Safety Marshal courses. Make sure to finish the entire e-module, so that the system registers the course as completed.
*If you’d prefer a course experience with a live instructor, our very own Joe Glamuzina will be offering the Introduction to Swimming Officiating course over Zoom on Oct. 6, 2021 at 7:30pm. Sign-up for this online clinic is available on our OSC website under Parents -> Events.
STEP 2 (IF YOU ARE NOT NEW TO SWIMMING OFFICIATING):
- Use the Swimming Canada Officials Certification Pathway as a guide.
- Go to Swim Alberta Officials Clinics page to access e-modules, self-directed clinics, and information about in-person/online clinics.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to us know you completed a new clinic and are interested in upcoming opportunities for on-deck experience.
STEP 3: Print out the Swim Alberta Officials Certification Card, which can be found under “Resources” on the Swim Alberta website.
STEP 4: Take your certification card with you to get signed by the referee for your first 2-3 sessions in each new role.
STEP 5: Once you’ve collected these signatures, scan or photograph the certification card and email it to email@example.com to have these recorded. At that point, you’ll be considered certified for that role, receive related certification points (refer to attached policy), and be able to move up the ladder to higher officiating levels in the future.
STEP 6: Save the following dates on your calendar and stay tuned for job sign up alerts!
- October 16, 2021: OSC Home Opener at Fountain Park
- December 16-19, 2021: JP Fiset
- March 17-20, 2022: Swim Alberta Spring Champs (need volunteers from all OSC families on deck for this one)
If you have any follow-up questions or are interested in training to run the swim meet office, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org .
OSC Officials Coordinator
How do I complete Officials Training?
There are two options for Officials Training. In-person learning, or e-learning. Due to COVID, many in-person clinics have been switched to virtual clinics. Not all courses are offered via e-learning.
What do I need to bring to a session?
Clean indoor shoes, black pants, white shirt, and BYOWB (bring your own water bottle)!