All Middle Atlantic Officials are reminded that they must
renew and maintain their USA Swimming Non-athlete membership for 2015. Download the 2015 membership application here.
In addition, the Athlete Protection Training (APT) program must be renewed annually; you can renew
the program now for 2015. Your BackGround Check (BGC) must be renewed every two
years. Since new BGC are valid for two years
from the month of renewal – you should wait until the expiration month to
renew in order to get the maximum benefit. Check your laminated membership card for the expiration date.
If your certification as an Official expires at the end of
2014, in addition to renewing your non-athlete membership, you must also complete the USA Swimming online re-certification test for
your highest certification level. The complete re-certification requirements can be found here. You can determine the number of sessions worked by reviewing your account in the OTS. You will receive email
notification when your certification has been extended. Any questions about your certification should be sent to Fred Killian .
ADMIN OFFICIALS (rev 9/10/14)
Beginning September 1, 2013, USA Swimming now requires that a certified Admin Official (AO) be present at all sanctioned meets. The primary responsibility of the AO is to oversee the determination/ recording of Official times and scoring for all swims, and the overall operation of the scoring table at a meet. This includes the seeding/re-seeding of any events. Although several AOs may work at a meet, it is recommended that a single AO be responsible for these operations at any individual session. The sessions worked by an AO should be recorded in the Officials Tracking System (OTS) along with the other officials at the meet.
Beginning in 2015, Middle Atlantic will have two certification levels for AO. The AO1 certification will be based on ‘Timed Finals’ meets; the AO2 certification will also include ‘Prelims/Finals’ meets. Until the AO2 certification status is fully defined by MA, an AO1 will be allowed to work at ‘club-hosted’ P/F meets. All MA Championship meets will use an Admin Referee - an AO1 will be able to work as an assistant to the Admin Ref.
Current AO. The certification of all current Middle Atlantic AO will be extended for one year thru 12/31/2015 at the AO1 level – provided that the AO maintains and satisfies the USA Swimming membership requirements for 2015 (includes maintaining your APT and Background Check Level 2).
Clinics and certification requirements for the AO2 certification level will be developed and available later this year.
New AO. The revised certification requirements for AO1 beginning Sept 1, 2014 include: (a) attendance at a clinic for AO1; (b) completion of the online AO test; (c) working as an apprentice at four MA meet sessions, including one session each as computer operator and as timing judge. The certification requirements are summarized here. The AO1 evaluation form can be found here.
All AO certifications will be for approximately two years (ending on December 31.) Re-certification requirements include maintaining USA Swimming membership, completion of the online AO re-certification test, and working as an AO at a minimum of twelve (12) MA meet sessions.