INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
- Competitive swimming is a sport that requires parental involvement.
- Swimming competitions are organized by parents who are involved in their club.
- Here’s your chance to get involved as a volunteer and contribute to the development of your child in swimming.
- At least one parent per family should commit to obtain official certification.
- Grandparents, aunts, uncles and big brothers and big sisters are also welcome among officials!
- It is one of the best places to see your child in action!
It takes at least 40 officials in order to fill all the necessary position for a competition to run. You are essential! Without your participation, we can not organize competitions. You will have the opportunity to learn new things and meet other parents who, like you, accompany their swimmer or swimmers in competition.
INVOLVEMENT AND SUCCESSION
Your involvement is essential to the continuity of the sport. The officiating world is not immune to high turnover. Officials generally only stay for as long as their child swims. We are always looking for new officials to be trained to take over.
A SWIMMING OFFICIAL
A swimming official is first and foremost a volunteer who gives their time to swim meets.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO VOLUNTEER?
A volunteer gives their time to contribute to a good cause while having fun!
ROLE OF AN OFFICIAL
The official`s role is to enforce the regulations that govern the conduct of competitions. Officials must be impartial and fair in their decisions and should officiate in a way that promotes the performance of athletes. The official must always remember that they are there first and foremost for swimmers.
WHO MAY BE AN OFFICIAL?
Anyone who enjoys working with young people, who would like to promote swimming, and who agrees to learn the basics of the rules and regulations that govern swim competitions.
You will not be alone in the world of swimming. You will be supported by the responsible official of your club (ROC). You can also count on the support of responsible official Association (ROA) and all master officials. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them.
If possible, wear a white polo shirt during competitions, with a black skirt or pants and comfortable shoes that can get wet.
During competitions, we ask you to report, if possible, at least one hour in advance (during the swimmer’s warm-up) to receive instructions relevant to the your position for the session. You must also remain at your post for the duration of the session.
Enjoy breakfast or a meal in the company of other officials who, like yourself, accompany their child . Having fun while working in a friendly environment. Talking with other parents. Meeting new people. Making a vital contribution to students who engaged in competitive swimming.
WE NEED YOU!