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Officials News & Technical Updates

Recent updates have clarified the changes to FINA law. Qualified ASA officials should have received details but it is useful to have it set out here as well.  Click on the heading to read the full information. 

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  • ASA Specific - Swimsuit guidance

    1st March 2017

    Please find attached new guidance issued by the ASA Swimming Management Group in relation to swimsuits for individuals who as a result of either their religious beliefs or a pre-existing medical condition would like to wear a swimsuit which would otherwise be considered “illegal” at a competitive swimming event. This guidance now applies to all levels of ASA licensed meet (1,2,3 and 4) and all ASA National Events (Summer, Winter, County Team and Masters Championships). The document has been added to the ASA Library - http://www.swimming.org/library/documents/2337/download As with any guidance it has been written to be as clear as possible but it will require the use of common sense by officials in its application. However, please contact me in the first instance with any specific queries. Helen Akers Swimming Officials Coordinator The ASA, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough University, LE11 3QF Mobile: 07813 998519...

  • British Swimming Referee Training 2017

    8th December 2016

    A reminder that the closing date for applications for the November 2017 Referees’ Exam is 31st December 2016. I will be on annual leave 26th to 30th December but any applications received during this period will be processed upon my return to work. The pre-requisites for the course are as...

  • Applications to Officiate - 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet

    5th December 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet, to be held from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April (inclusive) at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a...

  • Applications to Officiate - 2017 British Swimming Championships

    29th November 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2017 British Swimming Championships, to be held from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd April (inclusive) at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • FINA Officials Lists 2017-2020

    18th November 2016

    The British Swimming-Swimming Officials Group would like to extend their congratulations to the following officials who have been selected by FINA for the next set of Officials lists, running from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2020. FINA Swimming Officials List 19 Referees...

  • Register of Image Recording Devices - ASA SPECIFIC

    16th November 2016

    I have received a number of queries recently regarding the fact that there is no longer a requirement for clubs running events to maintain a register of devices which are capable of recording images. This updated guidance was included in the attached document, and notification was circulated...

  • British Swimming Disqualification Form

    15th November 2016

    A new version of the British Swimming Disqualification Form (version 7) is now available on the website. https://www.britishswimming.org/browse-sport/swimming/officials/officials-qualifications-training/ The only change is the removal of the requirement for the form to be completed in block...

  • Officials Updates: Practical Guidance - Backstroke starts

    1st September 2016

    Please see below for guidance on a scenario that has arisen around backstroke starts. Scenario A swimmer is disqualified for a Backstroke start for having their toes in the gutter. (SW 6.1) They moved their toes on to the gutter after the start signal had been given and then started their...

  • Starting in the Water - Detailed Information

    12th August 2016

    Following a number of recent queries on the above topic, please find reproduced below guidance that was originally issued in May 2011 and to which there has been no subsequent change. Starting in the water The FINA Technical Rule SW4 provides for 2 starts: SW 4.1 The start in...

  • British Open Water Championships - Applications to officiate

    22nd July 2016

    Applications to officiate at the British Open Water Championships, to be held on Sunday 25th September 2016 in Hyde Park, London, are invited. Please complete and return the attached application form by Friday 22nd July. For further details, a link to the event website is included on the...

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