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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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  • FINA Rules 2017-2021

    20th September 2017

    Following the publication of the FINA Swimming Rules for 2017-2021, the British Swimming – Swimming Officials Group have produced a summary of the rule changes. The implementation date of these changes for British Swimming and Home Country events will be Monday 2 October 2017. It is still a requirement for any official wishing to re-licence to have attended a FINA Rules Update presentation during the 4 year term of their licence in order to satisfy Mandatory Element 6 and details of these will be published/circulated by your local coordinators. The full version of the new rules for all disciplines, including an explanation of the changes and associated interpretations for swimming, can be found at https://www.fina.org/content/fina-rules An updated swimming disqualification report will be made available in due course but it should be noted that the reverse side is intended as an aide memoir only and is not intended to replace a thorough knowledge of the rules in...

  • ASA SPECIFIC - Protests and Appeals

    4th July 2017

    Following recent instances where it has been reported that the correct processes have not been followed with regard to protests and appeals during events, I have been asked to draw your attention the following guidelines in the 2017 ASA Handbook. The full guidelines can be found at...

  • NEW CPD : Refereeing Swimming - A Beginners Guide

    23rd March 2017

    Refereeing Swimming – A Beginners Guide, has been designed to provide support and guidance for officials who may be requested to perform the duty of a Referee for small or local run competitions. It is important to note that completion of this module will not qualify you as a referee. By...

  • British Swimming Guidance on Wetsuits

    7th March 2017

    in respect of wetsuits at open water events: It has been brought to the notice of the British Swimming – Swimming Officials Group that there appears to be doubt as to the style of wetsuit permitted to be used in Open Water swimming. To put the matter into context I will reproduce FINA rules...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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