Officiating and swim meets for Bronze 2 parents

Bronze 2/3 swimmers participate in ROW Series meets as well as some Swim Ontario sanctioned meets.

The ROW Series meets are only for ROW swimmers in TOP and Bronze 2, and are held on at the WLU Pool as follows:

These fun meets cannot be held without volunteers! If your child is swimming in the ROW Series meet, you are expected to help out with running the meet. Volunteers are required for timing, awards, electronics, starting, and many other positions. The coaches do not run meets because they are coaching the swimmers. Parents are responsible for running these meets.

Each year, ROW hosts at least 5 Swim Ontario sanctioned meets. To have the meets sanctioned by Swim Ontario, ROW is required to have specific numbers of certified officials at various levels. For this reason, as part of the ROW registration, all families are required to take part in officiating education. As the swimmer progresses to more competitive levels, the parent of the swimmer must also advance up the official ladder.

Officiating Education Requirements for Bronze Parents:

Once the swimmer gets to Bronze level, at least one parent should already have:

  • Completed the Timekeeper/Safety Marshall clinic
  • Completed the Stroke and Turn Judge/Head Lane Timer clinic
  • Completed the Clerk of Course clinic.

Next, Bronze parents are required to:

  • Have 2 successful on-deck evaluations as Timekeeper/Safety Marshall in order to complete Level I certification
  • Complete the Stroke and Turn Judge/Head Lane Timer clinic
  • Complete the Clerk of Course clinic.

In October, ROW will be putting on several in-house officiating clinics. Notices will be sent to families via email and postings on the ROW website. In addition, most of the Level II clinics can be taken on-line through the Ontario Swim Officials Association website at However, you must contact the Club Officials Chairperson, Angus Cunningham (moc.noretnirp|mahgninnuca#moc.noretnirp|mahgninnuca), for the “keys” to take the online clinics.

Home Swim Meet Commitment

If your child is swimming in a ROW home meet, you are required to help officiate at that meet. Officials are scheduled as soon as the ROW entries are finalized. In most cases, every effort is made to ensure that parents are scheduled to officiate for sessions that their child is swimming in. This means that the schedule is usually not out until the week of the meet. If you are aware of a conflict, please email OFFICIALS COORDINATOR listed in the meet package as soon as possible. Dates for ROW home meets can be found on our Meets 2012-13 page.

Please keep these dates free to fulfill your officiating commitments. See you on deck.

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