Officiating and swim meets for Gold parents

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 Gold Parents:

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

  • Level II certification

Next, Gold parents can work towards Level III certification and beyond by:

  • Complete the rest of the Level II clinics
  • Obtaining deck evaluations in remaining Level II positions
  • Get experience in officiating at away meets
  • Conduct an officiating 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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