Education for Judging Synchronized Swimming
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Have you ever noticed who the judges and officials are? Although some are former swimmers and coaches, many are parents of current or former swimmers! Do you want to get involved? The Judging Level I & II courses are offered every Fall as well as during the season as demanded.
The officials area has been re-designed to provide training opportunities that accommodate needs in the area of examining, judging and refereeing. The new training model provides a comprehensive program that incorporates both the technical and practical aspects of officiating. Accreditation for Officials has been developed on a modular basis, as per the Coaching area. The move to develop modular based training for officials was done to : provide flexibility for the learning facilitator and the learner, acknowledge the individual learner competencies, improve the delivery of the program, and create a more comprehensive training approach that streamlines the system across Canada.
Judging Level 1 & Judging Level 2
The Judging 1 and 2 courses gives you an opportunity to learn by class discussion, video analysis and swimmer demonstration, skills such as the fundamentals of figure components, transitions and judging difficulty within a figure. In addition, routine evaluation includes items such as routine components, marking routines, detailed and general guides, tracking routines, technical vs. artistic judging, etc. Other units include ethics, refereeing and judging duties and rules. Upon completion of the course, you apprentice on deck at competitions (scores are not revealed) and work toward full certification. Level 2 candidates who are interested can apply and will be assessed by the Officials Chair prior to full acceptance into the course. When you have successfully competed your training, you can judge figures and routines at competitions!
Judging Level 1
Module A: FIGURES – Basic Body Positions, Basic Movements, 10&U Provincial
Module B: FIGURES – 11-12 & 13-15 Provincial, 16-20 Provincial, AWD
Module C: ROUTINES – 10U, 11-12, 13-15, 16-20, Team, Solo, Duet Combo, AWD
Module D: Refereeing & Ethics – Duties, Conflict of Interest
Practical: Practice Judge a minimum of three complete Figure Events and eight (Preliminary/Final) Routine Events at Regional and/or Provincial Events. Certification – Candidates must achieve a Satisfactory or better rating in Figures and 60% overall in Routines. Refereeing – Assists with three Events and work with Referees doing off deck duties. Practice Judging is at own expense unless on panels for competition. Newly trained officials may judge at Recreational/Novice competitions.
Judging at Invitational Meets will not apply towards your certification requirement. Practice Judges may not evaluate for awards until fully certified as Level 1 officials.
Judging Level 2
Module A: FIGURES – 13-15 FINA,
Module B: FIGURES – Junior FINA, Senior Technical Elements
Module C: ROUTINES – 13-15 FINA, Junior FINA, Senior Tech & Free, Combo
Module D: Refereeing & Ethics – Duties and Rules
Practical: Practice Judge a minimum of three complete Figure Events and eight (Preliminary/Final) Routine Events at Provincial Trials and/or Provincial Championships. Certification – Candidates must achieve a Satisfactory or better rating in Figures and 65% overall in Routines, with the majority of Routine Events being 60% or better. Refereeing – Assists with three Events at Competition. Practice Judging is at own expense unless on panels for competition.
Judging Level 3 *Administered through Synchro Canada
Practical: Figures (Satisfactory or better), Routines (65% overall with the majority of Events being 60% or better)
Theory: Written exam 85% or better