GASL Officials Survey
In 2019, GASL Officials were asked to complete a survey. You can read all about it below, but here were the major findings:
- Parent volunteer officials are passionate about doing a great job.
- Everyone...league reps, coaches, officials...must read the rules, both GASL rules and the brief technical rules in USA Swimming rulebook.
- Shadowing works. Encourage this practice on your teams.
- Most challenging calls: Backstroke flip turn, Scissors kicks, Underwater Recovery in Butterfly.
- Parents should never engage officials directly, except anyone may ask politely, "What was the call please?". But no debating; talk to your coach.
- Coaches may dispute calls, but only with the Lead Official.
GASL Officials TrainingPlease review the relevant training decks, USA Swimming training videos, and read the GASL and USAS technical rules (very short) ahead of time. We will move faster and better in the clinics.
We will arrange for multiple opportunities for new and returning officials to attend a clinic.
Because of the complexity of the Stroke & Turn and Lead Official roles, we will continue to hold clinics annually.
We have refined the session for returning Stroke & Turn officials to the essentials.
Training Clinics 2021
All Attendees Must RegisterREGISTER HERE (coming soon)
Confirm Officials Sign-Ups (coming soon)
If COVID-19 restrictions are still in place we will conduct the training via teleconference
- Returning officials may attend a clinic for new officials, but not vice versa
- We have allotted two hours for new officials and 90 minutes for returnees, though we hope to be able to complete in 15-20 minutes less time.
- Clinics for Lead Officials and Starters have been combined, because LO’s need to understand key aspects of the Starter role. We budgeted 45 minutes, and it is likely to go the full 45.
- We have recorded some of our own real-life video clips. We will review during the clinics, but they are available now and afterward.
- New Stroke and Turn Deck GASL training materials (PPT) Please Review BEFORE Your Clinic!
- Returning Stroke and Turn Deck GASL training materials (PPT)
- USA Swimming Stroke Training videos These must be viewed prior to training session BUTTERFLY | BREASTSTROKE | FREESTYLE | BACKSTROKE | IM
- Starter SOP A detailed list of Starter duties and best practices for dual meets
- Head Timer SOP A detailed list of Head Timer duties and best practices for dual meets.
- USA Swimming Starter Video (optional) Certain aspects do not apply to GASL, but the main message is spot on.
- Lead Official - Starter Deck GASL training materials (PPT)
- Lead Official SOP A detailed look at all the duties of a Lead Official from pre-meet to post-meet.