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1 The Starter Recertification Clinics 9/23/2012 & 9/29/2012

2 Agenda What to bring to every meet Keys to a great start Meet timeline Mentoring and Training What is a false start? 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20122ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

3 Officials Credentials An official must present this certification card to work the deck. – It shows both LSC and National certifications. The dates on the LSC portion for expiration, Background Check (B/C), Registration and Athlete Protection Training (APT) must all be current. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20123ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

4 And of Course 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20124ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

5 Managing a Timeline Deck Referees are responsible for managing the timeline for a session – Starters can help by being ready, patient Mic ready at long whistle The extra heartbeat – Forcing the starts does not speed up the meet How this will slow down the meet Is it fair to the kids? – Suggest the referee blow them up earlier The ref session includes this piece to speed up the interval The kids tell us when they are ready (back to forcing starts) 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20125ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

6 Keys to a Great Start Understand your equipment Observe the heat behind the block Watch them onto the blocks Let them tell you when they are ready for TYM 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20126ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

7 On-Deck Training The Meet Referee may assign you a trainee! – Must have min 1 year as a starter to accept – Understand that it is OK to be less than proficient on their reviews. Do not expect rock stars in session 1 – Review what session this is and: What were the positive takeaways from the last session? What were development needs? What would they like to focus on? What you want to achieve 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20127ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

8 On-Deck Training The Meet Referee may assign you a trainee! – Have them test the equipment – Check the blocks – Run the timers meeting – Understand what objectives you have for them 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20128ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

9 On-Deck Training A starter training session must be at least two hours in length – For Starter, session must offer at least 20 starts 9/23/2012 and 9/29/20129ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

10 On-Deck Training The Meet Referee may assign you a trainee! What should you do? – If session 1 or 2: Have them shadow you on the discussions with other starters Same with refs on expectations for the meet You handle the OOF (if no backup starter or other official assigned) Review after each set, give one thing to work on next set Take notes on your separate heat sheet for each start if possible Focus on patience, how to read the swimmers Focus on calm, posture, position and routine If voice is an issue, other than too fast or too quiet, have that be a homework assignment Appreciative, but honest review 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201210ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

11 On-Deck Training The Meet Referee may assign you a trainee! What should you do? – If session 3 or 4: Focus pre-meet discussion on patience and how to read swimmers Have them perform all pre-meet duties and you shadow, but support and help Record every start if possible and feedback after each set Patience, routine, posture, position, and voice Observe them from the other side of the pool Have them do OOF During review give them homework thoughts Appreciative but honest review, they are about to fly solo Do not leave things hanging for the next person to catch (hopefully) 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201211ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

12 On-Deck Training The Meet Referee may assign you a trainee! What should you do? – If Session 5: Have them tell you the keys they have learned What they look for from the field before TYM Have them do all pre-meet discussions Minimal support, but be their shadow If you pass them, next time there is not a safety net Review after each set: Voice, Position, Patience, Routine Appreciative and honest review If you pass them, they fly solo next time Nothing wrong with suggesting another training session 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201212ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

13 Handling DQs and Notification False Start Protocols Check the sheet 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201213ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

14 What is a false start? The rules state… When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal ( C) and Any swimmer starting before the starting signal is given shall be disqualified if the Referee independently observes and confirms the Starters observation ( A). 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201214ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

15 Scenario #1 Swimmer leaves the set or stationary position prior to the starting signal. The starting signal is then given. The race proceeds and, assuming the Starter observed the early start and the Deck Referee independently observes and confirms the Starters observation, the offending swimmer is disqualified at the conclusion of the race. Rule B applies. This is a false start. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201215ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

16 Scenario #2 Swimmer leaves the set or stationary position prior to the starting signal. The swimmer upon realizing the early starting motion attempts to catch himself/herself. Starter says absolutely nothing, and the swimmer fails to halt the forward motion and goes into the pool. Rule A applies. This is a false start. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201216ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

17 Scenario #3 Exactly the same facts as #2 above, but this time the Starter says stand please after the swimmer leaves the set or stationary position. The seven other swimmers stand or step down from the blocks. The offending swimmer struggles, but once again is unable to halt the forward motion and falls into the pool. Unlike scenario #2 above, here the starter said stand please, but that does not change the false start result. The rule is clear that the "stand" command is for the benefit of the other swimmers on the starting blocks. When the stand command is issued, the athletes have the option of standing or stepping off the blocks. The offending swimmer did neither. He fell into the pool just like the swimmer in scenario #2. Rule A applies. This is a false start. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201217ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

18 Scenario #4 Exactly the same facts as scenarios #2 and #3 above. However, this time when the command stand please is issued, the offending swimmer struggles, but is able to stand or step off the blocks. Rule A applies. This is NOT a false start. Why? Because the swimmer remained on the blocks or deck like everyone else in the heat, and no starting signal ever sounded. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201218ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

19 Scenario #5 Exactly the same facts as scenarios #2 and #3 above. However, when the Starter gives the stand please command, a swimmer(s) other than the offending swimmer instantly bolts from the blocks and enters the water. Rule D applies. The swimmer(s) clearly started in reaction to the stand command. This is NOT a false start. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201219ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

20 Scenario #6 The swimmer, upon hearing the command take your mark starts down to take a set or stationary position. The swimmer loses his/her balance before coming set and falls into the pool. Rule C applies. The swimmer should be given the opportunity to come to his/her set or stationary position prior to the start. A loss of balance prevented that, and clearly this swimmer never engaged in any starting action. This is NOT a false start. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201220ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

21 Scenario #7 What about the scenario where the Starter gives the "take your mark" command and all the swimmers come down and take a set position. Prior to the starting signal, a swimmer initiates a starting movement which the Starter sees but instead of standing the heat up, the Starter waits just a moment allowing that swimmer to reset prior to the starting signal. Surely this is not what we would like to see in this situation (prefer the Starter to stand the heat up). However, is this still a false start? 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201221ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

22 Response – Scenario #7 In the scenario you pose no false start occurs. As long as all of the swimmers, including the one who initiated a starting movement, are in a stationary position immediately prior to the starting signal, the start is legal. Often it is preferable for the starter to wait patiently for a swimmer to reset after an aborted starting attempt rather than immediately issuing a "stand" command. If the pause to reset is only momentary, the slight delay may be less disruptive than standing the swimmers and starting over again. 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201222ISI Officials Recertification Clinics

23 QUESTIONS?? 9/23/2012 and 9/29/201223ISI Officials Recertification Clinics


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