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WZ Mentoring Program

The Western Zone has a relatively new program to encourage officials to teach (or learn from) others at the Western Zone Senior Champs (2-6 Aug in Clovis, CA) or the Western Zone Age Group Champs (10-13 Aug in Kearns, UT). The “Mentoring and Assistance Program” is designed to have each LSC provide 2 officials (one Mentor, one Mentee) to each of these meets and the Western Zone will provide lodging assistance for the invited officials. The selected Mentor and Mentee would share a room in order to facilitate the learning experience - often, being paired up with officials from other LSCs.  Hotel costs are often the single largest expense with a meet and hopefully this unique program will entice qualified people to apply.  

Here are more of the details:


  • Recommendation of the LSC or Western Zone Officials' Chair.
  • N3 Certification in the position for which he/she is mentoring.
  • Officiated in at least one, but preferably multiple, Sectional, Zone, Grand Prix, Junior Nationals, Nationals or Olympic Trials in the past two years.
  • Concurrence of the Meet Referee of the zone meet to which the mentor is being invited.
  • If invited, willing to work all sessions with the possible exception of a distance free "half-day" session at the outset of the meet.


  • Recommendation of the LSC or Western Zone Officials' Chair.
  • LSC certified in the position to which the individual will be invited, having officiated in that position at least six sessions over 4 meets in the past 12 months.
  • While not a requirement it would be desirable that either:
    • The individual is N2 certified at the position,
    • Or in the opinion of the LSC Officials' Chair the individual is ready for an evaluation for advancement to N2 at the position.
  • If invited, willing to work all sessions with the possible exception of a distance free "half-day" session at the outset of the meet.

The Zone meets are OQM meets with many opportunities for Evaluations.  Applications to officiate are on the Western Zone site, Officials / Applications and listed below:

2016  Western Zone Senior Championship Application to Officiate

2016 Western Zone Age Group Championship Application to Officiate

Everyone designated as a Mentor/Mentee from each LSC must also fill out an application to work the meet so that the Meet Referees are aware of their planned attendance.

At this point, we are seeking candidates for both meets to represent our LSC. If you are interested in being considered to represent Oregon Swimming at either of these meets, please let me know no later than 30 June 2016. Send your name and preferred meet to me at Additionally, if you are interested in working the meets, but not necessarily under the “Mentoring and Assistance Program,” you can find applications to officiate on the Western Zone website (see:

Hotel assignments will be communicated to all participants prior to the meet.  

Thanks for your support of Oregon Swimming!   Julie

Friday, July 1, 2016

Invitation to officiate at Paralympic Trials

You are invited to submit an application to officiate at the US Paralympic Trials to be held in Charlotte, NC June 29-July 2, 2016.  


The application to officiate is posted on the OSI website.  This is a tremendous opportunity to watch elite athletes compete for their slot for the Olympic Team.  You do not need to be a Paralympic Official or have experience at Para meets.  You will receive training and information if you are selected to officiate.  


If you have any questions, please contact Char Sorensen.

Western Regional Officals Chair, US Paralympics and Colorado Disability Chair



Saturday, July 2, 2016

2016 USMS Summer National Championship

The 2016 USMS Summer National Championship will take place from August 17-21 at the Mt Hood pool in Gresham this summer.   Officials are needed for the meet.  An application to officiate at the meet is available in for qualified officials on the OSI website.  Please submit your application by May 11 for assigned officials and by July 17 for all others.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

USA Swimming timing adjustment change effective May 1, 2016

There will be a significant new timing rule that goes into effect on 1st May, 2016.

In line with FINA rules, USA swimming has decided to drop the requirement to perform adjustment of backup times by calculating the consistent average across the other lanes. This will greatly simplify the determination of back up times. Please make sure that officials at meets starting on or after May 1st are aware of this new ruling.

Remember that rules are applied on the first day of the meet and used for the duration of that meet, so meets which start in April but finish on May 1st will still need to use the old rule on May 1st.

Updated training materials are already available on the OSI website.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Andrew Guyler.

Admin Official and Electronic Timing Chair, Oregon Swimming

Thursday, June 30, 2016

USA Swimming

LEAP Level 1