Swim Ireland Vision of the Officials Committee
To ensure Swim Ireland develop an officials network at International, National, Regional and Club levels that features qualified, experienced, professional and passionate officials who represent Swim Ireland at a International level and contribute to the SI competition programme at a National level.
Introduction and Rational to the 2011-2015 plan
The existing development plan in 2007 – 2012 has been implemented and great progress has been made in developing what was previously a limited officials education programme and pathway. Between 2007 and 2010 successful outcomes that the Swim Ireland officials committee in partnership and the Swim Ireland education team have achieved are as follows:
- A newly developed officials pathway
- Successful implementation of a Fast track programme
- Development of officials qualifications in line with the newly developed officials pathway
- Officials courses piloted with some officials tutors trained
- 17 officials currently hold an officials license and remain active within the SI system
- New selection process for officials at National competitions
- Increased numbers of officials on the FINA officials list for referee and starter
Moving forwards into the next cycle the Officials committee feel that Swim Ireland require a new and revised development plan which will help to manage operations of the new programme and will continue to build on the positive work that has been carried out by the current committee. The next phase of officials development will take place and will be detailed in the plan from 2011 – 2015. This new plan 2011-2015, is four years in length to coincide with the selection of officials for the relevant FINA International lists.
It has been identified that there are still gaps in the officials system that need to be filled and these need to be well managed over a long period of time in order for Swim Ireland to reach their outcomes up to 2015. Some of the current gaps which we envisage this plan to cover will include:
- The need to complete an accurate audit of officials and their activity
- Officials education programmes being operated at a National and Regional level
- Club engagement in training officials
- Effective officials course delivery and assessment
- Innovative ways to encourage officials to support competitions across the National and regional calendars
Underpinning Values for the Development Plan
Swim Ireland will continue to invest in, develop and support a voluntary yet professional workforce that will work to support swimmers at all levels of development. Key priorities for all aspects of the development plan are as follows:
Quality Programmes and People, Professional, Inclusive, Performer-Centred and of course the Welfare of participants in our sport is always and will always remain a priority.
To read the 2011-2015 Officials Development Plan in full, please click the link below:Officials Development Plan
FAO: Swim Ireland Clubs, Swim Ireland regions, Trained and Licensed Officials
RE. A note on Swim Ireland Officials Logbooks 2012-2015
On the 11th February the Swim Ireland officials committee agreed to revise a change with regards to officials collecting CPD experience and gaining experience and time on the pool bank and evidencing this within the Swim Ireland officials logbook. This logbook is issued to all officials going through a Swim Ireland official’s qualification.
The current policy in getting a Logbook signed allows for officials to get their logbooks signed by the referee after working one full day during a competition.
The new Policy agreed by the officials committee in February will allow for officials to get their logbooks signed by the referee after working a session. This means that logbooks can be signed session by session. This decision was made to support all officials’ availability and working situation and to encourage officials of all ages to help and support competitions and be rewarded for their time spent volunteering at competitions.
Please note that this logbook must be signed by the competition Referee and the Logbook will remain the only reference book that will account for official’s experience.
The Swim Ireland Officials Committee
Important DocumentsSI Officials Nomination Policy for Nomination to FINA Officials Lists; LEN Events; FINA Events 2011 to 2016 SI Officials Assessment Policy - Officials School SI Officials Assessment Policy - from Club/Regional Officials Courses