Procedures for Observed Swims
Fill out the OBSERVED Meet Application and submit to the NJ Swim Office with $150.00 fee per meet.
An observed swim is a swim observed by the assigned USA Swimming or YMCA Officials for conformance with USA-S technical rules in a meet conducted under other than USA-S rules. Normally such observaations are requested for meets conducted under NCAA or NFHS rules. YMCA teams planning to conduct a meet following USA-S rules should apply for the meet to be approved rather than observed.
The USA-S administrative rule (Rule 202.7) deals with specifically identified swims. However, in practice, many meets are done as a blanket observation, meaning that the ovservers watch all swims, not just those specifically identified. When this is being done, it is important for the observers to have no responsibilities beyond observing all the swims.
Application for an OBSERVED MEET: All requests for OBSERVED MEETS must be submitted to the NJS Administrative Office for review and approval by the General Chair, the LSC Officials Chair at least (2) two weeks prior to the meet.
Only season ending championship meets & other championship style meets are eligible for observations. Dual meets, tri meets, state tournament elimination dual meets, etc., are NOT eligible for observation.
All OBSERVED meets when approved, must be conducted in accordance with USA-S Rule 202.7 in its entirety.
The rules allow for officials who are dually certified as USA-S/YMCA officials, & certified by the organization conducting the meet to serve in the roles of both meet official & observer. However, where the meet host is requesting blanket certification of all swims, it is strongly recommended that the observers not be involved in the condut of the meet so they can devote their time to full time watching the swims.
Once approved, the NJS Administrative Chair in conjuction with the NJS Officials Chair will ensure that the SWIMS Time Module Policy & Guideline Manuals is enforced.This is maintained on the Officials page of the NJ Swim website <OFFICIALS PAGE >
Fill out the OBSERVED Meet Application and submit to the NJ Swim Office with $125 fee per meet. This can be done all on line or print this form and mail to the NJ Swim Office 1933 Rt 35 Ste 105 PMB 349
All meet entries must have the new SWIMS3.0 swimmers ID to have their times go into SWIMS. If they ask for times to be entered after the meet is put into SWIMS there is a $10.00 per event/time to be entered manually by the NJ Swim Office.