Officials

If you are a parent, coach, volunteer or previous synchronized swimming athlete, anyone can get into officiating at any time in their life.


Synchro BC Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 15 years old at the time of Judge Level I course. (Note: This allows for 4 years of experience prior to Synchro Canada’s age requirement of 19 years of age for Judge Level III.)
  • Be a registered member in good standing with Synchro BC.
  • Complete the Officials iVolunteer and registration forms at the start of each season.
  • Be certified to officiate in British Columbia having completed and passed the appropriate officials training programs.


Synchro BC Officials Membership

Officials need to be a registered member of Synchro BC by registering through the SBC office. (New) Synchro BC is now accepting online registrations for Officials.

There are two kinds of Officials Membership:

Provincial Official
Officials who referee or judge at provincial competitions.

National Official
Officials who referee or judge at provincial, national and international competitions.

Please find below all required officials registration forms for the season. Please note that registration deadline is October 15th, 2017.


Upcoming Courses

Please check out our Calendar for upcoming courses. If you wish to be added to a waiting list in your area, please contact our Events Manager directly.


Training and Certification

The Judging 1 and 2 courses are provided by Synchro BC and give you an opportunity to learn by class discussion, video analysis and swimmer demonstration, skills such as the fundamentals of figure components, transitions and judging difficulty within a figure. In addition, routine evaluation includes items such as routine components, marking routines, detailed and general guides, tracking routines, technical vs. artistic judging, etc.  Other units include ethics, refereeing, judging duties and rules. Upon completion of the course, you apprentice on deck at competitions (scores are not revealed) and work toward full certification. Level I Judges may officiate Provincial Stream figures & routines as well as Master’s routines. Level II Judges may officiate Provincial Stream, Masters and National Stream figures and routines.

 

Judge Level 1

Module A Module B Module C Module D
Theory Basic Body Positions & Body Movements as per FINA Manual Provincial Stream Figures, Marking Rubric & Height Standards Provincial Stream & Masters Routines Refereeing, Rules for Figures and Ethics
Practical In-class identification and completion of Judge Level I assignments. Practice Judge a minimum of 3 complete figure events. Receive a satisfactory or better rating in figures. Practice Judge a minimum of 8 routine events at the Regional or Provincial Level. Receive a satisfactory or better rating in routines. Assists with three PS events and work with referees doing off deck duties.

 

Judge Level 2

  Module A Module B Module C Module D
Theory 13-15 FINA Figures Junior FINA figures & Senior Technical Elements 13-15 FINA, Junior FINA, Senior Tech & Free, Combo  Refereeing & Ethics – Duties and RulesRole of the Chief Referee and Chief Judge at National Competitions
Practical Practice Judge a minimum of 3 complete 13-15 FINA figure events. Receive a satisfactory or better rating in figures. Practice Judge a minimum of 3 complete Junior FINA figure events. Receive a satisfactory or better rating in figures. Practice Judge a minimum of 8 routine events at the National Stream level. Receive a satisfactory or better rating in routines. Assists with three NS events and work with referees doing off deck duties.

 

Judge Level 3
Nominations to Judge Level III are made by the BC Officials’ Committee in August of each year. Please express your interest to the Chair of the Committee by the end of the competitive year. A logbook of your Level I and II judging experience as well as a resume outlining all aspects of your synchro history are required for your application to Synchro Canada’s Officials’ Committee.

Judge Level III and IV examinations are administered by Synchro Canada. Nominations to level IV are made by Synchro Canada Officials’ Committee.

In order to upgrade to Judge Level IV, you must practice judge 1 full figures event and a minimum of 7 routine events (prelims and finals) at the Qualification meet, Espoir or the Canadian Open. You will be formally evaluated and must receive an overall evaluation of at least 65% in figures, and at least 65% in routines with the majority of routine events 60% or better. You will be required to write an exam for which you must receive 80%. Once all these criteria have been met, then you will be certified as a level 3 judge. Note that once certified, your first year assignments will most likely be as an alternate on the panels.

Judge Level 4
To move to a level 4 judge, you will be invited by the national SCOT certification and evaluation leaders, based on your activity level as well as having at least 2 consecutive years of formal evaluations which are close to 75% or better in both figures and routines. Once invited, you will need to write an exam and receive 90% or better. You will also be assigned figures and routine events by the SCOT panels’ leader and must receive an evaluation of at least 75% for figures, and at least 75% for routines with the majority of the routine events 70% or better.
Note that you can only practice judge if you attend the Canadian Open.

Once you are fully certified as a level 4, then you will be assigned to judge at national competitions, usually each year. The first time you are selected to judge at the Canadian Open, you will most likely be used as the alternate.

To move on to international judging, FINA has stipulated that each federation is only allowed to have 5 “G” level judges, 5 B’s and 5 A’s.

Judge Level 5 – International Trainee
When there are openings on the FINA “G” judge list for Canada, then the Synchro Canada International Officials Team (SCIOT) will ask the SCOT committee for a certain number of level 4 candidates who might be considered to be trained as a level 5.
These candidates must be very knowledgeable, extremely active at the national and provincial levels and have 4 or more very strong formal evaluations.

Those candidates will then be asked to submit a resume to the international officials team (SCIOT). If any of these candidates are selected for further consideration, then they will be given a written assignment plus have an oral interview with the SCIOT panel consisting of the Canadian FINA representative, Canadian international officials’ leader, a past Olympic judge and the Chief Operating Officer for Synchro Canada. Some of the criteria for selection by the committee are, synchro knowledge, experience, leadership skills, stress management, interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility and willingness to learn etc.

Once this process is complete, then the SCIOT panel will decide if any of the candidates will be accepted as a level 5 trainee. If chosen, then the trainee can be selected to judge and travel with an experienced level 5 judge to international meets. These meets are usually ones that Canadian clubs are attending.

FINA G
A level 5 judge must attend a FINA judges’ school and write an exam.

Note: Usually a judges’ school is offered on each continent and Synchro Canada may assist with funding.

As soon as the judge has been successful and passed the exam, then Synchro Canada can request that FINA add their name(s) to the FINA “G” list.
To maintain the FINA “G” rating, the judge must have 4 positive evaluations at 4 international meets over 4 consecutive years, attend judges’ school and pass an exam every 4 years.

FINA B
The FINA technical committee will meet annually and determine if any G judges are ready to be upgraded to FINA “B”. Their decision is based on good evaluations and an overall lack of bias from 4 international meets, over 4 year consecutive years. These meets must be a variety of junior and senior level competitions.

To maintain the FINA “B” rating, the judge must have 4 positive evaluations at 4 international meets over 4 consecutive years, attend judges’ school and pass an exam every 4 years.

FINA A
During the FINA technical committee annual meeting, they will also determine if any B judges are ready to be upgraded to FINA “A”. Their decision is based on good evaluations and an overall lack of bias from 4 international meets, over 4 year consecutive years. At least 2 must be senior level meets.
To maintain the FINA “A” rating, the judge must have 4 positive evaluations at 4 international meets over 4 consecutive years and write a judges’ exam every 4 years.

At any time, FINA has the option of downgrading a judge due to their having several weak evaluations and/or being extremely biased. FINA now has a mandatory retirement the year you turn 65.

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Officials Bursary Award

The purpose of the Professional Development Officials Bursary is to assist officials who are interested in opportunities to upgrade their experience, education and/or certification level.

Please visit the Bursary Page for more information.


Officials Awards

For more information on Awards and to download the criteria and nomination forms, please check out the Awards Page.

  • Official of the Year Award
    Based on Sport BC’s Official Of The Year Award, these awards recognize officials who have been responsible for officiating sport events at any level of athletic competition. Please note that up to four awards may be given out each season.
    – Level 1-3 Certified  Referee
    – Level 1-3 Certified Judge
    – Level 4 and above Certified Referee
    – Level 4 and above Certified Judge
  • Northern BC Officiating Development Fund (ViaSport)