Excellent instruction at Swimming Judges clinic in Muscat (OMA)
34 swimming judges took part in an advanced clinic in Muscat, Oman from June 4-8, 2012 conducted by FINA TSC Member Bill Hogan from Canada.
The course took place at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex, which has among other sport facilities an outdoor 50m swimming pool. Mr. Taha, President of the Oman Swimming Association, officially opened the clinic and welcomed all the participants for coming and attending the clinic. Then Mr. Fahid Al-Rahisi, representative of the Oman Ministry of Sport, spoke to the attendees and mentioned how important it was for the discipline of swimming to receive such high level of support from FINA.
The course focused on the following topics: officiating and competition management, timekeeping, FINA rules for the competitive strokes, duties of deck officials, officials' decision-making. FINA stroke videos were used for the course and an examination took place at the end of the clinic.
On the last day, a practical session was organised at the outdoor pool with the officials in deck positions and swimmers in the water. The swim team coach brought in five swimmers and they swam in the same lanes for each race. The coach and Hogan planed for stroke infractions to take place and assigned them to different swimmers. They ran five races: the 50m and 100m fly, the 50m and 100m breast and the 100m back. After each race, the technical officials with stroke infractions went to the referee and explained the rule violation that they observed.
The officials were very good in detecting all the infractions that they had assigned to the different swimmers. This pool session proved to be a very beneficial exercise for the technical officials.