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JUDGES

Judge training allows officials to understand, evaluate and appropriately assign value to artistic swimming in Ontario. By going through the judges development pathway, officials learn to judge provincial, national, and even international level events.

DEVELOPMENTAL PATHWAY

LEVEL LEAD ORGANIZATION
Level I Ontario Artistic Swimming
Level II Ontario Artistic Swimming
Level III Canada Artistic Swimming
Level IV Canada Artistic Swimming
Level V Canada Artistic Swimming
UANA G FINA
UANA A FINA
FINA G FINA
FINA A FINA
Level I FINA

Provincial Pathway

OAS is responsible for the delivery of the Level I and II Judging courses. These courses provide an opportunity to learn by class discussion and video analysis. Candidates will develop their ability to recognize and score all figures contained within the current FINA Artistic Swimming Manual. In addition, candidates will be trained to evaluate all routines in the categories of execution, artistic impression, overall impression, difficulty and elements. Other units such as ethics, refereeing, judging duties and rules are also covered.

Upon completion of each course, candidates will practice for each level obtained before being certified. Level I Judges are permitted to officiate Provincial level figure and routine events as well as Masters routine events. Level II Judges are permitted to officiate Provincial, National and Masters level figures and routines.

LEVEL I

Module A: FIGURES – Basic Body Positions, Basic Movements, 10&U Provincial

Module B: FIGURES – 11-12 & 13-15 Provincial, 16-20 Provincial, AWD

Module C: ROUTINES – 10U, 11-12, 13-15, 16-20, Team, Solo, Duet Combo, AWD

Module D: Refereeing & Ethics – Duties, Conflict of Interest

Practical: Practice Judge a minimum of three complete Figure Events and eight (Preliminary/Final) Routine Events at Regional and/or Provincial Events.

Certification: Candidates must achieve a Satisfactory or better rating in Figures and 60% overall in Routines.

Refereeing: Assists with three Events and work with Referees doing off deck duties.

Practice Judging is at own expense unless on panels for competition. Newly trained officials may judge at Recreational/Novice competitions. Judging at Invitational Meets will not apply towards your certification requirement. Practice Judges may not evaluate for awards until fully certified as Level 1 officials.

LEVEL II

Module A: FIGURES – 13-15 FINA,

Module B: FIGURES – Junior FINA, Senior Technical Elements

Module C: ROUTINES – 13-15 FINA, Junior FINA, Senior Tech & Free, Combo

Module D: Refereeing & Ethics – Duties and Rules

Practical: Practice Judge a minimum of three complete Figure Events and eight (Preliminary/Final) Routine Events at Provincial Trials and/or Provincial Championships.

Certification: Candidates must achieve a Satisfactory or better rating in Figures and 65% overall in Routines, with the majority of Routine Events being 60% or better.

Refereeing: Assists with three Events at Competition. Practice Judging is at own expense unless on panels for competition.

National Pathway

LEVEL III

Nominations to Judge Level III are made by the Ontario Officials Committee and approved by the National Officials Committee. To achieve Level III Certification, candidates must:

practice judge one full figures event and a minimum of seven routine events (prelims and finals) at the national qualification meet, or the Canadian Championships;

receive at least 65% on the formal evaluation in figures and routines with the majority of routine events 60% or better

achieve 80% or higher on the written exam.

Once certified, first year assignments will likely be as an alternate on the panels.

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

LEVEL IV & V

Once nominated by the National Officials Committee, participants must complete the following to achieve Level IV certification:

write an exam and receive 90% or better

achieve an evaluation of 75% or better for figures and routines with the majority of the routine events 70% of better

Note that practice judging is only permitted at sanctioned National competitions.

UANA G

Nominations to UANA G appointments are made by the CAS External Relations Committee and approved by UANA.

FINA G

Nominations to FINA G appointments are made by the CAS External Relations Committee and approved by FINA. Once approved, officials must:

Attend a FINA Artistic Swimming Development School

Write an exam and receive 80% or better

At least 60h/year of practical judging must be obtained after passing the advanced level test before attending a FINA AS Certification School

Attend a FINA Artistic Swimming Certification School

Write an exam and receive 80% or better

Once certified, judges must complete and pass an annual online exam.

FINA A

Nominations to FINA A appointments are made by the FINA Technical Committee. Once certified, judges must complete and pass an annual online exam.

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