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The Officials’ Committee of the South Carolina LSC has established the process and criteria for the apprenticeship program for Stroke and Turn, Starter and Referees. The centerpiece of the program is an apprentice form which will be used by both the meet referees and the official being “shadowed” to evaluate the knowledge and performance of the apprentice.The form guides the referee and official to evaluate the apprentice along 6 criteria: knowledge of the rules, position/ control, alertness, attitude/ poise, reliability and overall performance. By position/ control it is meant how well apprentices place themselves to observe their assigned jurisdiction and how well they are able to stay in an appropriate position. Attitude/ poise signifies one’s ability not to get “stressed” by anything from constructive criticism, pace of the meet, or disagreements a swimmer, parent or coach might have in a particular call. Reliability can also refer to consistency in calls or demonstrating the balance between an infraction or “something close” to an infraction.
For each of these criteria, the shadowed official or referee will score the apprentice from a score of “0” – no observation, “1”- needs additional training through “4”- exceeds standards. There is also be a section for each session for the appropriate official to make more specific comments or observations regarding the apprentice’s current state of competence, confidence and readiness.
These forms can be found within the listing of Official's Forms. Those of you in a position to evaluate/ train apprentices should see this form from apprenticeships which simply asked the evaluator to verify the apprentice’s participation at a particular session.
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