Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2013 TSA Clinic Schedule

May 11th (Saturday), 8:00 am at TAC
May 14th, (Tuesday), 7:00 pm at Stonebridge - clubhouse on Emerywood Drive
May 25th (Saturday), 9:00 am at Silverton
May 11th (Saturday) 11:30 am at TAC
May 30th (Thursday) 7:00 pm at Stonebridgeclubhouse on Emerywood Drive
May 11th (Saturday), 9:30 am at TAC
May 23rd (Thursday) 7:00 pm Lochmere Highlands
May 23rd (Thursday) 7:00 pm Planter's Walk
June 3rd (Monday) 7:00 pm Jewish Community Center

COACHES CLINICS are MANDATORY. Per the TSA rules at least one coach from each team must attend. The clinics committee would like to encourage all coaches to attend. Please communicate this to your coaches. In response to feedback we are doing a complete makeover for 2013 coaches clinic sessions. These clinics will be useful and informative for ALL coaches.

STARTERS CLINICS are not mandatory but are essential to running a smooth, fast and efficient meet. Starters can find very helpful documents on the TSA web site; see: Starter Event Form, Starter Script, Starter Clinic Summary and Starter How-To's.

MEET MANAGEMENT: If you are new to TSA and want to learn more about how to run an efficient meet, plan on attending the meet management session that will be held Tuesday, May 21st at TAC immediately following the conclusion of the 7:00 TSA Board of Directors meeting. 

STROKE & TURN CLINICS: Attending a Stoke and Turn Clinic is required each year for anyone in your club who will be serving as a stroke and turn judge unless they obtain certification online (see below) or can claim exemption from TSA training because they are already certified as a Stroke and Turn Judge by USA Swimming, YMCA, NCHSAA or NCAA. Judges claiming this exemption must register with TSA each year by sending details of their external certification, along with their name and the name of their TSA team, to strokeandturn.tsanc.org@gmail.com. Please do NOT send email to that address if you attend a TSA clinic or use the online training method, as TSA will already have a record of your certification.

Alternative method of certifying Stroke & Turn Judges: www.StrokeAndTurn.com

  • Course is offered completely online and may be taken at user’s convenience, including stopping at any point and resuming later, repeating sections, etc.
  • Certification takes about two hours to complete, including post-training exam
  • Training and exam both use video clips extensively
  • Exam grade of 80 percent or better is required to pass
  • User must pay $12.95 fee to take course; each team can decide on its own whether to reimburse judges who use this
  • Based on USA Swimming rules, so there are only a few minor differences from TSA:
    • Covers Individual Medley, which TSA does not use
    • Some sections about officials refer to the Head Judge and Meet Referee, posts which don’t exist separately in TSA (the two TSA Reps, acting jointly, are the only officials in charge of Stroke & Turn Judges at a TSA meet)
Note that this is an alternative option for certification and is not required!

OTHER INFO: The clinics committee would like to create a short video on how to run clerk of course. If you believe that your team does a great job at clerk of course and is willing to contribute to the video please contact me.

If there are any teams out there that are organizing clinics on their own and would like to open them up to other teams please contact me.

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