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YMCA Brand Transition Announcement
Posted by twarrick | Views: 2757
06/December/2013 at 3:44pm
YMCA Brand Transition Announcement

All YMCAs are expected to transition to the Y's revitalized brand by December 31, 2015. While some YMCAs will take until the deadline to transition, some YMCAs are transitioning at a much faster rate. Transition timing is at the discretion of local YMCAs as long as transition is fully complete by December 31, 2015. Completed transition means that all brand elements of a YMCA have been fully transitioned to the new brand and this includes competitive sports. YMCAs that have not successfully transitioned all brand applications in their YMCA will not pass the brand compliance audit necessary to receive a brand transition certification.

Under our master brand strategy, additional logos or marks cannot be created. All other Y program, event, initiative and team logos created and adopted over the years are considered retired and may no longer be used. The resources below have been created by the national office, in conjunction with local YMCA staff, to assist teams in maintaining their individual identities while adhering to the brand standards.

Y Graphic Standards Guide- The complete guide to the Y's graphic standards

Application of the Y Graphic Standards Guide for Competitive Sports - Graphic standards applied to competitive sports

Any questions regarding brand transition or mascot reviews may be emailed to

Edited by administrator on 06/December/2013 at 3:44pm

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10/January/2014 at 6:53pm

Coach and Team YMCA Registration

The deadline for 2013-14 coach and Team registrations is Feb. 1, 2014. Coaches are required to complete the online registration process in order to be on deck at sanctioned championship meets including Nationals.

Coaches who plan to attend the YMCA Short Course National Championship who do not register by this deadline, will be required to pay $60 deck fee for the National Championship

YMCA Short Course National Sanctioned Meets

Sanction applications for championship meets are due no later than 60 days prior to the meet. Only meets held March 15-17 weekend and after are still open for sanction applications.

Edited by administrator on 10/January/2014 at 6:59pm

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22/September/2013 at 8:20am

Changes to USA-S Technical Rules Effective September 23, 2013

Since the 2013 USA Swimming Rule Book was printed, FINA the international organization which governs all the aquatic disciplines including swimming has made rule changes. 

Since USA Swimming is required by law to follow the technical rules of FINA, these changes will become effective on September 23, 2013

Rather than reprint the USA Swimming Rule Book, this document should be an addendum to your current 2013 rule book.  The 2014 rule book will incorporate these changes under their respective sections when it is released.

Link to Revisions: Addendum to your current 2013 rule book

The backstroke changes are more cosmetic than substantive and should not affect how the backstroke is currently judged. 

The other backstroke change deletes the phrase at the finish regarding when a swimmer may be submerged. 

The breaststroke and butterfly changes relate to the touches at the turns and finish. 

The other change to both strokes amplifies what a swimmer may do at the turn.

The other butterfly change concerns the stroke and that the arms must be brought forward simultaneously and pulled back simultaneously under the water throughout the race. 

The last point on swimwear just adds additional items which specifically cannot be used during the competition. 

Edited by administrator on 22/September/2013 at 10:19am

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Revised Official Attire/Uniform
Posted by twarrick | Views: 3205
16/September/2012 at 6:37am

YMCA National Swimming Officials Committee
Uniform Standards for YMCA Swim Officials

Link to pdf Version: Officals Uniform Standards

The YMCA National Swimming Officials Committee announces the following revised guidelines for on deck uniform attire at all classifications and levels of YMCA swim meets. These revised guidelines reflect the results of the national survey of YMCA officials that was recently undertaken.

A well-trained corps of officials must project a consistent, professional attitude and appearance while officiating swim meets. When the entire officiating crew dresses uniformly in crisp, professional appearing attire, they convey a sense of professionalism and consistency to coaches, athletes and spectators. This attitude carries over in the approach to and conduct of the meet. Appropriate attire and attitude embody the four YMCA Core Values- Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.  

The standard uniform for Men and Women shall consist of a short sleeve, solid white, collared Polo/Golf shirt with Navy blue pants or shorts. Capri pants or skirts are also acceptable for women.  Blue jeans and blue jean cut-offs are inappropriate and never acceptable. Likewise, faded Navy blue shorts and pants should be discarded in favor of crisp, un-faded Navy blue attire. Shorts shall be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee with no exposed compression shorts. White Polo shirts with a colored trim on the collar or banded sleeves are acceptable. Tee shirts are unprofessional, and considered inappropriate when officiating on deck.

White tennis shoes/sneakers are the preferred footwear on deck for comfort and safety. White shall be the predominant color, but trims or brand logos of a contrasting color are acceptable. White Crocs or white water sandals are acceptable; however, the official must consider the safety aspect of rapidly walking as a stroke judge when wearing Crocs. Bare feet, flip-flops and non-white shoes are not acceptable. Hats and caps are not to be worn at indoor venues.

In regard to shirts, a solitary YMCA of the USA, Brand Logo may be embroidered on the left breast. The Y Brand Logo may be embroidered with the lettering Swim Official, but no home team name or other designations are to be used.  If desired, a plain white, short sleeve Dress shirt is also acceptable, with the same embroidery as above. The official should display his/her YMCA Officials Certification Patch suspended from a clip or lanyard.  It is strongly recommended that Officials shirts of other organizations (High School, NCAA, USA Swimming) not be worn at YMCA competitions, and vice versa.

For championship meets involving preliminary and final sessions, the standard uniform is recommended for both the preliminary sessions, as well as the final sessions. However, if meet administration chooses, a more formal look may be used for finals, such as a white dress shirt and tie or scarf with a Navy blue blazer and white long pants, or skirts for women.

For meets that have a special session involving a theme, a special shirt reflecting that theme may be worn. In choosing the theme and shirt, good taste and good judgment are the rule.

Any questions regarding uniforms may be directed to:

Joel Black, Chair, YMCA National Swimming Officials Committee

Edited by twarrick on 25/December/2012 at 6:53am

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Instructions: Online Swim Officials... 
Posted by twarrick | Views: 5438
19/October/2008 at 9:24am

Online YMCA Swim Officials Certification Test

Access the site

  • If you have previously received an email from "YMCA Swimming", this email will contain a link that says "Click here to be automatically logged in and view the article on the YMCA Swimming Web Site"
  • This link will take you to the web site and automatically log you in.  You are already setup as a registered user.
  • If you have never received an email from "YMCA Swimming", go to  Immediately under the logo (left top corner), you will see two links: Register and Login.  Select Register.
  • This will bring up a registration form. Click Agree to the terms and fill in the information on the form. 
  • If you are currently an official, make sure you select the role, Swim Official - YMCA.  If you are not currently an official, select, Officials Class Attendee
  • Once you receive the successful registration message, select, Take Officials Test from the left-hand menu.  It is under the section, For YMCA Officials

Beginning the Test
  • Note: You can not take the Online Officials Test without attending an Officials Training Class.  Even if you are recertifying, you must attend an officials training class.  Certifications are good for three years
  • Once the YMCA Officials Online Test screen appears, you will begin by verifying and updating your personal information in the first section.  Most of this is the same information you entered when registering.
  • In the Update Your Class Information portion, you will select the instructor/class date of the class you attended.  If your instructor/class date is not in the list, follow the instructions on the screen
  • In the Select The Test portion, select the test that you want to take.  Certification test are for people who are not currently certified at that level.  Recertification tests are for people who are currently certified at that level
  • When you completed all the information, click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen 
  • This will take you to the first question of the online test
Taking the Test
  • On the the screen of the first question of the test, you will see two links at the top of the page.  Print a Copy of the Test link will open up a separate small window where the full test can be viewed.  If you work better with paper, you can print off the test and use it to help you through the online answers
  • Access Online Rule Book link will open another window where you can see the reference material for the test - The USA-S Technical Rules.  This will have the same content as the rule book you should have received during you class 
  • Each question will have two parts - the main question and the citation.  Read the question, select the answer you believe is most correct to the question.  You will only be able to select one answer.
  • Then read the citation.  Depending upon the citation question, there may be one or more correct answers.  You will be able to select multiple answers.
  • When you are done answering BOTH the question and the citation, click the Next button.  Your answes will be recorded and saved
  • Also notice, further down the page are additional options you can select.  If you want multiple questions display on each screen, click the appropriate button.  You can move to the first question, last question, or update the information you provided when you began the test.
  • All answers are recorded immediately upon clicking the Next or Previous buttons (or any optional buttons) 
  • You can leave the test at any time (and the web site) and return to it by returning to the web site and logging in. When you return to the online test, a notice will be displayed indicating that your session is in progress and which question you are on.  You will be able to pickup the test where you left off.
Test Scoring 
  • After you answer the last question of the test and press Next, you have reached the end of the test.  Click Score Test and the process will begin to check your answers and score the test.
  • To pass the test, you must receive 80%, where each correct answer to a question is worth 1/2 point and each correct answer to the citation is worth 1/2 point
  • In addition to a score of 80%, you must also answer at least 80% of questions correctly.
  • If you passed the test, you will be informed of your score.  In addition, an email will be sent to both you and your instructor confirming the test score.  The email will also contain the questions and citation that you answered incorrectly (however, the correct answer will not be provided).  If you want, you can then recheck these questions against the reference material.
  • If you did not passed the test, you will receive notification of not passing.  To be certified, you must take the test again.  There is no waiting period for retaking the test.  However, your previous answers will not be available.  You must retake the test from scratch.

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