MEET CLARK HAMMOND!
Clark Hammond is one of four featured Swimposium speakers who will be conducting clinics at the NCS Swimposium on April 23 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Hammond has scheduled clinic sessions with both parents and meet officials. Please submit the following registration form no later than April 15 if you plan to attend. If you know of others who might be interested in attending, please forward this information.
A highly respected swimming official, Clark Hammond was selected to represent the USA Swimming as an official at the FINA World Championships in 2015. Hammond began as a meet official in 1988 after his daughter started year-round swimming. Since his first Junior Nationals in 1995, Hammond has officiated at a national meet each year. A partner in a Birmingham, Alabama law firm, Hammond also finds time to serve on the USA Swimming Board of Directors and as the Southern Zone non-coach director.
Hammond’s vast experience in swimming has given him some helpful insights that he will share with parents and meet officials. During his sessions with meet officials, Hammond plans to address the following topics.
- The LSC Official:
What does it take to be the best official at invitationals? USA Swimming has many opportunities and mentoring plans that guide officials to gain experience to reach higher level meets. The N2 and N3 process is typically perceived to only be of value for those wishing to be at national meets. What if you, as an official, do not have an interest in meets outside the LSC or higher level meets? Clark will discuss the importance of the mentoring programs its history and value. This will help improve your understanding and skills at all the positions on deck. Plus mentoring is a two-way street. Both mentor and official being evaluated have responsibilities during the process and can grow in the process.
- Where is Technology taking Swimming Officiating in the last 10 years and the Next 10?
Clark will discuss how officiating and swimming has changed in the last ten years as the result of technology to suits, rules and meet management. This leads to a discussion as to the impact of technology. Video use at meets will be discussed and some actual footage shown. This also leads to the green initiative at swim meets. Clark will discuss what the different federations, including USA Swimming are discussing for not only high level meets but also for LSC meets. Can a swim meet be run paperless?
- Official Open Discussion and QA:
In this last session, Clark will address questions, scenarios, and points of interest that are raised by those in attendance. Come with the “what if’s, the “I saw this once” and even the “why do we do it this way”?