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Subject Article: PDSL Virtual Meets & Meet Staff Training
 PDSL Virtual Meets & Meet Staff Training
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Posted: October-01-2020 at 12:20pm | IP Logged
Author: Tom Warrick
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Penn-Del Swim League (PDSL) Virtual Meets and Available Training

As you probably know, swim meets this season will be challenging due to national, state, and local YMCA COVID-19 restrictions.

PDSL Virtual Meets

To support competitive swimming this season, Penn-Del Swim League (PDSL) plans four (4) monthly Virtual Invitations meets starting in October (i.e., Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan). Each team will swim at their local YMCA or contracted pool during a designated ten-day period covering two weekends during the month.

Teams will send their results to PDSL for consolidation into the overall monthly PSDL Virtual Invitational meet results. These consolidated PDSL meets will count toward the three (3) YMCA closed meet requirements for Districts and Nationals.

Each YMCA has the flexibility to establish a format that works best for their YMCA. Events may be combined - different strokes, different age groups, but not different distances.

PDSL will provide the Meet Manager file for each month. Instructions for submitting your local YMCA meet results will be provided shortly.

The PDSL Virtual local meets must be officiated and run following USA-S, YUSA rules (excluding the rule for at least one relay), and Penn Del Rules.

Referee, Starter, Meet Manager Operators, Admin Official, and Timers are required. Place Judges are not required. The Referee should record the order-of-finish. We recommend at least 2 Stroke & Turn officials; however, these are not required.

If automatic or semi-automatic timing is used, each lane must have at least one timer with a stopwatch, in addition to backup buttons. If manual timing is used, two (2) watches are required per lane.

Officials Training

As of now, YUSA Officials' New Certification Training Classes must be held in person. YUSA Recertification classes can and will be held virtually. All PDSL annual clinics will be held virtually.

We strongly recommend that current Referees, Meet Manager Operators, and Admin Officials attend a corresponding annual PDSL clinic this year. However, no PDSL fines will be levied as long as the local virtual meets follow USA-S, YUSA, PDSL virtual meet rules, excluding annual clinic attendance requirements.

Currently scheduled classes and clinics are listed on the Penn-Del Swim League web site at Please contact the respective trainer to attend one of these listed classes and/or clinics.

  • Level I/Level II New Officials Certification Classes
  • Level I/Level II Recertification Officials Classes
  • Admin Official (AO) New Officials Certification Classes
  • Admin Official (AO) Recertification Officials Classes
  • Annual Referee PSDL Clinic
  • Annual Meet Manager Operator PSDL Clinic
  • Annual Admin Official PSDL Clinics

Direct any questions to your head coach or email Tom Warrick at You can send questions regarding the PDSL monthly Virtual Invitations (coaches only) to Ken and Kelly Burk at

Please stay safe and healthy during this abnormal swim season

Edited by administrator on February-03-2021 at 12:53pm
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