The role of the Assessor in Synchronised Swimming is to assess the performance of the swimmers against the criteria for each Skill Level.
During a Skills Day an Assessor would usually be given 1 Skill within 1 Skill Level to assess with different criteria within the 1 Skill to "tick" off per swimmer.
There are 4 types of Assessors - BASIC ASSESSOR, ASSESSOR, ADVANCED ASSESSOR and SENIOR ASSESSOR
BASIC ASSESSORS can only assess Skill Levels 1+2
ASSESSORS can assess Skill Levels 1,2+3 and must have assessed at two skills days previously as a Basic Assessor
ADVANCED ASSESSORS can assess Skill Levels 1-5
SENIOR ASSESSORS can do all 5 and be a National Judge.
For example a Basic Assessor might assess: Skill Level 1. Skill #11 = "Torpedo Scull Travelling 8 Metres"
On a tick sheet you would then pass or fail the following criteria per swimmer:
1) body horizontal with hips, thighs and feet at surface
2) shoulders pulled down and back with upper chest high
3) back of neck extended, face parallel to water surface
4) legs and ankles fully extended and squeezed towards each other
5) Obvious tightness throughout the body and legs
6) arms fully extended
7) smooth continuous sculling action allowing smooth foot first travel with minimal disturbance of the water
8) distance traveled 8 meters
*Assessors assess swimmers of all ages from all clubs/teams including their own.
WHY DO THE AQUASTARS NEED TRAINED ASSESSORS?
When the AquaStars will want to take swimmers to a Skills Assessment Day, we will need to bring at least 1 Assessor who will take part on the day and more Assessors depending on the number of swimmers participating.
The criteria to become a BASIC Assessor is as follows:
- Have a basic knowledge of Synchronised Swimming
- Have attended a one-day Basic Assessor training course, and passed an examination
- Be 16 years of age or over
- Be an ASA member
It is ideal for AquaStar PARENTS to become assessors as you will have a chance to learn directly what coaches/judges are looking out for and also, instead of spending a Skills Day bored in the stands... you can get involved and the time passes MUCH quicker! :)
If you are interested in attending a BASIC assessor course (usually a half-day weekend course), then please let me (Lenka) know. The course fee would be covered by BSC.