Welcome to Officials
As a parent of a swimmer you have the opportunity to be involved with your child and their sport in various ways. One very instrumental way is by being trained, certified, and working as an Official. Officials are present at all competitions to implement the technical rules of swimming and to ensure that the competition is fair and equitable to everyone. Click below to read more about:
Officials attend clinics, receive training and are certified by USA Swimming. Novice officials generally start as Stroke and Turn Officials whose job it is to observe the swimmers in their assigned lanes from the time they take their first arm pull after entering the water or beginning a race through the completion of their race. Stroke and Turn Officials ensure that the strokes, turns and finishes comply with the rules applicable to each stroke. If strokes, turns or finishes are executed in a manner which is out of compliance with the rules, in the spirit of fairness they document information to disqualify a swimmer from a race.
There are many levels of officiating that require different degrees of involvement and time. Stroke and Turn Officials learn the ropes by attending clinics, using self-study materials, and working on deck under the supervision of an experienced official. Those who are interested move up the ladder to serving as a chief judge, then to refereeing and starting--again, learning through a combination of clinics, self-study materials, and on-the-job training.
National Evaluations for Officials Taking Place at the Upcoming Far Western Championships Meet (Mar. 30th - Apr. 2rd) in Pleasanton - Officials wishing to be evaluated must apply with Millie Nygren or Mike Davis via email prior to the meet or when they first arrive at the competition and attend pre-session meetings. Briefing will occur one hour before the start of both trials and finals. Officials' dress for finals is a white polo/blouse, blue long pants or a skirts. and closed white athletic shoes.
For a N3 evaluation to be valid, it must be done over four sessions in the same position. N2 evaluations must be done over three sessionsin the position. Recertification evaluations must be done over two sessions; however, the official must work at least four sessions at the meet for advancement/
recertification evaluation(s) to be valid.
Athlete Protection Training - USA Swimming's 2014 Athlete Protection Training course is now available. To take the course, visit USAS's Safe Sport page.
USA Swimming Officials Information
- USA Swimming Officials Page
- USA Swimming Officials Applications & Forms
- Education & Training
- Testing & Certification
- Officials Tracking System (OTS)
- Entering Other Meets in OTS
- The Official Blog
- 2014 USA Swimming Rules & Regulations
- Pacific Swimming Rules & Regulations
- 2013-14 & 2014-15 NCAA Rules & Interpretations