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 (April 4th-7th) in Santa Clara

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 sessions in 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.

Applications (PDF)                  Application (Word)

Application to Officiate at SCSC International Meet

Santa Clara Swim Club and Pacific Swimming invite you to officiate at the 2019 Santa Clara International Meet to be held June 6-9, 2019, at Santa Clara International Swim Center in Santa Clara, CA. This meet has been designated as an “Officials Qualifying Meet” for N2 and N3 evaluations. A mandatory officials’ briefing will be held prior to each session. To beconsidered for an assigned position, this application must be received no later than April 23, 2019.

For questions or to e-mail your application, send to: SCSC.International@gmail.com
Leo Lin - Meet Referee
Mike Davis - Pacific Swimming Officials Chair


2018-19 Meet Assignments (updated 2/27/19) - Pacific's major meet assignments for the 2018-19 swim year are available. Click here to view.

Pacific Swimming Officials’ Newsletter Fall 2018 - This is the second of quarterly newsletters that will highlight upcoming events, spotlight traveling officials, provide information regarding new rules, and notes from the Officials’ Committee. Click here to download a copy.

Travel Assistance for Officials is available for the following national meets:

  • US Nationals/US Open - both Winter and Summer; amount is dependent on the location of the meet
  • Junior Nationals - both Winter and Summer; amount is dependent on the location  of the meet
  • Pro Series - $300
  • Sectionals - $200

Please note that only meets held outside of Pacific Swimming are eligible for travel assistance

To apply for Travel Assistance for Officials working National Meets, send the reimbursement request form along with a copy of your OTS showing that you worked all sessions and receipts equaling or exceeding the reimbursement amount, via email to Mike Davis with a copy to Mary Ruddell. The amount of travel assistance will be the same as for the athletes attending the meet. All request must be submitted 60 days after the last day of the meet. For example: Summer Sectional applications are due September 24, 2018.

PC Reimb. (PDF)                   PC Reimb. (Excel)

Officials Apparel - Due to rising postal costs, effective February 15, 2018, Pacific will charge $7.20 for shipping of officials gear. All orders submitted prior to that date (email or snail mail) will be billed at the old postage rate. Click for the order form and other information.

2019 Membership Cards for Officials - The 2019 Membership Card for Officials is your Official Certification Card. USA Swimming does not offer the option to print cards for Officials that look like the cards in previous years.

Athlete Protection Training - USA Swimming's 2017 Athlete Protection Training course is now available. To take the course, click here.

Officials Background Checks - Pacific Swimming will reimburse the $38 cost of the required background check for first time applicants after they become certified officials. The current reimbursement amount for background check renewal is $18. DO NOT let your background check expire!  Expired background checks will be reimbursed at the renewal price only. See your Zone Officials Chair or visit USASwimming.org to begin the background check process. To be reimbursed, submit your receipt or a copy of the charge made on your credit card. No reimbursement will occur without a receipt or approval of your Zone Officials Chair.

No-Show Penalty No Longer Applies to Zone Awarded Meets Swimmers in zone-awarded age group meets who miss an event they have checked in for are no longer penalized by the loss of the next event they have entered.
No-show penalties still apply in Pacific-awarded meets, including senior meets, JOs, and Far Westerns.