Officials' Training Session - Stroke & Turn/Starter

May 11, 2019 (09:00 AM) - May 11, 2019 (12:00 PM)
May, 11 2019


Officials' Training Sessions: Stroke/Turn and Starter

Location: Tigard Swim Center

Stroke & Turn: 9-10:30am

Starter: 10:30-12pm


Hello TTSC Families!!

Whether it’s one of the many swim meets TTSC hosts or traveling to a meet at another club, certified officials (both Stroke & Turn and Starters) are a critical and required component of a well-run meet.  Some meets even require that TTSC provides a certain number of officials for us to even attend!

As a certified official, you'll have the best view of the meet, while ensuring that the athletes enjoy fair and equitable competition. You will find volunteering as an official to be rewarding, fun, and exciting! Plus, officiating is an easy way to satisfy your TTSC volunteer requirements.  

We will be hosting two separate officials clinics for all those interested, or who may be interested on May 11 at the Tigard pool classroom:

·         9-10:30am:  Stroke & Turn Clinic – For those interested in becoming Stroke & Turn officials. We will be reviewing the process to become a certified Stroke & Turn official, and answer any questions you may have.

·         10:30-12pm:  Starter Clinic – For certified Stroke & Turn officials who have at least 1 year of stroke and turn experience with a minimum of 10 sessions interested in becoming a Starter. We will be reviewing the process to become a certified starter, and answer any questions you may have.

If interested in attending please send a note to Jared Wilson (TTSC Officials Coordinator) at jlh2sw@hotmail.com

We hope to see you there!


Some frequently asked questions regarding stroke and turn officials......

What do Stroke and Turn officials do 

Simply put, we observe (not examine) meet swims and ensure that the swimmers enjoy an environment of fair and equitable competition. Doing that requires a sizable crew, so that every swimmer benefits from adequate and similar observation. If you really enjoy watching competition swims and you would enjoy learning more about the strokes, then this is a great job for you! 

What do Starters do 

The responsibility of the Starter is to ensure a fair start for all competitors. The Starter works together with the meet referee to ensure proper protocols and procedures are followed throughout the meet.

Why else should you consider joining the officiating crew 

You'll meet a lot of great people in the broader swim community. Plus meet time goes by very quickly when you are busy on deck, and it beats sitting in the crowded stands. You'll also accumulate a good number of volunteer hours, and the hospitality food is great!!

What is involved

You must attend a clinic, pass a background check, take a brief online youth protection course, and then do on-the-job mentored training.   

What is the obligation ?

You can set your own pace , but many meets require TTSC to bring a certain number of officials, so if it is a meet in which your swimmers compete, we would love to have you there officiating.