HWSA Partners

Official's Clinic

Dec 1, 2018 (08:30 AM) - Dec 1, 2018 (12:30 PM)
November, 28 2018


To Register for the Clinic - click here
Clinic is for Stroke and Turn Judges & Admin Officials
Timeframe:  8:30a to 12:30p
Continental breakfast will be served.

Stagg High School
8015 W. 111th St. (Roberts Rd.)
Palos Hills, IL 60465


What is a Swimming Official?

  • Stroke and Turn Judges ensure that swimmers are performing legal strokes and turns during swim meets.

  • Admin Officials run the Meet Manager application during the swim meet.

  • The Meet Manager application sets up the positive check-in, places the swimmers into proper/correct/assigned lanes, runs and scores the meet, and reviews results to ensure accurate times.

Learn More about being an official by following the below links:


Why become an official?

  • Be close to the action!

    • Officials are on deck during a swim meets!You can see the action up close rather than sitting in the stands!

  • Learn something new!

    • Gain a better understanding of the rules to which swimmers must conform.Free training is provided to those that choose to be an official for HWSA.

  • Meet new people!

    • There are always new people to meet at the many different events that HWSA attends.

    • Just like our swimmers, friendships that are made at these events often last a lifetime!


    • Officials are treated to complimentary food in the hospitality rooms at meets!

  • HWSA Rewards our Officials

    • Each time you work as an official, it counts towards your family volunteering requirements.

    • Each session worked beyond the team volunteer requirements earns you a raffle ticket towards a $250 coaching fee credit for the Spring/Summer season.

    • Each session worked as an official earns you a raffle ticket towards a $100 Amazon gift card!

      • 1 raffle ticket earned for each session worked (home AND away meets).

How do I become an Official?

  • Please contact Coach Tom if you are interested in becoming an official.

  • HWSA is hosting a Micro Officials clinic at Stagg High School on Saturday 12/1/18, starting at 8:30a.

    • Here you will get the training you need to become an official.After this clinic you will be shadowed for a few sessions at meets until you are ready to be on your own.

    • To register for the clinic, please go to:

  • In order to become an official, you must pay for your Illinois Swimming Non-athlete credential, background check, and cost of attending the official’s clinic.  HWSA reimburses all of these expenses

From Illinois Swimming Site:  Become an Official

1. Find a clinic to attend—all clinic information is posted at the ISI website on the official’s page—the link is HERE.  Clinic attendance costs $35 which is used to cover the host’s expenses and materials.

2. Become a non-athlete member.  The Non-Athlete fee covers your insurance and creates your online account with USA Swimming.  A small portion of all athlete and non-athlete fees go to the programming and operations of Illinois Swimming.  You can register online HERE.

3. Complete a background check through USA Swimming—the link is HERE.  All  coaches and officials with direct access to athletes are required to have this done.  Remember when doing it you are signing on as an official and we do Level 2 background checks. 

4. Complete the Athlete Protection Training webinar through USA Swimming.  This is mandatory for all coaches and officials.  The link is HERE.

5. Attend your clinic - remember to print or download the class materials from the Officials webpage HERE.

6. Take training cards to your on deck training to be filled out. 

7. Take the online test for your position - Stoke and Turn or Admin Official - find the tests HERE.

8. Once the training and tests are complete fill out the form and send all of the materials to

9. You will receive an email response when your certification is complete in the system and your card will be ready to print!

10. Some clubs reimburse your expenses, but Illinois Swimming does not.  Please check with your club to find out.