PPSL ONLINE SWIM Officials training - recorded link added

Recorded LInk:

Here's the PPSL 'Rules' instructions for officials:


  1. These instructions should be used for all PPSL regular season and finals meets. If home 
    and visiting teams agree to be lenient with enforcement of the rules, be assured that at 
    "A" Finals we will not be lenient. PPSL uses current USS rules; except as noted below. 
    Officials shall be USS certified, YMCA certified, or have attended the PPSL Officials' 
    Clinic for that season. 
  2. Make sure you are in an appropriate position when you make a call. If you are not, do 
    not make the call. Be confident of your call. Officials shall make calls only in 
    jurisdictions assigned to them. 
  3. If you are not sure there has been a violation, give the swimmer the benefit of the doubt. 

4.     When stroke judging; only walk the side of the pool as far as the stroke judge on the 
opposite side of the pool can walk to ensure equity to all swimmers. 

  1. If you have a DQ, raise your hand immediately; keep it in the air for several seconds, 
    then fill out a DQ slip. 

6.     In freestyle events, stroke and turn judges need to watch for touches at turns, 
pushing/walking on the bottom, and pulling on lane lines. 

7.     If a swimmer is DQ-d, make every effort to tell the swimmer or their coach. If you have 
agreed to be lenient in a dual meet, you should still inform coaches of violations. 

8.     If a coach approaches you to challenge your call, tell them to please discuss the call with 
the Meet Referee. This means that at dual meets you should establish a head 

  1. These points are not meant to take the place of good judgment. We must remember that 
    we are conducting these meets for our children and the development of good 
    sportsmanship. Enjoy yourself and create an environment that is enjoyable for 
    participants and spectators. 


  1. Starts 
  1. Traditional voice command starts shall be used 
  2. At "A" Finals, no-recall starting shall be used. At dual/tri-meets, recalling of heats is 
    at the Referee's discretion. 
  1. In the butterfly events, after the first stroke at the start and each turn, any forward motion 
    of the arms must be above the surface of the water. In the 25M butterfly events (8&U and 
    9-10 age groups), the swimmer shall make an attempt to clear their arms over the surface 
    of the water. 
  2. During the turn in backstroke events, after rotating from back to breast, once the 
    swimmer's hand has completed their stroke (one single or one .simultaneous double arm 
    pull), the swimmer may not take any additional arm strokes; however, kicking and/or 
    gliding into the wall is permitted (a continuous turning action is not required). 


I'm so sorry, I completely missed the league info on SWIM Officials training.

I'm hoping some of you will consider this important role in our dual swim meets.    If you attend, please let me know!

We need to provide turn and stroke officials - one of each for each half of our dual meets home AND away.

You do NOT need to be a USA or YMCA official to be a PPSL official, but if you are, that's great too.

This year it will again be by Zoom.

Here's the info below:

Brought to us by Jeff Raker.

Thanks for allowing me to partner with PPSL once again.


June 2nd

7-9 p.m.


First time officials as well as those who have not officiated since last summer, to review some of the videos at this link:

We will watch some of them and comment and ask questions as part of our time together.

Jeff Raker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PPSL Officials Training

Time: June 2, 2021 @ 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 7342 3600

Passcode: 333777

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