Becoming an official...


Please read the informtion below from our AMS official chair.  If you would like to contact Kathy McFaden our club representative to ask questions, she can be contacted at:  [email protected]

Good evening, 

After our unanticipated hiatus, we are finally ready to begin training new officials.  I appreciate everyone’s patience as we’ve worked to keep competition ongoing during the pandemic and I’m excited to bring new officials into the ranks to grow our great group of AMS officials.  I appreciate your willingness to serve our athletes in this critical role in our competitions.  

Prior to the pandemic, if you wanted to begin training, you would simply show up at a meet and shadow a deck official for the session.  Six sessions were required, followed by taking the Stroke and Turn/Timer on-line test.  We are going to try a different approach as we work back into this while we are still dealing with COVID protocols.  We will kick off your training with a mandatory an on-line introduction to officiating on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6:30.  This will be an hour and a half at most and will include: 

  • Philosophy of Officiating
  • Expectations and Professional Conduct  
  • Technical Rules
  • Working a Meet
  • Pursuing Certification

Please sign up for this training at:  You will then be sent the invitation to the Zoom training.  

In terms of on-deck training, we will have a dedicated trainer at specified meets/sessions and can accommodate 5-6 people.  The training will be done independent of the deck meet officials – the trainer will be working with you as a group to conduct the training.  This will free the referee and deck officials from the added burden of training since we are not yet at full strength in terms of numbers of officials on the deck.  This is a work in progress – we will have a sign-up on a first come first serve basis for training sessions and information on this will be communicated separately.  Before you participate in any on-deck training, you will need to register as an Apprentice Official.  Details of this are at:  

It would be helpful for your to review the following stroke videos prior to the on-line training: 

  • Officiating Backstroke
  • Officiating Breaststroke
  • Officiating Butterfly
  • Officiating Freestyle
  • Officiating Relays

The videos can be found by scrolling down at:  In total, these will take you about 20 minutes.  

Please sign up as soon as you can and I’ll look forward to starting you on your officiating journey.   If you have any questions, please email me directly.  Referees and Officials Committee – if you are available, you are welcome to join in on this.  Please sign up on the link above.  

Thank you.

Scott Wilshire

AMS Officials Chair