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Reasons to Be an Official
Jeffco needs to recruit 5-6 more officials to get to the recommended 5% of membership. We have a strong and hard working group of officials and the ideal situation is the ability to run a meet without the assistance of officials from other teams. 
 
TOP 10 REASONS TO BE A USA SWIMMING OFFICIAL
  1. The times performed at meets will count and the meet is conducted with fairness to all competitors.
  2. Sitting the stands is boring.
  3. Free food! Officials are given access to the hospitality room where hosts feed the volunteers.
  4. You get to be on deck with the best view of the swimming!
  5. Meet referees prioritize getting the officials breaks so you aren't standing for an entire session and you can visit the hospitality room.
  6. THe team will cover some of your costs and you can deduct volunteering expenses on your taxes.
  7. Sometimes special perks come along (for the Nathan Adrian clinic 50 spots were held for the states officials).
  8. You're always learning something new.
  9. Most officials only work the meets their swimmer is in.
  10. It's fun!
Officiating at our hosted meets counts towards the volunteer sessions for the volunteer discount. Even the stroke and turn clinic counts as a session.
 
Interested?
Main steps to becoming a Stroke and Turn official
  1. Attend a stroke and turn training clinic (with enough interested parents we can do this at Meyers)
  2. Complete 24 hours of shadowing with another official - you have 12 months to complete this. It will take about 6 sessions.
  3. Complete a background check and athlete protection training.
  4. Pass the open-book stroke and turn test online.
Questions?
Contact Heather Rooney heather.rooney@gmail.com
Review info on Colorado Swimming website under the "officials" tab.
 
With enough interest from Jeffco parents an officiating course can be set up at Meyers. Please contact Heather.