September 29, 2019
Madison Aquatic Club and Wisconsin Swimming are always looking for new volunteers to join the ranks of officials! Being a USA Swimming Officials is a great way to serve the Club and support the sport of swimming. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
USA Swimming Officials are volunteers who are committed to supporting the sport of swimming by ensuring fair and equitable competition. While opportunities exist to work at every meet (both at home and away) there is no requirement to work, aside from ensuring you satisfy your yearly session's requirement as prescribed by USA Swimming to keep your certification current. You decide when and at what meets you’d like to work – officiating is an all-volunteer effort.
Interested? The next class is this Wednesday, October 2 at Memorial High School from 5:15-9:15pm. If you are interested in becoming an official but cannot attend this clinic, please email Janis and we can try to arrange another clinic in the area.
See below for more information on becoming an official.
I'm new to the sport of swimming and don’t know any of the rules – Am I really suited to becomean Official?
Yes, and don’t worry! The Club has a great group of experienced Officials to help you learn the ropes. Many Officials have started just where you are. You will become well-qualified in no time at all and will gain a better appreciation for the sport along the way. No experience is necessary.
How do I Get Started?
- Attend a Stroke & Turn training clinic.
- The clinic requires approximately 4 hours and includes discussions and a USA Swimming produced video on judging strokes, turns and relay takeoffs. Wisconsin Swimming conducts clinics throughout the year at various locations. See the WI Swimming Officials Page to register for the clinic. For more information about upcoming clinics and more on officiating, go to www.wiswimming.org
- Get on the Deck Training - New Stroke & Turn judges typically work a minimum of four sessions at a minimum of two different meets, “shadowing” experienced officials.
- Register as an Official as a non-athlete member of USA Swimming
- Take USA Swimming Officials Test, on-line, open book. You must have a completed USA Swimming non-athlete membership before you can take this test.
- Complete the Athlete Protection Training as required by MAAPP
- MAC will reimburse you after you become an official for all expenses including your clinic fee, USA non-athlete registration, future background checks and you will get reduced meet fees for MAC hosted meets.
- WI Swimming will pay for your 1st background check, white polo and name tag
- Uniform is a white polo, navy pants/skirts/shorts and white shoes
Does this count toward my volunteer requirements for the Club?
Yes, sessions that you work at home meets count toward your yearly volunteer hours requirements. Each team is expected to contribute to the pool of certified officials at away meets so that the responsibilities are shared across all teams. At each meet, the number of officials expected from each team is based on the number of swimmers competing from each team. We all help each other out!
There are also great benefits of becoming an Official!
- Gain a more thorough understanding of swimming in particular, and sports in general.
- Help support a sport that promotes a healthy lifestyle for our children.
- Become involved in the meet both mentally and physically rather than merely spectating.
- Fulfill volunteer requirements for your club.
- Get closer to the competition.
- Receive great hospitality.
- MAC Officials will have all costs of becoming an official reimbursed and get a credit for one child's meet fees at a home meet.
We thank you in advance for your interest and commitment to your swimmer and the sport!
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