Spring/Summer 2018 Assignments
Application to officiate - Referee, Admin, Starter
National Certification Evaluations
The National Officials Certification Program provides expanded education of officials through mentoring, participation and evaluation as well recognizing those officials who have demonstrated their knowledge of swim officiating at each level and position. One step in becoming nationally certified at a position is to complete an evaluation at a designated meet.
Officials wishing to be evaluated at one of these meets may apply for an evaluation by completing an application form and emailing it to Marcus Stromberg.
The following meets will offer evaluations: TBA
Becoming an Official
Want to get started as an official? MN Swimming provides a training and certification program open to everyone interested in becoming an official. This program consists of:
An education module which covers the basic knowledge and skills to needed perform the position. This can occur during the first on deck training session.
On deck training at meets to reinforce the material from the educational module and practice the skills needed as an official.
Pass a USA Swimming online test.
Become a USA Swimming Non-Athlete member. (See more information below)
MN Swimming Stroke & Turn Apprentice Form
Steps to Becoming a MN Swimming Stroke & Turn Official
MN Swimming Starter Apprentice Form
MN Swimming Referee Apprentice Form (this link points to the "Meet Training Record" file for now)
Reminder: Official’s Membership Cards are no longer printed/mailed.
Officials may print their cards from the Official’s Tracking System (OTS). This card will be acceptable to use as their membership card at all swim meets. Officials may also show their “membership card” from their Deck Pass app on their mobile devices as proof of membership, as well as their current Background Check and APT. If you want a printed card, you can print one from Deck Pass on the USA Swimming website.
Training and Certification
All officials start out as a Stroke & Turn Judge or Administrative Official. If you are at a meet and would like on-deck orientation training just come over to the meet administration table and ask to speak to the Meet Referee.
Participate in on-deck training at five meet sessions. This involves training with a certified official during a swimming meet.
Candidates must pass (80%) a USA Swimming Officials test.
USA Swimming Membership
All official must hold a USA Swimming Non-Athlete membership. Please note, you can start your training before receiving a membership. Most people start their training and while that is underway complete the membership requirements. Here are the steps to receive a non-athlete membership:
Concussion Awareness Training
Minnesota state law states that any nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity for which a fee is charged, must require all participating coaches and officials to receive initial online training at least once every three calendar years consistent with the Concussion in Youth Sports online training program available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. See more information including the statute... Please note that concussion training received as a high school official will satisfy the State of Minnesota requirement.