Becoming a USA Swim Official
Dynamo is a parent owned nonprofit club and we run many meets throughout the year that require many hands-on deck. Here at Dynamo we are a family and we need everyone to find a place to participate and volunteer. One way to do this is to become a USA Swim Official.
USA Swimming swim meets require Officials both “wet” and “dry”. Without these Officials, swimmers would not have the times they achieve go into the USA Swimming SWIMS database. These Officials (the ones wearing white over blue at meets) are volunteers. The benefits of becoming a USA Official are numerous: It counts as your volunteer hours, it gives you a better understanding of your child’s sport, the swim meets go by much faster when you are volunteering at them, you have the best spot on the pool deck for watching everyone swim, you receive reserved parking at most meets (and usually free parking at Tech), meals at meets are provided, and free heat sheets. Furthermore, since all USA Officials are volunteers, and are not paid, you can write off expenses, including your mileage, and hotel cost at a travel meet your child goes to if you work as an Official at that meet. Becoming a USA Official is a wonderful way to give back to a sport and team that gives all our children lifelong skills both in and out of the water. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF SWIMMING IS NEEDED TO BECOME A SWIMMING OFFICIAL. You will be trained and equipped with all you need to know!
There are two levels if entry that you can choose from:
These officials stand at either end of the pool or walk along the side of the pool observing the swimmers to ensure that the technical rules of the individual strokes are being followed. Stroke and Turn Officials may progress to positions of Starter and Referee.
These officials deal with the paper work side of swim meets. They also serve as an information center at meets by answering general questions from swimmers, coaches, other officials, parents, and spectators. The upward progression for an Administrator includes Recorder/Scorer (Hy Tech operator), Timing Judge, and Meet Director.
If you would like more information on becoming a USA Swim Official and which is the best entry spot for you, please contact Clarice Wasmuth, Dynamo Official’s Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are ready to become an Official, the first step is to sign up for the training class on the GA Swimming web page: https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=lscszgs Scroll to the bottom of the web page and you will see Upcoming LSC Events, click on LSC Function tab and then you will be able to see and select an Official Class – remember entry level is S & T or AO and there is a cost of $16
Another web site to see a list with future events is the GA Official’s web page: https://www.gaofficials.org Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the training calendar