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Become An Official

 

Becoming an Official with USA Swimming & Indiana Swimming

Are you interested in becoming an official?  Becoming an official enables you to become more involved with your child’s sport.  You will spend time on deck with your child while fulfilling volunteer requirements and helping out BA.  Without officials, we cannot run sanctioned meets.  There are two types of officiating we encourage you to pursue, and both are briefly described below.

In addition, as an incentive, you will receive a $100 discount on tuition if your child attends a Black and Gold Swim Camp the summer after you fulfill your training, as well as reimbursement of your Official’s Registration each year you officiate for BA. A $50 discount on tuition for Black and Gold Swim Camp will be given for each additional certification you complete and can be used for camp the following summer of your certification completion.  Discounts will be given as credits on your BA account after your swimmer's Black and Gold Swim Camp Proof of Registration and Official's certification has been sent to Michelle at michellebaswim@gmail.com. Officiating a swim session typically means you will be on deck for the entire session as well as be available 45 minutes before the session begins for briefing.  You will typically not be allowed to have phones on deck.  In most cases, you will have regular breaks and have access to team hospitality rooms that provide refreshments to coaches and officials.

Below are two of the most commons types of training our parents work to get to help serve the team.  As with all training, the official source of information is IN Swimming: www.inswimming.org

Technical Official: Stroke and Turn Judge

Stroke and turn judges are the eyes of the referee on deck. Other than the referee, stroke and turn officials are the only officials who can make a call without dual confirmation, and the referee very rarely exercises this authority. Referees and chief judges will ask questions when a stroke and turn judge makes a call, but the referee can only overrule the call on a point of rule

interpretation, or for an action which the referee has personally observed. Well run meets and good competitive results are directly related to good officiating. This requires a thorough knowledge of the rules and the ability to apply them fairly and consistently. It can only be attained by studying the rules, attending training sessions, and working regularly at meets.

 

Like all training, part of it is administrative/ ‘off deck’ training, while completion is done through an apprenticeship process as outlined below.

1. Create an account online with USA Swimming

2. Attend a IN Swimming Administrative Official Clinic (dates available online)

3. Complete open book Administrative Official test online

4. Register online

5. Pass the Level 2 Background Check (BA will reimburse costs)

6. Complete the Athlete Protection Training

Apprenticeship Training

Four training sessions are required. Each session you will work with an Administrative Referee that will help mentor you through the duties of a Stroke and Turn Judge.  They will guide you in the correct method for making timing adjustments, handling positive check-ins, scratches, seeding and disqualifications, reviewing heat sheets, checking results and scoring, etc.  Admin Referee may discuss maintaining proper back-ups and ways to create a paper trail for any possible post session or meet corrections that may develop.  After satisfactory completing the requirements for certification, you must email your completed on-deck apprentice card to the Training Coordinator. Once the Training Coordinator verifies the requirements and reviews have been met, he/she will certify you as an Stroke and Turn Judge/Technical Official.   After a few weeks, you will receive an official name badge.

Administrative Official

Administrative officials perform many key tasks associated with meets, such as timing adjustments, handling positive check-ins, scratches, seeding and disqualifications, reviewing heat sheets, checking results and scoring, and coordinating information from various sources during a meet. Below is a brief outline on what is required to become an Administrative Official.

Like Stroke and Turn training, part of it is administrative/ ‘off deck’ training, while completion is done through an apprenticeship process as outlined below.

1. Create an account online with USA Swimming

2. Attend a IN Swimming Administrative Official Clinic (dates available online)

3. Complete open book Administrative Official test online

4. Register online

5. Pass the Level 2 Background Check (BA will reimburse costs)

6. Complete the Athlete Protection Training

Apprenticeship Training

Four training sessions are required. Each session you will work with an Administrative Referee that will help mentor you through the duties of an Administrative Official.  They will guide you in the correct method for making timing adjustments, handling positive check-ins, scratches, seeding and disqualifications, reviewing heat sheets, checking results and scoring, etc.  Admin Referee may discuss maintaining proper back-ups and ways to create a paper trail for any possible post session or meet corrections that may develop.  After satisfactory completing the requirements for an AO certification, you must email your completed on-deck apprentice card to the Training Coordinator. Once the Training Coordinator verifies the requirements and reviews have been met, he/she will certify you as an Administrative Official.   After a few weeks, you will receive an official name badge.

 

USA Swimming: www.usaswimming.org

Indiana Swimming: www.inswimming.org