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Swim Club Officials

Northfield Swim Club Officials Requirements

Updated 11/14/2017

Here is a checklist of steps to become an “official” Official.  I encourage you to jump in and start shadowing at swim meets, while working on the checklist.  Links for each of the steps can be found at Minnesota Swimming Officials website.

 

1.     Complete a Non-Athlete Membership Application

2.     Complete the Officials Annual Release of Information

3.     Take the USA Swimming Officials Test

4.     Submit the Level II Background Check

5.     Complete the online Athlete Protection Training (APT)

6.     Complete the online Concussion in Youth Sports training - Main USA page not requiring and issues with the test at this time.

7.     Serve as a Shadow Swim Official at 5 meet sessions

8.     Uniform Information

 

These items can be completed in any order, but it would help your team to get 1, 2, and 4 started first.  Here are more details on each step.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

1.     Complete a Non-Athlete Membership Application

a.     Non-Athlete Membership Application

i.  2018 Form

b.     Submit this form to a board member.  We will cover the annual registration fee and submit the form to Minnesota Swimming for you.

c.     Membership Code = Certified Official

 

2.     Complete the Officials Annual Release of Information

a.     Officials Annual Release of Information

b.     Submit this form to a board member, to be turned in with your application in #1 above.

c.     Current Certification Level = Stroke & Turn Judge (unless seeking another position)

 

3.     Take the USA Swimming Officials Test

a.     USA Swimming Officials Test

b.     This link takes you to USA Swimming.  You can create a user account before your application is processed.  You can start the test right away, and can stop and return to the test when you’re ready.

c.     This is an open book test.  It helps to open a test window, while having the rules open on a second window.  You will receive a printed rule book, but this may take a while to receive.  You can always open the 2017 online rule book.  Currently the test is based on the 2016 rule book.

d.     The test is not difficult, but it pushes you to look up and cite individual rules.  The test focuses on pages 17-21 on stroke rules.
 

4.     Submit the Level II Background Check

a.     Background Check (Current price is around $36.00 - Price may change)

b.     Select Background Check for Coach or Official

c.     By entering your First Name, Last Name, and DOB, your results can be matched to your application, even if your Background Check is processed first.  Any fees should be submitted to the Board of Directors.

d.     Background Check Renewal (Current price is around $18.00 - Price may change)

       1.     Click link above.  Enter First Name, Last Name, and DOB.  Select your profile.  Find link to renew                   your background check.

 

5.     Complete the online Athlete Protection Training (APT)

a.     Athlete Protection Training

b.     Again, entering your First Name, Last Name, and DOB, ensures you will get credit for this training.

 

6.     Complete the online Concussion in Youth Sports training

a.     Concussion in Youth Sports (looks like issues with the test at this time)

b.     Any registration fees and certification should be submitted to the Board of Directors.

 

7.     Serve as a Shadow Swim Official at 5 meet sessions

a.     Simply go down to the timing table at any local meet and volunteer to shadow.  You will be matched up with a working official to observe and ask questions.

b.     One session is the morning or afternoon of a typical meet, so two sessions could be done in one day.

c.     Please wear the typical official uniform.

 

8.     The official uniform is typically a white polo shirt, Khaki pants or shorts and white shoes.

a.     USA Swimming Polo Shirts and Name Badges Info

b.     Direct Links to Best Name Badges and USA Swimming Officials Store.  Be sure to check out the Information link first.

 

Officials training classes, while not required, are a great way to learn about what it takes to become an official. There are currently no training classes planned at this time, but information will be emailed out if/when a class is scheduled. 

A big thanks to Paul Craig (E-Mail) with the Storm Swim Club for providing this information.

 

Greg Blandin (E-Mail)

Club Official