Stroke and Turn Official

Becoming a Stroke and Turn Official

A great way to have fun at swim meets and work off your fundraising responsibilities is to serve as a Stroke and Turn Official at swim meets that HSC attends.  HSC will pay for all training and certifications costs.  Here are the steps required.

  1.  Attend a training clinic
    • Stroke & Turn Clinic – A Four hour clinic that includes discussions/videos covering judging strokes, turns and relay takeoffs.
    •  Contact our Zone Official Chair for the location, date, time of next training.  Or to host a training for our club.
  2. Get on the deck training
    • Report to the Official’s briefing 30 minutes prior to meet start.
    • Stroke &n Turn trainees “shadow” experienced officials on deck.
    • Minimum of four sessions of two different meets.
  3. Register as an official
    • Through USA Swimming register as a Nonathletic Member
    • The Club Treasurer is the person to contact for this paperwork
  4. Take USA Swimming Officials Test & other requirements
    • Take online USA Swimming Stroke & Turn Judges test
    • Initiate a back ground check (there is a fee, check the USA Swimming Website)
  5. Other Expectations/Requirements
    • Age- minimum of 18 years old
    • Attire- solid navy blue shorts/pants/skirt, white polo shirt, white shoes
    • Attitude- positive, willingness to volunteer and dedication

Additional information is available here.