Volunteer as a Swimming Official – I DID!
by Jayne Biafore
I first started as a Stroke and Turn Judge after my daughter showed an interest in swimming year-round with a club. I thought it was a great way to get out of the bleachers and keep busy during long meets. Plus, her club gives a discount on fees when a parent volunteers as a swimming official.
Well, that was seven years ago and I can’t begin to tell you how my decision to become a swimming official has really become a very enjoyable part of my life. For the past several years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as Referee or Starter for some of the area’s most exciting meets. I’ve met some great people and made some very good friends -- including swim judges who continue to volunteer even after their kids no longer swim!
I'd also like you to know, from the very first training session, it’s always emphasized that when in doubt the edge goes to the swimmer. Swim judges at all levels, even the Olympics, are taught that there is no substitute for good judgment and common sense.
I hope you’ll consider taking the stroke and turn judge training this spring and I’ll see you on the deck this summer!
If you're interested in becoming an official, go to this page on the MCSL website to learn more and register for an upcoming certification clinic. There is one at the Germantown Indoor Pool on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00.
We also need some parents to step up and get trained as Starters and Referees!
ATTENTION CURRENT OFFICIALS!
The information below is as of March 2017. Officials listed below who are showing that their certifications [Expired (15)] will need to take the training this year in order to officiate. Please go to this page on the MCSL website to register for an upcoming re-certification clinic.