VSL Stroke & Turn Certification
Every youth swim team must rely on parent volunteers to serve as Stroke & Turn judges. Consider the position as that of an umpire, or a referee for rules regarding strokes & turns, starts & finishes. It's not necessarily a fun task b/c nobody wants to disqualify a six-year-old attempting the butterfly, but it's an absolute necessity. Please consider becoming a Stroke & Turn judge.
Here's what's required:
Become certified any one of several ways outlined below.
Shadow a veteran parent at a meet to learn some of the nuances of the task.
Sign-up to serve for one half of one meet at a time.
Learn as you go. The best part of the role is, THE SWIMMER ALWAYS GETS THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, so do not worry about making mistakes b/c nobody's perfect. It may seem like a thankless job, but every team always needs parents certified to be Stroke & Turn judges.
All VSL Stroke & Turn judges must be certified by attending one of two VSL clinics:
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30-8pm @ JMU’s Godwin Hall, Classroom #341.
Thursday, June 8, 6:30-8pm @ JMU’s Godwin Hall, Classroom #341.
In addition to parent volunteers, meet directors & at least one adult coach from each team is required to attend one of the clinics.
There are two exemptions to participation in a clinic:
If an S&T official worked at least two meets last year, they may re-certify at online via www.strokeandturn.com, which costs $25. If you plan to do this, please alert VSL Referee Beth Arnold. Also, please click VALLEY SWIM LEAGUE under League for a copy of the results to be sent to the VSL.
Existing USA Swimming, or YMCA certification. If you are USA Swimming, or YMCA certified, please alert VSL Referee Beth Arnold.
VHSL certification does NOT qualify for VSL certification.
Here is the link to the 2017 USA Swimming Rulebook: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/rules-regulations/2017-rulebook.pdf.
For more information, please contact the Westover Waves head of Stroke & Turn Judges Chris Fox, or the VSL Referee Beth Arnold. Thank you.