Officiating is an integral part of any swim competition and is accomplished wholly by volunteers! Did you know that:
A typical meet session (4-9 sessions per single meet) requires:
Non-certified positions (50-100 volunteers per session):
- 48-96 Timers (A 4 hour session with 2-3 timers/lane/hour, requires 48-72 timers for a 6 lane pool, and 72-96 timers for an 8 lane pool.)
- 1 Chief Timer
- 1-2 Marshals
- 1 Announcer (if used)
Certified positions (12-25 volunteers per session):
- 1-4 Clerks-of-course depending upon level of meet
- 1-2 Starters
- 1-2 Referees
- 6-12 Stroke and Turn officials
- 1 Timing Equipment Operator
- 1-2 Timing Judges
- 1 Recorder
- 1 Meet Referee (if used)
On average, each team needs one certified official per 15-20 swimmers for there to be enough officials to staff our meets. And unlike some other sports, none of our officials are paid; all of our officials are volunteers!
Top Ten Reasons to Become a Swim Official:
1. Best seat in the house.
2. Free food.
3. Contemporary uniforms. You get to wear shorts in the Winter.
4. Wet socks and shoes; you squish when you walk.
5. No one will ask you to leave the deck.
6. You get to ring a bell if your become a Starter.
7. Tax deduction if you make too much money in your real job.
8. No scrounging for a seat in the stands; no back ache from sitting on the bleachers.
9. You’re easy to locate when your children need money
10. You get splashed like you are in a water park.
Need more reasons to volunteer? We’ve got them! Further information can also be obtained in the “officials” sections of:
or you can contact the VSI SW District Officials Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org