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Becoming an Official

 
 

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL? 

A large number of officials are required to conduct a swim meet and all of the positions, with the exception of timers, require training and certification which is provided throughout the year.

Link to Virginia Swimming Certification Checklist

The following summaries describe the training requirements and responsibilities of the various positions.  Cindy Hunter is the officials chair from the Virginia Gators.  Please contact her at cinbry@aol.com and she can direct you to the right place and give you insight into officiating if you are interested or have questions about becoming an official.  Additional information can also on the Officials page of the VSI website and in the Officials Recruiting Booklet.

Position Title

Job Description

Training Requirements

 

 

Referee

 

Responsible for supervising officials at a meet and ensuring that all rules are observed

 

Certified as a starter, recommended by Regional Officials Chair, pass written test, complete on-the-job training.

 

 

Starter

 

Ensures that all swimmers have a fair start

 

Certified as a stroke and turn official for one year, pass written test, complete on-the-job training

 

 

Stroke and Turn Judge

 

Observe the swim, turns, and finishes of the swimmers for compliance with the technical rules of swimming

 

Attend clinic, pass written test, complete on-the-job training

 

 

CTS Operator

 

Runs the electronic timing system at meets, usually a Colorado Timing System (CTS)

 

Attend clinic, pass written test, complete on-the-job training

 

 

Timing Judge

 

In consultation with the referee, determines the official time for a swimmer

 

 

Attend clinic, pass written test, complete on-the-job training

 

 

Recorder

 

Records the official time for swimmers and publishes the results

 

 

Attend clinic, pass written test, complete on-the-job training

 

 

Clerk of Course

 

Seeds swimmers into correct heats. Ensures that young swimmers make it from the clerk of course are to the starting blocks

 

Attend clinic, pass written test, complete on-the-job training