FINA Rules

Introduction to Stroke and Turn Judging

Good officiating is essential to running a quality swim meet and to producing reliable results.

Disqualifying swimmers for infractions is not meant to punish them but to maintain fairness to all swimmers. This protects swimmers who have worked hard to swim a technically correct stroke in the competition and educates the swimmers who commit infractions. Remember to always give the swimmer the benefit of any doubt if you are not sure of what you have seen.

A good Stroke & Turn Judge:

  • Has a thorough knowledge of the rules
  • Applies the rules fairly and consistently
  • Studies the rules, attends training sessions and works regularly at meets to stay up to date with any changes
  • Ensures that all swimmers receive an equal chance at success
  • Clearly observes an infraction that is judged to be a disqualification before reporting it and does not guess or anticipate
  • Judges fairly and equally regardless of personal relationships with swimmers or clubs
  • Gives all competitors equal coverage in observing their performance and does not concentrate on any one swimmer
  • Does not look for reasons to disqualify

Stays Professional while on deck:

  • Does not coach swimmers
  • Refrains from cheering
  • Controls their emotions
  • Does not fraternize with swimmers, coaches or spectators during a competition
  • Gives undivided attention from start to finish
  • Admits a mistake if a wrong call is made

Please download the FINA rules link below. If you have any questions, watch the videos to see if this answers your questions. Always feel free to contact Jenny or Fran if you have any concerns.

FINA Rules of Swimming (updated September 2015)