How do I advance from one level to another?
The first thing to do before advancing is to be in touch with the AMS Officials Chair. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Advancement form one level to another within AMS depends on a few factors, including:
- Amount of experience at your current level;
- How comfortable and “aware of your surroundings” you are on deck
- Your desire to advance
Generally speaking, an AMS Official has to have completed one year as a Stroke & Turn Judge to train as either a Chief Judge and/or Starter. To advance to Referee, an AMS Official must be certified as a Stroke & Turn Judge, Chief Judge and Starter. The Official must have completed at least one year as a Starter and officiated a minimum of 6 sessions as a Starter in order to be considered for advancement to Referee. Also, an AMS Official may only begin training as a Referee with the permission of the AMS Officials Chair.
There is no substitute for deck experience. To advance, you must have a good command of USA Swimming rules and be comfortable on deck.
AMS strongly supports the national certification program of USA Swimming. To advance as an N2 Official, you must attend an Officials Qualifying Meet and be evaluated by a national evaluator. For more information, click here.