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 from 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 should have sufficient experience 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 sufficient experience as a Starter in order to be considered for advancement to Referee. Also, an AMS Official may only begin training at a higher level 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. Advancement is only complete upon approval of the AMS Officials Chair.
AMS requires all Referees, Starters and CJ’s to have completed an approved online concussion education course. Please read this AMS Training Requirement for Concussions.
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.
What is the uniform for AMS Officials?
AMS Officials Uniform Policy