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Announcements        
  • Registration for 2018 is found here and a new roster list based on that will be posted as we get registrations. 
  • USA Swimming Rule Interpretation on Medley Relays and IMs.  - USA Swimming Rule Interpretation
  • New NCAA Swimming and Diving Officials Program
    Beginning September 1, 2015, the NCAA will introduce an Officials program in the sport of Swimming & Diving. With the release of the new Swimming and Diving Rules Book on September 1, only those officials who have successfully completed the testing requirement and registered as an NCAA official will be eligible to work one of the four NCAA Championship meets. NCAA Playing Rule 4 also recommends that member institutions and conferences begin using NCAA registered officials after September 1. - Memo from NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Committee
  • Latest Wisconsin Swimming Officials Newsletter - June 2016

 
Maintaining Certification:

See our online registration system for 2018 

Official Training Clinics:


  • To request a training clinic in your area, please use our new online request form HERE 
If you have any questions about officials training clinics, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Harbert, Wisconsin Swimming Officials Chair, aquaymca@yahoo.com, or 715-573-9651 Please refer to the "Officials Policies & Guidelines" area below for more information on steps to become an official.​​  

Spring 2018 Officials Clinics - $25 payable to WI Swimming

Registration Link

 
  • Stroke & Turn - Saturday, April 29 - 10 AM - Weyerhaeuser, WI - In conjunction with the CWSC annual meeting. 
  • Stroke & Turn - Tuesday, May 8 - 5:15 PM - Madison, WI (James Madison Memorial HS - 210 S. Gammon Road) 
  • Starter / Referee - Thursday, May 10 - 5:15 PM - Madison, WI (James Madison Memorial HS - 210 S.Gammon Road) 
  • Administrative Officials - Monday, May 14 - 7 PM - via SKYPE 
 
Officials Roster:

Officials: Below is the Officials Roster for Wisconsin Swimming certified officials.  If any of your information is incorrect, contact Ben Radloff at bradloff5@hotmail.com.  

  • Roster (July 2018)- Officials who registered on WI Swimming as of 7/7/2018 (Excel) (PDF)
 Officials Awards: 

"Patty Kramer" Officials of the Year Awards
Congratulations to 2015 Wisconsin LSC Officials of the Year award recipients, Michael Mellock and Gregg Barta
  • 2015 Stroke & Turn Judge: Mike Mellock - SWAT
  • 2015 Starter/Referee: Gregg Barta - LAKE
  • 2014 Stroke & Turn Judge: Emily Spears - UN
  • 2014 Starter/Referee: Michael Harbert - WAYS
  • 2013 Stroke & Turn Judge: John Gupton - SWAT
  • 2013 Starter/Referee: Mark Wong, FCY 
  • 2012 Stroke & Turn Judge: Marisue and Mike Horton,  BAC
  • 2012 Starter/Referee: Kim Stoll - LAKE
  • 2011 Stroke & Turn Judge: Suzanne Gibbons-Burgener - DFAC
  • 2011 Starter/Referee: Judy Felts - SCSC
  • 2010 Stroke & Turn Judge: Frosty Girdley - BAC
  • 2010 Starter/Referee - Don Heinz - UN
  • 2009 Stroke and Turn Judge - Vicki and Dave Stone - TIDE
  • 2009 Starter/Referee: Patty Kramer - UN
Officials Lifetime Achievement Award:
Congratulations to inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Joe Domitrz!
  • 2014 - Joe Domitrz - J-HK
  • 2016 - George Geanon - LAKE
*​Nominations for Officials Awards may be made by submitting this form: Nomination Form
 
Policies & Guidelines:

  • Officials Committee: Mission Statement and Structure - Word Doc - PDF

  • Becoming a USA Swimming Certified Stroke & Turn Official - Word DocPDF 

  • Final Steps: Becoming a Stroke/Turn Official - Word Doc - PDF

  • Becoming a USA Swimming Administrative Official - Word Doc - PDF

  • Becoming a USA Swimming Certified Starter/Referee Official - Word Doc - PDF

  • Apprentice Policy for Officials Word Doc - PDF

  • Wisconsin Swimming Officials Credentials Policy and Procedure  - Word Doc - PDF

  • How to Print Your Certification Card from OTS - Word Doc - PDF

  • USA Swimming Reciprocity for YMCA Certified Officials - PDF

  • Officials Transfer Policy - PDF

  • Administrative Official Certification Requirements  - Word Doc - PDF

  • Staffing of Officials for Swim Meets  - Word Doc - PDF

  • Officials Diagrams and Deck Coverage - PDF

  • Selection of Appointed Officials for LSC Championship Meets Word Doc - PDF

  • LSC Championship Meets: Officials' Responsibilities Word Doc - PDF

  • LSC Officials Qualifying Meets - Word Doc - PDF

  • Management of Pool Contamination Word Doc - PDF

  • Declared False Starts - Word Doc - PDF

  • Official of the Year Policy:  Word Doc - PDF

  • Officials’ Travel Stipend Policy and Application Form: Word Doc - PDF

  • Protocols for USA Swimming Observers - Word Doc - PDF

  • Observed Swims at High School Meets - Word Doc - PDF

 
Educational Materials:

  • "The Professional" Stroke & Turn - PDF

  • "The Professional" Starter - PDF (updated 2/2015)

  • "The Professional" Deck Referee - PDF

  • "The Professional" Administrative   Referee - PDF

  • Instructions for Using Officials Online Tracking System: Word Doc - PDF

  • Instructions for Using Officials List Spreadsheet: Word Doc

  • Mentoring an Apprentice - PDF

  • Chief Judge - PDF

  • Meet Marshall Instructions - PDF

  • Reconciling Times in Hy-Tek Meet Manager 5.0 - PDF - (NEW)

  • Rationale for Timing System Adjustments - PDF

  • National Officials Certification Program Summary - PDF

  • USA Swimming Officials Education & Training Web Page

  • USA Swimming Officials Tracking System Instructions for Officials - PDF

  • Notes from 2012 WI Swimming Officials Re-certification Clinics - PDF

  • What is a False Start? - Starter/Referee Guidelines - PDF 

  • Declared False Start - Word Doc - PDF

 
Forms

 
Rules Interpretations and Links of interest to Wisconsin Swimming officials:

  • The USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee, or its designee, has the sole authority to interpret Part One of the Rulebook and has the authority to interpret the remainder of the Rules and Regulations. Here is a document summarizing interpretations that have been issued:  
 
    • Acting pursuant to the provisions of Rule 511.1.1, has amended the Swimwear Advertising Rule 102.8.3 A (1) to bring the current USA Swimming Rule into conformance with FINA By-law 7.1.1 Swimsuits - adopted by the FINA Bureau. The amended rule102.8.3 A (1) is set forth below in its entirely. The underlined portion of the rule highlights the amendment.

      102.8.3 A (1)

      “(1) Swimsuits – A total of two separate advertising logos of a maximum size of 30 square centimeters (4.65 square inches) each, as measured as applied, shall be permitted.”

      This rule, as amended, is effective immediately.

  • USA Swimming has issued an important new guidance communication regarding enforcement of the rule prohibiting the practice of Deck Changing.  The focus is on education of athletes and coaches, and not penalties.  
  • As per the 11/30/14 letter from Rules and Regulations Committee Chair Jay Thomas, effective immediately, Rule 101.2.3 - Kick has been amended as below, with the underlined passage indicating the affected wording:
"After the start and each turn, at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick a single butterfly kick is permitted. Following which, all movements of the legs shall be simultaneous and in the same horizontal plane without alternating movement." 
 
  • Deck Changing
USA Swimming has issued an important new guidance communication regarding enforcement of the rule prohibiting the practice of Deck Changing.  The focus is on education of athletes and coaches, and not penalties.    Special Communication from USA Swimming - 3/23/15

 

  • Butterfly Kick During the Breaststroke

As per the 11/30/14 letter from Rules and Regulations Committee Chair Jay Thomas, effective immediately, Rule 101.2.3 - Kick has been amended as below, with the underlined passage indicating the affected wording:

"After the start and each turn, at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick a single butterfly kick is permitted. Following which, all movements of the legs shall be simultaneous and in the same horizontal plane without alternating movement." ​
 
  • Two-Hand Touch for Butterfly and Breaststroke

At its Congress in 2013, FINA adopted rules changes requiring the swimmer's hands be separated at turns and the finish touch in both breaststroke and butterfly. Since the word "separated" is subject to interpretation, for purposes of the turn and finish rules in both breaststroke and butterfly the following interpretation from USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Chair, Dan McAllen III. shall be determinative:

 
  • USA Swimming Technical Rules Changes to Conform to FINA Changes
 
  • 4-Hour Rule:
On September 14, 2013, the USAS Rules & Regulations Committee issued an interpretation regarding USA Swimming  Article 205.3.1F (4 hour rule).  In summary, meets must be planned such that events for 12 & Unders can reasonably be concluded within four (4) hours. Sessions that exceed four hours are not in violation of the rule if properly planned.  The rule does NOT apply to Open events even if swimmers 12 years of age or younger are entered.  See the interpretation letter from USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Chair, Dan McAllen III:
 
  • Butterfly Stroke Arm Recovery:

On June 7, 2010, the USA Swimming issued an official interpretation related to the requirements for the recovery of the arms during the butterfly stroke, as defined in Article 101.3.2 (Butterfly).  See the letter from past USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Chair, Bruce Stratton:

 
  • Approved Swimwear:
USA Swimming has passed new important rule changes relating to swimsuits worn in all USA Swimming sanctioned and approved competition, or in any observed swim. These new rules, which are effective October 1, 2009, significantly change the types of swimsuits which may be worn in competition. In July, 2009, FINA, the international governing body for the sport of swimming, adopted new rules effective January 1, 2010, which specify the design and construction of swimsuits which may be used in competition. USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee changed USA Swimming’s rules to conform to those of FINA.
 
Contact Information for Officials Committee (Also see Officials Committee tab)

Michael Harbert
Officials Chair
715-573-9651