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Welcome to the Montana Swimming LSC Officials Page

This page is for the posting of resources of special interest to Montana Swimming Officials.

The Montana Swimming Officials Chair is Merle Gunderson from Great Falls e-mail or phone 406-727-2724.


2018 Montana Swimming Officials Meeting: Saturday October 6 at the Butte YMCA. Time to be announced. At this meeting we will vote for a new officials chair as the current chair's term will be over. The meeting will be followed by a short all YMCA swim meet that the officials are asked to stay and help officiate. The meet is fro Missoula, Butte, and Billings YMCA swim teams only.

Meeting Notice:                                  Agenda:                 Minutes:


2017 Montana Swimming Officials Meeting: Saturday September 30 at the Butte YMCA 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Meeting Notice:  Word         Agenda:  Word      Minutes: 

2017 MT Swim Officials Awards

Phil Dolan, a referee from the Helena Lions Swim Team, was selected to receive the Montana Swimming Excellence e in Officiating Award by the officials when they met on September 30, 2017. Phil is an outstanding official having served many years on the deck for both age group and high school swimming. He recently completed his referee training and attended the USA Swimming New Referees Clinic in Denver. Phil's dedication and service was recognized by his fellow officials as they selected him to receive their top award for the year. Phil's award was announced during the referee's clinic in Denver surprising him with the news. The announcement and his photo were posted on Instagram and Facebook where he joined the ranks of #OfficiallyAwesome! 

Darrell Bauman, a stroke and turn official with the Peak Waves Swim Team in Great Falls, was selected to receive the Mark Hallgrimson Award which recognizes an outstanding stroke and turn official in Montana Swimming. Darrell can be found on the deck at age group meets and high school meets across the state giving generously of his time and talents to make swimming better for the athletes.

Congratulations Phil and Darrell!

Ever wonder how the rules of swimming are made? How they have changed over the years? Read this article to learn more. The History of Swimming Rules PDF

  • MT Swim Officials NEWS


>>> New Rules Information<<<

  1. Freestyle Portion of the Medley Relay effective 9-21-17  PDF
  2. New Breaststroke Timing of Permissible Butterfly Kick after the Starts and Turn Rules Change effective Nov. 30, 2014 pdf
  3. New 2 hand touch rules interpretation   -    DESCRIPTION
  4. Information about Apprentice Officials - ARTICLE

Concussion Information

Application for Club or Individual to receive reimbursement for fees paid to become a MT Swimming Official.
Note: Official must work at 5 meets per year to qualify for MT Swimming reimbursement. Mt Swimming will reimburse the club or individual for registration fees paid and for background check fees paid for officials meeting these requirements. The application must be submitted by August 31.
reimbursement form :    --    WORD    PDF



  • Montana Swimming Application to Referee a Championship Meet

This document is required for all Championships meets held and sanctioned in the state of Montana. This includes both State meets (Long Course & Short Course), the BC Championship, and any Senior Championship meets held here.

Application to Referee Championship Meet    --    DOC -- PDF



  • Application to Officiate at Age Group or Senior Zone/Sectional  Meet

Email-able application to be an official at either of:

the Age Group Zones or Senior Zones

Championship meets

PREFERRED: Email version is to be returned per instructions via email.

Application to Officiate at 2018 AG Zone Championship Meet    --   PDF

Application to Officiate at 2018 Senior Zone Championship Meet  --  Word

Application to Officiate at the Northwest Age Group Regional Meet at Federal Way, WA  --  TBA

Application to Officiate at the Western Region Spring Senior Sectional Meet at Federal Way, WA  --  TBA

Application to Officiate at the Western Region Spring Senior Sectional Meet at Austin, TX -- TBA

Information/Application to Officiate at the 2019 SC USMS Nationals -- TBA

Application to Officiate at the Western Region Summer Senior Sectional Meet at Mt Hood, OR. -- 2018



Applications for Nationals and Junior Nationals

Applications for the 2018 winter national meets are now posted at They will stay open until at least July 28 (Nationals) and Aug 5 (Juniors). If enough applications to sufficiently staff the meets are received by those dates, then the application will close on those dates.

  • USA Swimming Officials Resources

>>> USA Swimming Officials Resources Page <<<

Link to the USA Swimming Officials Resource Page. This page contains news relative to Officiating as well as information about how to become a swimming official. There are also a number of forms related to officiating at USA Swimming meets, including uniform ordering information, and downloads for rules and regulations.



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