Official's Contact List

 NEW: Officials Contact List updated 1.22.2021
(Note: This list includes officials that returned the
annual release of information sheet for 2020-2021)

Referees and Meet Directors may request a contact list for officials
for MN Swimming competitions through the Officials Committee Chair, Bill Stephan.
Please send a request by email.

Virtual Clinic Schedule

 

Clinic

Date

Sign Up Link

Presenter(s)

Comments

Admin Official: 201 Wednesday
January 20, 2021
7PM
SIGN UP
HERE
Tracy Meece
 

Virtual Clinic
Admin 101 is NOT required to attend this clinic

Stroke & Turn: 201
Deep Dive into
Strokes

Wednesday
January 27, 2021
7PM

SIGN UP
HERE
Rebecca Binder
and
Jack Swanson
Virtual Clinic
S&T 101 is NOT required to attend this clinic
Stroke & Turn: 101
Intro to S&T

Wednesday
February 3, 2021
7PM

SIGN UP
HERE
Rebecca Binder
and
Jack Swanson
Virtual Clinic
Admin Official: 101
Artistry of an
Admin

Monday
February 8, 2021
7PM

Coming
Soon
Tracy Meece Virtual Clinic
Admin Official: 201
 

Wednesday
February 17, 2021
7PM

Coming
Soon
Tracy Meece

Virtual Clinic
Admin 101 is NOT required to attend this clinic

Stroke & Turn: 201
Deep Dive Into
Strokes

Wednesday
February 24, 2021
7PM

Coming
Soon
Rebecca Binder
and
Jack Swanson
Virtual Clinic
S&T 101 is NOT required to attend this clinic
Stroke & Turn: 101
Intro to S&T

Wednesday
March 3, 2021
7PM

Coming
Soon
Rebecca Binder
and
Jack Swanson
Virtual Clinic

 

Apprentice Forms

NEW OFFICIALS: MN Swimming Stroke & Turn Apprentice Form (upd. 12/23/20)

NEW OFFICIALS: Steps to Becoming a MN Swimming Stroke & Turn Official (upd. 12/23/20)
One-Page How to Become an Official (upd. 10/20)

MN Swimming Starter Apprentice Form (upd. 10/20)

MN Swimming Referee Apprentice Form (upd. 10/20)

MN Swimming Admin Official Apprentice Form (upd. 10/20)

Becoming an Official: USA Swimming Membership
&
Official Certification Requirements

All officials start out as a Stroke & Turn Judge or Administrative Official. If you are at a meet and would like on-deck orientation training just come over to the meet administration table and ask to speak to the Meet Referee. 

All officials must hold a USA Swimming Non-Athlete membership. Please note, you can start your training before receiving a membership. Most people start their training and while that is underway complete the membership requirements. Here are the steps to receive a non-athlete membership:

1. Submit a Non-Athlete Membership Application and complete USA Swimming's Athlete Protection Training (APT) 
(both are linked under Documents/Coaches_Athletes_non-Athlete)


NEW: 2020-2021 Annual Release of Information Form

2. Pass a background check.

3. Complete Athlete Protection Training.

4. Complete Concussion Awareness Training
(required by MN State law to be completed once every 3 years).

Certificate of completion MUST be emailed to Becky ([email protected]) or Tracy ([email protected]).

5. Participate in on-deck training at five meet sessions.
This involves training with a certified official during a swimming meet.

6. Pass USA Swimming Officials test (80%).

Reminder: Official’s Membership Cards are no longer printed/mailed.

Officials may print their cards from the Official’s Tracking System (OTS). This card will be acceptable to use as their membership card at all swim meets. Officials may also show their “membership card” from their Deck Pass Pluss app on their mobile devices as proof of membership, as well as their current Background Check and APT. If you want a printed card, you can print one from Deck Pass on the USA Swimming website.

Not sure if your USA membership or certifications are current?

Log in to your Deck Pass (free from USA Swimming) and click on your Member Card to see your expiration dates. 

Concussion Awareness Training Information

Minnesota state law states that any nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity for which a fee is charged, must require all participating coaches and officials to receive initial online training at least once every three calendar years consistent with the Concussion in Youth Sports online training program available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. See more information including the statute...   Please note that concussion training received as a high school official will satisfy the State of Minnesota requirement.

Certificate of completion MUST be emailed to Becky ([email protected]) or Tracy ([email protected]).

National Certification Evaluations

The National Officials Certification Program provides expanded education of officials through mentoring, participation and evaluation as well recognizing those officials who have demonstrated their knowledge of swim officiating at each level and position. One step in becoming nationally certified at a position is to complete an evaluation at a designated meet.

More information can be found at the National Certification and Evaluation page on the USA Swimming website.

The following meets will offer evaluations: TBD

Reference Materials

2020 USA Swimming Rule Book

MN Officials Certification Standards v11_2013

Referee's Guide (PDF)

Pre-Meet Guide (PDF)

Running Meets with Meet Manager  (May 2009) (PDF)

National Weather Service Lightning Safety

Rule differences between sanctioning bodies of swimming
FINA/USA Swimming, NFHS, NCAA, US Masters (PDF)
(9.18.18)

Stroke & Turn On-Deck Training Guide (PDF)

FINA New Rules for Timing Resolutions Effective 5/1/16

Badges & Shirts

Officials Apparel

Name Badges/Bell/Whistle Information