We are excited you’ve decided to become a USA Swimming Stroke and Turn Judge. We hope you enjoy our new online learning program.

We’ve created a short checklist for you, with links, with everything you need to become a judge.

The training is designed to work in steps, with each building on the last. It is best to do the training in the recommended order of steps to get the full benefit.

This page is the home of the details about each of those steps, and we suggest reading it before getting started.

Register for Online Learning

Stroke and Turn online learning takes roughly 90 minutes. It is a live webinar hosted by an experience Illinois Swimming official who will walk you through being a judge, the rules and how to train on-deck. Select any webinar you can attend on the Training Information page.

Online Education Requirements

Before attending the online clinic, there is a self-directed series of educational videos. Shortly after registering for the online learning webinar, you will be sent a link to an online classroom hosted by EdPuzzle (click here for a "how-to" register for EdPuzzle). Once you create an account you will find 14 short videos (they total under 2 hours in total length). Complete each of the units before you attend the training webinar.

Become a Non-Athlete Member

This process makes you eligible to be on deck with the athletes and is commonly just known as Registration.

The first step is to contact your club to register. Once you get verification of your registration you can create an online account with USA Swimming.

None of the following steps are possible until you register and create your account on www.usaswimming.org

Once that account is active, submit a background check through USA Swimming. All coaches, athletes and meet directors have these background checks. Please make sure you are INITIATING A NEW BACKGROUND CHECK.

You can then complete Athlete Protection Training. This is mandatory for all Officials, Coaches, and athletes 18 and older.

Finally, view a concussion webinar – either through the National Federation of High Schools or the Center for Disease Control sites. If you have already completed these for other organizations this will count. You must submit your certificate to the Illinois Swimming office here.

Attend the Online Training Webinar

Whatever training webinar you signed up for, please log in and attend. During this webinar, a senior Illinois Swimming official will guide a conversation through the rules, judging, and certification. This will prepare you for your on-deck training. Bring your questions – they will be answered!

Download these materials prior to the webinar: ISI Stroke and Turn Judge Materials

Technical issues about attending a Zoom Meeting are covered HERE.

If you have any trouble with the webinar please email us ASAP

Online Testing

To make sure everyone knows the rules, USA Swimming requires online testing. It is an open book test, and we recommend you print the test and then go back and re-enter the answers. Since it is linked to your USA Swimming online account, the test will be the same when you log back in. It is an open book test, requiring the current USA Swimming Rule Book, available here online. You must pass with a score of 80% or better.

On-Deck Training

Once you’ve completed your clinic training and registration requirements, you’re ready to start your on-deck training. You will need to bring a copy of the on-deck training form to be completed by your trainer. The forms are available online here.

On-deck training consists of 5 sessions (with a completed card for each) completed over 3 meets and with at least 2 different trainers who have been certified Stroke & Turn Officials for a minimum of 12 months. The sessions must be at least two hours in length, all four strokes must be contested and have 25 or more heats. 

The complete guidelines are available at Illinois Swimming Officials Training and Certification Standards.

Submit Your Materials for Certification

Once your training sessions are complete and you’ve completed your online test, complete the Certification Requirements Checklist Form for your position and email all required documents/materials to [email protected]. Once processed, you’ll receive an email response when your certification is verified and complete in the system. Then your updated official card will be ready to print! You’re a stroke and turn judge!


Questions for the Committee? Questions about Officiating? Contact [email protected].

Please allow a few days for a response as the mailbox is staffed by volunteers.