Support Our Athletes

Become a Missouri Valley Stroke and Turn Judge

 Administrative Official Guidelines



Why become an official?

  • Support an excellent sport for children and promote a healthy lifestyle for children.
  • You will gain a more thorough understanding of competitive swimming.
  • Fulfill your volunteer obligations. 
  • Get closer to the action; know what’s happening on deck with the “best seat” at the pool.
  • Get mentally and physically engaged during the meet rather than merely “spectating.”
  • Receive free admission and great hospitality during sessions officiated.


STEP 1: USA Swimming Registration

  • Using the link provided by your club, you can register yourself as an official through the USA Swimming site.
  • Chances are, you created an account when registering your athletes. Go ahead and login with the same user and password so your registration will be linked with your athletes.
  • Cost is $80.00 – Ask your Club if they will reimburse you.  Many do!


STEP 2:  USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policy

All Non-Athlete USA Swimming members, including Officials, must complete the following:


STEP 3:  Start Your Training

Take your USA Swimming Test:  Complete USA Swimming’s on-line, open book test, “Stroke and Turn Certification Test”.  A stroke and Turn official will need to take both the Timer and S&T Judge test. 

Attend a Training Clinic     

  • Attend a Stroke & Turn Training Clinic.  These are conducted in various locations throughout the LSC.  Check the Event page on the Missouri Valley website.
  • You can filter the calendar by choosing ‘Officials’ in the event category.
  • Alternatively, stroke and turn officials can choose to take an online stroke and turn clinic. You can purchase your key through this form ($30). Please submit your completed certificate to Curtis Myers in order to have your clinic posted to your member record


Apprentice On-Deck

The Stroke & Turn is required to work with a full status official for a minimum of six meet sessions (not including Time Trials).  In order to provide the trainee with the opportunity to work with a number of experienced officials, these six or more meet sessions must be worked at a minimum of TWO DIFFERENT MEETS.  These work sessions shall be recorded in the Official’s Tracking System database via the USA Swimming official’s website by the meet referee.



USA Swimming Card – You can access your USA non-athlete card once you have achieved after you have registered AND successfully completed the Criminal Background Check and USA Swimming online Athlete Protection Training module.

  • Log in you your USA Swimming account
  • Click "My Deck Pass" in the upper right hand corner
  • Scroll down and click "My Membership Card"
  • You can click "Print Volunteer Card" if you wish to have a hard copy

    Official Card – Once you have completed the training Clinic, USA Swimming on-line test, and the apprentice sessions, you will be able to
    print your Certification card on the USA Swimming website.

Questions about your certification should be sent to:  [email protected]