VOLUNTEERING AS AN EDGE SWIM CLUB OFFICIAL

Being a certified swim official is perhaps one of the most important roles that a parent could fill. As an official, you get access to the best view on the pool deck, access to the meet's hospitality room, and help to provide coaches with important information that prevents mistakes from turning into bad habits.

The participation of our EDGE parents in volunteer roles is an expectation and necessary in order to have smooth operations as a team at swim meets, team events, and more.

SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME A CERTIFIED OFFICIAL. THERE ARE HELPFUL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO HELP YOU COMPLETE YOUR CERTIFICATION.


FAQ ABOUT OFFICIATING

Have some head-scratchers? We've been around the block quite a few times and can answer many of your questions!

  • Why should I become an official?
    • We pay for your membership dues AND provide a discount off our Short Course and Long Course programs
    • Best seats in the house: right on the pool deck! Not way up in the stuffy bleachers
    • You get access to the hospitality room at meets which has food, drink, and snacks
    • The more officials that work a meet, the more relief you get
  • What kind of an official can I be? How do I advance? How do I stay certified?
    • You start off as a Stroke & Turn judge, and can progress from there! There's plenty of information on this page that will answer that question
  • What is the point of officiating? I'd feel bad for disqualifying someone!
    • Coaches can only see so much on a pool deck at a time, and our goal is to have our swimmers swim quickly AND legally. Officials help provide important information about a swimmer's stroke that can help prevent mistakes from turning into habits. By becoming an official, you are helping swimmers and coaches, not hurting them!
    • Having a great list of experienced officials at various certification levels makes it more appealing for teams to allow us into a meet with a very competitive pool of entry spots
  • How often do I need to officiate?
    • This depends on what level of certification you have. There's more specific info below.
    • Short answer? As many meets as possible! The more officials that work a meet, the more relief they get and the more enjoyable the experience becomes. Our club looks GREAT when we provide a lot of officials to help the meet run smoothly and helps leave a great impression!

BECOMING A SWIM OFFICIAL FOR THE EDGE SWIM CLUB

Having USA Swimming-certified officials on our team is a huge help for a wide range of reasons. It allows swim meets to be judged fairly, it helps our team get into meets where entries are limited, and it allows our parents to be more informed about the sport their athlete loves!

CHECKLIST FOR NEW USA SWIMMING OFFICIALS

 Attend an official's (Stroke & Turn) clinic

 Pass the online Stroke & Turn Judge certification exam with USA Swimming

 Complete the required Athlete Protection Training Course from USA Swimming

 Initiate a background check done by USA Swimming

 Register as an apprentice official (non-athlete member) with USA Swimming (there is NO fee for this. Think of it as a trial period to see if you want to become a certified official)

 Apprentice four sessions at two different meets

 Once you've completed the above, send an email to neswimofficials@gmail.com to get things set up on the back end

 Register as a non-athlete member with USA Swimming (choose "Paid By Club" and "Print Form" to save as a PDF and email to the Head Coach) 

 Complete your "official's uniform"

 Order your New England Swimming Official polo and nametag with "Full Name" and "New England" (the EDGE will reimburse this cost. Please email a receipt to the Head Coach)

 Wear navy pants or shorts with your white polo.

 Wear white shoes with your outfit (not required)

 Check your Officials Deck Pass on usaswimming.org regularly to see how many sessions you've worked, where you stand with your credentials, and more

CLICK HERE TO SEE A DESCRIPTIVE DOCUMENT FROM USA SWIMMING ABOUT WHAT A STROKE AND TURN JUDGE DOES.


CHECKLIST FOR RENEWING USA SWIMMING STROKE & TURN OFFICIALS

 Attend an official's clinic every three years

 Pass the online Stroke & Turn Judge certification exam with USA Swimming every three years

 Work a minimum of four sessions at New England Swimming-sanctioned meets per year

 Stay current with Athlete Protection Training and background checks (status is listed on your Deck Pass)

 Renew your non-athlete membership every year (choose "Paid By Club" and "Print Form" to save as a PDF and email to the Head Coach) 

 Check your Officials Deck Pass on usaswimming.org regularly to see how many sessions you've worked, where you stand with your credentials and more

 If your certification expired and you need guidance in re-certifying, contact us and we'll connect you with the right person

ADVANCING TO NEW OFFICIATING POSITIONS: ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL

 No minimum sessions required before apprenticing your first session

 Attend an Administrative Official clinic. Clinics must be attended every three years

 Pass the online Stroke & Turn Judge certification exam with USA Swimming every three years

 Apprentice four sessions at two different meets

 Once you've completed the above, have a meet referee email neswimofficials@gmail.com to get things set up on the back end

 To keep your certification up-to-date...

 Check your Officials Deck Pass on usaswimming.org regularly to see how many sessions you've worked, where you stand with your credentials, and more

 Renew your non-athlete membership every year (choose "Paid By Club" and "Print Form" to save as a PDF and email to the Head Coach) 

 Work a minimum of four sessions at New England Swimming-sanctioned meets per year

 If your certification expired and you need guidance in re-certifying, contact us and we'll connect you with the right person

CLICK HERE TO SEE A DESCRIPTIVE DOCUMENT FROM USA SWIMMING ABOUT WHAT AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL DOES.

ADVANCING TO NEW OFFICIATING POSITIONS: STARTER

 Before apprenticing your first session, you must have two years experience and worked at least 16 sessions as a certified Stroke & Turn Judge

 Attend a Starters clinic. Clinics must be attended every three years

 Pass the online Starters certification exam with USA Swimming. Exams must be taken every three years.

 Apprentice eight sessions with at least two different mentors. Two different meet referees must recommend your certification, so remember who the meet refs were!

 Once you've completed the above, have a meet referee email neswimofficials@gmail.com to get things set up on the back end

 To keep your certification up-to-date...

 Check your Officials Deck Pass on usaswimming.org regularly to see how many sessions you've worked, where you stand with your credentials, and more

 Renew your non-athlete membership every year (choose "Paid By Club" and "Print Form" to save as a PDF and email to the Head Coach) 

 Work a minimum of eight sessions at New England Swimming-sanctioned meets per year

 If your certification expired and you need guidance in re-certifying, contact us and we'll connect you with the right person

CLICK HERE TO SEE A DESCRIPTIVE DOCUMENT FROM USA SWIMMING ABOUT WHAT A STARTER DOES.

ADVANCING TO NEW OFFICIATING POSITIONS: DECK REFEREE

 Before apprenticing your first session, you must have two years experience and worked at least 16 sessions as a Starter and/or Chief Judge

 Attend a Referee clinic. Clinics must be attended every two years

 Pass the following online certification exams with USA Swimming within the last 24 months. Exams must be taken every three years:

 Referee

 Admin Referee

 Clerk of Course

 Stroke & Turn

 Starter

 Apprentice ten sessions as a Deck Referee. Three different meet referees must recommend your certification, so remember who the meet refs were!

 Once you've completed the above, have a meet referee email neswimofficials@gmail.com to get things set up on the back end

 To keep your certification up-to-date...

 Check your Officials Deck Pass on usaswimming.org regularly to see how many sessions you've worked, where you stand with your credentials, and more

 Renew your non-athlete membership every year (choose "Paid By Club" and "Print Form" to save as a PDF and email to the Head Coach) 

 Work a minimum of 10 sessions at New England Swimming-sanctioned meets as a Deck Referee per year

 If your certification expired and you need guidance in re-certifying, contact us and we'll connect you with the right person

CLICK HERE TO SEE A DESCRIPTIVE DOCUMENT FROM USA SWIMMING ABOUT WHAT A DECK REFEREE DOES.

HELPFUL LINKS

There is a lot of information in a lot of different places, so we wanted to make getting the right information as easy as possible. We've compiled the most important links and put them all in one place.

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