KENTUCKY SWIMMING - PO Box 163 - Wilmore, KY 40390 - (859) 539-9091- [email protected]

The education, instruction and training of individuals to develop and improve their capabilities in the sport of swimming. 
To provide a safe and healthy environment, encompassing all backgrounds and abilities that create a tradition of excellence in the sport of swimming.

NEW OFFICIAL CHECKLIST How to Become a Stroke & Turn Official - Updated 1/8/2019
Click Here for printable checklist  
Send all apprentice forms to Becky Gilpatrick - [email protected]

Attend New Stroke & Turn Clinic

USA Swimming Non-Athlete Membership Application  (PDF)

  • Once certified, complete and sign membership application. Contact club officials' representative for instructions on submission and payment

  • Some teams submit and provide payment.Check with your Officials’ Rep or Coach 

Complete Background Check

  • You have 60 days to complete the Background Check on the website.After this time, you will not be able to apprentice until after the Background Check has been completed.

  • Background Check procedure can be found on the Officials page on the website.

  • There is a fee to complete the Background Check.

Complete Athlete Protection Training

  • You have 60 days to complete the Athlete Protection Training

  • You will not be able to apprentice until after the Athlete Protection Training has been completed.

  • Athlete Protection Training procedure can be found on the Officials page on the website.

Concussion Protocol Training (CPT) All non-athlete coach and official members must complete CPT by January 1, 2020

View USA Swimming Instruction Video

  • NOTE: Rule change not found in video – hands stacked at the touch in breaststroke and butterfly

Take Certification Stroke and Turn/Timer test

  • Take on-line at can download the Rules and Regulations PDF, located on the About tab)

  • Go to; set up an account and log-in

  • Select MEMBER RESOURCES from the menu at top of page, then select OFFICIALS

  • From the Official’s page, select TESTING & CERTIFICATION from the menu on left

  • Select ONLINE OFFICIALS TEST from menu on left

  • Follow instructions to sign-in; download Timing Judge Test Chart


Apprentice 4 Sessions

  • Inform Meet Referee of your intention to apprentice, contact info found in the meet information

  • Attend stroke briefing 30 minutes prior to each session – SIGN IN

  • MUST have Apprentice Verification Form filled out for each session

  • Appentice with various ages/levels of swimmers

  • Wear white top, khaki bottoms, white shoes

  • Submit completed Apprentice Verification Form

  • Keep a copy for yourself

  • Scan or take a photo and email to Officials’ Chair, Becky Gilpatrick, [email protected]

Join KYOFFICIALS YAHOO email group

  • Important information is sent to all officials via this email group

  • Send an email to [email protected]  (an email will be sent to you asking you to confirm)

Receive Credentials 

  • Download and print officials card from personal Deck Pass account at

  • Kentucky Swimming Official Certification Card (INDICATES you are a certified official)

  • Can also be downloaded on Officials Tracking System (OTS) at

Display Credentials

  • Wear all credentials when on deck

Timely Completion - Complete entire process in 1 calendar year


  • KYLSC.ORG Officials page.New Official Info found on dropdown menu

  • USASWIMMING.ORG – member resources > officials

  • Other officials

  • The “Professional” Stroke & Turn

    • Found on the USA Swimming website under Education and Training Resources

    • Guide to Officiating, Chaper 5 Stroke & Turn

      • Found on the USA Swimming website under Education and Training Resources.

      • Instructions for OTS found on > member resources > officials > officials tracking system > scroll to bottom and click on OTS User Guide: Officials