If you are interested in becoming an official, email our Officials Chairs, Todd & Kate Stowell

Visit Virginia Swimming's Officials webpage for an comprehensive information about becoming an official. HERE is USA Swimming's information sheet for parents who wish to train to become officials.

Like all TIDE coaches, officials and trainees must submit to and pay for a USA Swimming background check. Trainees must also have a current USA Swimming non-athlete membership. All current and prospective officials should follow these guidelines regarding USA Swimming registration:

  • Current or new officials (and officials in training) need to submit a USA Swimming non-athlete registration application every year to the team registrar. DO NOT SUBMIT THE FORM TO VIRGINIA OR USA SWIMMING YOURSELF. TIDE submits and pays for all non-athlete registrations. The registration form is available at the USA Swimming non-athlete membership link above.
  • New officials or returning officials who need to submit to or renew an expired background check can do that HERE. There is a fee. TIDE will reimburse the full cost of your new background check. Background check renewals need to be completed no earlier than 30 days before your expiration date to qualify for the lower renewal price. If you try to renew several months early OR if you let your background check expire, you will have to pay the full (new BG check) price. TIDE reimburses the renewal cost only. If you wish to be reimbursed by TIDE, please send your background check payment receipt WITHIN 30 DAYS OF COMPLETION to the team administrator.
  • TIDE will reimburse the cost of USA Swimming registration and background check fees for trainees if they attain certification within one calendar year. If a trainee fails to complete certification within one calendar year, he/she will be invoiced for fees paid by TIDE.
     
Concussion Protocol Training for Officials
 
All USA Swimming officials are required to complete an approved Concussion Protocol Training course to be eligible for a Non-Athlete membership.  These courses are delivered by 3rd parties and will NOT automatically show up on your officials transcript.
 
Please complete one of the courses below and submit your course completion certificate to the TIDE Officials Chairs
 
USA Swimming approved concussion protocol training courses:
 
 
 

 

TIDE uses Google Docs to sign up for preferred days and sessions.  The link below is to the top level folder that contains a sub-folder for each meet.  Each meet folder contains the sign-up sheet and the meet invitation (once it is published).  
 
If you are certified, sign up for the day(s)/session/position you would like to work.  Please note, we will make every effort to place you in your preferred position and there will be times we need to shift you around to achieve the best coverage.
 
If you are in training, sign up in the right-hand column under the "Trainee" heading and include which training session you'll be completing under the Session # column. For example:
​Name: John Doe
​Session #: 4
​Team: TIDE
 

Access TIDE Officials Meet Signups:  HERE


POSITIONS

Stroke & Turn Judge -- Ensures that all swimming rules are followed
Timing System Operator -- Responsible for the automatic and semiautomatic timing equipment
Timing Judge -- Determines the official time for each swimmer
Recorder -- Uses Meet Manager to input all swimmers’ times and order of finish

 

Please help us get the word out to parents about upcoming stroke and turn clinics.  For a team our size, we are light on officials - especially parents with younger swimmers.  Having more officials is better for everyone: 
  • swimmers get better coverage early in the season and avoid DQs later when it counts
  • the demand is spread over more people so fewer people have to work all sessions
  • smaller on deck jurisdictions and more breaks
  • the best 'seat' in house!