If you are interested in becoming a certified official, please email John Stevens for more information!

 

Certified Officials are present at all competitions and ensure that the competition is contested fairly by enforcing the technical rules of USA Swimming. Certified Officials must attend clinics, pass written tests and train during meets before being certified.  The following is a list of the required Certified Official positions:  

Stroke and Turn Judge: Ensures that the rules relating to the styles of swimming, turning and finishing designated for an event are being observed and reports violations to the Referee on signed slips detailing any infractions.  This position is open to anyone interested in becoming a Certified Official.

Administrative Official: Responsible for the entry and registration process, the accurate seeding of events, operating computerized timing equipment and determining and recording the official time.  This position is also open to anyone interested in becoming a Certified Official.

Chief Judge: Assigns and supervises the activities of the Stroke and Turn Judges and may report on their decisions.  Candidates for this position must have previous experience as a Stroke and Turn Judge.

Starter: Upon a signal from the referee, assumes control of the swimmers until a fair start has been achieved.  Specifically, the Starter directs the swimmers to take their mark and gives the start signal.  Candidates for this position must have previous experience as a Stroke and Turn Judge.

Referee: Has overall authority and control of the competition, ensuring that all the rules are followed; assigns and instructs all officials, and decides all questions relating to the conduct of the meet.  Candidates for this position must have previous experience as an Administrative Official, Chief Judge and Starter.

*All Certified Official positions require the following:

  • A Background Check; and
  • Athlete Protection Training (APT)
  • Concussion Protocol Training

 

Visit www.virginiaswimming.com for additional information about officiating.