Metropolitan Swimming, May 2016
Becoming a certified USA Swimming Official
Are you interested in becoming a certified USA Swimming official? Here is the complete guide on the steps to be taken to become an official:
1. Submit the form to become a temporary member of USA Swimming so that you can begin your apprentice training. The form can be found on the Metro website (www.metroswimming.org) under the forms link and should be submitted to the Metro office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The temporary membership is valid for 60 days, providing time to apply for permanent membership and complete your training and background checks as outlined below. Apprentice officials can’t go on deck until the Apprentice Membership form is entered by the Metro office into the USA Swimming database.
2. Review the Rules of Swimming as outlined in the Rulebook, which can be found online: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1636&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US. Stroke rules are included in Part One, Article 101 in its entirety, Sections 102.8 , 102.10, 102.13 102.22 and 102.23.
3. Attend a stroke and turn clinic (60 - 90 minutes) where you learn the rules of each stroke. Check the Metro website (www.metroswimming.org) or contact your area chair to find out when there will be a clinic in your area. The Area Chairs are: Hudson Valley North (Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties) – David Cavotti (email@example.com); Hudson Valley South (Rockland and Westchester counties) – Steven Kessler (firstname.lastname@example.org); New York City (co-Area Chairs)– Amanda Lister (email@example.com) and Kris Sawicz (firstname.lastname@example.org); Nassau – Rich Brown (email@example.com); Suffolk – Jacky Spierer (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact the Metro Officials’ Chair, Mark Amodio (email@example.com).
4. Complete 6 on deck apprentice sessions (you may begin only after obtaining temporary USA Swimming membership and attending a clinic).
5. Become a permanent member of USA Swimming. The application form can be found here:http://www.metroswimming.org/Forms/2015%20Application%20-%20Non-athlete.pdf. Many teams in Metro pay the registration fees of the volunteer officials who are affiliated with them, so you should also check with team’s administrator. You must complete your permanent membership prior to the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.
6. Complete a Level II background check - cost will be reimbursed by Metro Swimming. See link here to initiate the background check: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1678&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US. In order to be reimbursed, please submit copy of clearance email to your area chair. Your background check needs to be initiated before the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.
7. Complete an online athlete protection training class (takes about 60 minutes). See link here to complete the training: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2193&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US. You must complete the athlete protection training prior to the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.
8. Complete the online test for Stroke and Turn Judges, which can be found here:http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1514&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en. This should generally be done after you have completed four or five sessions so you have seen enough situations to understand the application of the rules.
9. After completing the administrative requirements (USA Swimming Membership, Level II Background Check, and Athlete Protection Training), the online test, and 6 apprentice sessions, you should email your Area Chair and request promotion to Stroke & Turn official. Please include the date and instructor for the Clinic you attended, as well as the meets and the Meet Referees name for your 6 apprentice sessions.
10. Officials Forms and Information (also found on Forms page):