yourself and give certification level, etc and any official position held
(officials chairman, etc)
your clinic attendees for their commitment to the sport of swimming
received is more than your investment
Meets will no longer be boring – you will be involved
You will realize a more full relationship with your
You will be “on the deck” where all the action takes
handout packet and briefly comment about each form
ISI officials application
swimming non-athlete application
Indiana officials standards
Website addresses for test
taking and rulebook
(Discuss which tests need to be taken)
Meet officials and
coaches sign-in form
Position Assignment form
USA swimming stroke briefing
Rule changes in effect (not yet published in the rule
book, if any)
Rule: The benefit of the doubt
ALWAYS goes to the swimmer!
call what you see, not what you do not see (i.e. one hand touch)
discuss a swimmer’s action with another official just prior to making a
not call a violation if you are unsure
lanes, even when empty. Do not
focus on one or two swimmers
Pool Layout and positions of deck officials
Referee, starter, S/T, etc.
stroke rules for each stroke BEFORE viewing the video for that stroke and
discuss any rule changes not yet shown in the videos
during the video and explain as necessary.
Attire for Officiating
pants/shorts, shoes, credentials
while on duty, look professional
- Sign-in Sheet
Meet Director/Referee (especially if you are apprenticing)
or Chief Judge will come over and ask;
Where were you standing?
What did you observe?
What does the rule say?
a DQ form in your pocket for reference will help you to remember the
every meet the same and enforce all rules continually (consistency)
or referee will complete DQ form.
YOU need be sure to check that it actually indicates what you
of officials may be reduced for these events
counters and correct procedure
counter forms for officials/timers
explain each function: Computer operators, timing console operators,
timing judges, clerk of course
procedures set by meet entry letter: scratches, event order, scoring,
of events (prelim/finals or timed finals)
See attached seeding
of lane/heat malfunctions
timing resolution examples
the meet or session
your card signed in the appropriate place by the meet or deck referee
session counts toward fulfillment of apprentice sessions or
recertification requirements, regardless of length of session or events
the meet or deck referee sign a card or paper if you have not yet
received your credentials.
mailed directly to ISI after successful completion of tests
taken online only (see section 14 below)
sent with applications to ISI
will be required to register
on the USA Swimming website prior to taking any tests
a copy of the rulebook. It is helpful to keep that window open
and complete the tests in a separate window. You may also print the pages you need
instead of using an online copy.
Refer to “How to Become
an ISI Official” for page references, found on the ISI website.
the online test to be taken. List
of tests required for technical and/or admin certification is shown on
the handout page distributed earlier (Again, discuss which tests are to
be taken). Please point out that
the tests needed are on the IN Officials Application.
the online test and submit for grading.
You can save and continue later if you desire. Be sure to complete all questions
completely, especially if you start and stop multiple times.
test results will be sent to the test taker and to ISI.
receipt of ALL required test
results, fees and application forms; ISI will process the application and
forward credentials to the applicant.
yourself and remember we really do need you in order to provide a professional
and enjoyable environment for our children to swim in.