Metropolitan Swimming, April 2017


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:


Attend a stroke and turn clinic (approximately 90 to 120 minutes) where you will learn the rules of each stroke and how pool decks are set up and run during meets.  To prepare for the clinic, you should familiarize yourself with the stroke rules outlined on pages 19-24 of the 2017 rule book which can be found here:

1.      Check the Metro website ( 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) – Ken Graham (; Hudson Valley South (Rockland and Westchester counties) – Steven Kessler (; New York City—Amanda Lister (; Nassau – Rich Brown (; Suffolk – Jacky Spierer (  You can also contact the Metro Officials’ Chair, Mark Amodio ( 

2.      Submit the form to become a temporary member of USA Swimming so that you can begin your apprentice training on deck.  The form can be found on the Metro website ( under the forms link and should be submitted to the Metro office (  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.

3.      Complete 6 on deck apprentice sessions (you may start these only after you have attended a new officials’ clinic and obtained your temporary or permanent USA Swimming membership)

Complete a Level II background check - cost will be reimbursed by Metro Swimming after you complete your six apprentice sessions and an additional three sessions as a certified official.  See the following link to initiate the background check:

4.      New officials will be reimbursed after they have completed their six apprentice sessions and have worked a minimum of three sessions as a certified Stroke and Turn Judge. The reimbursement form, which you’ll find on the Metro web site, should be sent to your Area Chair.  Your background check needs to be initiated before the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.   

5.      Complete an online athlete protection training class (takes about 60 minutes).  See the following link:

6.      Complete the online test for Stroke and Turn Judges, which can be found at

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.

7.      Become a permanent member of USA Swimming.  The application form can be found here:  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 should complete your permanent membership prior to the expiration of your 60-day Apprentice Membership.  


Link for ordering official name tag

White performance fabric polos with embroidered Metro logo for officials Metro Official Order Form.pdf

Travel Reimbursement form[PS1] 

2017 Apprentice Official Application Form

2017 Non-Athlete Registration Form

Instructions to print USA-Swimming membership card

Officials Background Check Reimbursement fill in.pdf

Officials' Meet Check-in Form

Meet Director Certification