Being an official is a great way to get involved! This page will give you a basic overview of the process. All details may be found on the NJ Swimming website: click on "Officials" in the menu on the left side or click here. Have a question that you don't see answered here? For FAQs click here.
Training Classes for Officials
- Officials training is done by volunteers and only takes place in October and November each year - don't miss it!
- For detailed information, see NJ Swimming Website under "Officials", "NJ Swimming Officials Information" then "Clinic Schedule".
Why become an official?
- Learn more about what your daughter or son is doing in the pool!
- Let's you get involved at meets!
- It's a great way to help out the team! (At meets each team should provide a fair share of officials, roughly 1 official for every 20 swimmers)
What do you need to do?
There are several types of officials (see below) but the most common is the "Stroke & Turn Judge". For this, you need to:
- Attend a Stroke &Turn training clinic (2-3 hours long).
- Pass the tests for that position (at home online).
- Be a member of USA Swimming.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Participate as an apprentice in a total of (4) sessions in at least (2) different NJ Swimming sanctioned meets, excluding championship meets, getting your apprentice official’s card signed.
- Upon completion of the four apprentice sessions, send a photocopy of both sides of the apprentice official's card to the New Jersey Swimming Certification Coordinator. An updated New Jersey Swimming official's certification card will be issued and sent along with a "New Jersey Swimming Official" patch.
- Renew every 3 years.
For more information, see NJ Swimming Website under "Officials", "NJ Swimming Officials Information" then "Certification Requirements".
Types of Officials
- Stroke & Turn Judges