Middle Atlantic Swimming Officials Resources

 Upcoming Officials' clinics: (updated September 2, 2014)
See Clinics/Training page for calendar and detailed information.

Administrative Official Clinics
     to be announced

Stroke & Turn Clinics
(clinics are open to attendees from any club)

Sat, September 20 @ 9 am - DSC hosted (Woods Room at F&M) 
Sun, September 28 @ noon - UDAC hosted (Upper Dublin HS)
Sun, October 12 @ 12:30 pm - MSA hosted (Malvern Prep)

Please email Kent Steeves if your club would like to host a spring clinic.

Starter Clinics 

Sat, October 11 @ 10:00 am - Middle Atlantic office, New Castle, DE

If you are interested in becoming certified as a starter and have been certified as a stroke & turn judge for at least one year, please email Cecil Gordon to confirm your participation. An "invitation" is not required to attend a starter clinic.



All Middle Atlantic Officials are reminded that they must renew and maintain their USA Swimming Non-athlete membership for 2015.  Download the 2015 membership application here.  In addition, the Athlete Protection Training (APT) program must be renewed annually; you can renew the program now for 2015.   Your BackGround Check (BGC) must be renewed every two years.  Since new BGC are valid for two years from the month of renewal – you should wait until the expiration month to renew in order to get the maximum benefit. Check your laminated membership card for the expiration date.  


If your certification as an Official expires at the end of 2014, in addition to renewing your non-athlete membership, you must also complete the USA Swimming online re-certification test for your highest certification level.  The complete re-certification requirements can be found here.   You can determine the number of sessions worked by reviewing your account in the OTS.  You will receive email notification when your certification has been extended.  Any questions about your certification should be sent to Fred Killian .

ADMIN OFFICIALS (rev 9/10/14)

Beginning September 1, 2013, USA Swimming now requires that a certified Admin Official (AO) be present at all sanctioned meets.  The primary responsibility of the AO is to oversee the determination/ recording of Official times and scoring for all swims, and the overall operation of the scoring table at a meet.  This includes the seeding/re-seeding of any events.  Although several AOs may work at a meet, it is recommended that a single AO be responsible for these operations at any individual session.  The sessions worked by an AO should be recorded in the Officials Tracking System (OTS) along with the other officials at the meet.

Beginning in 2015, Middle Atlantic will have two certification levels for AO. The AO1 certification will be based on ‘Timed Finals’ meets; the AO2 certification will also include ‘Prelims/Finals’ meets.  Until the AO2 certification status is fully defined by MA, an AO1 will be allowed to work at ‘club-hosted’ P/F meets.  All MA Championship meets will use an Admin Referee -  an AO1 will be able to work as an assistant to the Admin Ref.

Current AO.  The certification of all current Middle Atlantic AO will be extended for one year thru 12/31/2015 at the AO1 level – provided that the AO maintains and satisfies the USA Swimming membership requirements for 2015 (includes maintaining your APT and Background Check Level 2).

Clinics and certification requirements for the AO2 certification level will be developed and available later this year.

New AO.  The revised certification requirements for AO1 beginning Sept 1, 2014 include: (a) attendance at a clinic for AO1; (b) completion of the online AO test; (c) working as an apprentice at four MA meet sessions, including one session each as computer operator and as timing judge.  The certification requirements are summarized here.  The AO1 evaluation form can be found here.

All AO certifications will be for approximately two years (ending on December 31.)  Re-certification requirements include maintaining USA Swimming membership, completion of the online AO re-certification test, and working as an AO at a minimum of twelve (12) MA meet sessions.

Open Water Swimming in Middle Atlantic:
Link to most current information on MA Open Water Swimming

Find more information here:
Open Water Safety Plan and Guidebook
Open Water Sanction Application Checklist Guidebook
Open Water Emergency Legislation


2014-15 SC/LC schedule
(updated 9/2/14)

Thank you for your help during the 2014-15 season!

Click for Meet Sign-up -

May 2, SSC A/BB/C Meet

For info on how to create or edit your sign up sheet, click 
If you are in need of a clinic for new officials in your area, please contact Kent Steeves.

Meet Directors/Officials' Coordinators: Please contact Kent Steeves for instructions to access the most current officials' distribution list.

Looking for Open Water swimming info? Scroll to the bottom of this page.

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