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Stroke & Turn Judge Certification

Certification Requirements

updated 02/2020

  1. Age - 18 years or older
  2. Attend a PVS conducted or approved Stroke & Turn Clinic
  3. Register as a Non-Athlete Member with USA Swimming
    (must be done before beginning on-deck apprentice sessions)
  4. Serve on-deck as an apprentice with a Stroke and Turn Judge (who has been certified for at least one year) at a minimum of six (6) sessions. The six sessions must be at a minimum of two PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets*; however, two of the sessions may be at a USA-S sanctioned meet outside PVS if the mentor has been certified for at least one year or worked at least six sessions as a certified S&T judge. All sessions must include strokes other than freestyle.
  5. Apprentices cannot make unsupervised disqualification calls
  6. Evaluated to have performed in at least a satisfactory manner at each session by supervising Stroke and Turn Judge(s) and Referee and such performance is reported on the PVS Stroke & Turn Evaluation Form.
  7. Pass the USA Swimming Stroke & Turn and Timer tests with a grade of at least 85%.
  8. After passing the USA Swimming Stroke & Turn and Timer tests and completing no fewer than five on-deck apprentice sessions, the apprentice must be favorably observed at the last session by a designated PVS evaluator. Prior to setting up the evaluation session, the apprentice must submit the PVS Officials Evaluation Readiness Request Form to the PVS Certification Officer to ensure that all pre-evaluation requirements have been met and receive confirmation back. The evaluation will be recorded on the Stroke & Turn Evaluation Form.
  9. Complete certification requirement within one year from the date of Stroke and Turn clinic.
  10. Certification is good until the December 31 following two years after the date of issuance

Recertification Requirements

  1. Previously certified by PVS, the YMCA or another USA Swimming Local Swim Committee (LSC) as a Stroke & Turn Judge
  2. If from another LSC or the YMCA, fulfill all relevant requirements of the PVS Officials' Transfer Policy.
  3. Work at least four sessions per year as a Stroke & Judge at PVS-sanctioned meets. Of the total session worked per year in all positions, a minimum of four must be at PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets.
  4. Attend a PVS conducted or approved Stroke & Turn Clinic at least once every two years
  5. Pass the USA Swimming Stroke & Turn Recertification Test with a grade of at least 85%.
  6. Maintain valid USA Swimming registration
  7. Submit the online PVS Officials Recertification Request
  8. Recertification is good for two years after the date your prior certification expired.

* Excludes observed and approved meets, such as high school, college, and masters competitions