CSA Officials Information

In order to officiate in the CSA regularly scheduled dual meets, you must attend a CSA Training Clinic or hold a current USAS certification as a Stroke & Turn judge, Starter or Referee.

As a reminder, all Stroke & Turn Judges are required to complete one of the CSA offered options for that position, unless already certified as a USA Swimming Judge. All Referees and Starters are required to attend the CSA training sesison for Referee & Starter unless USA Swimming certified in that position. Additionally, all Referees must either be USA Swimming certified Judges, or complete one of the CSA Stroke & Turn training options, in the current year, in order to preside as a Referee at a CSA meet. All officials will be certified by the CSA Vice President - Rules based on these training requirements and participation.

If you are certifying as a Stroke & Turn judge for the first time, we strongly recommend that each new official apprentice alongside a seasoned CSA official for the first two meets.

All CSA teams are required to provide an official for Day One (Thursday) of CSA Championship Meet. Officials for Day Two and Day Three of the CSA Championship meet must be USAS certified.

We have scheduled our 2021 VIRTUAL swim official clinics and hope that you will assist us in spreading the word among your parent volunteers. We know that you share our enthusiasm for the upcoming swim season as we are all looking forward to having kids back in the pool, cheering fans encouraging the athletes, and thunder-free Tuesday evenings!

Our official schedule is as follows. In order to be an official at a CSA dual meet or at City Meet, volunteers will need to attend one of the S&T clinics. If you want to be a Starter/Referee, you need to attend the Starter/Referee also.

Wednesday, May 12
   6:30 - 7:30 pm: Stroke and Turn Clinic
   7:45 - 8:45 pm: Starter and Referee Clinic

Thursday, May 13
   6:30 - 7:30 pm: Stroke and Turn Clinic
   7:45 - 8:45 pm: Starter and Referee Clinic

Tuesday, May 18
   6:30 - 7:30 pm: Stroke and Turn Clinic
   7:45 - 8:45 pm: Starter and Referee Clinic

Wednesday, May 19
   6:30 - 7:30 pm: Stroke and Turn Clinic
   7:45 - 8:45 pm: Starter and Referee Clinic

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We will be using Zoom as our delivery platform
  • A pre-registration form will be located on the CSA website or can be accessed HERE
  • Due to the interactive nature of the clinic, it is strongly preferred that participants log on using a desktop or laptop computer, or if need be, a tablet, with a camera and microphone. We will be using the polling feature and perhaps breakout rooms; therefore, smartphone devices may be challenging for full participation and are discouraged.
  • Participants are expected to stay for the entire clinic, with cameras on and the ability to fully participate
  • All Officials must attend one of the S&T clinics in order to officiate a CSA dual meet or City Meet. To be a Starter/Referee, you need to attend both the S&T Clinic and the Starter/Referee Clinic.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rob Stevens at robstevens@triad.rr.com, Joe Matthews at matthews.joe23@gmail.com, or Stephanie Keaney at stephkeaney@gmail.com.

Click here to see a PDF file of USA Swimming's technical rules for strokes, turns, pool set-up, etc.

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