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SwimEngland Gala Officials Explained

To be able to run a licensed meet, which allows the swimmers times to be recorded on the ASA best times, there need to be ASA qualified officials. The ASA run strict criteria as to the number of officials depending on the level of the meet. The key roles are as follows:

Referee - Has overall responsibility for the meet and manages all the other officials.

Judge Level 2S - Starter (J2S) - Starter Responsible for officiating the starts. Must have 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2.

Judge Level 2 (J2) - Encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.

Judge Level 1 (J1) - Encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

Judge Level 1 - In Training - Qualified timekeeper in training to become a Judge Level 1.

Timekeeper - Responsible for timing the swimmers.

For information on the duties involved in these roles, see the Officials Swimming Rules page on the FINA website.

BPSC are required to have people who are qualified to fulfill these roles as this enables us to host our own licensed meets (eg Club Championships) and enter our swimmers into other galas, where many dictate that unless we provide officials our swimmers cannot take part. The Arena League impose fines of up to £100 per gala if we don’t provide J2 and J1 officials.

We rely on parents to fulfill these roles therefore it is imperative that parents come forward to help as we regularly need a supply of newly qualified officials. Becoming an official is very rewarding and allows you to feel more involved with the club.

For more information on how to train as an official, see the Officials Training page on the ASA website. Course fees are paid by the club. If you are interested in becoming an official please discuss with one of the swim coaches who will explain the next steps alternatively send a note via the Contact Us section on the website.