Testimonial: I am the father of two very enthusiastic and busy swimmers, both in USA club swimming and high school. With all of the time that is spent in a pool as a parent, having volunteer opportunities has allowed me to participate in my children’s activity of choice. I am very much a person who likes to be involved and when the opportunity to become a USA Swimming official was presented to me, I was apprehensive for that kind of a volunteer position. I saw those white shirts (white polo/khaki shorts/white shoes – USA Swimming official’s uniform) down on the deck, controlling the pace of the meets, facilitating all those swimmers with a great measure of organization, and raising those hands in the air on disqualifications. Please allow me to tell all of you who may be considering it, “it’s a great job!”. The structure of education for USA Swimming officials is easy to follow, and those mentors who are now co-officials, have been an amazing group to participate with. As a swimming parent, you are aware of many of the rules that swimmers are held to already, but all of the rest of it is learned in literature and apprenticing. You become acquainted with the USA Swimming rule book, test your knowledge with online testing, and then spend as much time as is necessary working under the wing of a veteran official at a variety of swimming meets and venues. I would not hesitate a moment to recommend taking on the duties of an official to any parent who finds themselves the slightest bit interested in officiating. I’ve enjoyed every moment of that choice, and plan to continue to do so for many more years.”
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