All Midlakes Officials are required to attend at least one training prior to each season.  

Updates from Midlakes Officials Administrator will be sent out periodically throughout the season.  Feel free to contact the Officials Administrator via e-mail if you have any questions.

If you need verification that your Club's Officials have completed training, please contact the Officials Administrator directly.

Officials Administrator: 

James Weinrod


2023 Training Schedule


Saturday, May 20, 6-9pm

Monday, May 22, 7-10pm

Tuesday, May 23, 7-10pm

Thursday, June 1, 7-10pm

Officials Training Sign-ups
Please sign up for one session. Training is optional for USA Swimming certified officials. Stroke & Turn officials should attend the Deck Referee/Starter part of the session if you plan to perform those roles.

USA Swimming Certified Officials
Please add your name to this list if you have a USA Swimming certification. I'd like to know who to contact when it comes time to set up for League Prelims & Champs. Stroke & Turn officials who wish to serve as Deck Referee/Starter should attend the second half of a meeting to receive that training. I will plan an additional session specific to Referee/Starter jobs.


Here is the link and the passcode for the Zoom meetings. They are all part of the same meeting block, so this will work for any of the sessions. I will open the meeting 1/2 hour before start time (5:30pm on May 20, 6:30pm for the rest). Please check in before the start time so I can log your attendance and we can start promptly!

Topic: Midlakes Official Training

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Meeting ID: 814 0586 4192

Passcode: 011743

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Officials Requirements



2023 Officials requirements:

Starters and Referees must be separate positions and Midlakes-certified. They do NOT have to be USA-certified.

If you can staff a Chief Judge to supervise and support S&T Officials, great, but it is not required.

Relay Exchange judges do NOT need to attend Midlakes training, but we certainly encourage it to develop skills. Relay judges MUST be trained on their responsibilities by the Referee at each meet.


M.  Officials for Meets (Midlakes Operating Plan)

  1. Dual Meet Officials should include (minimum):
    1. 1 Meet Referee each half, who at minimum has attended the Midlakes Starter/Referee training for the current year
    2. 1 Starter each half, who has attended the Midlakes Starter training for the current year, and who may NOT act as referee while simultaneously acting as Starter
    3. 1 Chief Judge Official each half, who provides guidance to S&T Judges, checks DQ slips, and assists the Referee. This is OPTIONAL, but should be filled if possible
    4. 2 Stroke and Turn Officials (one from each team) each half
    5. If USA swimming officials are present, the preferred hierarchy to fill roles is:
      1. Meet Referee
      2. Chief Judge
      3. Starter
      4. Eg - if one USA-certified official is present, s/he will serve as Referee. If 2 USA officials are present, the Referee and CJ positions should be filled, etc.

Additional required volunteers:

2 Relay Exchange judges for 200-relays; 4 judges for 100-relay


Rule update (posted in 2016)

USA swimming changed the rule on Kinesio Tape a short time ago but after all Midlakes training was held. Since the board did not vote on the change prior to the season starting, the Midlakes rule stays the same for 2016 and beyond.  Tape is allowed with an accompanied doctors note.


2023 Communication to Officials: