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The Referee is the official with the most authority on deck and provides the best possible environment in order to maximize swimmer performance while ensuring the session is run fairly, consistently and smoothly.


  • The Referee shall ensure the meet is run fairly, consistently and smoothly
  • The Referee shall keep notes of everything related to the session on their heat sheet including; the meet start time, all heat end times, all delays of the meet with reasons, all DQs, all no shows/empty lanes, sweeps, and session finish time.
  • The Referees notes should tell the entire story of the session
  • The Referee should support and provide guidance and mentoring to all officials on the deck
  • The Referee should delegate effectively and ask for help as needed
  • The Referee shall maintain control of the session
  • Referee’s eyes should always be on the pool and the swimmers
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