In this section, you will find:

Questions regarding officiating may be directed to the Chair of the USA Swimming Officials Committee, Jim Holcomb.

Becoming an Official

Want to get started as an official and help USA Swimming run consistent, high-quality and technically-correct competitions?


Officials join USA Swimming and are certified by the Local Swimming Committee (LSC) where they reside. Please visit your LSC website for details on becoming an official in your area.

Officials Committee

Find out about the National Officials Committee.


LSC Officials Chairs

Each Local Swimming Committee has an Officials Chair. Find contact information for your chair here.


Rules and Regulations

As the National Governing Body for the sport of Swimming, USA Swimming is responsible for setting the rules and regulations governing competitive swimming. The USA Swimming Rule Book is the officialUSA Swimming Logo SMALL publication of USA Swimming. Changes to the rulebook are made on a yearly basis following the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention. These changes include any new legislation, revisions and updates as voted on by the House of Delegates.


Any proposed changes to USA Swimming Rules and Regulations should be submitted to both the Chair and Secretary of the USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee in accordance with Article 511.  For a summary of the provisions of Article 511 and the procedures for submitting legislation, see "What's Related" below. 


Questions regarding USA Swimming Rules and Regulations, or any of the interpretations, may be directed to the Chair of the USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee, Jay Thomas.  

USA Swimming Rulebook

Click here for links to the most current USA Swimming Rulebooks.


Please visit our new Officials Blog for more information on USA Swimming officiating.
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