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Breaststroke Rule Change
Posted by administrator | Views: 921
03/December/2014 at 4:16pm

Breaststroke - Timing of Permissible Butterfly Kick After the Start and Turns.

Pursuant to a change adopted by FINA regarding the butterfly kick during the first stroke of each lap of the breaststroke, the USA-S Rules and Regulations Committee has adopted a similar change to its rules, as shown in the notice from the Committee Chair, Jay Thomas, effective immediately. Link to Notice

Accordingly, as YMCA Swimming follows the USA-S Technical Rules, this rule change should be implemented immediately for all YMCA swim meets.

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Officials Requirements for YMCA Mee... 
Posted by administrator | Views: 2467
12/November/2014 at 12:22pm

Officials Requirements for YMCA Meets

YMCA sanctioned meets and national championship meets are conducted in accordance with the USA Swimming technical rules. All other YMCA meets must be conducted in accordance with USA Swimming technical rules in order for the meet and the times achieved therein to be valid for any of the following:

  • Qualification for entry into a YMCA sanctioned meet or YMCA national championship meet
  • National YMCA Top Ten times
  • National YMCA records
  • USA Swimming approval of the meet and entry of the times into the SWIMS database

Beginning in September2013, USA Swimming rules require the use of an Administrative Official for all meets. This requirement, therefore, extends to YMCA meets that could be used as qualifying meets or times from which may be used as qualifying times for YMCA sanctioned and/or national championship competition.

The minimum officials requirements for YMCA meets are:

For all YMCA meets, at least two officials must be YMCA Certified including one certified as a Level II Official who acts as the Meet Referee:

  • Dual Meets require at least three (3) officials including a Starter, a Referee and an Administrative Official. The Starter and Referee may also serve as Stroke & Turn judges, if necessary.
  • All other meets require at least four (4) officials including a Referee, a Starter (who may also act as a Stroke & Turn judge), a Stroke & Turn judge and an Administrative Official.
  • Any YMCA Level II Certified Official can function as the Administrative Official, but not in that role and another deck role (e.g. the Deck Referee cannot also serve as the Admin Official)
  • USA Swimming Certified Officials may assist with the officiating at such meets, provided that there are at least two YMCA Certified Officials, one of whom is YMCA Level II certified and acts as the Meet Referee.

A schedule of available YMCA Administrative Officials courses can be found on the Learning and Career Development Center (LCDC) section of the YMCA Exchange website (

A USA Swimming certified Administrative Official may perform the duties of a YMCA Administrative Official.

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YMCA Meets - Frequently Asked Quest... 
Posted by administrator | Views: 2202
20/December/2014 at 7:36am

Conduct of Closed Competition YMCA Meets


The following are some of the more frequently asked questions concerning the conduct of YMCA competitive swim meets. These rules and explanations are also found in the Swimming Addendum to the Rules That Govern YMCA Sports and the YMCA Sanctioned Meet Guidelines document.

Link to document: 

Edited by administrator on 20/December/2014 at 7:37am

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Instructions: Online Swim Officials... 
Posted by twarrick | Views: 6525
19/October/2008 at 9:24am

Online YMCA Swim Officials Certification Test

Access the site

  • If you have previously received an email from "YMCA Swimming", this email will contain a link that says "Click here to be automatically logged in and view the article on the YMCA Swimming Web Site"
  • This link will take you to the web site and automatically log you in.  You are already setup as a registered user.
  • If you have never received an email from "YMCA Swimming", go to  Immediately under the logo (left top corner), you will see two links: Register and Login.  Select Register.
  • This will bring up a registration form. Click Agree to the terms and fill in the information on the form. 
  • If you are currently an official, make sure you select the role, Swim Official - YMCA.  If you are not currently an official, select, Officials Class Attendee
  • Once you receive the successful registration message, select, Take Officials Test from the left-hand menu.  It is under the section, For YMCA Officials

Beginning the Test
  • Note: You can not take the Online Officials Test without attending an Officials Training Class.  Even if you are recertifying, you must attend an officials training class.  Certifications are good for three years
  • Once the YMCA Officials Online Test screen appears, you will begin by verifying and updating your personal information in the first section.  Most of this is the same information you entered when registering.
  • In the Update Your Class Information portion, you will select the instructor/class date of the class you attended.  If your instructor/class date is not in the list, follow the instructions on the screen
  • In the Select The Test portion, select the test that you want to take.  Certification test are for people who are not currently certified at that level.  Recertification tests are for people who are currently certified at that level
  • When you completed all the information, click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen 
  • This will take you to the first question of the online test
Taking the Test
  • On the the screen of the first question of the test, you will see two links at the top of the page.  Print a Copy of the Test link will open up a separate small window where the full test can be viewed.  If you work better with paper, you can print off the test and use it to help you through the online answers
  • Access Online Rule Book link will open another window where you can see the reference material for the test - The USA-S Technical Rules.  This will have the same content as the rule book you should have received during you class 
  • Each question will have two parts - the main question and the citation.  Read the question, select the answer you believe is most correct to the question.  You will only be able to select one answer.
  • Then read the citation.  Depending upon the citation question, there may be one or more correct answers.  You will be able to select multiple answers.
  • When you are done answering BOTH the question and the citation, click the Next button.  Your answes will be recorded and saved
  • Also notice, further down the page are additional options you can select.  If you want multiple questions display on each screen, click the appropriate button.  You can move to the first question, last question, or update the information you provided when you began the test.
  • All answers are recorded immediately upon clicking the Next or Previous buttons (or any optional buttons) 
  • You can leave the test at any time (and the web site) and return to it by returning to the web site and logging in. When you return to the online test, a notice will be displayed indicating that your session is in progress and which question you are on.  You will be able to pickup the test where you left off.
Test Scoring 
  • After you answer the last question of the test and press Next, you have reached the end of the test.  Click Score Test and the process will begin to check your answers and score the test.
  • To pass the test, you must receive 80%, where each correct answer to a question is worth 1/2 point and each correct answer to the citation is worth 1/2 point
  • In addition to a score of 80%, you must also answer at least 80% of questions correctly.
  • If you passed the test, you will be informed of your score.  In addition, an email will be sent to both you and your instructor confirming the test score.  The email will also contain the questions and citation that you answered incorrectly (however, the correct answer will not be provided).  If you want, you can then recheck these questions against the reference material.
  • If you did not passed the test, you will receive notification of not passing.  To be certified, you must take the test again.  There is no waiting period for retaking the test.  However, your previous answers will not be available.  You must retake the test from scratch.

Edited by twarrick on 25/December/2012 at 5:50am

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