Be the Referee: Swim Turn Judges

By Sam Davis
MHSAA Officials Coordinator

November 8, 2022

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Swim Turn Judges - Listen

Did you know the officials in swimming do more than make sure everyone dives in at the same time?

Each race has a turn judge who is positioned in line with the end wall. Their job is to make sure each swimmer is executing the proper stroke during his or her turn.

For example, if you are swimming the individual medley and are in the backstroke lap, you must turn while using the backstroke. You can’t go into the breaststroke while turning. If you do, the turn judge will signal to the referee by placing one hand overhead with an open palm, and then report it to the referee after the conclusion of the race.

The referee will then decide if the turn was legal or if the swimmer should be disqualified.

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