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Volunteer Job Descriptions- Certified



Trained or Certified Positions


The volunteer positions listed below are critical positions required to run a swim meet. Each of these positions requires training and/or certification. All positions are required for a home meet. During an away meet, we may be required to provide these positions in limited quantities.  

We are always looking for new faces in our pool of certified/trained positions, and your family will get volunteer credit for the shifts you must work to become certified.  Interested in becoming certified? Contact Marci Miller at 


The Head Clerk must complete a GRAL training course OR a one-hour orientation session prior to the training session. He or she must pass the written exam. He or she should work half of a meet and all relays in the clerk of course with a certified Head Clerk. To maintain certification, a Head Clerk should work a minimum of two sessions per year.


Annual training is provided by GRAL. No other certification is required.  


To become a Head Table Worker, the candidate should work as a table worker for two halves (first and second). He or she should work as Head Table Worker alongside a seasoned Head Table Worker for one second-half session before working alone.


The Referee must be trained as and have worked at least eight sessions (each meet half is a session) as Strokes and Turns judge prior to becoming a Referee. He or she must complete GRAL training courses for Referee, Head Clerk of Course, Strokes and Turns and Starter, passing all tests. New Referees must walk half  a meet with a certified Starter and half as Clerk of Course unless already certified in these positions.  Additionally, the Referee must walk one full meet as Referee, working alongside a certified Referee. To maintain current certification, a Referee must work a minimum of two meets per year as Referee, attend a Referee clinic every year, and pass Referee and Starter recertification tests every other year.


The Starter must complete a GRAL-approved training course and pass a written exam. He or she should work one full meet alongside a certified Starter. To maintain certification, a Starter must work a minimum of two sessions per year.


A Strokes and Turns Judge (S&T) must complete the GRAL training course for S&T and pass the written test.  He or she must walk one entire meet and one half meet in order to view all strokes and relays. The S&T candidate should be supervised by a certified S&T judge one full meet prior to working alone. To maintain certification in S&T, he or she must work a minimum of two sessions during the previous year, review annual updates on the GRAL website, attend GRAL training course every other year, and pass written certification tests every year.

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