Stroke and Turn
Stroke and Turn Resources
Please reference the following resources for a stroke and turn self-certification or refresher.
Unofficial Heats and Younger Swimmers
Stroke and Turn volunteers often ask how to handle DQ calls for younger swimmers or unofficial heats. Please keep in mind that a swimmer's time is used to qualify them for both A and B Championship events regardless of whether that time was accomplished swimming an official or unofficial heat. This means that a slower swimmer with a legal stroke may not qualify for Champs when another swimmer with an illegal stroke logs a faster time without a DQ.
Swimmers improve with feedback from their coaches and parents. A disqualification is not intended to be a punishment but rather a way to help a swimmer improve and grow with feedback from their parents and coaches.
An 8-and-under struggling with an illegal stroke can easily become a 10, 12, and 14-and-under still struggling without the benefit of a DQ, feedback, and stroke correction early in their swimming career.
That said, the benefit of the doubt always goes to the swimmer. Only call what you are sure you saw!!