Become a Synchro Judge

Synchro judges are essential for running synchronised swimming competitions as they provide scores based on the performance of each routine.

They are also responsible for marking grade level assessments.

To reduce the level of subjectivity in scoring, all synchro judges must be expertly-trained. They require a full understanding of FINA and Swim England’s rules and regulations for synchronised swimming competitions.

To maintain their qualification or progress, all judges must officiate at a certain number of grade assessments and competitions.

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3 levels of synchro judge in England

Level 1

Candidates must be 16 years old to take the level 1 judge course. They will be qualified to judge at level 1 and 2 competitions.

Course content will include:

  • Use of marking scales
  • Develop understanding of basic movements and positions
  • Able to identify Figures in current age groups (12U and 13/14/15)
  • Ethics
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Free Routines
  • Knowledge of Grade 1 and 2 criteria and assessment criteria

Level 2

Candidates must have been a level 1 judge for at least a year. They will be qualified to judge at regional competitions at the National Age Group Championships.

Course content will include:

  • In-depth knowledge of Junior Figures (15-18 years)
  • Develop knowledge of rules and penalties
  • Develop knowledge of NVT, difficulty values and application to figures. Application of deductions to figures
  • Exposure to variety of level of figures and scores
  • Knowledge and awareness of Grade 3/4/5 criteria
  • Further analysis of Free Routines – range of level of routines, recognition of difficulty

Level 3

Candidates must have been a level 2 judge for at least a year. They will be qualified to judge at the National Championships.

Course content will include:

  • Further knowledge about rules, penalties and organisation
  • In-depth knowledge about judging Figures and component parts
  • Further develop knowledge and aptitude regarding judging Free Routines
  • Awareness of Grade 6 criteria (once established)
  • In-depth knowledge of technical elements across solos, duets and team
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