Synchro judges are essential to run synchronised swimming competitions as they provide scores based on the performance of each routine.
To reduce the level of subjectivity in scoring, all synchro judges must be expertly-trained and have a full understanding of FINA and the ASA’s rules and regulations for synchronised swimming competitions.
There are three levels of synchro judge in England – basic, general and national judge.
Basic judges are not formally examined or assessed and are permitted to judge figures and routines for novice competitions and Under 12 National Age Group figures competitions.
General judges can take any of the three training courses with qualifications available on figures, free routines and technical routines.
While some people choose to specialise in one or two qualifications as a general judge, candidates will qualify as a national judge once they have passed all three general judge courses.
National judges are trained to judge at any level of domestic competition, including the National Age Group Championships and ASA National Championships, while general judges can only officiate at local and regional competitions.
Becoming A Synchro Judge
There are synchro judge courses taking place across the country each year.
All candidates for basic judge courses must be over 16 while all candidates for general judge courses must be over 18.
Head to our dedicated Courses Calendar to search for an upcoming synchro judge training course near you.
Anyone who has trained to become a national synchro judge with the ASA is encouraged to apply for a British Swimming Synchro Officials License.
The Licence lasts for four years and helps the ASA ensure the sport of synchronised swimming benefits from the highest possible standards.
To renew your license, you must satisfy a number of criteria and pass various modules. Only licensed technical officials are able to officiate at national synchronised swimming events or championships and holding a license demonstrates that you are maintaining and upgrading your skills and knowledge of the game.
Run A Training Course
While national courses for national and general synchro judges in England will be organised and run by the ASA Synchronised Swimming Management Group, basic judge courses are organised at regional level in conjunction with the Management Group.
Synchro regional managers wishing to set up a training course will need to submit a Booking Form to secure their preferred date and publication of the course on the ASA calendar.
Anyone wishing to run a course in 2016 must submit their application by 30 November 2015.
They should also download the following documents:
- Action Plan / Checklist – this outlines the process of running a synchro officials training course and what action to take afterwards. It also has some useful contacts.
- Data Protection – all licensed officials should fill in this form upon completing their officials qualification.
The ASA has also produced an application form template for basic synchro judge training courses. This form is intended to help the course organiser to publish the correct and up to date course details.
- Click here to download a copy of the ASA’s Guidelines to Judging Skills Levels 0, 1 and 2.