PVS Officials

Process for VHSL Official Certification (2007-08 Season)


In recognition that swimming rules for National Federation of High Schools and United States Swimming are converging, the Virginia High School League (VHSL), Virginia Swimming, Inc. (VSI) and Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) are testing the concept in the 2007-2008 season of providing VHSL official certification based on VSI and PVS certifications.

For a VSI or PVS certified official to become VHSL certified, the following is required:

  1. Maintain VSI/PVS certification through the end of the high school season.
  2. Purchase a NFHS rule book for $7.00. Checks should be made payable to “NSDA”.
  3. Read the rule book! :-)

Please note that the above fee does not include any supplemental insurance coverage while working a VHSL meet.

The NFHS rulebook will be available for purchase at the following locations:

For all others, the requirement to become VHSL certified remains the same as in previous years:

  1. Attend the rules clinic (Oct 17th or Nov 19th at Oakton High School - 7pm)
  2. Pay the association fee for insurance and the NFHS rule book
  3. Pass the written open book exam

Any questions related to this process should be directed to Jim Thompson.


PVS and VSI are Local Swimming Committees that are part of USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States. PVS covers the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that includes the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland and the Northern Virginia area encompassing Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. VSI’s area includes the remaining parts of Virginia and some North Carolina counties along the border with Virginia.