Sylva, North Carolina
Swim Meet Volunteers
Swim Volunteers and Terminology:
Clerk of Course – volunteer responsible for checking in swimmers, setting up heats, assisting swimmers to get from the clerk of course setup to the starting chairs/blocks. Swimmers receive their time cards from the clerk-of-course.
Concessions (Home Meets Only) – run by home hosts at meets to raise funds for the home team.
Deck entries – entries into swimming events made the day of a swim meet. This often creates problems and should NOT be done.
Finish Judges – Sit at both sides of the pool to watch each swimmer finish the races. A score sheet is used to list in order of each lane placing 1st – 6th lanes. Sheets are handed to the runner after each heat.
Head Timers – This person starts a watch at the same time all timers do in each lane to have backup stopwatches, if while timing a lane and something goes wrong with your timer, hold up your hand and the head timer will trade out a watch.
Heat Sheet – a listing of all swimmers by event, heat, &/or lane assignment in a swim meet. This is not available to parents until the end of the season and then for sale at conference and all-stars.
Runners – a volunteer that take time sheets from timers and judges at the pools edge to the computer station.
Stroke & Turn official (judge) – there are typically 2 to 3 stroke and turn judges. These officials are watching for official strokes and technique used by swimmers. Lanes are usually divided up between the judges.
Timers – using stopwatches, time each lane. Each lane has two timers. Both times are taken from each time. An average is used.