Swim Meet Roles
The roles below represent the typical positions that the team must fill at each swim meet. Home meets require a few more volunteers than away meets.
Duties Requiring No Formal Training
- Set-up – Helps get the pool ready prior to each home meet.
- Timers – Run a stopwatch in one swim lane to time swimmers each event.
(9 needed each half of the meet)
- Head Timer – Maintains extra stopwatches for emergencies (1 needed each half of the meet for home meets)
- Runner – Picks up time cards and other paperwork from timers and officials and takes them to the scoring table after each heat or event (1 or 2 needed for each half of the meet)
- Sweeps Judge – Marks the order in which swimmers finish each race
(1 needed each half of the meet)
- Clerk of Course – Gives swimmers their time cards for each event and makes sure they get to the starting blocks on time (2 needed for each half of the meet)
- Concessions – Sets-up, prepares food, mans the concessions stand, cleans up at home meets (2 or 3 needed for each half of the meet)
- Ribbon Writer – Writes ribbons for swimmers as the times are recorded and score is tallied (1 needed each half of the meet)
Duties That Require Attendance at a VPSU Training Session Prior to the First Swim Meet (Training is approximately 2 hours long)
- Scorer – Calculates team and meet score as swimmer times are recorded
(2 needed for each half of the meet)
- Stroke and Turn Judge – Watches swimmers during races to ensure that their strokes and turns conform to VPSU regulations (2 or 3 needed for each half of the meet)
- Starter – Announces the events and starts each race (1 needed each half of the meet for home meets)
- Referee – Runs the home swim meets (1 needed for home meets)