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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)
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