Swim Meet Volunteer Positions
Referee is the chief official at the swim meets. He/she may also serve as starter, stroke and turn judge, or place judge. They are LSA trained,
Starter announces the race and event number, readies the timers and judges, and starts the races. Starter will declare false starts. They are LSA trained.
Clerk of Course get the swimmers lined up for their races, and handles last minute changes to the race assignments. (Qualifications and Championship positions only)
Stroke and Turn Judge observes turns, finishes, and strokes and ensures all rules for a particular stroke are followed. Disqualifications (DQs) are reported to the referee. They are LSA trained.
Head Timer times each race with two stopwatches for substitution in case of a lane timer failure.
Timers time each race with a digital stopwatch. In regular dual meets, there are two timers per lane, one from each team. One of the timers in each lane records the race times on the time cards. Timers attend a short meeting before the swim meet begins for timing instruction.
Runner collects the time cards and place judge results and brings them to the scorer’s table.
Scorer inputs the raw race results into the computer for scoring, place ribbons, and record keeping. They print out the ribbon labels and score sheets. They are LSA trained.
Table Workers assist the Scorer with organization and filing time cards, computer input, preparing and filing place ribbons, and filing and posting score sheets.
Age Group Parents take care of the 6U, 8U, and 10U swimmers by keeping them organized, entertained, safe, marking the races on the swimmers arm, and lining the swimmers up for their races. This is a big, important job. Bullpen parents are there to free parents of young swimmers so that they can be timers, scorers, etc.
Set up workers work before the meet begins by getting lanes in place, the recall rope in place, chairs in place for timers, kick boards in place, set up back stroke flags, and set up scorers’ table.
Take down involves taking down and putting away the things mentioned above in set up, as well as being sure all garbage is picked up and lounge chairs are back in place.