Swim Meet Job Assignments

In an effort to provide you with a superior swim team experience, I’m writing out the jobs that need to be done at the meet. A side benefit is that it will lower my stress levels about 90%.

  1. When you come to the pool, the first thing that needs to be done is to take off all the pool covers. Then move the reels over to the side of the bleachers. This will put them out of the way of the spectators and make it easier to get to when we put them on (we will have to put the covers back on).
  2. We need three tables along the East end of the pool. Two are for the scoring desks, one is for the starter/announcer.
  3. Next, will be setting up the chairs. We need two each behind lanes 1 through 6. Then we three behind two of the tables and four behind the starter table (closest to the end of the pool).
  4. I would love to be able to set up chairs behind the timers and have a way to rope off the timing area. Maybe we can use one of the pool cover ropes.
  5. On one chair behind each lane, you will need to place:
    • ONE stop watch. Make sure it works.
    • One clipboard and a stack of timing cards.
    • One pen or pencil. Make sure it works.
  6. One starting system speaker for each lane. Plug these into the appropriate plate.
  7. The starting components and tripod. (I will probably take care of this).
  8. When this is done, the set-up is complete. You may get in and warm-up

1. 300 Freestyle
2. 200 kick, drill or swim of strokes you are doing during the meet. This is mostly your choice stuff.
3. Three 50’s descend. swimmers in the 500 may want to do a bit more.
4. Three starts with the “First 25” of your race. This should be led by me…not sure if we will get to it.
5. Super easy 100.

Job assignments

Here are the job assignments for the works…

  • Timers and recorders. The timer starts and stops the watch. The recorder writes the time down on the score card and hands it to the runner. There should be at least two people for each lane. It’s hard for one person to keep up.
  • Head Timer. Has a backup watch in case a timer forgets to start their watch. Checks to make sure the area in front of the timers is cleared out so timers can see.
  • Runners. After each event, a runner goes in front of the timers and picks up the score cards. Keep them in order and hand them to the desk.
  • Desk. This is a hard job. They….
    1. Take the score cards from the runner.
    2. Write the correct time for the appropriate swimmer. Then give the cards to the other desk.
    3. Use times to determine places.
    4. Put the correct score down
    5. Add up the scores and keep a running tally.
  • Starter/announcer/meet director. This is my job. Hopefully, I will still be able to do a little coaching.

Clean-up crew. That’s you! Remember, we have to put covers back on the pool.

Ron Usher

I help swimmer have fun, improve, get fast and learn about the great sport of swimming. I've always loved coaching the swimmers who weren't as talented or world class fast but they loved the sport and they wanted to learn and improve. I want you to benefit from my coaching and training.

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