Jobs at Meets

If this looks familiar to some of you, it is because I have (for the most part) copy/ pasted last year's news story.
Our first meet is THIS SATURDAY so we will need to get these jobs filled. This is supposed to be a learning experience for the other team, so lets make sure we set a good example.


Once you have worked a job for a meet, you quickly realize how connected you are to the team's success. Volunteers truly are a part of the team, part of the Lake Shark family. It takes all of us working together to make this sport possible for the kids, and once you're a part of it, you can truly appreciate how special that is.

If you don't have small children that require arm's length supervision, you're doing yourself a disservice if you're treating the meet as "me time" scrolling through your phone or reading the paper. Don't sit on the sidelines if you don't have to!

Working these jobs will not force you to miss your child swim, conversely they give you VIP access and a front row view.


Without further adieu, the departments and their jobs:


Scoring Department: Beverly Storey

Head Scorer:

Transfers the other team's meet sheet onto our meet sheet. Keeps score during the meet using the following scoring system:


Individual Events:

1st: 5 points

2nd: 3 points

3rd: 1 point


In the event of a team sweep, the 3rd place points will be awarded to the opposing team's best finish. If all other swimmers are disqualified, no point is awarded. The maximum amount of points scored is 8 per event.



1st: 7 points

2nd: 0 points


Pool Side Order of Finish:

Observes and records the order the swimmers finish by lane assignment. Gives each race's results to the runner.


Scoring Table Order of Finish (home meets only):

Puts the swimmers' cards in order based upon the two teams' order of finish judges. If the judges do not have matching results, the disputed order of finish will be decided by the times posted on the swimmers' cards. Once order of finish has been established and cards are in order, the cards are given to both teams' scorer.


Ribbon Department: Laurie Hackett

Ribbon Writer:

Writes ribbons for our team's winners 1st place through 3rd place and also meet participant ribbons. We have a different team ribbon for each meet. 


Assistant Ribbon Writer:

Helps speed up the ribbon writing process by assisting ribbon writing. They will help transfer cards from scoring table and write ribbons when needed.


Runner (home meets only):

Collects both order of finish judge's paper and each swimmer's card after an event and brings the cards to the scoring table's order of finish organizer. This job requires a lot of walking so it is recommended to have this job split into two shifts on hot days.


Timing Department: Patrick Conner


Head Timer (home meets only):

Has two stop watches. The head timer will time for first place swimmer and will also time for any lane that has a timing malfunction. Should any timer have a timing malfunction, they should raise their hand to alert the head timer.


Head Lane Timer (home meets only):

Each lane will require a head lane timer. This timer will not only time each event in his/her lane, but they will also record each timer's time in their lane on the swimmer's card. The head lane timer should also circle the middle time from the recorded times. The card is then collected by the runner.


Timer: 12 home, 6 away

One per each lane for away meets, and two per lane for home meets (one being the head lane timer).

All timers should press start on their watch upon seeing the flash of the starter. Light travels faster than sound. The timer will press stop only upon observing the swimmer touch the wall.

Pay attention to the distance of the event. 50 meters is up and back whereas 100 meters is up and back 2x. Should you have a timing mishap, raise your hand to alert the head timer so he/she can time for you.

Remember to relay your time to the head lane timer and clear your watch for the next event.


Seek and Deploy Department: Kirsten Cristinziani

Card distributor:

Keeps the cards organized at the card table so that they may be distributed to the swimmers.


Seek and Deployee: Good to have one for each practice group 

We should have at least one per lane to make sure that the swimmers are lined up correctly before their event. The seek and deployees should know the swimmers well in case there is a swimmer missing in action. Seek and Deployees are the last line of defense to prevent a distracted swimmer from missing their event.