HEAD TIMER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Lead the Pre-meet gathering.
2. Simulate a start and stop for timers and ask them to compare their times
within each lane for consistency.
3. Assure communication with the starter prior to each event.
A. Stop the starter if the times for the preceding race have not been
recorded or if there is a mismatch between the announced swimmer(s) and
B. The starter must always make eye contact with the “head” timer to
assure lane timers are prepared.
4. “Catchers” for 6 & under swimmers
A. Confirm coaches have provided “catchers” with safety instructions for
the swimmers in their lane.
B. Remind “catchers” to wait until the swimmer has broken the plane of
the finish line before they touch a swimmer who is not in distress.
C. Check for “Catchers” in ALL lanes for the 6 & under swimmers prior to start of first event.
5. Ensure swimmers do not obstruct timers as they gather for upcoming
events or cheer during a race.
6. Run two watches during each event; have a third available as a back up for
a lane timer to use in the event of a stopwatch malfunction issue.
7. Have pencils / pens available if needed.
8. Assure the timers receive hospitality beverages at appropriate intervals.