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Volunteer Descriptions

Clerk of Course - Line the swimmers up on benches prior to their races in a designated area of the pool so that they are ready for their events. Make sure swimmers are at the starting blocks at the appropriate time for their races.

Stroke/Turn Judge - Works with the other teams stroke/turn judges at each meet to insure that stroke protocols are being followed by swimmers. Requires some training. (Prior swimming experience is a big help!)

Head Timer - Meets with all timers before the meet and explains responsibilities for that meet. Ensures all timers are ready. Signals to Event Starter that everyone is ready. Goto person for all timers if anyone has problems with stopwatches.

Runners - (1 per team per meet - first half or second half of meet) Takes race results time sheets from timers to scorers table. Also obtains any disqualification forms from Stroke/Turn judges and discreetly gives to scorer. Distributes Heat Winner ribbons.

Computer/Data Entry - Enters swimmers times into software program and prints the ribbons. Requires some training.

Timers - (12 per team per meet, 6 each work first half or second half of meet) Use a stop watch in assigned lanes to determine the finish times in the races. Timers work in teams of 2 with at least 1 timer from each team in each lane. Home team timer records the time on the time sheets for each swimmer in the lane. (neat handwritting is a plus).

Event Starter - Starts the races and is responsible for keeping the meet running efficiently. Requires some training.

Concession Assistants - Assists the concession coordinator by maintaining the concession area during the meets, selling food, drinks, etc. May involve handling money and making change. They may also assist with setup of kitchen and cleanup once the concessions shut down.

Hospitality/Gate Keeper - Monitor gates and welcome visitors. May also distribute heat sheets to attendees and answer questions. 

Ribbons - Place event results labels on 1st-4th place ribbons. Separate ribbons between home and visiting teams. This position is only needed for the last half of the meet.

Volunteer Coordinator - Sources volunteers for all open spots. Checks in all volunteers at swim meets. Follows up to ensure volunteer commitments have been met by each family.

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