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Timers' Guidelines

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For those who have not timed before (or perhaps in a while), here are some general guidelines for timing.

Prior to the Meet:
There is always a timers meeting with the starter. Please attend the meeting. Things specific to the pool and meet will be covered. Different pools can use different equipment to start a race. Some are based on light and sound, others just on sound. Also, head timers for each lane and backup timers will be assigned by the starter at this time. Verify watches function. Give clipboards to lead timers.

Start of Each Race:
Verify the name of the child. Also check that you have a boys (blue) or girls (pink) card. If the swimmer is a boy and you have a pink card, tell the starter to stop so you can fix it.
Reset your watch. Starter will ask if the timers are ready. If you are not ready, please say so as loudly as needed to get the starters attention.

The starter will begin each race by saying "Swimmers, take you mark". In the event the starting equipment has both a light and sound, you will start your watch on the sooner of either 1) when you see the light on the starting equipment flash or 2) hear the sound of the starting equipment. If the equipment is only sound (air horn, starters gun, etc.), you will start your watch immediately upon hearing the sound. ** PLEASE BE WATCHING THE STARTER AT THE START OF EACH RACE TO ENSURE AN ACCURATE AND TIMELY START ON YOUR PART. **

During the Race:
During a race, do not stop timing or take any action regarding a swimmers stroke, turn, or other aspects of the race. The stroke and turn officials will inform you of any violations which you will write on the card and inform the swimmer as necessary.

Do not delay the meet in order for a swimmer to get to the blocks. It is the coaches job to make sure they are there when the starter stars the race.
Get ready for the finish.

The Finish of the Race:
Most importantly, be in position to see the touch. You must be over the wall watching the swimmer come in and be able to see the touch. Stop your watch when ANY part of the swimmer touches the wall. Report your time to the head timer.

Do not headcatch. It is the job of the swimmer to get a head catcher. Please do not head catch. Many children don't want it.

!!! If you are the Head Timer in your lane !!!
There's something you can do to make things work smoother for the "Card Runner" (the person who picks up the cards from you and takes them to the scorers table). When you're done writing down the times on the card, simply hold the card out behind you so the card runner can pick it up. This way, the runner has an easy way to get them all.