Swim Meet Job Descriptions

In most cases, assignments are for either 1st or 2nd half of meet. All positions are fairly simple and straight forward. 


Set up/Take down: Responsible for arranging the pool deck prior to the home swim meets. Includes arranging chairs, putting up ropes, lane lines, starting blocks, etc. Responsible for resetting pool area as it is normally kept at the conclusion of the meet.


Timer: Ensure that the right swimmer is swimming in the correct event, heat, and lane. Time a swimmer in a specific lane with a timer push button or a stopwatch and record the time. Three timers are used per lane. A total of 18 timers are needed per team per meet.


Clerk of Course: Assign and seat swimmers in the correct lanes for their events. Move swimmers from seating area to starting blocks.


Table Worker: Several different jobs involving the scoring of the meet. Computer data entry, verify results, label ribbons, distribute results to announcer, and post event results.


Starter/Announcer: Starter calls swimmers to blocks, ready positions, and starts races during the meet. Announcer calls swimmers to clerk of course, announces event and heat numbers, and results. Makes other announcements as needed.


Runner: Get your exercise for the day. Take event cards, timing diskettes, or DQ cards from one location to another. Typically needed for home meets only.


Mite Helper: Gather the younger swimmers and moves them through the clerk-of-course area to the starting blocks.


Strokes & Turns: Judge the strokes and turns of the swimmers and decide if they meet US Swim Standards. Must attend the CAL clinic in May and have deck-side training. Need 6 per meet.


Concessions: Cooks, cashiers, and servers needed during home meets. Also, need several assistants to check & restock supplies prior to meets.


Hospitality: Serve drinks to the meet workers.

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