RANTS FROM MOMMYLAND: Anatomy of a Swim Meet
Swim meets are a great way for kids to get to know other swimmers, challenge themselves, and have fun. Bring folding chairs, books, and games for the kids. SWIM TEAM CHAIR JOB DESCRIPTION. • Write article for newsletter. Include swim team commitment form. • Get commitment forms back and make spreadsheet. Safety Chair: Sean Farrell [email protected] x MEET HOST: CDOG. WEBSITE: vlozodkaz.info
More information is in the rule book and on the USA-Swimming website. Chief Judge A Chief Judgeor team of Chief Judges, may assign and supervise all stroke, turn, place and take-off judges.
The Chief Judge reports the decisions of those judges to the designated Referee. The referee decides how these officials will work. The rules and the meet protocol s set up by the referee govern the procedure. Other Official Positions Officials may serve in other roles at swim meets including: One or two record the order of finish while positioned at the finish end of the pool.
Often the Referee or Starter fills this role. The rules direct how and when their recorded order of finish affects the official order of finish.
These officials, judge if the swimmer is in contact with the platform, or deck, when the incoming swimmer touches the end of the pool.
They report violations to the referee, or designee. Entry Clerk An Entry Clerk receives and processes entries. A person who remains calm in difficult situations, pays attention to detail and has time to do the job thoroughly fits well here. In addition to receiving entries, the Entry Clerk may also receive entry fees. Clerk of Course The Clerk of Course works in differing ways depending on the need. The size and scope of the meet and the number of administrative officials. This person may also troubleshoot the timing system if needed.
User manuals for equipment are often available online, or by contacting the manufacturer. This person receives and processes the times received according to the rules. Verification of reported times is a top priority task. There are many ways to fill this role.
The person filling this role must have a thorough understanding of the timing rules and how to apply them. Additionally, a Computer Operator needs a working knowledge and understanding of the software. The ability to troubleshoot computer and other related problems is very helpful. When it comes to time verification, accuracy is a must.
Speed is highly desirable. Announcer If possible, use care when selecting a Meet Announcer. Helpful traits include a clear pleasant voice and the ability to work well under pressure.
A knowledgeable swim parent with a pleasing radio voice might be a great announcer. Remind him or her of the need to remain impartial. Wondering where to station the announcer? If an ideal spot is not available, do the best you can. Some appreciate a small cooler with water where they are. At most age group meets, it works best if the announcer states the facts. This includes the event, heat, and swimmer names. Unnecessary comments or announcements add to the confusion in this environment.
At championships, a talented well-informed announcer can add great excitement. Spectators and other meet goers often appreciate an announcer who, when introducing finals swimmers, provides background information. Equipment issues bring meets to a standstill. Therefore, it is important this person be on hand at the meet to help with equipment problems before, during, and the session. Other Marshals receive training upon arrival at the venue.
Marshals work from the beginning of warm-ups through the end of each session. They actively watch warm-ups and maintain order and safety throughout the venue.
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Responsible people, able to stand up to others in a firm but respectful way, work well in this role. Distinctive attire helps others respect their authority. Why do all these kids keep growing so much? Dear GOD - that one has a mustache. Last year he was playing with Pokemon. Child 2 has apparently forgotten how to do the backstroke and gets disqualified.
He is devastated for five minutes and then says: Can I have a donut? A kid is swimming breaststroke for the first time. He is tiny and can barely make it across the pool.
All the other swimmers in the race have finished and are hanging onto the wall, watching him. He looks around and sees he's dead last. He starts to sag in the water. Parents who don't even know the kid begin to cheer their hearts out. Teenage coaches from the other team start clapping for him and running up and down the side of the pool. He touches the wall and the whole place goes nuts for him. The swimmers in the lanes on either side of him shake his hand and pat him on the back. Still thinking about how happy I am for participating in a sport where a kid who comes in last still walks away feeling awesome.
My chair is now in full sun and it's hot as balls. The timers are switching to the other side of the pool and "Gagnam Style" starts to play over the speakers. A horde of small children start to boogie down.
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Some of them know all the moves and it quickly becomes a dance battle for the ages. Child 3 swims her hardest and gets crushed by the kids who train all winter. She's still smiling because she beat her best time. Child 2 wanders over and says: Misplace my youngest child, age 5. Find her sitting with John Ross, a 15 year old boy she adores, who is very patiently discussing Spiderman with her.
I ask her to come back to our chairs. She glares at me and says: The crowd has thinned and the meet is winding down. Watching the teenagers swim Butterfly now. It's kind of beautiful.
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I make a comment about this to my kids, in the hopes that they'll watch and really observe how it's done when it's done well. The little one is asleep in a lounge chair with a ring pop dangling off one finger.
Face sunburned to a bright red. Want to collapse into the dark, air conditioned living room and not move ever again.