BCSSA Officials - Running a Meet

Have you ever wondered how many people it takes to run a swim meet?

Let's count:

Referee

1

Starter

1

Stroke and Turn

5

Place Judges

6

Head Timer

1

Asst. Head Timer

1

Lane Timers

18

Lane Recorders

6

Clerk of Course

2

Marshall

4

Runner

2

Announcer

1

 

That covers the number of people on deck at one time. 

Unless these people wish to do this for 8 hours per day for 2 days, we will need relief for change of shifts!

Of course, don't forget someone had to organize the meet beforehand:

Meet Manager

1

Meet Referee

1

Equipment

6

 

I suppose, if the children swim, we should figure out what their official times are:

Head Recorder

1

Recording Room

8

 

And I suppose it would be nice to give the swimmers their rewards:

Awards

4

Scoring

1

 
Of course, since these aren't paid positions;
the only way we can say "Thanks" is to offer food and drink to make the job more comfortable:

Hostessing

4

 

Now if the host club wishes to do a bit of the never-ending "Fund Raising" then they will run a concession:

Concession
& Program Sales

5

 

When the meet is over and everyone is happily in their cars going home, don't forget the clean-up and tear-down crew...
because if we don't leave the pool in good shape they may not make it available to us next year:

Clean-Up & Tear-Down

6

GRAND TOTAL
85

 

Oh no!! Who is left to take down the club tent!!

This is why summer swimming must have the motto:

IF EVERYONE DOES THEIR BIT, NO ONE HAS TO DO TOO MUCH.

Taken from Wavelengths, 1985

Originally submitted by C. Dobbin - Vancouver & District