Parent’s Jobs

Parent’s Jobs


the chief official of the meet. initiates every event using a starting gun or an electronic starter.

stroke & turn judge

determines that all swimmers are executing the proper strokes and turns as set forth by united states swimming rules. a disqualified swimmer earns no points. two judges are needed if a diving well divides one side of the pool. judges also judge the relay starts to ensure no early starts.

place judge

visually determines the finishing order of all swimmers in individual events and the first place in a relay. completes place judge card for each event.

lane marshals

the meet director or starter/referee will instruct the marshals in lane requirements for warm-up sessions.

lane timers

three timers are assigned to each lane to time the swimmers in each event. one of these timers from each lane will be designated as the one to record the swimmers times on a time slip.

head timer

acts as backup timer in case of a timing failure in any lane.


collects the timers’ slips from each lane, disqualification slips from the strokes & turn judge, and the place judge’s cards, and delivers them to the scoring table after every event.

scoring table workers

tabulates and records swimming scores on three copies of meet sheets.

record keeper

data entry; keys in all times from meet


ensures that the younger swimmers know their events and are at the starting blocks at the appropriate time.


announces event numbers and the names of all the participants. makes other general announcements.

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