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Northwest Holiday Invitational Swim Meet
December 9-11, 2016

Terrace Aquatic Center
Friday, December 9, 2016 Warm-ups  5:00 - 5:50pm
Events  6:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Warm-ups  10:00 - 10:50am
Events  11:00 - 3:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 Warm-ups  8:00 - 8:50 am
Events  9:00 - 12:00pm
Organizing a Swim Meet

Often, to the new parent and swimmer, swim meets look very confusing. In fact, it is just the opposite. Swim meets are highly organized competitions. At any one time it takes nothing less than 35 volunteers to run a swim meet.

Referee – has overall authority and control of the competition, ensuring that all the rules are followed. Assigns and instructs all officials, and decides all questions relating to the conduct of the meet. Violations of the rules are reported to the Referee and the rules require that every reasonable effort be made to notify the swimmer's coach of the reason for the disqualification.

Timers – Timing is a good place to start. Working under the Head Timer, timers operate timing devices (watches and automatic timing systems) and record the official time for the swimmer in his/her lane. We need two timers per lane and there are six lanes – 12 timers in all per session. (Sign-up sheets are available outside the Blueback's office)

Stroke & Turn Judges – observe from each end of the pool and ensure that the turns and finishes comply with the rules applicable to each stroke and observe from both sides of the pool, walking abreast of the swimmers, to ensure that the rules relating to each stroke are being followed. We need four stroke and turn judges per session. (Sign-up sheets are available outside the Blueback's office)

Clerk of the Course/Marshall – arranges the swimmers in their proper heats and lanes which is especially important for the younger swimmers. Oversee the warm-up procedure. (Sign-up sheets are available outside the Blueback's office) We need two officials per session.

Starter – with the signal from the referee, the starter takes over to begin the race.

Set-up & take-down crew - We need 4 people to carry chairs and tables for the officials. Set-up benches for swimmers to line up before races.

Deck food co-ordinators - prepare the food brought in by Blueback parents and then deliver it to all the volunteers. Your kids can be with you here. Short helping sessions are available.

Ribbon helpers - work in the cool office upstairs - help sort labels and applying them to the ribbons. We need 4 helpers.
Officials are present at all competitions to implement the technical rules of swimming and to ensure that the competitions are fair and equitable. Officials receive training appropriate to their roles. All parents are expected to get involved with some form of officiating.
Guidelines for Officials

1. Be prompt. Check in 10-15 minutes prior to your shift. Identify yourself to the official in charge, usually the Meet Manager. (Nita Back)

2. Dress in lightweight clothing. It is recommended that officials dress in white to present a uniform image that allows them to be easily identified by other Officials, the Meet Manager and swimmers. Shorts are acceptable. For footwear runners or deck shoes are best. Remember, pools are often hot and humid and the floors are wet and slippery.

3. Always be consistent and fair as well as knowledgeable with current rules.

4. Remember that officials represent not only the Bluebacks but also the sport of swimming. If a disagreement on pool deck arises, leave controversial decisions in the hands of the Referee (Lori Janzen) and Meet Manager (Nita Back). Discuss the decision during an official break in the officials’ room.

Because of the number of people required to run an efficient swim meet, we ask that you offer to volunteer some of your time.