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Meet Worker Positions

Non-Certified Positions

Head Timer

The Head Timer assures that all lanes have timers, working stop watches, clipboards, pencils, and timing cards. The Head Timer starts two watches on every race, and delivers a working watch to timers when their own watches fail. The Head Timer will meet with the lane timers before the start of a session in order to explain the duties ot the timer and answer any questions.  The Head Timer supervises lane timers during meets and signals to the Referee when Timers have cleared their watches.

Timers & Scribes

Lane timers are responsible for starting their watches at the Starter's signal, and stopping their watches when any part of the swimmer's body touches the wall at the finish. The watch time is then recorded by the Scribe on the entry card. Timer’s meetings are held just before the start of a session in order to explain the duties of the timer and answer any questions. 

Relay Take Off Judge

The Relay Take Off Judge ensures that a relay swimmer does not leave the starting platform before the preceding swimmer has touched the end of the pool.

Finish Judge

The Finish Judges stand at the end of pool and observe the end of the race. They help decide the order in which the swimmers finished the event.  No technical knowledge of swimming is required, but it does require a keen ability to focus your attention for close races. Training or shadowing is recommended and happily provided.


The Runners are responsible for collecting the event cards from each Timer, Finish Judge slips from each finish judge,  and the Over-call judge’s slip after each heat.  The cards are then brought to the Placer at the scoring table.  They are also responsible for collecting any disqualification (DQ) slips from the Stroke and Turn Judges and relay jump slips from the Relay Jump Judges and taking them to the Meet Referee for their signature. These cards are also taken to the Placer at the scoring table.


The Placers are responsible for placing the event cards for each heat in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. place order, according to GKAISA scoring rules.  The Placer position requires some training.


The Scorer takes event cards from the Placer and puts them on the score sheet and adds the points earned by each team in the appropriate total column.  Scorers need to be able to add simple numbers quickly in their head, as they will be adding the score.  The Scorer then gives the event cards to the Computer Entry person.

Computer Entry

The Computer Entry person enters the times and places from the event cards into the computer and prints labels for the Ribbons person.


The Ribbon person takes the labels and then places the labels on the appropriate place ribbon.

11 & Over Clerk of Course

In charge of distributing the cards for 11 and over swimmers prior to their races. The clerk of course worker will hang them on the card hanger so that kids can come find their names prior to the race, and will also be ready to re-write a card if one is needed.

10 & Under Clerk of Course/ Tent Parents

10 & Under clerk of course workers will assist parents in getting swimmers to the proper location prior to their race. Parents are responsible to get their children to report to the designated location, where clerk of course/tent parent volunteers will then take the children to the white chairs behind the lanes on the turn end of the pool or behind the blocks for IM and Relays.

Parking Attendant

Works prior to the meet starting to ensure that cars are parking in the designated locations and are not parking on the golf course.

Meet Cleanup

Helps the lifeguards and coaches take down the visiting team tent and clean up the GMST team area.

Swimmer Checkin

Sets up a table prior to the meet to check in swimmers and parents to the meet. Reports any swimmers that have not checked in to the coaches so that coaches so they are aware which swimmers are not in attendance that signed up.

Water Runner

Delivers water to meet workers.

Announcer/Event Monitor

Uses the microphone to make announcements and calls for swimmers to ensure swimmers are reporting to their events.

Vanna/Event Monitor

Sits on the lifeguard stand and flips the event monitor board with the event number that is currently in the water.


Certified Positions

Stroke and Turn Judge

The Stroke and turn Judge determines if each swimmer is swimming the stroke legally as defined by GKAISA Swimming rules. It is the responsibility of the Stroke and Turn Judge to disqualify any swimmer whose stroke, start, turn, or finish is illegal.  The stroke and judge must be certified at a GKAISA officials training clinic and pass a written test.  New stroke and turn judges will apprentice with a veteran before working a meet independently.


The Referee presides over the meet to see that the meet runs on time and is fair and safe for all swimmers.  The Referee has the overall authority and responsibility for seeing that the competition complies with all of the appropriate rules and regulations. The referee resolves all questions related to the conduct of the swim meet and reviews any disqualifications before they are sent to the Scorer’s Table.  The Referee must be certified by GKAISA.


The Starter ensures that all swimmers receive a fair and equitable start. The Starter works closely with the Referee and assumes responsibility for the start at the Referee's signal. The Starter steps the swimmers onto the starting blocks or into the water, directs the swimmers to "take their mark," and in conjunction with the referee, determines when a false start has occurred. The starter is also responsible for making sure that the starting equipment is in working order prior to the start of a session.  

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