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Please take some time to read the volunteer job descriptions for each job that you will be doing at a meet so you can familiarize yourself with its respective responsibilities and duties.

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Floater

Assists where needed or fills in for an absent volunteer.  Helps volunteer coordinator with volunteer check-in.  Provides other volunteers with restroom breaks.

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Parking Attendant

Monitors the small parking lot by the pool to ensure only those with proper credentials park there, and that no swim meet attendees park on Mahogany Run Drive.

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Ready Bench

Verifies that swimmers are in the correct event/heat/lane according to the heat sheet and that no substitutions or changes have been made.  Ready Bench parent will be stationed at the end of the pool where events are starting. 

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Announcer

The Announcer goes through where the families are set-up to let them know what events are coming up so their swimmer(s) can get to the pool in time for their race.

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Referee/Head Meet Official

The referee runs the meet and makes decisions based on the touch turn / stroke judge recommendations. The referee will declare swimmer disqualifications and record them on the event timing sheet. The referee should work with the starter to keep the meet pace on time. The referee will run the judges meeting before the meet starts and will work until the last heat.

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Set-up and Take-down

Prepare the pool area for the meet (6:15am Saturday meets or 4:15pm weekday meets) and restores area back to pre-meet conditions after each meet.  Will be responsible for setting up ez-ups for each ready bench area and age group areas, caution barriers around wading pool, trash bags/cans around ready benches, yellow lane towels, scoring, starter and flip chart.

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Starter

**Volunteers must have completed the WHALe League Judge Clinic Certification for Starter. Must complete training before you can sign up for this position.** This volunteer works the entire home meet and announces the events and signals the start of each heat. The Starter is responsible for charging false starts to swimmers. The Starter will use a starting device, and only whistle in the event of a device failure

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Place Judge

These volunteers are to determine 1st through 6th place finishers. The judges must in all events and, at all times command a clear view of the race and finish line. Judges shall not serve as timers in the same race. The judges are to judge the place finishes as they see them. If the place judges disagree, they will need to consult the timers to determine who gets which place ribbon. 

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Stroke and Touch/Turn Judges

Watches swimmers' strokes or touch & turns for infractions and promptly reports those to Referee.  

**Must attend WHALe Certification Clinic**

Judges will be allowed to park in the parking lot for the meet they are working at.

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Timers

Use the manual stopwatch to time swimmers.  There will be 1 timer per lane. The manual timer will need to be started at the starter's signal and will need to stop the timer when the swimmer reaches the wall. The timer will record the swimmer's time on a timing sheet after each heat.  This timing sheet will be handed down to the end of the pool at the end of each event for official recording.

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Head Timer

Head Timer will be handling 2 back-up manual timers in case one of the lane timers malfunctions. They will also help to trouble shoot any issues the lane timers may experience.

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The Falcon Point Pirates Swim Team is a Division of The West Houston Aquatic League

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