BCSSA Officials - Starter
- The Starter and the Referee are the two most prominent officials on deck. The Starter is the key to insuring that each swimmer leaves the blocks fairly.
- To be successful, the Starter must have a good working knowledge of the rules and must exercise good judgment in his decisions.
- While the Starter's job appears to be simple, it is in fact one of the most difficult. It requires a great deal of practice and precision. There is no substitute for on-deck experience.
A Good Starter has the Following Qualities:
- Is an experienced official.
- Is able to handle stress and stay focused.
- Has a good working knowledge of the rules.
- Has good people skills.
- Is a competent Place Judge and Stroke and Turn Judge.
Before the Meet:
- Dress appropriately in whites.
- Have a current rulebook.
- Arrive early [about one hour].
- Become familiar with pool layout [e.g., position of the starting podium].
- Ensure that the starting equipment [including a starting device, microphone, intercom, etc.] is set up, in working order and that guns [if used] are available, working, clean, loaded and have ample ammunition.
- Attend the officials' meeting.
- Obtain a set of heat sheets for the starting podium.
- Make a note of any changes in events [e.g., order switched, combined events, etc.].
- Establish a means of being informed of any changes to heats.
- Work closely with the Session Referee to establish:
- Pool end procedures.
- Lane coverage for the start.
- In conjunction with the Chief Timer and Chief Judge Electronics, conduct tests of the electronic timing system and watches.
During the Meet:
- Ensure a fair start in accordance with rules of the start (details are described in the BCSSA Rulebook).
- Record a sweep for each heat.
- Record DQ data upon the instruction of the Referee.
- Note the time of the start of each event.
- May be called upon to assist other officials.
- Perform other duties as delegated by the Referee (e.g., Stroke and Turn Judge, relay take-overs, operate the false start rope, etc.).
Reference: Rule Book Sections 1, 3 & 4
(Source: BCSSA Clinician's Guide)