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Timer/Picker Notes


Timer Start - smoke, not sound (check sight lines) - if you can’t see or aren’t ready, Yell!! It is extremely important that the Timer not miss the “gun”.


Timer Stop - “chest” over line .. not head or foot.


Picker - keep eye on your runner.  If race is close, think “red shirt beats green shirt” to help resolve disputes - If race is run in lanes, make sure runners stay in lanes!


Pickers have primary responsibility for placement - Timers can help if there is a problem with placement, but only at the request of the Recorder. 


Place is more important than time, since errors are inherent in the timing process.


After race, runners stay in lanes (n/a 1200/1600/800) - pickers walk to lane of their runner; Pickers line up in same lane as their pick at finish line but keep runners in their lanes about 10 feet down the track until all issues resolved - then tell runners to come back to finish line.  Too close to call? - disagreements? - don’t argue in front of kids!! Maintain distance until agreement is reached -


Timer joins picker when all places are set


Recorder goes to Timers/Pickers and gets time for runner - provide time to two decimal places.  Times for the 400 and 400 relay should be reported in seconds - e.g., 1' 14" should be reported as 74". 


Don’t release runners until Recorder is complete with entire heat.


            I’ll conduct 1-min. watch “check” to make sure watches are working


            If watch doesn’t start or you miss the gun, tell recorder (spare watch)


Try to make sure all runners are told their time .. 7-8 timers in distance events keep watch going for incoming runners.


            Medals: 1st thru 6th - no need to record all times - only top 7 required.


400/400R/200 - run in heats with 1st heat the “fastest” - results based on time - someone in 2nd or subsequent heats will often place so stay focused.