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Course Instruction Summary:  Please read and study the following material carefully.  When you have finished the material you will be presented with an on-line test.  After successfully completing the test you will be certified as a SAIL Official for this position.  Thank you.  Please send any comments, improvement suggestions, etc. to .


  • The main job of a Runner is to move the heat cards from the Timers to Records
  • The other job of a Runner is to move the heat cards from the swimmers to the other end of the pool for the 8&U and 9&10 age groups when they swim 25 meter events.
  • It takes approximately four to six Runners to operate each half of the meet.
  • Runners should be identified by a card on a lanyard, vest, hat, shirt…..
    • Identifying your Runners will let people know that they are behind the Timers where they are supposed to be, and hopefully people will get out of their way so they can get the cards to Records without interference
    • Identification lets Timers know who to look for at the end of a heat
    • Runners should introduce themselves to the people in Records, the Referee, the Chief Timer and the Marshalls.
  • The Runner who takes the cards to Records should paper-clip each heat together
  • It is acceptable for Runners to encourage and cheer for the swimmers.

50 meter and 100 meter events, relays

  • you need a minimum of three Runners during these events
  • at the end of a 50 m or 100 m event, or a relay, a Runner should collect the heat cards from each Recording Timer
  • that Runner should hand off the cards to another Runner who can take them or relay them to the Records area
  • heat cards should be kept in lane order with Lane 1 on the top and Lane 6 on the bottom
  • each heat should be paper-clipped together before turning the cards in to Records

25 meter events

  • you need a minimum of five but preferably six Runners for these events
  • a Runner will collect the heat cards from the swimmers while they are sitting in the chair waiting to swim
  • the cards need to be quickly relayed to the other end of the pool.  At many swim meets where the swimmers are staged behind the starting blocks and the runners can collect cards several races in advance.  This dramatically reduces the urgency of relaying the cards quickly.
  • always lay down and collect cards in lane order. This is a significant cause of confusion with regards to timing recording errors.
  • slide the card under the existing card
  • at the end of the heat a Runner (not the one who is laying down cards) will collect the cards and hand them off to another Runner who will make sure they are in lane order (1-6), paper-clip the heat and turn in to Records

DQ’s – If a swimmer is disqualified, you may not be able to collect that card with the rest of the heat.  If this is the case, have someone take that card to Records and give the card to the head Records person so they can put the card with the heat.  Either the Referee or Stroke and Turn Judge will fill out the DQ quickly and then talk to the swimmer so the Runner can continue with their job.  If possible, the Runner should wait to gather all the cards from the heat.

Scratch Cards – Scratch cards should be kept with the heat.  If it is a 25 meter event, hand the scratch card as well as the card of the swimmer who is swimming in that lane to the Recording Timer.  When the Runner collects the cards, they will collect the scratch card and keep it with the heat.  If it is a 50 m or 100m event, the Head Lane Timer or Recording Timer will have the heat card.  The Runner should collect the scratch card and keep it with the heat.

Other – A Referee may ask you to collect a heat or several heats of cards from Records.

3.12 Code of Ethics

All members of the League shall adhere to the following Code of Ethics.

  • As a participant, I will refrain from all personal action that might provoke other participants, spectators, or officials to unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • As an individual, I will refrain from offensive or abusive language and will confine myself to proper remarks at the proper time to officials in charge.
  • As a participant, I will respect the dignity of the meet in which I am engaged, the officials, the opponents, and the communities they represent.
  • As an individual participant, parent, coach, team, league representative or league officer, I will do nothing that would give myself or my team an unfair advantage over another participant or team.
  • As a coach or parent, I will not engage in nor permit actions which will interfere with the operation of the league or its meets; nor will I intrude upon the area of the league and meet officials.
  • As a meet official or league officer, I will return courteous answers to legitimate questions and recognize remarks made by authorized persons. I will not allow any acts by others which do not uphold the standards set forth in the by-laws of the league.
  • As a participant of the meet, I will maintain an attitude of true sportsmanship.
  • As a member of SAIL, I pledge myself to create a mature, healthy, and fair atmosphere for all swimmers at all times.

I acknowledge the SAIL Code of Ethics as stated in our By-Laws and attest that I am the person indicated above taking this test.