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Officials – Starter

Starter Duties (Click here to view the Starter & Starters Assistant booklet)

What does the Starter’s Assistant (Marksman) do before a race?

  • Call-up the competitors approximately 10 minutes before the race is due to start
  • Advise athletes of heats/lanes allotted or draw for lanes if not pre-arranged
  • Check clothing, shoes and numbers
  • Issue leg numbers for right leg of shorts if required for photo finish
  • Advise athletes of qualifying conditions if heats are to be held; likewise for quarter/semi finals.
  • Advise Starter of number of heats.
  • Check positioning of starting blocks
  • Advise athletes of ‘break points’ for echelon starts.
  • Tell the athletes to “Remove Track Suits” approximately 3 minutes before the race is due to start, marshal them to approximately 3 metres behind their start line in their correct lane.
  • As soon as the athletes are ready and not before the race is timed to start the designated Starter’s Assistant for this duty must advise the starter clearly (usually by raising a clipboard).
  What does the Starter do?

  • Start the race after receiving ‘clearance’ from the Chief Starter’s Assistant and alerting the Timekeepers.
  • Recall the athletes if there is a false start.
  • Recall the athletes if there has been a block failure.
  • Issue warnings / disqualifications to the athletes.
  • Remain alert to the duties performed by Starter’s Assistants.
  • Be responsible for keeping the meeting to the timetable
  • Liaise with Photofinish team as required.

What does the Starter’s Assistant (Marksman) do at the start of and during a race?

  • Watch the start line on straight starts for hand faults.
  • Watch lanes on echelon starts for hand faults etc.
  • Watch ‘inside’ athletes from rear on straight starts for hand faults etc. i.e. hands inside lanes.
  • Watch ‘outside’ athletes from rear on straight starts for hand faults etc. i.e. hands inside lanes.
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