Course Control Worker

  1. RADIO: It’s important to understand how to use the radio correctly.
    • Radio should be set to frequency 7.3 to communicate with workers. (this is also listed inside the radio box)
    • Use the orange talk button to communicate.
    • Don’t use the “Call” button (makes loud chirp/warbling sound and nobody can talk).
    • Always wait to talk for a second after depressing the talk button (otherwise your first few words may get cut off)
    • Face into the wind when talking so that the wind doesn’t blow into the microphone.
    • If your radio “beeps” when you depress the talk button that’s a signal that your batteries are going dead. (some radios now have a battery level display)
  2. Perform radio/communications check with each worker station.
  3. Find a spot to stand in front of the timing vehicle where you have a clear view of the course, and also where Timing can easily see you through a window.
  4. You might have to move or re-aim the PA speaker so the Announcer doesn’t interfere with your duties.
  5. Establish a communication method with the time recorder in the van; hand signals, verbal, etc.  Decide whether you’re going to explicitly indicate a signal of “clean” for a clean run (good), or assume that if you don’t signal or tell them anything, the run was clean (not so good).  Hint: a closed fist is a good signal to use for a clean run.
  6. Check in with worker stations before the first car runs.  Remind them that the person with the radio should also control the red flag.
  7. Have worker stations check that all cones are correctly in their boxes before the first car runs.
  8. Have worker stations spread their people out as applicable for their coverage areas.
  9. Remind worker stations to:
    • Run after cones
    • Watch out for multiple cars on course
    • Get out of the way if a car is coming even if they can’t get the cones reset
    • Be safe first
  10. Remind stations to call station number, penalties, and car ID. as the car leaves their coverage area for the last time (example: “Station-3, 2-cones on red RX-7 #45”).
  11. Acknowledge/echo all call-ins by station number (e.g. “Two cones on car 45, thank you Station Three”).
  12. Watch for cones in the start and exit lanes; they count too. Check with the station that covers that area to be sure they know to watch it.  (the Starter may help with this)
  13. Communicate the penalty total to the time recorder as soon after the car leaves the exit lane.
  14. If the worker stations have trouble keeping up, communicate to the Starter that the second-car start interval needs to be increased.
  15. RED FLAG: Call a red-flag situation if:
    • A Course Worker tells you to
    • Timing tells you to
    • The Safety Steward tells you to
  16. A potential close encounter between cars is developing due to a spin, car breakdown, lost driver, etc…  Tell the worker stations which car (or cars) to red flag, with urgency.