WORKWARE Special Offer

Purchase a SWIMCLOCKBT-HI, SWIMCLOCKBT-HX or Bluetooth Adapter for IST Pace Clocks and get a copy of WORKWARE Software for $35. That’s a 90% discount! Offer valid now through August 31st, 2017.

Call 800-835-2611 or e-mail info@istime.comto place your order. We accept credit card, check and purchase order. 

WORKWARE allows you to create libraries of sets and workouts that can be run on separate lines of a scoreboard.

WORKWARE can be run on any IST scoreboard and numeric models from other manufacturers. A connection to the scoreboard is required. The cost for the software is normally $350. The connector ranges between $50 and $600 depending on what brand of scoreboard you have.

IST is proud to introduce the SWIMCLOCK with Bluetooth, our standard 4-digit pace and game clock with built in Bluetooth which allows you to control your clock from a smart phone app.

Create unlimited numbers of sets organized by category. Combine those sets into full workouts and store it all on your phone. Everything is right there in the palm of your hand. Start and stop the clock or blow the horn from anywhere on the pool deck.  Already own an IST pace clock? No problem! Purchase the plug-in adapter and turn your existing pace clock into a smart pace clock. The Swim Clock app for Android is now available on the Google Play store, iOS for Apple is in beta test now. All you need is an e-mail address and we’ll send you a link for it.

Wireless Adapter

Fundraising Ideas for your Team

We know that swimming isn’t a “revenue” sport. I’ve heard people say that a pool is just a hole in the ground that you throw money into. It seems like even busy pools have a hard time operating in the black. High school teams don’t usually get much of a budget and almost all programs rely on volunteers to make things work smoothly. Here are a couple fundraising ideas for raising money for your team. 

1) Ask.

A lot of parents don’t want to help their kids sell chocolate, discount cards or wrapping paper for fundraisers. They know that they are going to end up spending a lot on that stuff that they don’t really need. Also, not much of the money goes to the team. Instead, create a wish list of what you want, the number of items needed and the dollar amount per item. Then talk to your parents at the beginning of the season. Finally, ask if any of them would be willing to donate money to buy one or several items on the wish list. Often families are willing to give money if they know that it will be used directly for an item that will benefit their swimmer. I got a new set of pull buoys this way once, just by mentioning to a parent that we needed them. 

2) Run a Swimathon.

This is what we do for fundraising on my high school team. I love it because the kids do all the work. All the adults have to do is count money and feed the swimmers. I assign our swimmers to a “level” – either 10,000 yards, 7500 yards or 5000 yards depending on their skill and experience. The athletes go out and collect either pledges (an amount per yard) or donations (a flat fee for all the swimming). They turn in their envelopes and we tally up what has already been collected on the day of the Swimathon .  Then we give them their envelopes back and have them collect the remaining pledges after the swim. The 10,000 yards can be swum however they want to do it, but they need to make it as continuous as possible (stopping to put on fins is permissible, but not to just stand and chat). We feed them dinner once they are done swimming. I ask each swimmer to try to collect a minimum of $100. The 2 swimmers who collect the most money get dinner with Coach as a prize. Each year my team of 15-20 swimmers collects between $2200-$2800. 

3) Sell Advertising.

I have seen this done a couple different ways. Some teams sell ad space in their dual meet or Championship meet programs, while other teams sell lane sponsorships – each lane in the pool has a sponsor logo on the block or on the deck behind the block. If you have an IST scoreboard, or  if you are looking to purchase one, you can add a 2 color custom logo panel to the bottom of the scoreboard. On it you can have the sponsor logos for all the companies that helped fund the scoreboard. If you are looking at BOARDWARE, you can sell ads that can run on the scoreboard any time it is not being used for a meet. Just create a PowerPoint presentation with slides for the different ads and run it all day! Your own imagination and your willingness to reach out to local companies are the only limits! 

4) Use your network.

One school that I know of used a letter campaign to fundraise for their athletic department. Create a letter that explains what you are raising money for. Include specific items and costs if possible. Ask for donations and tell them where checks can be sent. Add your EIN number if you have one. You can even enclose a pre-addressed and stamped envelope for sending checks back in. Give 10 copies of that letter, along with stamped envelopes, to each of your athletes. Ask them to sign the letter and address and mail it to 10 people they know. You can also send the same letter to your Alumni if you have contact information for them. Have the swimmers address and stuff the envelopes on a Saturday. 

5) Work with a professional sports team.

Are you lucky enough to have professional or semi-pro sports in your city? Check with them for fundraising opportunities. Many venues will staff their parking lot attendants and concession stands with volunteers from community groups like your swim team. Depending on the venue they may give you either a percentage of sales or pay for the hours worked. You might be able to make some money in your own school this way. Have your students and parents volunteer to run the concession stand or spirit shop during big games. 

There are lots of creative ways to fundraise for your team. Do you have one that works for you? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter

Storing your Timing Equipment for the Off Season

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Now that your season is over it is time to pack up the timing equipment for a little while. Here are some tips and tricks for maintaining and storing your timing equipment that will help improve its useful life. You can buy the Rid-Ox Contact Protector Spray and Dielectric grease mentioned below at many local electronics stores. They are also available on our web store.

If you had any equipment that wasn’t working at the end of your season, contact us now to get an RMA number and send it in for repair. Once the season starts up again we get very busy with last minute repairs and can’t always guarantee a fast turn around time. Now is the time to get your equipment fixed!

Software/Computer/Printer

Once you are done with meets, you don’t necessarily need to keep them until the next season. For MEETWARE and TIMEWARE users, go to Utilities/Backup/Backup to back up your system. Save the backup to a USB drive or CD for storage in case you need it again. Then you can delete the meets (TIMEWARE) or start a new season in MEETWARE by going to Utilites/ New Season. This will delete all of your meets, move your seniors to an Alumni database, and age each swimmer up a grade.

Store your computer and printer, along with your software installation disks, power cords and mouse in a cool, dry place. Make sure that you remove any paper from your printer before you store it.

CTI/Deck Cable/Backup Buttons

Before storing these items away for the summer, do some basic cleaning on them. Dip a pipe cleaner into an Electronic Contact Cleaner/Protector  spray like Rid-Ox and wipe out each connection on the deck cable boxes and ends, the connectors on the CTI and the banana plugs on the Backup Buttons. This will help clean off any corrosion that has built up and protect the metal. Be gentle when cleaning the 25 pin connectors on the deck cable and CTI; try not to bend any pins. If you notice any pins that are bent, loose, pushed in or missing, contact IST for an RMA to get those repaired. NEVER USE WD-40 OR CLR TO CLEAN METAL CONNECTIONS. Those products will damage the metal.

Once your connections are cleaned, further protect the banana plug connections by coating them with a thin layer of Dielectric Grease. Fill each hole on the deck cable, and wipe a thin layer on each prong of the banana plugs to keep them from corroding in storage. Store the CTI and associated cables, Deck Cable and Backup Buttons in a cool, dry place.

SWIMSTART

Use Rid-Ox to clean the connection for both the Microphone and the speaker. Use the Dielectric Grease on the speaker connection. Charge the start fully, then unplug it and store it in a cool, dry place with the charging cable attached (but not plugged into the wall).

Touchpads

Touchpads should be rinsed with fresh water and left to dry thoroughly. Clean the banana plugs with Rid-Ox and coat with a thin layer of Dielectric Grease. Touchpads can be stored on the deck on a cart or in a well ventilated box, but keep them out of the sunlight and away from any sharp objects that might puncture or scrape the surface.

If you have any questions about your equipment or software please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love hearing from you!

Swim Clock App is now in iPhone Beta

IST’s newest product, the Bluetooth enabled SWIMCLOCKBT can now be run with your iPhone!

IST proudly introduces the latest innovation in training, a smart phone controlled digital pace clock. Your smart phone communicates with the pace clock via Bluetooth, which offers the most stable connection. Imagine, all of your sets and workouts in the palm of your hand. You’ll be able to stop and start your pace clock from anywhere in the pool. In addition you can blow the horn with the click of a button. Soon you will even be able to import workouts from IST’s WORKWARE or other workout management software.

Already have an IST pace clock? You don’t need to replace it,  simply order the Bluetooth Adapter (SWIMCLOCKBT-ADP). The adapter plugs into the round connector on the pace clock that you already have, making your existing clock Bluetooth enabled.

The Android version of the Swim Clock app is available for free on the Google Play store.

The iPhone version is in beta test, but you can get it now! Order a Bluetooth SWIMCLOCKBT or Bluetooth adapter for your existing clock, the simply give us your e-mail address and we’ll add you to the list.

Visit IST at a Swim Clinic in 2017!

IST will be at several swim clinics in 2017.

Stop by our booth to visit with us, ask questions or play with our new Bluetooth enabled pace clocks. Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a new pace clock while you’re there! Check out the new early registration special for Central States!

Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic
1/5 to 1/8
Napa, CA

mParks Parks and Recreation Conference and Show
1/31 to 2/1
Grand Rapids, MI

CSCAA Conference
5/8 to 5/9
San Diego, CA

Central States Swim Clinic
5/19 to 5/21
Oak Brook, IL

TISCA Clinic
9/14 to 9/17*
Austin Texas

Eastern States Swim Clinic
9/30 to 10/1
Cherry Hill, NJ

Ohio Swimposium
10/13 to 10/15*
Columbus, OH

*tentative

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New Pace Clock App!

Control your pace clock with your smart phone! IST announces the release of the brand new SWIMCLOCK with Bluetooth, which allows you to program unlimited sets and workouts into your smart phone and run them on your SWIMCLOCK. An Android app is available now in the Google Play store, an iOS version is projected to be released 12/31/15.

IST Patent Awarded

April 15, 2008: Patent no. 7,358,456 for the unique design of our touchpad.

May 13, 2008: Patent no. 7,372,014 for a corrosion-proof pool deck connector system we call DECKLIGHT.