|FINISH LYNX TIPS
Connect all computers and Lynx camera. Boot up Lynx icon. Green light at the bottom right indicates camera is being read. Boot up Hytek. RUN menu, INTERFACES, automatic timing, Update schedules sends the data for the meet to the Finish Lynx computer. Set number of heats if unseeded. Set to the maximum possible heats you think you will have.
Tool Bar- Click any at top
GENERAL- Event Directory- Set up new folder in LYNX directory by going to OPEN, add new folder so Lynx will automatically dump picture and data there. Find that folder in EVENT DIRECTORY and BACKUP
RESULTS-Default precision-thousandths or ten thousandths (saves breaking ties) when you have the same hundredths
HARDWARE-- SINGLE EVENT MODE should be OFF. Allows you to review one event while timing another. Such as reviewing 100 m during the 1600 meter run.
DATABASE-Source files- Hytek database location, Serial Port check if using null modem, FILES if using same computer or network.
If there is a problem, click capture button and save image under a different file name. Import correct data file by using the icons on the right in to image and do SAVE AS.
Gun sensor can be tested by blowing in the gun sensor rather than wasting a shell.
If gun sensor does not go off, you can recall the race quickly(not highly recommended) or click MANUAL START, insert OFFSET such as 1:00.00 (one minute) and hit space bar when time gets to one minute. You can get a picture except the race will be the equivalent of a hand-timed race. You can get the backup hand time on the first place in the race and use the Delta Time to figure out the rest of the times.
With Autocapture, click on the capture early just in case you get distracted when the race is nearing the finish line. It is easier to crop out people strolling across the finish line than it is to go to a backup plan when you blow the race.
Have a piece of paper and pencil to record tentative finishes in sprints(lanes). In distance races with lapped runners, have a system of recording finishers and lapped runners such as YYNNYNNYYYYYYNYYY where the Y’s are finishers and the N’s are lapped runners. If there is a gap, record a team abbreviation or uniform color to help later if there is a question.
If you completely blow a race, it is blown. Have a backup plan to take care of that race such as a hand time, your recorded finishes notes, etc. Take care of that race later. Keep the meet moving. Go to the next event. Solve the problem during a distance race, relay race or when there is some other down time during the meet.
To keep the meet moving, as soon as the last finisher is across the line, save and close the event. Open the next event. Click the capture button on if it is a sprint race. You are all set. Now go back and evaluate the last race if there is time. If you only get part of it done, hit CONTROL S, CONTROL W. That will save and close that event and have the current event on the screen. Fastest way to save and close—CONTROL S, ENTER, CONTROL W. Use the NEXT EVENT icon to open the next event unless it is the last event of a sex in which case you need to enter the Event #, Round #(usually default as 1) and Heat 1.
If you have a good starter and hurdle crew, run the 100 hurdles and evaluate those races during the change over to 110HH. In the 100’s, evaluate those events during the 4x200 relay. Catch up time during the 1600 and 3200 or the setup for the 300 hurdles.
Mixed races-boys and girls 4x800, 1600, 800, 3200, 4x400 Open the faster sex(most likely the boys). Use that as the main event. Record finishes as above, check system using BBBBBBBGBGGBBBGGBGGGG, When evaluating the picture, click the boys times skipping the girls(with luck you can tell the girls from the boys on the picture, if not just use your notes). Evaluate all the boys times, SAVE the boys race. Pull in the girls race in to the menu(Open event icon on the right hand side, enter one less for the girls event, Round default 1, heat 1). Do a SAVE AS and make sure that the event file name is changed to the girls event(change the event number and change boys to girls). The boys times disappear, now read the girls times. The boxes on the left should have the girls event, round and heat in it. Do a SAVE AS again just as a double check. You just killed two birds with one stone.
You miss the start of the race. Open a dummy event quickly, click the capture button on, capture the finish. Now pull the correct event in to the picture using the select event icons on the right. Click the gun sensor in the gun sensor box (most likely the top one, but not necessarily if you get a “banger” for a starter), click the box to insert the gun sensor start and then check the times to make sure that was the correct sensor start. Do a SAVE AS and make sure the event number, round number, heat number are correct.
In Hytek for relays, use ADJUST and enter all the possible teams you think will compete. You can then “fish” them around in to the proper lanes or order. If your meet is unseeded, seed the relays only. Again it is easier to “fish” these around in the ADJUST menu, rather than “fishing” them up from the school list especially if you have a large number of schools. After seeding or adjusting, hit CONTROL U to update start lists and re-pull the event into the picture if the event is already open.
Read lane races from top to bottom or bottom to top. Saves trying to figure out which lane is which. Use + icon to blow up for close races or – icon to reduce to see entire picture at one time.
Have the hard wire gun sensor ready as a backup if the wireless sensor goes out.
Have a hatchet person at the finish line to direct the competitors off the track when they finish, so they don’t come back across the finish line while the camera is still waiting for the last straggler.
Competitor numbers on the hands or bib #. Obviously hand numbers are cheaper. Email the competitor numbers out so coaches will put them on the hands before they get to the meet. Tell them to make sure the person putting the number on puts on the competitor (COMP #) and not the number on the left hand side. Unseeded meets-record 4x800, 1600, 800, 3200, 4x400 as they finish cross country style. All sprint races in lanes, record the numbers before the race begins rather than trying to record afterward by having them come back to the finish line, gasping for air, needing water, throwing up or talking to a competitor, coach, parent or friend. If they start out in a lane, they should finish in a lane. Fill all the lanes from inside out. Big meets, seed the first heat inside lanes out, after that line them up from lane 1 out so all lanes are filled. (I hate heats where there are open lanes. A kid runs on the lane line on his left, the kid in the lane to the left runs on the right hand side and it could be tough to figure out from the picture who is in which lane.---that’s where lane notes help even if you only get the first couple and the last couple.)
The Lynx operator in an unseeded meet needs to worry only about capturing the picture and evaluating. You don’t necessarily need to know anyone in the race. The Hytek operator can record the competitor numbers for each heat and then F3 the times in from Lynx.
Make sure if clouds go over, the sun goes down, mercury vapor lights come on, that you adjust your aperture to make sure you still get a could picture. 3200 is probably the worst time. You sit there for 10 minutes, the sun goes down, click the capture button, three runners come across and you get no picture because the dark uniforms show no contrast to the now dark background. Occasionally during the 3200, click the capture on to see if you are still getting a good capture. If you notice the light is fading, close the capture, click the stop sign and open the aperture.