We have recently stumbled upon the first commercial that IST produced! It is a parody of “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney”, and was released in 1992. If you look closely, you may be able to recognize a few familiar faces from the office!
IST and NISCA
IST has been involved with the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) since the early 2000’s. IST has always been partial to High School coaches and their programs. We began our business to provide reasonably priced and long-lasting equipment to high schools that didn’t have big budgets. When Dick met Mark Onstott (New Trier, IL) and Dana Abbott (Katy, TX) he was impressed with their passion for high school swimming and their work with NISCA.
All America Diving
The first thing that IST partnered with NISCA on was the All America Diving program. Diving had to be scored and tabulated by hand prior to IST coming on board. With nearly 500 divers doing 11 dives, that was a lot of calculating and it took a lot of time. Judges would watch each dive and shout out their score. A recorder would write down the scores and do the math to tally up the totals. They checked the sheets and placed them in order to determine the top 100 divers.
Beginning in 2004, IST begin providing hardware and software for scoring the dives. Now judges sit with a keypad in their hands. The operator reads the dive number, the judges watch the video of the dive and enter their scores. The computer operator reads off the final scores and the computer performs all the calculations. It allows the judges to judge more quickly and accurately. It also removes any bias caused by hearing the judges around you shout out a score. This past weekend, All America Diving judging occurred. 17 judges and 2 computer operators judged over 550 divers doing 11 dives in 2 and a half days.
Membership and other All America Programs
Once NISCA realized how much more efficient they could be, their executive board and All America chairs started brainstorming ways to make other aspects of the organization run more efficiently. In 2007 IST and NISCA partnered on creating a Membership portal to allow NISCA members to sign up for memberships online. They also made the All America Diving application an on-line process. Beginning in 2008, the entire NISCA membership list went on-line and AA Diving began accepting applications on-line.
Eve Julian is IST’s Sales and Marketing Director as well as a high school coach and NISCA member. In 2008 she made the mistake of complaining to NISCA President Lanny Landtroop about the state of the NISCA website. Lanny talked Eve into becoming NISCA’s first Webmaster. He put her in charge of updating and organizing the website, a role that she still fulfills.
Once Diving applications went online, AA Diving Chair Don Mason was doing much less paperwork. The other All America Chairs were jealous! The next program to go online was All America Swimming, followed a few years later by Academic All America and Scholar Team. Finally, just this year, All America Water Polo has also gone on-line with the applications. Each program presented their own unique challenges to create the online application portal. Upgrades and improvements were added as each application has moved online. The system is still evolving to meet the needs of the users and the Chairs processing the applications.
NISCA/IST National Dual Meet Program
IST is also a proud sponsor of the NISCA National Dual Meet Program. The National Dual Meet program uses Power Points to rank teams in 9 different classes. The classes are based on school size and whether they are public or private. Our MEETWARE software allows you to automatically generate an entry, as well as make manual changes as you see fit. You can print the entry directly from MEETWARE and send it to the National Dual Meet Chairperson for consideration. Eventually, even that program will probably be going online.
Not a member of NISCA? You can join online. The NISCA membership year begins on August 1st and expires on July 31st. If you join NISCA starting on June 16th, you will get an extra month and a half of membership. Mark your calendars and join NISCA on June 16th . Be part of the only professional organization specifically for high school aquatics coaches.
IST is a proud partner of NISCA. We support their efforts “To Educate…. To Honor… To Serve” high school coaches around the country. Volunteers run NISCA. They support high school swimming, diving and water polo athletes and coaches around the country. We think they do an outstanding job and we are happy to help them achieve their mission.
Is your volunteer computer operator “graduating” soon? Do you have new parents who are eager to jump in and help? Are you hosting your championship meet for the first time in 4 years? Do you just want to brush up on how to use certain aspects of the IST Software? Never fear, we’re here to help!
IST offers free 24/7 phone support if you need it, but we can also offer personalized on-line training sessions as well. All you need is a phone and the IST software loaded onto a computer with internet access.
First call 800-835-2611 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for your training session. Next, download the free version of TeamViewer (www.teamviewer.com) onto the computer with the IST software, then give us a call at the appointed time. We’ll be able to log in to your computer and see what you see. We’ll then talk you through the steps, or take control and show you the steps. You can have a one-on-one session, or bring in your whole team to learn the software.
Would you prefer having us on site? We’ll do that too. The cost of a 3-hour training session at your pool is $240 plus travel expenses. Contact us at 800-835-2611 or email@example.com to get a quote.
Are you looking for a Christmas gift for your coaching staff? Look no further than a Bluetooth enabled pace clock. IST’s SWIMCLOCKBT is our popular rugged pace clock with a Bluetooth connection built in. Download the app onto your Android or iPhone and program your pace clock. You can run in Timer mode, Game Clock Mode, EZ Mode or Workout Mode.
Clock mode runs allows you to stop, start and reset a continuous count clock or sound the horn at the touch of a button. Game Clock mode allows you to count up or down to a set time, then sounds the horn when the time is reached. You can also stop or reset the clock or sound the horn with the touch of a button. EZ Mode allows you to enter an amount of repetitions, a time and whether you want to count up or down. The horn will sound each time an interval starts, and at the end of the number of intervals the clock will go blank. You can stop or reset the clock or sound the horn with the touch of a button.
In Workout Mode you can enter sets with up to 99 repeats and an unlimited number of intervals. Run the set right from that screen, or save it and combine an unlimited number of sets into a workout. Run a workout continuously or set it up to wait between sets, giving you the option to talk to your athletes before sending them on to the next set. Your workouts are limited only by your imagination!
Do you already own an IST Clock? No need to replace it, just purchase the Bluetooth Adapter to plug into the existing connector and you are off and running.
Get WORKWARE for only $35!
As a holiday bonus we are offering our WORKWARE software (MSRP $350) for only $35 when you purchase a Bluetooth clock or Bluetooth adapter. WORKWARE allows you to build sets and workouts on your computer, then download them to your phone to run on the Bluetooth pace clock. Purchase on our website or call us at 800-835-2611 to place your order today.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Our First Scoreboard is 26 years old and still working!
That’s right, our very first scoreboard has been in continuous use for 26 years in November. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Our Scoreboard Origin Story
When Eve Julian (our Sales and Support Specialist) was swimming in high school, the scoreboard at the high school pool caught on fire. Her dad Dick Farnsworth (President of IST) was on the committee to raise money for a replacement. In 1991, the only scoreboards on the market for swimming were the solenoid flipper boards. Dick was frustrated with the high price and lack of information on the available scoreboards. Fortunately, he owned an engineering company and had just finished up a project using a new product called LED’s. Working with his business partner, Dick designed and built the very first Alphanumeric scoreboard for swimming. It was the first one to be able to display both names and times. To make it easier for Eve’s swim coach to interface with the scoreboard he wrote a software package called SWIMWARE, which ran on a computer. SWIMWARE would later evolve into our current MEETWARE and TIMEWARE software packages.
The project was supposed to be a one-off, just for Ottawa Hills. However, a visiting team parent saw the scoreboard and said, “I must have one of those, where did you get it?” He talked Dick into producing more, and it became a second company. Both the industrial engineering company (Industrial Service Technology) and the swim timing company (International Sports Timing) are going strong today.
How do our scoreboards last so long?
Our scoreboards are designed to last. Industrial environments can be as harsh as pool environments, so Dick used his prior experience to build a product that would stand up to the environment. We use gold connectors whenever possible and we conformal coat the circuit and LED boards to keep the moisture off the components. The boards are designed so that you can still use the scoreboard, even if one panel is removed. That makes repairs easy. IST is committed to making a long-lasting product, and we work very hard to make sure that we don’t obsolete parts, especially for our scoreboards. Even if you have a component fail, we can repair it. Every few years, the 26-year-old board has one or two panels that don’t come on, but a quick fix and it is back up and running!
After a while, the environment can get to even the best electronic equipment. Our scoreboards are designed so that a lot of the repairs can be completed by a building maintenance person, or even a team parent. Replacing connectors and scoreboard panels is quick and easy to do, and if you get stuck help is only a phone call away! We’re also happy to come to you and do the repairs, if that is what you prefer.
The scoreboards last as long as they do because we know that a scoreboard is the biggest investment that you can make for your parents. A team with an already tight budget shouldn’t have to replace their scoreboard every 5 to 7 years. It should be a permanent fixture in your facility for years to come. Our scoreboards, and really all of our products, are designed that way on purpose.
We are very fortunate to have some loyal and long-time customers. Often, we get to see them at the clinics that we go to. Sometimes that is the only time that we talk to them, they hardly ever call for help! When they do call, we get them back up and running in no time flat.
Some of our customers were nice enough to send us testimonials about our products, people and service. Check out the new testimonials page on our website.
If you would like to add your story to our testimonials page, please send your comments or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Occasionally, a team upgrades their equipment or moves out of their facility and needs to sell equipment. When that happens, we list it on our Used Equipment page. Do you have something you want to sell? Send a photo of the item, brief description, price, location and contact information to email@example.com. We’ll post your listing and have interested buyers contact you directly to arrange payment and pickup/shipping of the item.
Thinking of upgrading from a console to an IST system? We’ll list your existing equipment here too. You’d be surprised how many people are looking for a reliable backup console at a cheap price!
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.
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.