(For a PDF version of these instructions, please click HERE
The SpeedTrigger device works as an external trigger in your SpeedLight Timing System via one of your Timing Gates. The device can be triggered by one of two ways: by pressing the manual switch, or by delivering a shock impact to the device.
The green LED on the side of the device when powered will tell you which Mode the device is currently set to for your test. You can cycle through available Modes by pressing the red Mode button on the device and watching the green LED.
- Static Green LED – Manual Start Mode
Manual Start Mode utilises the manual switch on the device to start timing during your test – similar to starting a stopwatch. When the switch is pressed, timing for your test is started.
This method may be useful when you wish to start timing on the athlete’s first movement.
- Slow Flashing Green – Low Sensitivity Impact Mode
Impact Mode waits for a physical impact on the device to trigger a timing event in your test. This timing event may be the start, finish, or an intermediate split during your test. Low Sensitivity Impact Mode requires a larger impact than that of High Sensitivity Impact Mode – experiment with the device to see what works best for you.
An example of using this testing mode may be securing the SpeedTrigger to the side of first base in baseball. The force of the athlete’s foot hitting the base will trigger the device and a time will be recorded in the SpeedLight app.
- Fast Flashing Green – High Sensitivity Impact Mode
High Sensitivity Impact Mode operates the same as described above, however the sensitivity of the device is increased to detect smaller impacts.
Designing Your Test
When designing your test in the SpeedLight app, your SpeedTrigger is represented by one SpeedLight Gate. For example, if you wish to run a 40 yard dash with splits at 10 and 20 yards, and a Manual Start, you will need to drag 4 SpeedLight Gates into your test as shown below. The “Start” Gate in this particular test represents the SpeedTrigger, and it is this Gate you must plug your SpeedTrigger device into.
Make sure to give your test a name and save it!
Setting Up Your Test
With each SpeedTrigger, you will receive a 16 foot (5 metre) cable to connect your SpeedTrigger to one of your wireless SpeedLight Timing Gates.
- Connect one end of your supplied cable to the “Trigger IN” socket on your SpeedTrigger device.
- Connect the opposite end of your cable to the “Trigger IN” socket on your SpeedLight Timing Gate.
- Turn on your SpeedLight Timing System as you normally would and connect your Timing Gate.
- Align your Timing Gate to a Reflector. You need to align the Gate with a Reflector to run tests regardless if you’re using a SpeedTrigger or not.
- Set your desired SpeedTrigger Mode by pressing the red Mode button on the SpeedTrigger. Note if the green LED is not lit at all, simply go back to the User Home page in your app, and then back to Setup & Connection. Refer to Device Modes on Page 1 for information on each test Mode.
- If using one of the Impact Modes, secure your SpeedTrigger in its correct position for testing.
Running Your Test
When an impact or trigger is detected by the SpeedTrigger, a signal is sent to the SpeedLight app to record a timing event. This is signalled on the SpeedTrigger device by a flash of the red LED.
The Swift Team