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Membership Information

Thank you for your interest in our team.  Below is information regarding membership with the Tualatin Hills Swim Club.  If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator at  membership@thunderboltswimming.org
or select the "Please Contact Me" tab above.

Membership Information - Contents

How To Join / Tryouts

Thunderbolt Team Structure

Dues, Fees, Fundraising

Team Service Hours / Volunteer Positions

 


 
How To Join
/ Tryouts


A swimmer new to the Tualatin Hills Swim Club must attend a team tryout or talk to a coach, then contact membership to determine what squad the swimmer qualifies for.  For more information on tryouts, or to sign up for one, please click here.

If there is room for the swimmer on the squad, the registration process can begin.  For a Registration Packet, please select the Forms/Documents tab above.

If there is not room, the swimmer will be waitlisted and contacted when a spot opens up. 
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Thunderbolt Team Structure

The Tualatin Hills Swim Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

The coaches are responsible for everything in the pool; the practice schedules, swimmer squad placement, the training program, swimmer discipline and which swimmers attend which meets. They are all certified and paid employees of the club.

The THSC Board of directors is responsible for all the administrative, business and operational activities of the club. They are all volunteers who put in many, many hours to ensure our swimmers have every opportunity to compete. All of your dues, fees and time go toward what is needed to support the swimmers and the club needs all parents to get involved. Coaches are the only paid employees.    (back to top of page)




Dues, Fees, Fundraising and Team Service Hours for the 2013-2014 Season

 

Squad



Dues +
meet fees

(Monthly)



Pool Fees
(Monthly)


Club
Registration
(Annual)

USA Swimming
Registration
(Annual)


Fund Raising
(Annual)

Team
Service

Hours
(Annual)

Non-USA Swimming
Registered Squads


per swimmer


per swimmer


per swimmer

 

 

 

Olympic Way Bronze/Silver

50.00

25.00

25.00

-

-

-

Olympic Way Gold

70.00

25.00

25.00

-

-

-

USA Swimming Registered Squads

per swimmer

per swimmer

per family

per swimmer

per swimmer

per family

Thunder

125.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

250.00

60*

Bolts

125.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

250.00

60*

Storm

140.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

350.00

60*

Age Group Dev. 135.00 25.00 100.00 60.00 300.00 60*

Middle School

145.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

350.00

60*

High School

155.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

350.00

60*

Jr Age Group

165.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

450.00

60*

Top Age Group

190.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

500.00

60*

Senior 1

190.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

500.00

60*

Senior 2

220.00

25.00

100.00

60.00

500.00

60*

National 220.00 25.00 100.00 60.00 500.00 60*

*USA Registration and Club registration fees are due at time of registration.

Monthly Training Dues/Meet Fees- Training fees (dues) are billed every month, over a ten month period.  Payments not received by the fifteenth day of the month will be assessed a $15.00 late fee.  If payment plus the late fee is not received by the 21st day of the month, the swimmer will not be allowed in the water to practice or compete until the dues payment has been received.  Dues must be mailed to the team mailbox, not left at the pool.  Participation or practice during any portion of a month is accepted as an obligation to pay fees and/or dues for the entirety of that month.

Fundraising Commitment - There is an annual fundraising assessment per swimmer, per season.  Half the fundraising must be retired by the end of February of the current swim season and the remaining amount per swimmer must be retired by the end of July of the current swim season.  Amounts still due will be included in the June 1 invoice.  All fundraising obligations must be paid upon termination with THSC.  Fundraising requirements are capped at $1,000 per family.  Fundraising Commitment can be satisfied via Swim-A-Thon, purchasing SCRIP, selling heat sheet ads, or direct donations.

Team Service Hours Commitment - Every family needs to help out, especially at meets, to ensure our club is a success.  All meet and club tasks, functions, and events are performed by volunteers.  Only the coaches are paid for their services.  Families who do not meet team service hour commitments will be assessed $25.00 per hour not performed. 

NOTE: Olympic Way families do not have a team service hour commitment but are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities as it is a great way to get to know other swimming families while supporting our swimmers.  (back to top of page)

 




 

    Each family will be asked to sign a fund-raising contract at registration and commit to raise this money through any of the following options:

1. Direct donation. Members can procure money from someone who would like to support the team and will receive 100% credit on their Fund-Raising commitment.  Tualatin Hills Swim Club has been designated as a 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For tax purposes all donors should consult their tax advisor to determine the proper amount of the deduction and whether the deduction is subject to limitations.

2. Swim-a-Thon: Many children and families participate in this special event and collect donations for swimming lengths of the pool. This is a great fund-raiser since it is fun for the kids and productive for the club. It gives us a great return for the amount of volunteer time it entails plus we feel it can grow and develop this year to include asking businesses to sponsor our swimmers

3. SCRIP: This is a weekly opportunity that allows families to slowly fund-raise while buying groceries and other products with gift certificates, plus allowing members to pay their commitment at no extra cost. Most of you have seen the great gift certificates you can purchase from our SCRIP program. We encourage you to buy SCRIP to purchase all of your groceries, clothes, and gifts at stores like The Gap, Old Navy, Godfather’s, Fred Meyer, and Safeway. A weekly habit of buying SCRIP can pay your entire fundraising bill AND if you continue to use it you can donate painlessly to help with program development.  All Scrip purchases must be prepaid.

SCRIP is available at the 50M pool lobby during practice hours. Times are announced in the Courier newsletter

 4. Heat Sheet Ads: By selling Ad space in the HEAT SHEETS for our 3-4 big meets a year, you can help pay the costs of running these meets. This takes a little initiative but gets easier after doing it once or twice, and the benefit to you and the club is usually high for the time spent. You get 100% credit for advertisers you procure. For example, a full-page ad for one meet credits $250 to your fundraising account.

Note: The programs listed above are not ’free.’ Many club members give above and beyond their 50 share point hours to keep these options available for all of us. Help keep our costs down by continuing to give as freely as you can. Buy SCRIP even if you don’t need to, sell an ad for a HEAT SHEET. Give generously and keep contributing to the stability of THSC.

5. Direct Payment: For those who don’t want to seek Donations, you can retire your Fund-Raising commitment by making a direct payment to THSC.

   

 Team Service Hours

NOTE: Olympic Way families do not have a team service hour commitment but are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities as it is a great way to get to know other swimming families while supporting our swimmers.

The Tualatin Hills Swim Club is a non-profit organization which counts on its members to volunteer their time to promote unity and to enable the club to thrive.  Earning team service hours during the swimming calendar year of September to August is required. 

Here are some key points to remember as you fulfill your service hours obligation.

·       Each returning family, as well as families transferring from another USA Swimming Club will be required to volunteer 60 hours. 40 hours of the 60 hours must be earned during the short course season (October through March).  A minimum of 20 of the 60 service hours must be earned during the long course (50 meter) portion of the season (April to August)

·       Families who have not had any swimmer participating in a USA Swimming Club previously will be required to volunteer fifty (50) hours. The short course allocation is 35 hours, with the remaining 15 hours to be completed during the long course season.

·       Families joining THSC after November 1st of the current swim season or terminating their membership with THSC before the end of the swim season will have their service hours pro-rated. Team service is pro-rated over a 10-month period, October through July. Any outstanding service hours obligation must be paid upon termination of the club membership.

·       A minimum of 15 service hours must be earned in swim meet operations during the year.

·       Each family is required to volunteer at least 10 hours during the Junior International Meet in December. If you choose to billet guest swimmers, it fulfills this obligation.

·       Any shortfall for hours required during the short course will be added to the member family invoice for May.  A charge of $25 per hour will be assessed for any shortfall.

·       If at the end of the swimming year all service hours are not fully met, a charge of $25 for every un-served hour will be charged to the family's account.     

Team service hours can be earned at home swim meets and other team events, or by performing tasks or functions for the club.  You can also earn service hours at an away swim meet if you work as a lane timer or an official.  Members may sign up for specific volunteer jobs at meets on the team website.  

USA competitive swimming is the most volunteer intensive sport on the planet. It takes every single parent to prepare, run and recover from a big meet. But just what is that worth to the club?  We ran some quick numbers and calculated that if we had to pay minimum wage for every volunteer hour spent to run our five home swim meets during a typical season we would shell out close to $75,000. (That is not counting all the hours needed to handle day to day club operations.) The thing is, most us wouldn’t do what we do in a swim meet for minimum wage, maybe for any wage. It just proves we do things, without hesitation, for the love of our children that we would never do for money.

It is important for every parent to be involved with the club and their children’s activities. That is why clubs require members to meet team service hour quotas. We do not want anyone to miss out on the fun!   A lot of our first time parents are a little nervous or confused about the many volunteer opportunities there are in a swim club. There is no need for either. We are all amateurs!  Besides, everyone is watching the swimmers, not the volunteers.

Click here for the information on how to report your service hours and check your service hours balance. 

click here for Detailed Information on Specific Jobs

 

 



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