Coordinators: Renatte English and Carrie
The Lake Linganore
Dolphins Swim Team depends on a lot of support from our families.
It takes more than 60 volunteers to run one swim meet. Sign ups
will be available through this Team Unify site closer to the start
of the season. Parent involvement is not only essential for the
swim team to succeed, it is also key to making this an overall
enjoyable experience for our children. We are fortunate to have
such dedicated parent volunteers. It is necessary that each family
volunteer at least three times (each half of a meet counts as one
time). However, there may be times where you are asked to volunteer
more than the required three times. Please know how much we
appreciate your cooperation.
Each volunteer will be assigned a job to perform during each half
of the meet. The volunteer coordinators will do their best to
assign you according to your job preference, but understand, that
you may be asked to perform another duty based on need. If you have
not notified the volunteer coordinators of the dates that you are
not available, they will assume that you are available to work at
all of the swim meets and will assign you accordingly. If you
cannot attend a meet that you originally said you could, it is your
responsibility to find a replacement and let the volunteer
coordinators know in advance who will take your place. Organizing
such large events makes it necessary for us to have the volunteers
scheduled as early as possible. It is nearly impossible for us to
handle every last minute change that all of our families may have.
Families who meet their volunteer requirements will have their $150
check shredded at the end of the swim season.
Listed below is a brief description of each volunteer position:
Program Sales: This person is responsible for
greeting the spectators and selling the programs at home meets.
50/50: This person walks around during home meets
selling raffle tickets.
Concessions: We only need to provide concessions
at home meets. We need a head of concessions, a cashier and four
volunteers (per half) to work the concession table. The head of
concessions is responsible for overseeing the concessions, as well
as the planning, staffing, organizing and obtaining supplies for
the concession stand. The cashier is responsible for handling the
cash register. The other concession volunteers are responsible for
assisting with the preparation and sale of food and snacks during
the meet. Concession volunteers for the first half of the meet are
asked to help in the set-up of the concession stand and volunteers
for the second half are asked to help with the clean up.
Head Timer: There is one head timer per half. We
only provide the head timer at home meets. The head timer runs two
stopwatches for use as backups. Those watches can be provided to
any timer who missed starting their stopwatch or had a watch
Timers: We need volunteer timers for home and away
meets. There are three timers to each lane: two from the home team
and one from the away team. These volunteers work for half of the
meet. Therefore, we need 24 timers plus two alternates for home
meets and 12 timers plus two alternates for away meets. Timers are
responsible for keeping accurate time of the swimmer in the lane to
which they are assigned and record all three times on the event
card at the end of the event. This position requires standing for
an entire half of the meet. This is a VITAL job with the best view
in the house. Without timers the meet cannot go on. Make sure you
wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting
Clerk of Course: There is one clerk of course (per
half) who is in charge of organizing the swimmers into the proper
order for the events. They make sure the swimmers are lined up in
their proper event, heat and lane at the start of each race. They
manage the swimmers from the stand-by area to the swim lanes.
Shepherds: There are two shepherds (per half) who
help the clerk of course. This position involves helping the clerk
of course line up swimmers for their events, as well as looking for
missing swimmers. Once the swimmers are lined up correctly, the
shepherds escort them to the starting block and make sure they stay
in the correct line-up until their race begins.
Stroke and Turn Judges: There are tow stroke and
turn judges per half; two from the home team and two from the
visiting team. The judges must have knowledge of the four strokes
and proper swimming techniques. The judges evaluate the legality of
the each swimmer’s start, stroke, kick, turn, and finish. He
or she is also responsible for disqualifying any swimmer performing
the stroke incorrectly. This position requires training prior to
being allowed to volunteer for this position.
Water/Trash Person: One person will be assigned to
this position for the meet. This person delivers bottles of water
to timers and officials during the meet. They also check the trash
cans occasionally and make sure they are emptied if needed.
Runner: There is one person assigned to this
position for the home meets only. This person picks up the
completed event slip from the timers and takes them to the scoring
Ribbon Writer: The ribbon writer applies place
stickers (provided by computer person) to corresponding event place
ribbons for each meet. They also organize the ribbons for
distribution to the swimmers.
Heat Ribbon Presenter: This person stands poolside
and awards a heat ribbon to the winner of each heat.
We understand that everyone wants to be able to watch their
child swim. There is no volunteer position that prohibits you from
being there to watch your child. Thank you in advance for your