SERVICE HOUR REQUIREMENTS
The Gators continued success relies heavily upon the volunteer efforts of the families of all swimmers. The team does not have paid administrative staff and each family on the Competitive Team is asked to contribute their time and talents to the work of the team.
All Competitive Team families are required to serve a minimum of 12 hours/year on team projects and events. There is no service hour requirement for families who participate only in the Recreational Group. Families who have swimmers in both the Competitive Team and the Recreational Group must meet the service hour obligations of the Competitive Team. Please note: Service hour obligations are not pro-rated for any time that a swimmer is on a voluntary leave of absence.
Hours can be most easily earned by working at our largest annual team events: the Freeze-a-Gator fundraiser (mid-winter), Fun Meet (late spring), and the two-day City Swim Championships Meet (Aug.). Hours may also be earned by working as a timer at monthly swim meets and assisting with other events and projects that the team coordinates (example – picture day assistants, 4th of July parade coordinator, Tahoe chaperones, etc.).
We also welcome families to serve in other capacities where they see additional needs. If you have ideas for projects that could benefit the team, or if you see ways that you might help us improve existing procedures or events, we would love for your help! Please contact a parent board member to discuss your ideas in more detail.
Volunteer opportunities are posted on the ALGA website and announced through email messages to the team. All tracking of family service hours – from sign up through confirmation of hours worked – is coordinated through the team website. Families are encouraged to check their Service Hours account periodically to make sure that all of your volunteer time has been appropriately credited. This can be done by logging on to the team website, clicking on the "My Account" tab, then clicking on the "$My Invoice/Payment" tab. Within the new window that opens is a tab for "Service Hours".
If the twelve-hour obligation is not met by the end of the swim season (August 15), the family’s account will be charged $5/hour for any unfulfilled volunteer hours (maximum of $60). Automatic billing for unfulfilled service hours takes occurs on Sept. 1 each year, and the charge is payable whether or not the swimmer intends to return to the team for the next season.