All swim parents help out at swim meets!! It's just the nature of children’s sports. Make your child proud of you, just as you are proud of them, and cheerfully help out!!!
MART continuously endeavors to maintain its commitment to be a family oriented club that is reasonably financially accessible to all interested swimmers. Fundraisers are optional with the exception of swim meets we host. It is required that families provide support for each session of hosted swim meets. To maintain membership in good standing in the Club, all annual fees, including hosted swim meet volunteer obligations, must be paid in full and kept current. The fee schedule is set as low as possible and expects that each family will contribute their time at hosted swim meets.
Our volunteers help us continue to develop our MCA Tiger Shark team pride in offering the finest meets, while keeping the costs of swimming to a minimum. Besides saving your family money, working at swim meets is a great way to support your child and to get to know other swim families. Also, many volunteer positions provide unique opportunities to watch your child race. For example, timers have the best seat in the house by being positioned at the starting blocks, and it's fun to watch each swimmer complete their event and accomplish their goals.
There are many different volunteering opportunities at each home meet. The positions range from non-technical gateworker/heat sheet sales & hospitality jobs, to the slightly more technical timer positions. You may also volunteer as an Official after special training, which is offered throughout the year at various locations in our LSC, Florida Gold Coast. Please ask your coach how to train to be an official if you are interested.
For specific information on ways to help out at swim meets, check out MART Swim Meet Job Descriptions. Be sure to sign up online for meets as soon as you receive an email that "Job Signup" is open. Click here for more information on Job Signups.
If you’re worried about your child, please note that we all started out the same way, wanting to be by our kids, wanting to assist them in getting ready (putting on cap, goggles, going to the right place, etc), wanting to “coach” them into doing well. Unfortunately, this does not develop the self-sufficiency of the swimmer. Self-sufficiency, in turn, fosters self-esteem. The quicker the swimmer develops their self-esteem in these small tasks, the quicker they become self-motivated to improve, and the quicker they will progress to the higher levels of swimming and life. This ultimately allows the swimmer to gain more satisfaction from their sport/life.
See you on deck!
Other important and helpful information includes the following:
If you're looking for more information, there are many resources on the internet for parents of athletes, and the USA Swimming website is a great place to begin.