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Supporting the Team

The strongest clubs in the USA Swimming organization have a high level of parent involvement, and the Forest Grove Swim Club is no exception.

Parental involvement helps our athletes and their families learn about the sport of swimming at all levels, from local club competitions up through national meets and the Olympic Games. It fosters a spirit of unity among our families, and creates the positive relationships that help us support each other, grow our club, and increase community support for aquatic sports.

Because the FGSC is a collaborative effort of all of our members, each FGSC family is expected to commit to a number of hours per season to supporting the club, we call this support time, Service Hours.

Two-parent families are expected to provide 35 hours of service to the club each year, and one-parent families 17.5 hours. For calculating service hours, a year runs from September through August (a full short course and a full long course swim season).


Service hours will be pro-rated during the first year of a family’s membership of the club, as follows:

 

 

If you join in:

 

 

% of hours required

 

 

Pro-rata hours required for:

 

Sep - Oct

 

 

100%

 

Two-parent families

 

One-parent families

 

Nov - Dec

 

 

50%

 

17.5

 

8.75

 

Jan - May

 

 

20%

 

7

 

3.5

 

Jun - Aug

 

 

0%

 

0

 

0

 

Payment in lieu of Service Hours

At the start of each season in September, a family may elect to opt-out of providing their service hours and make a payment to the club of $20 per expected support hour.  Payment in lieu of service hours is an acceptable alternative for those who choose not to contribute their time.

Each August, families with unfulfilled service hour commitments will be notified of their shortfall and will be billed $30 per unfulfilled support hour.

 

Tracking Your Service Hours

Please use our online tracking form by clicking on this link.

Paper forms are available in the Member Forms binder near the team mailboxes at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center, and can also be downloaded here.  Fill out a form and drop it in the payment slot (near the team mailboxes) to receive credit for your service time. It is your responsibility to report your hours, and to make sure that you fulfill your expected support time hours. If you need to find out how many hours you have accumulated, you can check your account online.  You can log into your TeamUnify account to track your hours and we suggest you that regularly to avoid getting an unexpected bill.  Service Hours are found under the My Account tab on the right side of the homepage.