Lancaster Aquatic Club is a parent-run organization that relies upon the involvement of our member families to help our swimmers achieve success. That means that we will need your help several times throughout the season.
During the 2018 - 2019 season Lancaster Aquatic Club and Franklin and Marshall will host 1 tri-meet and 3 invitational meets:
- October 21, 2018: LAC/HAC/ACWS Tri-Meet
- December 14-16, 2018: LAC Speedo Holiday Cup
- May 2019 (dates TBD): All American Memorial Day Classic
- July 5-7, 2019: LAC Speedo Classic
LAC will fully staff the LAC/HAC/ACWS Tri-Meet and the LAC Speedo Classic. LAC & F&M will be sharing the responsibility of staffing these meets. That’s where you come in.
What are the volunteer requirements?
Each Lancaster Aquatic Club member family is required to work a total of no less than 6 sessions at LAC-hosted invitational meets during the 2018 - 2019 season. Those 6 sessions must be spread across a minimum of 2 meets.
What kind of volunteer jobs count towards my commitment?
It takes a lot of people to host a meet, so there are plenty of choices available from setup and teardown to officiating, working safety, or timing. Keep your eye out for emails asking for volunteer signups.
Does the LAC-hosted intrasquad meet count towards my commitment?
Although we are asking every swimmer and parent to participate in this meet, the hours will not count towards the volunteer commitment. The purpose of the intrasquad meet is two-fold: to expose swimmers to how a USA Swimming meet runs and to help parents understand the different volunteer positions available to them. This will be a shorter time commitment than normal and less intense than a regular meet. While the swimmers' times will count, the volunteer positions do not.
What happens if I don’t fulfill my commitment?
If you are unwilling or unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment, your account will be billed $50 per session for each incomplete session. These fees will be invoiced at the end of the season or upon member termination, whichever comes first. Families whose swimmer(s) elect to terminate their membership prior to November 15, 2018 will have their volunteer commitment waived.
Are members of the Board of Directors exempt from the volunteer commitment?
No. We need every volunteer we can get to run these meets and expect our Board members to put in the same number of volunteer sessions at meets as we expect from everyone else. In fact, the members of the Board of Directors do not receive any incentives - financial or otherwise - for their service. They do it simply because they love the team.
Can I do more than the minimum?
Absolutely! Volunteering at meets is a great way to get to know other parents, learn more about the sport, support your children, and often get a “front row” view of the action. We have a tight knit community of volunteers that truly enjoy the time they spend volunteering at LAC. We invite you to join us!!!
Volunteering at non-LAC meets?
Many times the teams hosting meets we attend need some help too, usually in the form of timers and officials. If you are attending a meet and the host team requires LAC to provide timers, please be prepared to help out.
How else can I help out?
If you're interested in doing more, you may want to consider joining the Board of Directors, becoming an official, or joining a committee.