Parent Service


The Y is an organization dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Youth participating in Y programs are more resistant and resilient to the negative social pressures, which they are exposed to every day at school, in your neighborhood, or through the media. By having positive role models, engaging in physical activity, volunteering, learning about Y core values, kids on the swim team are more likely to have a higher number of internal and external developmental assets, which ultimately can help them live healthier lives. Because of reasons like these, combined with an integral need for cooperative support at events and functions, the Y of the Greater Twin Cities Swim Teams have implemented a new Parent Service Responsibility Policy.


Team Membership – Parent Service Responsibility

As members of the Shark Swim Team, parents are needed to serve on the Parent Involvement Committee, volunteer at swim meets, volunteer at special events (team building, community outreach, banquet) and support our Annual Support Campaign.  

Whichever areas you participate in, you can take great satisfaction in knowing that you are key in making the Shark Swim Team experience something that all swimmers will remember for the rest of their lives, and that they will be healthier in spirit, mind and body because of your support and cooperative help.


Home Swim Meet – Parent Service Responsibility

• Parents of all Shark swimmers who have been entered to swim in any given home meet are required to work at that meet.  Sign ups will be available online when you sign up your swimmer.  Those that do not sign up may be assigned a job/shift during the meet.    

• The required minimum number of shifts is one, per day of competition (usually about 2 hours in length).  The maximum number of shifts will depend on the size of the meet and the number of swimmer entered in that meet.  

​​• Parents are able to request specific jobs and shifts up until the meet entry deadline.  The Meet Coordinator will finalize all jobs and shifts.

• If a parent is unalbe to work an assigned shift, we ask tha tyou find your replacement.  Parents must inform the Volunteer Coordinator prior to the meet, and have their subsitute sign in.  

Check back on TeamUnify for your assigned volunteer position.  


Away Swim Meet Parent Service Responsibility

• If a YMCA Swim Team parent accompanies a swimmer to an away meet, they may be asked to work at least one timing shift per day of competition. Officials working at away meets are exempt from this requirement.




It is extremely important to note that no child will be discriminated against, kept out of the water, or turned away from the team, due to lack of parental service participation. In addition, good communication goes a long way to preventing misunderstandings and ill will. We ultimately rely on the honesty, responsibility, respect and the caring attitude of all parents.