SHST Family Commitment
The Sleepy Hollow Swim Team is a family program!
When you sign your swimmer(s) up for the team, you are also joining a wonderful family community and committing to help run the swim team. Our swim meets (which require over one hundred volunteers each) are entirely run by parents. Parents also organize and lead the many fun activities we do as a team throughout the year. This is what makes our community unique and our team so successful! Most families make life-long friendships and find this experience of working with the team incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. Swimmers also greatly appreciate growing up around so many kind, fun, and warm families, all of whom are pouring their hearts into such a great organization and sport! That said, unlike other recreational sports, swim team is a significant family time commitment and we understand that it might not be for everyone. Please take this time commitment (described below) into serious consideration before signing your swimmer(s) up for the team.
We expect all families to work at a minimum of five meets (or the equivalent to this at other team activities) as well as working a shift at the Championship Meet at the end of the season. Additionally, families with a swimmer participating in the All Star Meet must also work at this event. Families that only have high school swimmers are not required to fulfill their family commitment but we encourage our high school families to volunteer when possible – we could certainly use the help!
Work schedules are finalized by the end of March. Once the schedules are finalized, it is up to parents to make arrangements on their own if they cannot work a shift. We observe a strict “Late or No Show” policy. Failure to meet the parent work obligations will result in a $100 fine and may result in your child being prohibited to swim at meets.
We will assign jobs based on prior SHST and swim experience. We do our best to accommodate preferences but cannot make any guarantees about which job you will receive.
Our family team positions fall under the following categories:
- Awards: prepares ribbons and other awards for swimmers
- Fun Committee: plans and organizes our social activities and fun events
- Meet Officials: referees, judges, etc. (experience and participation in extra training sessions required)
- Meet Prep: sets up meets, takes down equipment, and cleans up during meets
- Poolside Jobs: timers, runners, announcers, etc.
- Snack Bar: purchases, prepares and serves food at meets and other events
- Technology: runs our timing and records system
Of course, we completely understand that there are extenuating circumstances that may prevent a family from fulfilling its commitment. Families that absolutely cannot commit time to the team do have the option of paying a six hundred twenty-five dollar ($625) Non-Working Fee, which excuses them from all but their All Star and Championship Meet Commitments.
The overwhelming majority of SHST families are able to complete the family commitment without difficulty! Our team has jobs that allow working parents, those with small children, and those dealing with other circumstances to participate. While we understand that the Non-Working Fee may be the only workable option for some families, we strongly encourage those who are able to commit their time to the team. We will happily work with you and do whatever we can to get your kids in the pool, swimming and having fun with the Sea Lions!
Family commitment is what makes our community and our team so warm and strong! Neither our team, nor the entire Marin Swim League could exist without the help and commitment of our many families.
Questions? Please contact us.