The following positions require prior certification by the MCSL. Check the MCSL website for responsibilities for these positions.
Stroke & Turn
Head Timer/Assistant Head Timer
The Head timer will review the timer’s responsibilities before the start of the meet. The Head Timer/Assistant Head Timer will be assigned to 3 lanes and will be responsible to start their watches upon the start of each event. In case a timer did not start their watch at the start of the event, the head timer/assistant head timer will either finish the timing of the event of will give their stop watch to the timer. Upon completion of the event, the head time/assistant head timer will collect the time sheets for their 3 lanes and hand them to the Head Timer who will give them to person serving as the Runner.
Head Timer/Assistant Head Timer will meet one volunteer obligation.
Timers are responsible to report ½ hour before the start of the meet. Timers will be assigned to a lane for the entire meet. Timers are responsible for starting their watches on the flash of the starting strobe and stopping their watches when any part of the swimmer’s body touches the wall. If a timer did not start their watch at the start of the event, they should raise their hand and notify the head timer/assistant head timer. Timers are not responsible for determination of legal strokes; this is the responsibility of the stroke and turn officials. Three timers are assigned to a lane; one timer will be responsible to write down each recorded time (the middle time is the official time), and another timer will be responsible to post the official time on the timing boards. The official score should be circled.
Experience is required to time an A Meet. No experience is required to time a B Meet.
Timer will meet one volunteer obligation.
The scorer will be responsible to enter the official time for each swimmer into the computer. The official score will be circled on the event sheet. Each team is responsible to provide one person (two for “B” home meets) for the scorer position. One person will enter the results into the computer while the other scorer ensures the correct time is entered into the computer.
Scorer will meet one volunteer obligation.
Clerk of Course
Clerk of Course are responsible to report ½ hour before the start of the meet. Each Damascus swimmer must report to the Clerk of Course before their event. The Clerk of Course will check-off each Damascus swimmer on the program and inform them which lane they are scheduled to swim.
For A meets, contact the Assistant Coach when a swimmer has not reported to the clerk of course. The Assistant Coach will locate the swimmer.
For B meets, 3 parents will work the Clerk of Course. The Assistant Coaches will bring the younger swimmers for check-in. Since there are multiple heats for the each event, the swimmers will be seated by heat on benches next to the Clerk of Course. One parent will bring a group of swimmers to sit in the chairs at the starting end of the pool while the other parent will remain and check-in the swimmers.
Clerk of course will meet one volunteer obligation.
Responsible to place the labels from the swimming event on the appropriate ribbon. Ribbon workers are required to report at the start of the meet. The MCSL provides the ribbons for A meets while the team is responsible to provide ribbons for the B meets.
Ribbon workers for the A meets will earn one volunteer obligation. The Ribbon Coordinator for B meets will meet all swimmer’s volunteer obligations. Ribbon worker for B meet will earn one volunteer obligation.
Responsible to collect all time cards from the Head Timer after the completion of each event. The runner should bring the time cards/sheets to the scorer located in the pavilion.
Runner will meet one volunteer obligation.
The announcer is responsible to announce the home meet and arrange for CD player and music for National Anthem and songs between various breaks during the meet. The announcer works hand-in-hand with the referee to make sure the meet runs smoothly. After the referee has blown his whistle, if needed the announcer will request quiet for the start. Before the start of the race for A meets, the announcer will announce the swimmers for the visiting team then announce the swimmers for the home team. For B meets, the announcer will wait for the swimmers to enter the water before announcing their names. The announcer should arrive by 8:15am for A meets and 5:15 pm for B meets.
Announcers meet one volunteer obligation.
Responsible to set-up for home meets. Set-up workers should arrive by 7am for A meets and 5pm for B meets. Complete below check-list. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Set up team tent
- Hang team banner by team area
- Set out 3-4 rows of chairs for spectators: between lap pool and general pool
- Hang lanes time boards at both ends of pool: Lane 1 is closest to the pavilion
- Set up barrier ropes about 3 feet from pool on both sides of the pool
- Remove diving board and place near back fence.
- Hang backstroke flags.
- Set up a table for clerk of course (near side entrance to pool) and announcer (near gate entrance to pavilion).
- Set-up starter machine at starting position of the deep-end of the pool.
- Set up speakers by backstroke flags of the deep-end of the pool.
- Hang lane sponsors under each lane time board.
- Make sure American flag has been raised.
Set-up workers meet one-half volunteer obligation.
Meet Take down
Responsible to breakdown for home meets. For B meets, must check-out with B meet representatives. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
“A” meets only - Fold-up team tents. Secure to cart and take back to storage area.
- Take down team banner by team area and return to storage area.
- Take down chairs from spectator area and return to pool area.
- Take down lanes time boards at both ends of pool and return to storage area.
- Take down barrier ropes around the pool. If needed, use cart to return to storage area.
- A Meets - Set-up diving board.
- Take down backstroke flags and return to storage area.
- Return clerk of course and announcer tables to pool areas.
- Return starter machine (and plug-in) and speakers to storage area.
- Return lane sponsors to storage area.
Take down workers meet one-half volunteer obligation.
Responsible to direct cars to parking spaces at both A and B home meets. Parking workers should report at least 1 hour before the start of the meet. Three parking workers should be on-site to assist with the visiting team. Drivers should be directed to open parking spaces before directing drivers to grass lot behind the basketball court. The lower grass field will need to be used during some B meets, relay carnival, and divisionals. Drivers of large vehicles should be encouraged to park on the grass on the other side of the curb on the hill. Drivers should not park above the fire hydrant on the upper hill by the townhouses. Make sure drivers leave space for emergency vehicles.
Parking workers will meet one-half volunteer obligation.
Refreshment Stand Worker
Refreshment workers are responsible to set-up, sell, and clean-up the snack bar at home meets. The Refreshment workers will also set-up the snacks for the meet officials at the break. The Refreshment Coordinator will provide guidance and direction during the meets. Refreshment workers should arrive by 7am for A meets and 5pm for B meets.
Refreshment workers meet one volunteer obligation.
Responsible to coordinate the grill activities for the swim meets. This includes the ordering of the food (cheeseburgers, hot dogs, hamburgers, bread, ketchup, mustard, etc), setting up the grill area, and cleaning up afterwards. The grill coordinator is also responsible to ensure enough inventory is available for the upcoming meet. The grill coordinator will report to set-up at 5pm for all B home meets. The board will inform the grill coordinator during the swim season if they decide to cook at an A home meet or relay carnival.
Grill Coordinator will earn one swimmer’s volunteer obligation.
Responsible to set-up the grill area, cook, and clean-up after the cooking is complete. Grill workers should report at 5pm for all B home meets. The grill coordinator will inform the grill workers their expected report time at an A home meet or relay carnival.
Grill worker will earn one volunteer obligation.
Ice Cream Social Helper (4)
Additional parents will be needed for the day of the event to help distribute the ice cream. The event will take place at the pavilion by the back of the pool.
Ice Cream Social helpers will meet one volunteer obligation.
Pancake Breakfast Workers (6)
Responsible to help set-up, cook, and clean-up for the pancake breakfast. The event will take place in the morning during morning practice.
Pancake Breakfast workers will meet one volunteer obligation.
Pasta Dinner Workers (4)
Responsible to help serve food at the pasta dinner. The event will take place in the evening during the swimming season.
Pasta Dinner workers will meet one volunteer obligation.
Non-Meet Volunteer Responsibilities
Spirit Wear Coordinator
The Spirit Wear Coordinator will facilitate the planning, creation, organizing, selling, ordering and distribution of Damascus spirit wear to the team throughout the season. Spirit wear Coordinator: (1) Maintain inventory to be used for fittings, (2) Set up display of current inventory for sale at general meeting and during select meets, (3) Collect orders and monies due, (4) Maintain records of all orders placed, money collected, (5) Place order, sort and deliver items to members when received, (6) Provide periodic updates or recommendations to swim team board on promotion/marketing/sales.
The Spirit Wear Coordinator will meet four volunteer obligations.