Parent Jobs

Parent Job Descriptions  

Please Note: Some of these positions are more critical than others. In the event that we lack workers in critical areas, such as timers, you may be requested to change tasks to fill a need. 

Swim Meet Jobs 


Home and away meets. Critical job, and the one that has the most required positions to fill. Use a stopwatch to time the swimmers in their races. Record the time. Summer swim pools have no automatic timing systems, so the timers' work is critical. You will be working in pairs, two timers per lane, and you have one of the best views for the meet! If you have an older swimmer or if you are in a position where one parent can be freed up to time, please consider filling a timer slot. 

Timers should arrive at the meet by 5:45. The timer’s meeting will be held around 6:00. 

Stroke & Turn Officials 

Home and away meets. Watch strokes, starts and turns to ensure swimmers are following stroke, start, and turn rules. The goal of officiating is to make sure swimmers are not getting an unfair advantage over other swimmers, while keeping in mind that this is a summer swim league. These positions are only available to people who have had Officials Training. 

Officials should arrive at the meet by 5:45. 

Interested in officiating? Please watch these training videos: USA Swimming Stroke & Turn Videos

Assistant Computer Operator 

Home meets only. Assist the lead computer operator with entering results into the meet manager system. Ideal candidate would be someone interested in moving into the lead computer operator position in the next year or two. 

Please be in the computer area by 5:45. 


Home meets only. This position takes the ribbon labels and places them on the back of the correct place ribbon. You create a pile of ribbons for the away team(s) and file Dunsinane ribbons in the swim team box. This tends to be a “late” job as this worker needs to stay until all of the ribbons are labeled with stickers and filed. 

Please be in the computer area by 6:30. 


Event Board Operator 

Home meets only. Turns event numbers to provide a visual aid for the meet progression. Not a physically taxing job, but requires that you be present for the entire meet. 

Please be set up on the start side of the pool by 6:00. 

Score Sheet Runner 

Home meets only. Collects timing sheets from timers and DQ slips from officials after each event and carries them to the scorers' table. 

Please arrive at the meet by 5:45 and attend the timer’s meeting around 6:00. 

Lane Parent 

Home and away meets. League rules require we provide lane parents to our assigned lanes. Depending on the meet, we will have to provide 2 to 4 lane parents. As a lane parent you make sure the younger swimmers in your lane are stepping up on the blocks for the correct event/heat (you will be provided a heat sheet). Opportunity to interact with the kids. 

Please arrive at the meet by 5:45. 

Bake Sale Attendant 

Home meets only. Sell goodies from the bake sale table throughout the swim meet. You will work under the direction of the bake sale coordinator. This is an important fundraiser for our team and our swim club. This is another easy position for those with younger children. 

Please arrive at 5:15 to help with setup of the bake sale table. 

Grill Crew 

Home meets only. Assist the Grillmaster in feeding the hungry masses. Duties may include grilling, taking orders, prepping plates, etc. 

NOTE: Members of the grill team are entitled to complimentary beverages from the grillbilly cooler and one entree item (near end of the meet) 

Please arrive at the grill area by 5:30. 

Walking Taco Meat and Condiment Prep 

Home meets only. Purchase (and be reimbursed for) 6 pounds of ground beef and prepare it with taco seasoning. Bring it to the pool, hot, in a Ziplock bag or plastic container at 5:30 pm on meet night. Purchase (and be reimbursed for) a large amount of tomatoes, onions, and lettuce for the grill as well as miscellaneous items for the bake sale. Clean and prepare (slice) the items for the grill, and bring them to the pool in a cooler. A shopping list will be provided the weekend before the meet. Items need to be at the pool by 5:30. Turn in receipts for reimbursement of costs incurred. 

Please arrive at the grill area by 5:30.



Home meets only. Prepare and deliver drinks and snacks around the pool to the coaches, lane parents, timers and other workers who are volunteering throughout the meet. 

Please arrive at the grill area by 6:15. 

Special Event Jobs 

Team Photo Day - photographer's assistant 

One volunteer needed to assist the team photographer with processing orders during photo day. Should be an organized morning person! Will need to be at the pool from 9 to 11 a.m. on photo day. 

Team Photo Day - food prep 

Prepare food in advance for team breakfast and bring it to the pool the morning of photo day. Help with setup of the food table. Then assist and coordinate as the kids create spirit posters for the team. You will need to be at the pool from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Food prep details will be provided by the photo day breakfast coordinator. 

Team Photo Day - server 

Serve breakfast food and drinks to team members during Photo Day Breakfast. Assist with cleanup afterwards. 

Popsicle Day Worker 

Open and hand out popsicles at the end of each practice on Popsicle day. You will need to be at the pool from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Please bring scissors with you! 

End of Year Banquet Worker 

Assist with setup, food serving, and clean-up for the end of season team banquet at the pool. 

Dive Meet Jobs 


Home meets only. The announcer keeps the meet flowing by calling each dive, calling the judges score, announcing awards and transitioning through each segment of the meet from beginning to end. 


Judges & Referee 

Three Judges (one being the Referee) at Home meets and two Judges at Away meets. For Home meets the most experienced Judge will be the Referee. They make all the calls like failed dives, point deductions and maximum scores. Judges score dives and determine the outcome of the meet. Judges must understand the Five Basic Elements of a Dive. 

Table Workers 

Four table workers at home meets and two table workers for away meets. Record and calculate scores from judges.