When a child joins a swim team, so do the parents. THIS SPORT REQUIRES PARENTS TO BE PARTICIPANTS, NOT JUST SPECTATORS. Swim meets are very labor intensive and simply can’t be run without the majority of parents assisting at some stage of the meet. Training for some jobs takes only a few minutes; others require attendance at clinics. None are as scary or difficult as you might think!
Every family on our team has a volunteer requirement. From the 2018 BBCC Swim Team Registration Volunteer Requirements Agreement:
I understand that EACH BBCC SWIM TEAM FAMILY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING AT LEAST TWO (2) SHIFTS PER SWIMMER DURING THE REGULAR SWIM SEASON.
I hereby aknowledge that if I fail to meet my family's volunteer requirement by the end of the regular season my swimmer(s) may be unable to swim with BBCC the following year (2019 swim season) .
All volunteer signups/requirements are monitored by our Volunteer Coordinators Lisa Burgess and Sarah Tillery. Please contact Sarah Tillery if you have any questions or concerns regarding your volunteer requirement. Families are expected to be proactive in signing up for their required number of shifts. In the event that you cannot fulfill a shift you signed up for, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY (not the coordinators') to find a replacement.
The volunteer job signup links will go live on June 1st at 8pm. All 2018 events requiring volunteers (swim meets, pep rallies, social events, etc.) will be available on the 1st, no more waiting until the week before to sign up!
Examples of volunteer positions include:
*Stroke and Turn Judge – reports any violation of swimmer style or turns.
Timers - operates timing equipment and stopwatch for an assigned lane; “best” birds eye view of the competition.
Head Timer - operates back-up stop watches in case a timer from any lane misses the start of a race or needs assistance.
Runners – delivers time cards to the timers and retrieves time cards to forward to the scoring table, as well as passing out water to volunteers.
Clerk-of-Course – assembles the swimmers for each event and ensures they are sent to their correct lane.
Lane Attendant – assists the clerk-of-course by ensuring all swimmers are in the correct event/heat/lane.
Announcer – calls for the events in advance, thanks sponsors, general announcements.
Meet Manager Scorers – enter meet results into the computer and tally the meet score.
Meet Set-up/Tear Down – meet set-up occurs both the night before and the morning of the swim meet, tear down immediately follows the last event.
Ribbon Assembler – apply labels to the ribbons and place in swimmer’s folder. Must pick up labels/ribbons upon meet completion and return to the pool prior to Monday’s first practice.
Social Volunteers – pep rallies, movie night, banquet, etc..
*Requires yearly certification by attending the official’s clinic:
TBD – Referee/Starter/Stroke & Turn Clinic at TBA
TBD - Make-Up Officials Training at TBA