Many tasks have been divvied up to reduce the individual burden. Some tasks are quick & easy; others take more time. We are all volunteers, so we respect the time & commitment you make. Also, a vital component toward organization’s success is to always find your own successor.
- Treasurer – Lead, guide & be responsible for all financial matters for the organization. Bookkeeping skills required. Knowledge of general accounting principles helpful. Currently, Julian Alleyne has served in this role since 2015, when we began working w/in an annual budget. Estimated 2-3 hours/month off-season, then 10-15 hours/month during April-May registration & June-July season.
- Fundraising – Establish, coordinate & lead a comprehensive, year-round effort; recruit & delegate support; implement tasks & track results. Commit as much or as little time as you can.
- VSL Reps – Two parents from each team are needed to make an annual commitment to attend up to 10 monthly VSL meetings (7pm 2nd Tuesdays at Spotswood CC). Facilitate relations & operations, particularly at annual Champs meet. Laurie & Sam Morton & Tammy Brown serve in this role.
- Waves Wear Apparel & Merchandise – Manage all aspects of Waves Wear apparel & merchandise sales & distribution. Estimated five hours/week March & April, 10 hours/week May & June = 120 hours total.
- Registration – Learn to use Team Unify website software to facilitate process & to help resolve issues the last week of April through May. Role is currently handled by team manager, treasurer & tech manager. The learning curve is steep, but quick.
- Publicity & Promotions – Explore opportunities, including schools & media. A volunteer can work as much, or as little as required.
- Tech Manager – Assist & troubleshoot issues w/ team website, particularly swimmer registrations; also, scorekeeper & meet director w/ Meet Central software.
- Equipment Shed – Built in 2015, it requires minimal annual upkeep to improve the use & to extend the life of the physical structure.
Weekly Ribbons – Weekly labeling & distribution for places 1st-8th & personal bests, or participation. Apply individual meet results labels to corresponding ribbon during practice the day after each meet, w/ help from other parents. Sort labeled ribbons into file folders for swimmers to retrieve. Maintain inventory to ensure we have enough ribbons for the entire season. Estimated three hours/week the day after five dual meets, then after Champs on Sunday, July 30 = 20 hours total.
Team Manager – This person sets the tone for the entire organization. Studies consistently show children leave sports around age 13 b/c it’s no longer fun; the biggest reason kids say is, parents ruin it. Youth sports must be first & foremost about fun for the kids. When that happens, entire families enjoy a wonderful, summertime experience. Also, always promote good sportsmanship!
Our coaches – the direct contact w/ your children – are most important toward this endeavor. Keep them happy, providing as much support as possible. Do not interfere! Keep a clear division between “wet” (coaches’) & “dry” (parents’) tasks.
The most important role of the team manager is communication with families and coaches throughout the season.
Kira Newman will fill this role.
Please contact any of the people listed above, all parent volunteers who were once like you, perhaps overwhelmed by the madness that is summer swim team & reluctant to make a commitment. Believe me, you will not regret becoming more involved as a swim team parent volunteer. Simply select a task you think is best for you & join the team! Thank you.