Part of having your child benefit from year round swimming is fulfilling your service obligation. We will call for volunteers, but keep in mind that service is obligatory rather than optional. Even more than other youth sports, parent participation is necessary in swimming.
The meets cannot run without the participation of the parents. Typically CYAC will receive assignments from the host team that may include timers and stroke and turn officials. Our coordinator will fill those slots by creating an electronic sign-up which will be distributed to the team. When you enter a child in a meet, you should plan to work at least a portion of that meet and sometimes an entire session is required.
As we transition into our new facility in 2017, we will have an increased need for in-house officials. These positions include both dry deck (admin, timing official, etc.) and wet deck (stroke and turn, starter, referee). Also, it is important that our officials are dual certified in both USA-Swimming and YMCA Swimming. The requirements are similar, but there are some differences. Please view this document for the requirements, relationships, etc.
Working the meet is a must, but there are many additional ways to serve at CYAC. You can help with the newsletter, plan a social event or be part of the fun during spirit week. Your best resource is the parent council to find out how you can become involved.