Volunteering

The success of the NPAC relies on parent participation. Unlike other youth sports, where generally a handful of people can run the team, a swim program simply cannot be run without help and participation from team parents. NPAC has a mandatory participation policy of 30 volunteer hours per year per family which can be met by donating food for either concession sales or hospitality, or signing up for a specific job during the meet.

 

Volunteer Positions

There are many opportunities to volunteer within a meet. From donating food items for hospitality, being a lane timer, deck set up/take down and beyond. NPAC board members and coaches will walk you through all job descriptions and provide you the necessary support to complete the jobs- no experience necessary! Full job postings and descriptions can be found online or on the OnDeck app.

  1. Navigate to the team unify page or your OnDeck app. Click on the “Events & Competition” tab
  2. Under Calendar click on “Team Events”
  3. Find the event you would like to volunteer and click on “Job Signup," which appears on the right of the event.

Please volunteer to ensure a successful event for our swimmers!

Below is a list of ways to volunteer:

  • Meet Set Up/Break Down – help set up tables, chairs, signage, timing system, flags,  blocks, etc. prior to the meet start and take down after the meet.  The diving blocks are very heavy and typically require two adults to move them.
  • Official – each team provides officials for meets. It requires training and background checks; any Board Member can get you started. We can always use parents willing to learn to officiate. How to become an official
  • Head Timer – manages lane timers and relief timers. They time the leader of each heat and collect lane sheets.  This requires being on deck all meet.
  • Timers –  acts as a back-up to the electronic system using a stopwatch and pencil and paper recording. Timers also ensure the correct swimmers are in the correct lane. Two timers per lane. Twelve timers are needed for every meet. Relief timers relieve lane timers for breaks.  It is a wet position, but a great view to see swimmers during the meet.  No training required and requires being on deck all meet.
  • Clerk of Course – stages swimmers for events to prevent crowding the blocks.  Requires being on deck all meet.
  • Meet Marshal – maintains safety on deck. Requires being on deck all meet.
  • Computer Operator (Hytek and Colorado) – Sets up and operates the computer-based timing devices during the meet. Requires prior training and being on deck all meet.
  • Ribbons/Trophies – paces stickers on ribbons and distribute them to each team’s coach after the meet.
  • Locker Safety – Periodically checks locker rooms for safety, turning off showers, etc. One for boy’s locker room and one for girl’s locker room.
  • Concessions Worker – manages the sales table during the meet.  Typically run by two people.
  • Hospitality Worker – set up tables, organize food for coaches and on-deck staff ONLY, keeping the area clean and organized and periodically tidying during the meet.
  • Food donations – are for either Concessions (to sell and raise money for the team) or Hospitality (to support the Coaches ad on-deck volunteers)

For any questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.