Do you want to earn your Service hours the easy way? Help out with a swim meet!

THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING!
We appreciate YOU!

 

On Deck Jobs

You may get wet so make sure to wear sandals or crocs... I prefer just to go barefoot! The swimmers can do it, why not us!
REMEMBER:  NO STREET SHOES ON DECK!

 

Team Photographer: Takes photos of the swimmers to post on the NPAC Facebook page.  You will need to complete a back ground check and the Athlete Protection Training. Here are the links. Once you have done the Background Check, please send the email copy of your receipt to npactreasurer@gmail.com to be reimbursed. If interested, please speak with one of the board members.

https://www.usaswimming.org/background-checks and https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt

 

Awards: Computer prints out the results of an event (first place, second place, third place, etc.). The awards person secures the appropriate sticker result to the appropriate ribbon. Example: swimmer’s name, first place in 50 free onto a blue first place ribbon. Second place onto a second place ribbon. And so on. Each team will have a bag for ribbons to be handed to the coaches at the end of the meet.  No previous experience required! Can be done in the stands with a cleared space. 


Clerk of Course (Pit Boss): Responsible for staging swimmers.  Acts as a gatekeeper to avoid crowding behind the blocks.  Will have a heat sheet to help make sure the correct swimmers are staged for the next event/heat. Can also assist at timing table if a runner is needed.


Lane Timers: two lane timers per lane. Lane Timers act as a back up to the electronic timing system. When the swimmer touches the wall at the end of the event you push a button on the stop watch. One of the 2 timers per lane records the time on a record sheet. It is that simple. Head timer or officials will show you what to do. Please also check that the correct swimmer is in the correct lane for the event (they are kids after all and not always paying attention!). There are a total of 12 timers per meet. Not all need to be from our team. All teams should provide timers for meets. We do like to try to have as many of our parents as possible time at our Home Meets! 


Head Timer: At the starting signal of an event, push the button that starts the timing clock. Works closely with the starting official. Responsible for making sure the lane timers are on deck and ready to be briefed 15 minutes before each session is scheduled to start.


Computer Operators: Operates computers during the swim meets. Operates computer-based timing devices and records the times for the swimmers, and assists with the on deck set up and take down of timing system. Must be trained and there are special “computer trainee” job positions. Please speak with a Board Member if you are interested in helping with the computers!


Safety Coordinator: Patrols deck and keeps the meet in compliance with USA swimming safety regulations. Key duties include making sure swimmers are not diving in the warm up area and that on deck pedestrian traffic flow guidelines are enforced. There is to be no food or drink on deck.


Swim Meet Officials: We cannot have a swim meet without them! Includes Referee, Starter, and Stroke and Turn judges. Officials enforce the rules of the meet, the start of each heat, and judge the swimmers. Training is required. If you are interested, please find the information in the News Feed.


Other volunteer opportunities at a swim meet where you won't get wet!

 

Hospitality Food Donation: provides food and beverages for all of the on deck volunteers including the coaches, officials computer operators, timers etc. as per the meet invite. Hospitality is located in the Arcade as you come through the front d of the pool.  Please donate your food between 8:30 am and 9:00 am, at the same time you drop off your swimmer for warm- ups. This is because the officials meeting starts at 9:30 (at hospitality) and the deck will be closed at 10:00. If it is a multi day meet, please keep track for which day you are donating (Saturday or Sunday). REMEMBER TO SIGN IN on the HOSPITALITY JOB SIGN IN LIST to receive volunteer hours for your donation. THANK YOU!


Hospitality Worker: Set up the hospitality table, put out paper products, make coffee, stock the cooler, keep food stocked and keep it neat and clean. Check throughout the day and restock items as necessary. Specific directions are provided.


Concessions - Located upstairs. Concession workers sells food (Fruit, nachos, pretzels, etc.) and beverages (water, soda, coffee) during a swim meet. This is also where Heat Sheets are sold. Open on Saturday and Sunday; closed during the Friday session.


Concession Stand Donations: non-perishables like water and soda donations can be brought to the pool earlier in the week (preferred) and stored or be brought the morning of the meet (8:15 and 8:45). All other perishable items, please bring in the morning of the meet.


Pool Set Up: Carry equipment from the storage lockers, in the Arcade, to the Concessions upstairs... paper products, Coffee maker, all the essentials needed for that particular meet depending on what is being sold that day. Set up Hospitality tables in Arcade. Set up tables for concessions and timing on deck, set up chairs for timing, etc.


Pool Break Down: Carry equipment back to storage lockers in the Arcade. Clean up concession and hospitality areas. Bag up trash.



Runner: Delivers heat sheets to concessions, delivers labels to awards person, hands out water to timers, serves as a back up timer for bathroom breaks.

 

Swim Shop Sales: Sell swim shop items - Goggles, swim suits, water bottles, swim caps. 



Gate Keeper:  A Gate Keeper will sit at the gate that leads out to the deck. ONLY Officials, Timers, Coaches, Swimmers, etc will be allowed on deck. You will receive a list of those who will be allowed on deck. If their name is not on the list, please check with a coach from their respective team to get clearance. They should be issued a lanyard stating what their duty is on deck.


Please be sure to check in with the volunteer coordinator (Christina Study) to get your name checked off the sign up sheet.  If you do not check in, you will not receive credit hours.