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Alison Hamilton

Our meets can't run without parent volunteers, so we definitely need all hands on the pool deck on Saturdays. If you aren't sure which job might be the right fit for you, here are a few ideas: If you like to be in the middle of the action: Timers have the swim equivalent of a front-row seat. You'll see all the action. Operating a stopwatch is easy, and you'll get a feel for how the meets operate. If you like shade: Table workers help process meet results and sort ribbons,...

Alison Hamilton

First things first: What the swim world refers to as 'declaring,' the rest of the world calls RSVPing. If you're declaring for a meet, you're telling the coaches you're going to be there. Why is this important? Meet lineups have to be exchanged with our opponents in advance, so it's not a decision an athlete can make the morning of a meet. We have to know you're coming. The deadline to declare for a meet is the Monday before the scheduled date. So for 2021's opener, our in-house meet on...

Alison Hamilton

Here's a couple of quick tips to help you keep all interested parties informed about team activities: On your account profile, TeamUnify has space for four email addresses: The account login email, plus three additional email addresses. It's a helpful feature not only for informing both parents, but also for blended families or caregivers who will be involved with helping your kids attend events. When Coach Mandy and I send team communications, we sent them to all active accounts, which means every email address associated with the account receives it....

Alison Hamilton

A bonus feature of TeamUnify, our team management platform, is OnDeck, a free app available via the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can use it to RSVP for meets, sign up for jobs, and track your athlete's best times and meet results. If you're new to the app or need a refresher, TU has an 'Expert in 5 Minutes' overview on its support website, along with more step-by-step training videos.